Why does Walter Dean Myers allude to Stars Wars in the opening of the novel Monster?

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This is a very subjective question, so I will give you the reason that I believe Myers alludes to "Star Wars" in the beginning of the novel Monster.

One could substantiate that Myers alludes to "Star Wars" in the opening of the novel Monster because, for Steve Harmon, his life is no longer something that he knows.  Many people have seen "Star Wars" and are familiar with the scrolling title page.  But, a good many more, perhaps, have not actually seen it, but know the opening. This alludes to the story Steve Harmon is telling readers about. He is familiar with the movie, but he does not really know what it means.  His life now is not what it has been in the past.  It is something very different, but readers need to know that this is not the first time someone has been in this position.  Therefore, his familiarity with the movie shows that he understands that others have been familiar with the process as well, but he is not living in his own true life.  He is somewhere else- perhaps on Aldreaan (a planet from the movie).  This shows that he does not recognize his life as it is now- on trial for his life.