Naturally, I’m pretty happy with the decision. That doesn’t mean I’m not a little apprehensive about the new films, but the ‘salad bar’ mentality is something I’ve been preaching for a long time, and I think it’s for the best that Lucasfilm has the ability to pick, choose, or just entirely ignore elements of the existing EU.
But that doesn’t mean the stories themselves are dead. If you like a book or a character or a series, than they still count to you. And that is what’s important, or should be: The stories. The people. Not their canon status. Lucasfilm can dictate that, but they can’t tell you what to enjoy.
If this took you by surprise, it’s okay to mourn, but remember: This isn’t a guarantee that you won’t see your faves – or some version of your faves – ever again. They may show up in Rebels, or the new canon books, or even Episode VII or one of the standalone films. They may show up in ways you don’t expect, but Lucasfilm, like their stepsister Marvel, knows their own products. They know what they have, and I don’t think they’re going to forget it. As they mentioned in the original release, they’re using EU elements in Rebels, and I doubt that’ll be the last.
But me? Yes, I’m excited. Of course the new trilogy could still be awful, but if it is, it won’t be because they’re not following the EU. All this latest development means is that the new films are not beholden to storylines and character developments made while being half blind. The many stories that are, themselves, as imperfect as anything else in this franchise is imperfect.
But there are a lot of reactions to this out there, and head below the cut for my favorites.
Jason Ward of Making Star Wars:
What is a legend? A legend is a story that cannot be proved true and is probably not entirely accurate. Yet, a legend is a story that lives on and refuses to die. A legend is a story that is good enough to be retold regardless of what we believe to be true. So these stories are legends in the Star Wars universe now. They are stories worth retelling but do not necessarily reflect the interpretations or realities of the world as it is today.
Bria at Tosche Station:
I think that a lot of us need to go through the seven stages of grief, especially anger and acceptance. I also think it’s important that everyone remembers that we will always have these books. No one can ever take them from us. No one should ever just chuck their books out the window simply because they aren’t considered a part of the canon anymore. Most importantly, no one can take all the happy memories that so many of us have thanks to these books. Every time you laughed, every time you cried, every time you smiled because of words on the page of a newly dubbed Legends books? Those are yours to keep.
David Gremillion at Star Wars Underworld:
Lucasfilm has cleared the way for decades of future stories. Even better? These stories will come without controversy. We won’t have fanboys wondering how Chewie can be in Episode VII if he was killed in a novel. Authors everywhere are free to weave the post-Return of the Jedi story into a tightly cohesive universe we can all enjoy.
Onwards to Tumblr, we have Ysalamiri reminding us about sme of what we’re losing
This is Ben and Mara without a fungus that is healed by magic tears.
This is Grand Master Luke without turning to the dark side twice and killing the cloned emperor like 17 times.
This is a New Jedi Order without the authors flat out GUESSING what the “old” Jedi order was like.
And Lady Darth Caedus on looking ahead:
SW fans, think of this as not an end but a beginning. Remember what Luke realized at the start of Heir to the Empire? Not the last of the old Jedi, but the first of the new.
And finally, my favorite reaction to this whole thing? Take it away, Howard Kleinman:
Suck it, moon.