Does Google know something about George Lucas that we don't?

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Dec 14, 2012

We want to know what you want to know, but once we know what you want to know, what do we really know?

According to your most-searched phrases on Google for George Lucas and other franchise-building sci-fi creators—plenty!

George Lucas

How can Star Wars only be the ninth thing you think of when you think George Lucas? Sure, the indie film George Lucas in Love is cool, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation has changed lives, but still, this is freakin' Star Wars! You'd think more of you would be looking for info on the film that changed everything than what the man said or didn't say on The Daily Show.

James Cameron

You know how successful Avatar really is? Forget the record-breaking box office. James Cameron is the only creator on this list whose most important film snagged the top spot on your list of searches. But you know what's shocking? No Terminator! You either already know everything you want to know about the flick, or else you were so burned by Terminator Salvation that you just don't care about the franchise anymore.

Gene Roddenberry

Oh, you've got to be kidding! You want to find out about Andromeda and Earth: Final Conflict—but Star Trek doesn't even place in the top 10 search terms? There's something wrong when you care more about Roddenberry's wife or his atheism than about one of the most important sci-fi franchises ever. What's up with that?

J.J. Abrams

Oh, I see. So maybe one reason you don't care about Roddenberry's Star Trek is that you're dying to know more about J.J. Abrams' Star Trek instead. And, oddly, there seem to be plenty of you who can't remember the name of Abrams' series Alias, and are just looking for more info on his "spy series." But there may be troubles ahead for anyone hoping to turn Lost into a franchise. With the series in last place on the list, is the interest really there?

Joss Whedon

Another Google-search shocker! You want to know more about Dollhouse, even more than you want to know about Firefly. But you're not showing any love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Are you bored with Whedon's most famous franchise? Or have you already downloaded all the Sarah Michelle Gellar screen savers you'll ever need?

So—what do you think this all means?

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