All right. That's it! I'm calling out all EU lovers out there. I'm starting a thread to see how many of us there are. More specifically this thread will be open for discussion of the Legacy of the Force series, including plot points, speculations, and theories I was kind of dissappointed to find that the only threads available contained tons of posts by people who seem like they can't stand the EU. That's ok. But come on. Some people out there have to like it as much as I do. I just finished Betrayal and I thought it was damn good. Not the best mind you, but definately up there. I've been reading the EU books since Zahn's first Trilogy came out and have loyally followed it the whole way. The EU is it for Star Wars for the forseeable future. I'll be a Star Wars fan for life and I will follow it in any format that it moves too. Sure there have been some turd books out there, but one could argue that there have been some turd movies out there too (LOL). But there have been some gems out there too. Most notably the Zahn books, but he hasn't been the only one. Oh no. Stackpole's X-Wing books and I, Jedi were phenomonal. Allston started off with his excellent Wraith Squadron books and again showed what he can do again with Betrayal. Also, Troy Denning's Star by Star - very good. Kevin J. Anderson's Young Jedi Knights. All of these are but just a few of many.
Now some of the biggest complaints I here are that the EU is not written by Lucas, thus are essentially a huge "What If?" Please! Lucas still retains creative control over the entire Star Wars universe. Sure these books are written by dozens of authors offering there own unique perspectives, but Lucas still has the final say so on any major plot points, character changes, and/or storylines (i.e. the Solo twins, death of Chewie, Mara & Luke). Essentially, the story is still developing along the lines of what it would if he were entirely behind the wheel. I even seem to recall certain story ideas that he developed and then passed along saying run with it (i.e. Labyrinth of Evil and Dark Lord). Regardless, in the end it is still Star Wars. They are still ongoing stories about the character I grew up with.
Another one is that the EU disregards some/all ideas from the movies. Although, I have seen some good points in this arguement I believe that the movies do not leave anything carved in stone. For example, I have seen some take offense that Legacy of the Force and the comic Star Wars: Legacy reintroduce Sith stating that this ignores the fact that Vader and/or Luke brought balance to the force. To counter argue, I say where do the movies state that a force balanced galaxy is one that has no Sith. By definition of balance, one would think that in fact a balance would have equal Jedi and Sith. Maybe, just maybe the Sith's rule of two is what threw the galaxy out of balance in the first place. Two Sith to counter the galaxy's thousands of Jedi is extremely lopsided to me. Or, maybe the prophesy has been misinterpreted. Yoda even admits in EIII that maybe they were wrong about the prophecy of the one who would bring balance to the force. Now I'll go off on my own creative tangent and propose that maybe the prophecy is never ending in that I describes the entire Skywalker family. One generation to be Sith (Vader) and swing the galaxy to the dark, the next to be Jedi (Luke) and swing it back to the light and so on and so on (Anyone who's read Betrayal and DH's SW Legacy will see where I'm going with this). I wouldn't see that as a retcon, more of a reevaluation of what the prophecy means.
Well, regardless, I know the books aren't going to please every fan. But I would like to hear more from the people that like what they're reading. So, on with the Legacy of the Force speculation.