I'm not so much losing interest, as just not really caring anymore.
I've been cutting way back on both collecting and other areas of SW geeking, both due to practical considerations and a reevaluation of my priorities.
Being laden with college reading lists sucks all the fun out of books
and the last thing I want to do during a break from homework is to read Expanded Universe novels. I went from buying and reading almost all the novels as they came out, as well as a decent chunk of the comics, to almost entirely abandoning the novels, and just buying the occasional comic since they're much quicker reads.
I go through one of these "I'm so
through with this fandom!" phases every so often, but I really think this one signals a more fundamental shift.
Over the past half-year or so, the following things have happened:
I've switched from living at home and commuting to college, to living in the dorm at a residential college in a relatively small town. This means I went from Twin Cities suburbia, with literally dozens of SW shopping options (Targets, Wallys, TRUs, etc.) along my commute and across several suburbs within my "hunting" radius, to a town where the only place to get SW figures is Target. And the closest other options are 20+ minutes away. And
I don't have a car on campus.
Not to mention, living in a dorm vs. living with parents significantly cuts down on the amount of space I can fill up with SW
Due to the move, I had to quit my cushy part-time retail job (although I have been back there a couple times over breaks), and have been too busy/lazy to find a new one in this backward little town. Naturally this killed the steady influx of disposable income with which I funded my SW purchases and with which I bought gas so I could drive all over Christendom hunting for the things.
I also developed a social life and outside interests, both of which I mostly lacked until 2005 or so. (I'm only half kidding.)
I took up drinking and turned 21 (in that order)
. The first one means I found something else interesting
to spend my disposable funds on, and the second means I've passed the final milestone into "adulthood". I'm going thru the "what do I want to do when I grow up/what is my place in the world/what will I do when I graduate" phase.
And most recently, one of my closest friends got pregnant and married (in that order). That
development is really throwing my **** into perspective.
So, as one might imagine, I've been trying to cut down on extraneous junk in all sectors of my life. Star Wars seems the most logical one to jettison.
Oh, make no mistake: I'm not going to stop being a fan, and I'll still collect, just on a much more selective basis than during the hedonistic days of my youth. And don't worry, I'm not leaving the forums I frequent, either--although now you know the reason I now spend more time in Watto's than any of the Collecting sections.
P.S.: Apologies for the length of the post, but I've been contemplating these matters for a while, and it felt good to get that all out of my system.