Ah good old authority... This is like the days when the modernists first dared to *whispers quietly* write poems that didn't rhyme! I mean, OMG! Who the kriff did they think they were?! The audacity! It was outrageous to think they could challenge centuries of established rule! Or, to put things differently: I don't care less what "authority" Stover has in comparison to Lucas. I still prefer the ROTS novel to the film, just like how there are a lot of poems and other literary works that didn't follow the "rules" and yet turned out a heck of a lot better because of it. I've never understood the desire to put Lucas up on a pedestal with Shakespeare when Shakespeare himself has had his forms challenged and remade over the years. (Of course, that naughty William Shakespeare just got what he deserved for not abiding by Petrarch's rules on how to structure a sonnet. ) That's, like, how good literature works. (And even Lucas himself clearly accepts that, as seen in his attraction to Dark Empire and TFU or the EU works that have made their way into TCW.) For a film series that took the Hollywood industry by storm and revolutionized things during a period of stagnation, I've never understood the urge to apply hardcore literary conservatism to Star Wars when remaking the old into something new is what defined ANH and was the entire reason for its success. People have actually started giving that genuine thought? Wow. For years I've been talking about how CDs and digital media aren't as "permanent" as the good old fashioned stuff (just look at how hard it even is to play an old DOS game with a modern version of Windows!) so it's cool to know that there's actually real effort being put into "preserving" information instead of just letting it vanish into the ether if people ever metaphorically forget how to turn the pages of a book.