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?