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Yes it is.
Date: 4/27/14 1:56 pm
In Response To: It's nothing new, really. :) (Leviathan)

: So really, Star Wars has been consistently rewriting and revising itself. And
: someday some other company may own Star Wars and declare Disney's EU not
: canon. Hell, Marvel, now owned by Disney, will be making new
: "canon" Star Wars comics, when they themselves had made a whole
: host of mostly-cheesy SW comics in the 80's that were ignored for the most
: part in the last EU incarnation. Kind of ironic!

I think that overstates the amount of change in the SW canon. More fair would be the following:

- There was the "first canon" in the 80s.
- Canon was rebooted with Dark Empire and the Thrawn Trilogy.
- Every once in a while, George Lucas threw in a wrench, but LucasArts worked as best as it could around him.

Even at a level of say, 90% consistency, there is nothing like the Star Wars ex-canon. The Old Republic would be a decent-sized canon in its own right, but altogether, you have over 100,000 entities on Wookiepedia, over a thousand pieces of literature...

: In a multi-creator franchise, the only canon that matters is the canon that
: rings true to the reader, whether it's old or new, official or fan-made.
: Companies will trade IPs, original authors will come ago. The nature of
: franchises, and possibly stories as a whole, is always in flux, sometimes
: transforming from something you love to something you don't really
: recognize anymore, sadly.

While I definitely believe in the concept of head-canon (e.g. Fistful of Arrows), I think official canon is important. (Heck, Disney does too - do you expect them to publish contradictory novels in their own canon?) In addition to Loftus's arguments, its sheer size became a testament to human creativity and dedication. And its infinite scale (how many people have read every piece of literature) meant that one could really escape into it as a parallel reality as if it actually happened. I never consumed a lot of Star Wars media, but the idea always appealed to me. It's true that Disney will keep publishing existing stuff, but watching it seal shut makes me a little sad.

On the plus side, the Holiday Special is no longer canon ;-)

: As well, Disney said that creators will be encouraged to use characters and
: threads from past EUs in the new EU. Which is basically what has been
: happening all along!

I think Disney should have done more of a "reboot" than a discarding of the original universe (sort of like Star Trek). I look forward to Disney's fresh and unconstrained take on Star Wars, but six movies and a TV series is a franchise, not a universe. If they continued to treat the "Star Wars Legends" branch as an alternate canon (and continued to put works out in it), that would make nearly everyone happy.

Messages In This Thread

Star Wars EU is not CanonCody Miller4/26/14 10:53 pm
     It's nothing new, really. :)Leviathan4/27/14 1:12 am
           Re: It's nothing new, really. :)Avateur4/27/14 1:33 am
           Yes it is.Arithmomaniac4/27/14 1:56 pm
                 Re: Yes it is.Stephen L. (SoundEffect)4/27/14 3:15 pm
                       Re: Yes it is.Avateur4/27/14 11:54 pm
                             Lololololol.GrimBrother One4/28/14 12:28 am
                                   Re: Lololololol.Avateur4/28/14 12:39 am
                                         Re: Lololololol.DEEP NNN4/28/14 8:46 am
                                               Re: Lololololol.Avateur4/28/14 9:01 pm
                       Re: Yes it is.Cody Miller5/1/14 4:41 pm
                             Re: Yes it is.Stephen L. (SoundEffect)5/2/14 10:46 am
     Re: Star Wars EU is not Canongamerguy20024/27/14 2:23 am
           Probably too hard to work out what to pay who *NM*scarab4/27/14 4:16 am
     Re: Star Wars EU is not CanonQuirel4/27/14 5:59 am
           I donated all my Star Wars books.Captain Spark4/27/14 9:35 am
           Re: Star Wars EU is not Canonsquidnh34/27/14 2:50 pm
     Re: Star Wars EU is not CanonStephen L. (SoundEffect)4/27/14 12:38 pm
           Re: Star Wars EU is not CanonUrban Reflex4/27/14 5:01 pm
                 Re: Star Wars EU is not CanonArithmomaniac4/27/14 7:13 pm
                       Re: Star Wars EU is not CanonStephen L. (SoundEffect)4/27/14 11:00 pm
                             OT SW stuff for LoftusDEEP NNN4/28/14 8:42 am
                                   Re: OT SW stuff for LoftusStephen L. (SoundEffect)4/28/14 1:31 pm
     I think I know whyZackDark4/27/14 2:07 pm
     Re: Star Wars EU is not CanonJaydee4/28/14 12:33 am
           Re: Star Wars EU is not CanonCody Miller5/1/14 4:37 pm
                 Re: Star Wars EU is not CanonJaydee5/3/14 9:52 pm
     Was the EU ever canon?Kal4/28/14 11:34 am
           Re: Was the EU ever canon?yakaman5/1/14 5:54 pm
     Re: Star Wars EU is not CanonKermit4/28/14 4:14 pm
           Re: Star Wars EU is not CanonAsian Inferno4/30/14 2:39 am
                 Re: Star Wars EU is not CanonKermit4/30/14 4:11 pm
                       Re: Star Wars EU is not CanonStephen L. (SoundEffect)5/1/14 7:48 am
                             Loftus is such a hipsterZackDark5/1/14 1:56 pm

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