Tychu wrote:My question, what about little things with the EU that explains some things seen in the films? For instance it's the EU that explains that Obi-Wan was studying the busts of the "Lost Twenty" in Episode II.
Is that really such an important detail that the entire movie falls apart without it?
Tychu wrote:Does Shadows of the Empire exist? How did Luke make his own green saber if Shadows doesn't exist?
How did Obi-wan build his lightsaber, or any of the PT Jedi? How did Vader build his red lightsaber after he lost the blue one to Obi-wan in Episode III? This is not a critical detail that makes Return of the Jedi a lesser movie; it's enough to know that he built and/or found a green-bladed lightsaber somewhere along the way.
Tychu wrote:It's the little things, like Hans blood stripes. It was from true EU that we learned Han was in the Imperial Navy.
Maybe the guy just likes pants with a stripe down the leg. He also had yellow stripes during the movies. Those red stripes don't have
to be anything more meaningful than a decorative choice on his part.
Hell that was one of the problems with the EU, when it seemed like every-fucking-thing had to be important somehow. Like Ice Cream Machine Man. No, he wasn't some chubby dude with a random bit of machinery fleeing Bespin; he was a Rebel spy with "critical intelligence" or some stupid bullshit.
Sometimes less is
SilverDragonRed wrote:The sad thing about losing the entire EU is that Lucas didn't show any respect to the people who were keeping his setting alive. Without the EU as the only place for Star Wars tales in the decades long span between trilogies, how big do ya'll think the fandom would have clamoring for Phantom Menace?
So, in a final show of disrepect to the people who made him money for decades, he throws all of it under the bus while flipping off all the people who ever created material for it and the fans who got invested in those stories.
I know it's popular to play the Blame Lucas game, but you do know this isn't him, right? I mean granted, he never especially cared about the EU as TCW showed us (except when he liked elements of it and used those). But this is a wider decision made by...the LSG, Disney, whoever.
In any event, it is not disrespectful. Sorry, but it isn't. Any professional author who writes for somebody else's franchise should know damn well that this is not
their sandbox, it is somebody else's and if that somebody else decides to ignore or discard their stuff, that's life. It's a part of the business.
Granted some authors (*cough*Karen Traviss*cough*) don't seem to accept that, but it is what it is. Even their original characters aren't really their property, hence Mara Jade dying and Tim Zahn having nothing to say about how she went. That's just the nature of the business.