Has the EU changed your life?

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  1. jedi_master_ousley Manager Emeritus

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    I know it has mine.

    The EU is what first got me into reading of any kind, probably back in 2nd grade (approx). I started out with the Glove of Darth Vader series, which, back then, I didn't think about how strange most of it seemed. I didn't think about how "oh, Han wouldn't wear an apron" and so on. From there I read the Junior Jedi Knights series.

    Then when I got to fourth grade, I read the TPM novel near the end of the year since that's when it came out. I also started the Jedi Apprentice series then. That's when I first started really liking Star Wars, and from there I read a few other books, though at this point I don't even remember which ones.

    Then it was near the end of sixth grade that I picked up the Jedi Academy trilogy, since I was at the library and saw something Star Wars, I read it then, and liked it, and continued on to the Thrawn Trilogy, some prequel novels, and a couple other random SW books.

    Once that point came, I had already started reading some other book series' for a couple years (just random stuff) but then I really started liking to read. I read the Harry Potter series about that time, which I really liked. A year later I read the Lord of the Rings books, which I really liked.

    Then this year came the NJO, and I'm almost done with it, and have really enjoyed it.

    The way that the EU has changed my life is that it brought me to reading. Without it, I might have turned into another one of those kids who doesn't care about school at all, and just does whatever that doesn't involve thinking in my free time. But I started reading. And I've done really well in school, with just a few minor flukes resulting in nothing lower than a "C."

    And my friends who read are further along academically too. All of the top students in my grade read a lot. It may be coincidental, but I think reading can certainly help ... and it was Star Wars that helped me get a good start in school.

    And when I first started reading, I didn't care about "continuity." I had never heard the terms "purist" and "completist." I didn't know what "canon" meant. And I didn't care. I just read Star Wars and enjoyed it for what it was: A fictional universe created for the enjoyment of people.

    But it was last summer that I found these boards. And it was around the winter that I started hearing and looking into the canon wars and so on. I was confused; I had never heard the terms before, I didn't know that people didn't accept the EU to be part of Star Wars. I was amazed.

    And now here I am, caught up on the middle of canon wars, participating in a focus group that is centered around finding peace between the two factions, using logic to argue the EU in battle, and ultimately helping the EUDF in all of it.

    The EU was a way of life for me growing up, it brought me to reading and probably better grades, and it made me some great friends here on the forums ... as well as some enemies.

    And now that Episode III is closing in, I can only hope that the EU will continue being written for years to come, and will bring enjoyment to new groups of Star Wars fans. I know that I still have a lot of catching up to do (admittedly, I still haven't read the X-Wing series, though there is the fact that I couldn't find them anywhere for a while) but someday I will be all caught up, and will have read the books probably numerous times, while passing the stories on to other people.

    And that has already happened a little bit. I've had a couple of my friends from school read some novels, and they've enjoyed them. I've talked people (even a one-time stubborn purist) on these boards into reading the EU and they've enjoyed it.

    Yes, it definitely changed my life. And definitely in a good way.

    So, now that I'm done with that long post that you probably didn't read, has the EU changed anyone else's life?
  2. Fire_Light Jedi Grand Master

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    Mar 24, 2002
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    Yes, it has changed mine. It has made me significantly poorer than I otherwise would have been. :p
  3. Jedi_Dajuan Admin: FanForce and Games

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    Here Here Fire_Light. EU is what really started my Star Wars obsession in 6th Grade. I picked up the Zahn trilogy and never put down the EU.

    An old, old friend of mine accuses my of doing the same thing for him. I brought the book to school one day. He took one look at it and announced "I'm reading that when you're done." No questions, he just told me. We met up again after a bunch of years this summer and it's like no time had passed at all.

    My b/f an I even met over Star Wars. He's not the EU fan I am but he likes to hear me talk about the stories. If I hadn't kept up with Star Wars over the years through EU, I may have lost my fire for it.

    All I have to say is... Thank/Damn you Zahn for starting all of this!!
  4. Stackpole_The_Hobbit Force Ghost

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    Jul 31, 2002
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    Everything you choose or do not choose changes your life.
  5. lexu Force Ghost

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    ^Thank you, Jacen Solo. :p

    I don't think reading results in kids doing better in school so much as it's a result itself of the same curcumstances that make kids interested in school.

    Myself, I've done better in school since I don't read as much. :p
  6. Master_Jacen Force Ghost

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    Jun 1, 2003
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    Only Bacon has changed my life.
  7. NaboosPrincess Manager Emeritus

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    Stakkie, that was so profound!

