It was announced this weekend that in order to give the filmmakers “more freedom” when crafting the new endless series of Star Wars movies we’re about to see, starting with Episode VII, that now all comics, books and games relating to the Star Wars Expanded Universe are now officially declared null and void. As in, they’re no longer canon, and whatever the movies produce will be.
There’s naturally an uproar now that fans of all the beloved Expanded Universe Star Wars stories A) won’t see them adapted into films and B) have their beloved stories “not count” when it comes to the official universe. “It’s like they don’t even exist now!” they cry, and fail to realize the irony of that statement.
As much as I love Star Wars, I don’t quite see the drama here. Like, you would have to be a level 100 fanboy to literally have your enjoyment of a series of books stripped away because they’re no longer “canon.” Like, you still read the stories and loved them at the time. Why does it matter that this portion of a fictional universe is no longer what “really happens” in that fictional universe?
If you liked the stories, I get why you might be sad they’re not making them into films, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with fresh ideas. Sure, there are great Expanded Universe stories, but there are also terrible ones. And there are just so many total that crafting an endless film series while dancing in and around them would be nearly impossible.
That said, Abrams and Disney have a lot to live up to now, because if their new Star Wars is bad, these fans will be shouting from the rooftops about how the Expanded Universe got it right and Hollywood screwed it up.
What do you make of all this?