I donít believe there can be any argument that the novelization of A New Hope is hopelessly out-of-date.
Iíd like to see a revamped novelization of the story, utilizing thirty years of hindsight and reams of backstory (EU or otherwise).
The kicker this time is to make it the exhaustive story of the ďfirstĒ movie. Interesting asides like Kyle Katarnís first stealing of the Death Star plans, to the Tantive IVís story, to Biggsís story (as touched upon in recent Empire comics) could be included to really develop the themes of war and rebellion and what these people were sacrificing. Give us sidestories for some characters from the EUóMara Jade as a prime example. A truly galaxy-spanning story, over a thousand pages easily, with the movieís events only really occupying half of it.
The movie follows Lukeís story, but letís expand the new novel to multiple POVs that we can truly appreciate after the prequels. Letís have chapters told from Vaderís perspective, or Obi-WanísÖmaybe even Owen and Beru.
A New Hope ought to be your favorite Star Wars novel, but Iíll bet itís not. This could change that.
What do you think? What would you like an expanded version of the classic story to contain?