« on: January 12, 2014, 09:13 PM »
The overall story direction of the post-ROTJ EU was almost non-existant. It lacked the sense of singular vision that steered both the PT and the OT. You had to deal with some crazy premises, ridiculous names and the like. George Lucas reportedly signed off on a lot of this stuff, but I have to wonder just how closely he was involved in the story direction of these scores of novels and comics that have been released over the years. For me, almost ALL of the post-ROTJ EU has been difficult to accept. Some of the pre-PT, Clone Wars and dark times stories work for me, but it's somewhat limited.
I think that this decision will ultimately serve the movies far better. Why? Because JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan aren't going to be painted into a corner by all of this burdensome EU minutiae. And I think they're going to be better able to serve up a great Star Wars story because they're going to have more freedom. And to me? I think that JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are far more capable writers when it comes to interpreting George Lucas's vision than any EU novelist or comic writer. Even Timothy Zahn.
Even George Lucas wound up being boxed in by his own work. The prequels were tough for him from a writing standpoint because he had to fulfill all of these story elements that were established in the OT. Think about the constraints he had to work within just based on how he had Vader speak in the OT. Vader's dialogue was very tight and focused in the OT. Almost robotic. How do you humanize that voice and character in Vader's origin story while staying true to the OT movies? That alone was very difficult.
And that makes me much more understanding of Disney's decision to establish this Star Wars story group within the newly re-organized Lucasfilm. If they need to cut bait with a majority of the post-ROTJ expanded universe stories and literature? Then do it. Because the movies have to be the true canon. Otherwise you devalue the Star Wars film legacy.