Yes but the difference being that the characters from books by stackpole or whoever are really badly drawn and have names that smack of a lack of imagination. They mostly sound like bad 1950's B movie characters. I've tried and tried to read EU books but every time I have to throw the book away because it's such a badly written pile of tripe. The coincidence factor in all of them is so great that it goes off the coincidence scale. The plots are at best weak and the characters who have some kind of link to the core characters from the movies are far too many in number.
Even the novellisations of the movies make me cringe. The added parts from TPM about Anakin tending a wounded Tusken - DEAR GOD ON A STICK!!!!! I'm trying desperately to keep my foul mouth from spilling over here I have so much contempt for these 'books' and their 'authors'.
Names have nothing to do with EU. I'm perfectly happy with walrus man instead of Ponda Baba. To me it's just a way of identifying a character when I talk to you people. It creates a common language and that's the only purpose it serves.
I couldn't care a fig for Mara Jade/Skywalker or Leia Organa-Solo. I don't want to know about stupid ideas like the Ssi-Rukk or whoever the hell they are. Suncrushers? Ord Mantell? Ryloth?
What is all this rubbish? it all makes no sense and doesn't fit into place anywhere.
Characters from comics are fair game because they are technically designs anyway. Villie the mercenary is a great character with enough personality to warrant a figural representation. I just hope to god we never get anything so awful as a Dathomir sith witch. Heavens above, that is the worst idea I've ever seen in any non cannon crud.
I actually find it offensive that so much EU has been absorbed into the star wars universe already. Head on over to the official star wars site and look through the databank. You're forced to read all the EU entries whether you want to or not. I think that's highly offensive and rude.
There, that's my real opinion with no pussiefooting around. stick that in your smug EU pipe and smoke it!!!! ARRRRRRGH!
I was going to edit this post and take out most of it. But I decided not to. I'm sorry if any of you take any offense. But we are all entitled to our opinions. I don't want to start a fight and hope this doesn't start anything like that. We are definately split into two camps here. Perhaps the answer would be a second and seperate star wars line - a branching off as it were with a totally different branding. Something in the same scale to appease the EU fans but not tied to the main star wars line so it doesn't interfere with that branding. Just a thought I had after posting.....