Yeah this is a pretty dorky argument if you take it as anything other than snark. It's not fan fiction legally because it's licensed by LFL. It's not fan fiction descriptively because - as Mr Ostrander just noted - the entire process of approval is enormously different and as Robimus pointed out, while we're lucky enough that many Star Wars writers are fans, this is not a prerequisite or necessarily the primary motivation for an EU author. There's no way in which the EU is fan fiction. If we do look at it as a snarky comment on the illegitimacy of licensed tie-in material in general, then, fair enough, the man's opinion is clear, though I think the level of superiority implied is a little obnoxious. Especially in the context of a film franchise that began by putting Kurosawa, Campbell and Flash Gordon in a blender. It's true - tie-in material often does have an unstated lower-level status. Star Wars is unusual in its approach to the EU and its status (something I wonder if the original commenter was aware of; most people I know are not and react with skepticism when I explain it), but even in this franchise, we have degrees of canon - it's right there in the EU. Having said that, expecting it to lose in a tussle between two conflicting sources isn't the same as expecting it to be ignored where no conflict exists. For all the issues that TCW has left us with, it's also given us EU-created characters in starring roles. While less prevalent, Aayla Secura appears in Episode III; Coruscant is called Coruscant because of the Expanded Universe. I feel uneasy and frustrated by not knowing whether the ST will make reasonable attempts not to trash the EU or whether this really will be a step up from TCW and will essentially leave us with a franchise that relates to its tie-in fiction no differently than any other in practical terms, which would make me sad. That said, I do wonder how people will define what counts as "EU fan fiction" as we move forward. T-canon already muddies that previously clear boundary. With the ST be seen as simply something added on after the event, not worthy of "counting"? Or will the fact it's presented as an official continuation by the official license-holder be enough? If it is enough, then wouldn't that argument apply equally to the license-holder's position on the EU? I can see someone not really liking the idea of a new trilogy without Lucas' involvement, but it would surprise me to hear someone dismiss the endeavour as "fan fiction", at which point we come back to the fact that if the dude doesn't like the EU - or likes it but simply considers it a "what if" version of the Star Wars Universe, that is totally fair. But his choice of words leads me to read snotty superiority into his response.