I’ve always believed, quite rightly, that the key characters of the original Star Wars trilogy were one of the films’ trump cards, as they are believable and life-like. But I’ve noticed something else about Han and Leia that is quite true, as well.
They form the ‘in-crowd’ along with their buddy Luke. If one can relate to being in an in-crowd, then maybe this part of Han, Leia and Luke resonates.
Otherwise, all we do is look in at the in-crowd and admire how believable they seem.
If one can detach from that illusion, one is left with a touch of hard, cold reality: they form the ‘in-crowd’ and maybe you don’t. That’s one reason why, for all its sour points, I liked The Breakfast Club (1985), because they weren’t the main guys and girls on campus, but they were oddly cool. If you’ve never been in the in-crowd, or felt you hadn’t made it there, then you may relate to The Breakfast Club more than Star Wars’ Han, Leia and Luke, and even Yoda and Ben Kenobi for that matter.
The outsiders of Star Wars are the droid C3-PO and Lando Calrissian and the other assortments: Lobot, the creatures at Jabba’s Palace, Jabba himself, and the curious folk at Bespin. Among others.
If I can’t relate to the in-crowd of Star Wars, I may relate to the sense of good the writers of the films have brought out in their key heroes and heroines. But I’d somehow shy away from the limelight myself, even if I was part of it or not, and prefer the comforts of identifying with the Bepsin Security Guard and Lando donning his cape.