Here’s how you know if a piece of fiction will stand the test of time: show it to a three-year-old and have him/her summarize it. If you can recognize it after it comes out of that adorable little mouth, then your story will endure. Our test case: Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.
Now, as much as I love Star Wars (and I really, really do), I totally wanna see the version in that little girl’s head. “R2-D2 and the Shiny Guy… the Shiny Guy always worries.” AWESOME.