Ever since I was little, Star Wars has always been my first love. I even love the Extended Universe. I’ve read most of the novels and a few of the comics. Hell, I’m even a Prequel Apologist. Yes, I will agree with you on every single complaint lobbed against them: the wooden acting, the bland dialogue, the whiny unlikeable main character, the poorly written romance, the cartoony CGI… Except for Jar Jar- there’s no excusing him. 😉
But it’s still Star Wars. And while the execution left much to be desired, I find the story of the corruption and collapse of a Republic (and the microcosm of that in the Jedi’s Chosen One) at the hands of a single visionary to be much more compelling than a ragtag bunch of rebels fighting an evil Empire. Star Wars will always have flaws, but nothing else fills me with nostalgia quite like it.