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The Jedi Council’s top 100 EU Works

The Jedi Council (aka TFN) Literature Board counts down their hundred favorite bits of the Expanded Universe. Counting not only novels and comics but short stories and video games, the results are rather fascinating. Not that I would take it as anything more than representative of the community that created it… TFNers are strange folk.

You can read the list in context on the boards, but note that the results were posted over several days, and the thread has ballooned, as they tend to do. I’ve the top 20 below the cut.

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Lucasfans make the rank

TheRaider.net (#1) and TheForce.net (#25) bookend Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Essential Fansites. (EW also has kind words for both official sites.)

The force is strong with some of our other favorite fandoms as well – Galactica Sitrep (#19,) Heroescast (#13,) Project Rungay (#12,) Memory Alpha (#11,) Whedonesque (#8,) The One Ring (#6,) Lostpedia (#3) and The Leaky Cauldron (#2.) Congrats to all for the honor and (more importantly) all the extra eyeballs it brings!

We mock because we love

lolinternets.jpgI know the internet is circular, but this is ridiculous: TheForce.Net discovers 2005. Err, The Complex and Terrifying Reality of Star Wars Fandom, aka Star Wars Fans Hate Star Wars, perhaps the most popular tongue-in-cheek fandom commentary of the last few years.

Full disclosure: we didn’t blog it until 2006, when it really started to blow up big in the halls of fandom. Still, the fact that there are people out in fandom who still haven’t seen it yet kinda scares me… And that there are people who take it seriously even more so. It’s always clearly felt like a parody to me, but what could I possibly know about pointing and laughing at fandom?

TFN thread of the indeterminate time period

The Enjayoh Is Seriously Underappreciated. The great irony of this thread, no matter how one feels about the NJO, is that in a few years there will be one just like it regarding the much-maligned Ellohteeff. Today’s ‘turd’ is tomorrow’s trophy; Thus goes the circle of fandom. (Except perhaps in regard to The Crystal Star.)

Face it: There is no Expanded Universe golden age

Oh TFN, your ability to bring the laughs to fandom is yet unmatched. Check out this winner: Is the EU really starting to suck?

First of all: Starting? Like any product of this magnitude, the Expanded Universe has its ups and downs, and always has. There is no EU golden age: even back in the days of Bantam, fans were bitching up a storm. There are great books, good books, bad books, horrific books and the work of Kevin J. Anderson. (A man who dared to write that Mara’s hair was ‘auburn.’ Oh noes!)

And, let’s not forget, these classifications are completely subjective. One fan’s Crystal Star is another fan’s Heir to the Empire. I can’t even begin to comprehend why anyone would see YJK as the pinnacle of the Expanded Universe, but if nothing else it shows the sheer variety of fandom opinion.

In any case, the potential for ‘suck’ has existed in the EU since the day the first bit of it rolled off the printing press. The main variable here is the reader, and their taste. Yes, it’s more or less inevitable that every fan will be disappointed at some point. The only real difference is how one deals with it.

It’s okay to be unhappy with the direction of a series. It’s okay to not like a book, or an author. But try to see beyond your own prejudice, or at least do something with your angst other than throwing around words like ‘suck’ and ‘trash’ on a message board all day. It doesn’t make you look any good, and it certainly doesn’t do the fandom as a whole any favors.

Embrace the pain. Mock it, snark it, twist it to your own purposes. But don’t let it rule you.

And, for the record, at least some at TFN are trying to detract from the negativity.