by Priya Chhaya
In eighth grade science class my friend Tracy slid me a folded piece of notebook paper. Scrawled across the top were the words “Star Wars Expanded Universe and Ratings” or something like that. On this paper she had painstakingly written out the name of each of the books marking each in turn with a series of stars. One for Children of the Jedi. Five for The Last Command. A blueprint for a newly inducted fan.
Soon I found myself devouring each book as it came along. Wanting to stay current, and let’s be honest, to know everything. In 1995, the internet was in its infancy, and my sphere of conversation on this topic was limited. But, boy, did I read.
I read regularly until the end of the New Jedi Order. Then things took a turn towards darkness. bugs, strange adventures, twisted Solo children. So I moved on, returning occasionally for a book by Timothy Zahn and to read about Mara’s demise firsthand. I felt like I owed it to her to read about her death, to pay my last respects.
Despite all this the internet kept me informed and it was enough. A single toe in a larger pond.
Let’s get this out of the way: I am hopeful. Cautiously optimistic. Filled with anticipation. Even thrilled now that we have three films in three years.
Seriously all — ROGUE ONE. Even if it isn’t linked to Michael Stackpole/Aaron Allston, the idea alone… Whew.
Then . . . → Read More: Aftermath of Losing the Star War Expanded Universe
Fan fiction is being covered widely across media. Tricia Barr discusses why it is a topic that has become unavoidable to franchises. . . . → Read More: Fanon, Canon and the Blurring Lines Between Them
In Star Wars lore, Yoda famously described a variation on path dependence, too: “Once you set foot down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.” Path dependence has a long history in prior Star Wars stories, and its impact will be felt on all of the new Star Wars stories coming in the years ahead. . . . → Read More: Path Dependence in Star Wars Storytelling
2014 Locus Award finalists in science fiction category include familiar names. . . . → Read More: Locus Awards 2014
Star Wars author Paul Kemp wants to talk about men. Long-time Star Wars consumer responds. . . . → Read More: Franchises, Fandom and Protecting The Brand Message
Women in comics and filmmaking share insights on their respective industries. . . . → Read More: Celebrating The Awesome Ladies of Star Wars
Earlier this week Bryan Young at Big Shiny Robot shared this incredible fan trailer by Marc Rienzo. It imagines what a theatrical trailer might look like for the Expanded Universe, now newly rechristened as the Star Wars Legends stories. . . . → Read More: Star Wars Legends Fan Trailer
What made Mara (and Elsa) such a great character. . . . → Read More: What Made Mara (and Elsa) Great: Agency
FANgirl explores the storytelling success of Marvel, Disney Animation and Pixar as we move into the new dawn of Star Wars stories. . . . → Read More: Collaborative Storytelling: From Marvel to Disney Animation and Looking Beyond to Star Wars
Assembly of Geeks celebrates Star Wars Day. . . . → Read More: Celebrate Star Wars Day With Assembly of Geeks