    The EU is actually what got me into Star Wars, oddly enough...I had never known what Star Wars was about, borrowed a YJK book from my friend, read it, and was hooked. So the EU changed my life in a big way. Now, it just soaks up all my time and money. :p
  8. Stridarious Jedi Grand Master

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    Nov 27, 2002
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    Has it not? 8-}

    I mean now it has made the movies even more clear, and has helped tremendously to enable myself to get a more broader picture of the series ;) .
  9. Protege-of-Thrawn Manager Emeritus

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    Yes. Now I can travel through most of Europe without having to exchange my money all the time!!

    [canned_laughter]
  10. Stackpole_The_Hobbit Force Ghost

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    ^Thank you, Jacen Solo

    Didn't even occur to me :p

    PoT: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :p
  11. Lank_Pavail Jedi Grand Master

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    Sep 26, 2002
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    And there's PoT with the obligatory Euro Union vs. Expanded Uni joke. :p

    I think the EU has increased my love of the SW as a whole, mostly thanks to the works of Zahn, Stackpole(the author not the hobbit. :p ) And of course, Allston. :cool:

    Nut, like the rest of you, it's sucked away a lot of money and time. Ah well, should a vortex ever suck me into the SWU, I'll be fairly well-prepared. :p
  12. Mortimer_Nerdly Force Ghost

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    Boba Fett gave me my morals (Picked em up from an EU book). :)

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  13. Deak_Alder Jedi Master

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    Oct 31, 2003
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    The EU definently changed my life. I first picked up Jedi Search in 5th grade. I ahve read basically every Star Wars novel printed and thanks to all that reading I have a rather large vocabulary and do really well when writing papers. Now I know that reading in general will give you a bigger vocabulary and better writing skill but other that SW, Harry Potter, and LOTR I can't read anything. So I'd say it has impacted me in a huge way.
  14. jedi_master_ikrit Jedi Master

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    Aug 2, 2002
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    Because of the EU I got a C in english last year.
  15. coney_1_kenobi Jedi Master

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    Because of the EU, I am now involved in a fan film. It is based on Expanded Universe stories (pre-Episode 1)
  16. Jedi_Dajuan Admin: FanForce and Games

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    Because of EU I now write papers on Star Wars in college.
  17. CptCorranHorn Force Ghost

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    my first experience with Star Wars was when my cousin started collecting the figures in the mid 90's, and he started telling me the whole story. he was coming over to spend the night once, and I decided to have one of the movies to watch, so I made my mom buy The Empire Strikes Back.

    We watched it, and a couple days later, my cousin told me about the books. I was skeptical, but I went out and bought the jedi Academy Trilogy, which had me hooked.

    I had been a huge fan when I found these boards last year. Immediately, I headed straight for the EU Forums, and the Community first.

    The way the EU has changed my life is through the people I've met here in the EUC.
    I've become more outgoing IRL thanks to these boards (Dont ask me how 8-}) and better with girls (although I dont need to be good with girls anymore, thanks to a certain poster on here ;))

    overall, I would be in a worse place if not for the EU, so I thank everyone involved in this wonderful story
  18. KenKenobi Force Ghost

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    Jul 11, 2002
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    Heck yeah it changed my life. I might have a girlfriend if it wasn't for the EU. [face_mischief] :p


    Ken Kenobi- And you have a nice day ;)
  19. Stackpole_The_Hobbit Force Ghost

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    Bah, that's crap. Corrk and I have girlfriends. ;)

    Free Trell ... he hasn't got a girlfriend.
  20. WarmasterDan Jedi Grand Master

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    Sep 3, 2002
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    that self-mutliating aliens are cooler than Imperials, that the prequal era is a lot more interesting than the Classic era. Plus it help me come to this site, that books are better than movies, and aliens are better than fighter pilots.
  21. Jedi_Dajuan Admin: FanForce and Games

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    Yeah Ken, I have a boyfriend and I'm still into the EU. You just have to find one that either shares your interest or has a similar serious hobby of her own.
  22. CptCorranHorn Force Ghost

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    Bah, that's crap. Corrk and I have girlfriends

    Yeah, I met mine here 8-}
  23. lightsaber_wielder Jedi Master

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    Jan 24, 2002
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    Or you just find a girlfriend that will put up with you anyway. ;)

    I don't think that EU has majorly changed my life, but it's certainly made the "reading" part a whole lot more enjoyable. It definitely didn't get me into SW - that was the original trilogy's handiwork. :)
  24. Bib Fortuna Twi'lek Jedi Youngling

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    The EU made going to college 2 years ago a lot more difficult than it could have been. I had to lug all of my book there and back home again. Those books can be heavy!
  25. KenKenobi Force Ghost

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    Jul 11, 2002
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    Well yeah, it's not a problem in finding the girl, it's finding the time to get off the JC and stop reading the books to spend time with her. :p


    Ken Kenobi- And you have a nice day ;)
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