Two decades later, Episode I is still a driving Force behind the blockbusters and overzealous fandoms of today.
Mental health experts explain the sense of loss many fans feel.
Sometimes it's hard to understand why they're attacking you, and it's bad enough when the keyboard warriors come for you in their scores... but what if a fandom comes for you? What if it's a celebrity you respect? What if someone says something that could really affect your brand? What if they try to destroy you, your business, your puppy, and the horse you rode in on?
What is more interesting to me as a psychologist, lies in what it is about people who identify so much with the Zayn's, the Diana's or the Gary's, that they struggle to cope at the 'death' or departure of someone/something they did not really know. I am also equally intrigued by what many of these grieving fans will do as a way to cope with their loss.
I implore to you all: Harry Styles must be stopped. There is some hypnotic gaze that the hairstyled individual holds over young girls in order to do his bidding. This month, I will be taking the show to London and Edinburgh. Please grab your bottle of Frizz-Ease and lucky dead cat and come join me in finding out how to stop all things One Direction based.
Have you ever wondered about the origin of the word "fan"? We are not talking about ceiling fans or table fans or pedestal fans. We are talking about fans whose hearts go "thuk, thuk" on seeing the celebrity they hero-worship.
In America sport is a social occasion, not a life-and-death embodiment of their hopes and desires. When was the last time you had actual, tangible fun at a football match in England?
Four days ago Gillian Anderson issued a statement on her website decrying her annoyance over how she was being talked about in certain articles. However, what she did not mention was the recent, and very excited reporting of a supposed relationship between Anderson and former X-Files co-star David Duchovny (a rumour since debunked by representatives from both camps).
These days fans go above and beyond - you only have to look at the likes of JLS, One Direction and The Wanted to fully appreciate the extent that 'fandom' as some people like to call it has really taken over... I will always have time for my fans no matter how busy or tired I am.
Forming communities that transcend age, social status and physical location are such a beautiful thing, and one of the ways in which the internet has changed the world for the better. How, then, could the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) bill destroy the fandom utopia?