A question about Star Wars

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  1. jethroted macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, I need a hand here. I am looking for a specific word, and here is what I need.

    If you take a franchise like Star Wars, and all the toys, movies, comics, games, books, websites, fans, conventions ect. What is the word used to describe all of those things as one. Star Trek is one also, and The Matrix is turning into one. Words that I know are not the one I am looking for include:

    Franchise
    Universe
    Cult following
    epic
    saga
    trilogy

    Remember, it includes everything, even the fans themselves.
     
  2. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    'The Force' would be a good one since that's a unique thing to the that universe. But I don't know if there is any single word that would work perfectly.

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  3. jethroted thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, it's not 'the force'. There is a single, generic word that describes this kind of phenomenon. I just heard it a week ago or so regarding the matrix, and how it was turning into the next one. I can't for the life of me remember what that stupid word is though. Remember, the word is generic, and not specific to any one franchise. It can be used the same way to describe star trek, and now the matrix.
     
  4. vollspacken macrumors 65816

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  5. Stelliform macrumors 68000

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    Heh, I could see this as a reoccuring word game. :)

    Hmmm, How about...

    phenomenon
    empire
     
  6. Squire macrumors 68000

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    Franchise?

    I always thought it was just dubbed "franchise." But, then again, you already mentioned it so it's unlikely that that was the word you were thinking of.

    Squire
     
  7. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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  8. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    how about The Whole Shebang?

    "milieux" might be the word, although I'm not at all sure thats how you'd spell it.
     
  9. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I think I've got it...."The Star Wars Craze"....I think that could be what you are looking for....maybe.

    Otherwise:

    Fad
    Phenomenon
    hmm
    uhh
    missile defense system:D
     
  10. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I don't know what word you heard, jethroted, but we could make one up that might be just as good. How 'bout.... franchiverse?
     
  11. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Star Wars has a great following. It's creats a whole culture. Can't wait for Star Wars III!
     
  12. brogers macrumors regular

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    I was watching something a few weeks ago on TV about Harry Potter and they talked about the toys, games, movies...everything associated with it and they called it Franchise. I know that one has already been mentioned here, but I heard it used for Harry Potter.
     
  13. FriarTuck macrumors 6502

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    Isn't that a jumbo hot dog stuffed with cheese and wrapped with bacon?

    Seriously, if the word you're thinking of hasn't already been listed here, whoever used it was either showing off or made it up. You have a lot of bright people here and none of them can figure it out. Anybody who talks over the heads of the MacRumors crowd has outsmarted himself into irrelevance.
     
  14. agreenster macrumors 68000

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    Universe is too broad, and is too much of a general term I think.

    Franchise I think really nails it because what is Star Wars, ultimately? A product that has been sold. (many many times in many many different ways, but a product nonetheless.)
     
  15. tpjunkie macrumors 65816

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    I've been thinking about this one for two days now and i think the right word just hit me out of the blue: Microcosm

    (there's an SAT word for ya, kiddies)

    I think microcosm does a pretty good job of gettting across what you were describing
     
  16. Squire macrumors 68000

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    I still believe it's "franchise." As far as I know, the word "microcosm" is used when one smaller thing depicts society or the world as a whole.

    Yeah, I just looked it up to double check and found this quote.

    Ex. "He sees the auto industry as a microcosm of the U.S. itself¡± (William J. Hampton).

    Squire
     
  17. frescies macrumors regular

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    How about...

    Media hyped, Overmarketed, eyecandy
     
  18. jethroted thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think the word was "compendium" although my descrption would be a little off if that is indeed the word i had heard.
     
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