When I was young I was ADDICTED to STAR WARS. I read the books, had the original trilogy memorized, knew the names and back-stories of ridiculously obscure characters, and loved everything about it. The prequels and special editions kind of ruined a part of it for me. These days, I just try to keep my chin up and not let George get me down.
As a side note, discussing Star Wars with family members who have only a passing knowledge of the movies is a great way to generate names like "Chewbacco".