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Almost by accident (fate?) I happened to walk into Target on Force Friday. And was forcibly reminded by a million displays that (if I wasn’t already aware from the news articles that seem to come out minute-by-minute) there is a new Star Wars movie coming out this December.

So I think I’m gonna party like it’s 1999. Because that was definitely the last time Star Wars was given such a huge push in our collective cultural consciousness. I remember seeing products for The Phantom Menace everywhere from Taco Bell to Pepsi cans (only a few years ago we unearthed the character-specific cans from Episode I at my parents’ house and finally got rid of them. Heh.)

I feel lucky to have come to the Star Wars franchise at a point in time where it had ebbed in popularity. I first saw Episode IV in the early 90s when my Mom bought it on VHS as a gag gift for my Dad. Well, suffice to say my brother and I were hooked from the moment the Star Destroyer came onscreen. This gag gift led to many years of renting (over and over again, as Mom is quick to remind us) The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi from our local Star Video.

The only thing at that time for Star Wars fans outside of dusty VHS copies was the excellent Timothy Zahn trilogy: Heir of the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command. (I actually only read those books all the way through a few years ago.)

Then came the now-reviled Special Editions, which really kicked off the modern era of Star Wars as a franchise, eventually birthing the Prequels, comic books from Dark Horse, tons of novels, and action figures galore.

Star Wars is pretty much knitted into the fabric of who I am as a person. I think it was really the first story that I fell in love with, and certainly the first story where I absolutely wanted to know what happened next.

Yet somehow, I never got deeply into the Star Wars EU, and truthfully, by the time Disney bought the franchise and decided to nuke the EU to make continuity less of a pain, I could totally understand their reasoning. Truthfully, I was actually kind of excited. Much like DC Comics and their New 52 reset, rebooting the Star Wars EU meant that I would finally have a good jump-in point to start enjoying Star Wars expanded universe material again.

And of course, I was tickled by the idea that the new material is now considered “canon.” Yes, there are things I wish they had kept like Shadows of the Empire and several of the Prequel-era stuff like the Jedi Apprentice children’s book series, but reading through the five books pictured above made me realize how great it was to read material that was informed by the Prequels, The Clone Wars series, Rebels, and even hints at the new trilogy. Little throwaway comments like the age of a beat-up old ship being “Clone Wars era” instantly helps you date things now. It adds a beautiful cohesiveness to the universe that simply wasn’t there before.



I’m trying to not let myself get completely swept away with Star Wars mania again this time around (unlike 1999, haha). But boy, is my inner kid practically quivering with excitement to find out what Luke, Leia, Han and all their friends have been up to for the last 30 years in a galaxy far, far away.

And after reading those books, I think it’s going to be a fun ride.

Date: 2015-10-06 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
Surprised you haven't picked up Star Wars as told by Shakespeare ::giggles;:

Date: 2015-10-06 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Heh, I actually got those for my brother for Christmas last year! I still need to borrow them for my own reading though. XD

Date: 2015-10-06 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
Heh. Oh, did you see the Dark Horse comics based on the original concept scripts?

Date: 2015-10-06 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Yup. I picked the GN up about a year ago? It was so strange. The art was lovely, but you could obviously tell the story being told was something still in development stages. Or maybe it was just weird because my brain just wanted to make sure it properly categorized who everyone was really supposed to be. XD

Date: 2015-10-06 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
Yeah, it was a source of 'wait, what? Who the? What the?'

Date: 2015-10-06 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
Also, I now blame you for the bunny that has Z'neth in the role of Darth Vader

Date: 2015-10-06 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Hehe, I'll take credit for that!

Date: 2015-10-06 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
It does fit him, heh. What with Dark Wing being his Vader while he's Ani. Of course, now to figure out how his siblings fall

Date: 2015-10-07 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Fellow Jedi Knights? Peak as a Padawan? Summit as Obi-Wan? Apex as Ahsoka?

Date: 2015-10-07 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
I can see Peak as a Padawan. Not sure with Summit as Obi-Wan since Obi-Wan trained Ani. So, another Jedi from the same training? But I could see Apex as Ahsoka.

Date: 2015-10-07 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
If Z'neth's older, he could be Obi-Wan. It actually fits surprisingly well with his in-show characterization.

Haha, Cifex could be from the Techno Union.

Date: 2015-10-07 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
Ha! True, although, instead of Ani falling, Obi-Wan falls?

Techno Union? That's from the EU?

Date: 2015-10-08 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
What if Z'neth is Obi-Wan, and Peak is Anakin (and he falls?) I've always thought of Peak having that same impetuousness as Anakin in the prequels.

I think they pop up briefly in one of the prequel movies. Attack of the Clones, maybe? I just always remember loving the name "Techno Union." It kind of sounds like an industrial dance band haha.
Edited Date: 2015-10-08 12:51 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-10-08 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
That could work ::pondering:: I was only going with Z being the one that fell since we do have Z becoming the mutant against his will.

Attack of the clones - 2 or 3? I haven't seen 3

Date: 2015-10-07 02:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
Heh, tell me about it! This is going to be a wild ride!

Date: 2015-10-07 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
I really am trying to temper my excitement, but it is apparently not working!

Date: 2015-10-07 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
I know, I know!

As a distraction, how're your bunnies? Mine are still sleeping.

Date: 2015-10-07 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Mine are pretty darn somnolent. I'm trying to wake them up as NaNo approaches...but no luck yet. :[

Date: 2015-10-07 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
I hate when that happens! What would help wake them up? Prompts?

Date: 2015-10-07 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
I'm actually trying to work on a few original flash fiction prompts again to see if I can't stimulate them a bit!

But after posting that little Star Wars fic I've felt really...dry creatively.

Date: 2015-10-07 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
Good idea! I'm trying to catch up on my backlog of requested prompts myself!

Ugh, I know that feeling. Maybe reread some of your own work? That's helped me before.

Date: 2015-10-07 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
That's a good idea!

I actually got a little review on my DF fic today on FF.net, so that was a fun surprise for today. :)

Date: 2015-10-07 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
Yep!

DragonLordRyu? They reviewed me too! *feels loved*

Date: 2015-10-07 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Yay! *throws confetti*

Date: 2015-10-07 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
*throws confetti as well*

Date: 2015-10-08 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stormyserenity.livejournal.com
Back in the day I really liked the Young Jedi Knights series. The twins and their friends were some good solid characters... when they were teenagers. Apparently after they grew up the writers eventually ran out of ideas and went with "turning evil" as a plot point. 9_9

Date: 2015-10-08 11:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
Please tell me the reasoning wasn't "it's in the blood" to turn evil?

Date: 2015-10-08 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
I only ever had the first book of that series as a kid, but I remember reading it over and over again! It was only later that I learned there were more books and I picked up a few of them on Ebay. I need to actually read them haha (like 75% of the books I own XD)

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