I agree with the title of this thread, though not all the arguements made within it.
Argueing as to what is "Star Wars" and to what is not "Star Wars" from a subjective position is pointless. We could write our own fanfiction and call it EU and thus make it "Star Wars". I would argue that something is "Star Wars" is objective and that is determined by Lucasfilm Liscensing. If ol' George bestows on to you the right to publish or produce something under the lable of Star Wars, then it is Star Wars, period. Just saying the movies are "Star Wars" and everything else is not is silly. Who are we to make that determination?
As to what is canon is a slightly different story and I is more flexible. I personally figure that Leland Chee is the Supreme Court of the SW universe, sweeping up and attempting to organize the growing mess of "Star Wars" lisence as it produces wild and often difficult to reconcile facts due to its ignorant contributors. But that is just my take.
When it comes down to "What is Star Wars to ME," that is totally subjective to the individual. I am not a fan of NJO or Legacy (comics or books). While I acknowledge that it is "Star Wars," it is not Star Wars to me. Star Wars to me generally covers the movie era, and the events occuring shortly before or after. I make some exceptions (Love KOTOR and Crimson Empire), but that is generall what I am interested in and follow.
As to the statemet of the thread, I do agree. I personally feel the EU is becoming too congested and stretching out too far. I am particularly sensitive to the Clone Wars series as I feel it is trampling all over the things written (and purchased by myself) prior. I would like to see more exploration between Episodes III and IV as they cover nearly 20 years and have almost nothing written about them. Either that or more KOTOR era stuff, albiet mindful of the fact that it is in past, with limited technolgies.
I bought Secret Missions #1: Breakout Squad today. Borders sent a 40-percent coupon out and I hate a good coupon like that to go to waste. My bookstore didn't have Rebel Force #4, which was my first choice.
I'll read it here soon.
I got RF #4 and the new Luke Skywalker book (like the Vader and Obi-Wan ones by RYder Windham) on a B&N store coupon. Did not notice SM #1.
SW Zombies? Wow, talk about jumping on the bandwagon. That deserves special recognition for its lemmingesque cliff-walk-offing. Holy crap is that going to be lame, it'll fit great with Teras Kasi.