I’ve previously written about being a mum of boys and how I just don’t understand why they do certain things. Here’s my latest one that I just don’t get. Is it just an XY chromosome thing?

Star Wars.

Maybe it’s a chromosome thing, only applicable to the XY combination in males.

But what is with the obsession with Star Wars?

I can kind of understand it being of interest to those who were born in the generation when it was first released at the movies. But it seems every male I meet, regardless of their age, can quote lines from the movies, name the characters, and do an impressive impersonation of a Wookie.

There seems to be so many kids who are obsessed with the intergalactic adventures, and half of them haven’t even seen the movies!

So where does this interest come from? Is it genetic? The whole nature vs nurture? I just don’t get it.

I ended up buying my husband the boxed DVD set of all of the Star Wars movies one year. I figured that as we had boys, it was going to be inevitable that they would all become fans, as that is apparently what happens. I might as well steer into the skid instead of fighting it. I’ll admit I’ve seen all the movies. I’ll even admit that I’ve fallen asleep during them (once on a date – the guy involved was not impressed), but they are not my first choice when selecting a movie.

Is it the fact that the characters get to go on all sorts of adventures with their friends? Is it the space travel stuff? Is it the light sabres?

When our eldest son was in preschool, the interest in Star Wars started. Without any prompting or influence from us, all of a sudden, sticks became light sabres. Accompanied by the correct sound effects too, might I add.

He would hum the tune of the Imperial March over and over and over again, until I would swear that my ears were bleeding. He hummed that tune every day, for 18 months. I am not kidding. I would fall asleep to that tune being stuck on replay in my head. At this point, he had still not seen any of the movies. Where was this coming from?!

If you’re not sure what the Imperial March sounds like, I dare you to Google it, listen to it, and then try and have it removed from your brain.

When we eventually let him watch the original Star Wars movie (Episode IV), he was beyond excited. He sat, without the slightest fidget, for the entire movie. A look of complete awe on his face the entire time. The final stage had been completed. He was now obsessed.

He has requested that his birthday cake this year be, wait for it, the Millennium Falcon. What is this, you ask? It’s the spacecraft thingy (yes, that is the technical term) Han Solo has. And I am to somehow create a birthday cake that kind of resembles it. I am no cake making expert, believe me, I have had many a disastrous birthday cake experience, so I am somewhat nervous about this request.

Perhaps I just make a birthday cake in the Star Wars theme, like a light saber. But then with my bad luck with birthday cakes, it will probably end up looking more like a wonky penis. Not what you want for a kid’s birthday party…

So back to the whole nature vs nurture argument. Star Wars seems to be overlapping these two categories.

Call me controversial, but I fully believe that most boys are born with an in-built interest in Star Wars, along with vehicles and transport, believing farts are hilarious and how it is somehow necessary to wrestle indoors.

Perhaps though that interest in Star Wars can be turned to borderline obsession when growing up in a house of males, as opposed to females?

What do you think? Is it just an XY chromosome thing or are your daughters obsessed with Star Wars too?

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  • I loved the first movie as it was so different to anything else that was out at the time but the second movie was ok and then thats where i dropped out.
    I only have girls and none of them were really into Star Wars.


  • We are not really Star Wars fans in our family.


  • My boys have just started getting involved in star wars.


  • Boys sure do come from a different planet. As a mum to girls and boys, I delight in their differences


  • Yes I think males like completely different things as well!


  • Yes it can get annoying sometime, but you know what? It’s better to let kids play with something that’s safe and fun to them, than they went for something dangerous and out of control. Don’t you agree?


  • Haha. I often watch what my son is doing and I’m baffled too.


  • lol star wars is awesome! dum, dum, da da da dum dum!


  • Star Wars it seems is an eternal fad


  • I know plenty of ladies that are fans but I’m not one of them. Another one I don’t like is Dr Who, but my eldest daughter does.


  • Not necessarily, it may be a family interest thing. I don’t get the whole Star Wars thing… or Star Trek, or Lord of the Rings, etc. My husband and I are not into any of these and neither of us has ever seen any of the movies. I know, people are mostly horrified. As a result, our son has shown no interest either even though some of his friends are obsessed. Our son tends to share our leanings for comedy and mine for music-related things. So I think in the end it’s what they’re most exposed to.


  • I think it is more what they grow up with. Hubby likes it and so do both our girls. Our first daughter had a death star birthday cake for her 18th and the younger went to a movie marathon by herself at 16 to watch all 6 movies (again).


  • I am not obsessed with Star Wars but I must admit I do like them.
    May the force be with you.


  • Have to disagree with you about the star wars thing but the farts and wrestling inside thing, fully with you that they are born with that ;)


  • When you have both boys and girls in your family, then they tend to play and know everything their other siblings do. No chromosome things then – just who can be best.


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