Why does none of it mean anything now? Why does it matter if the stories you enjoyed are official in any capacity? And it's not like the previous setup was set in stone. Canon existed at multiple, shifting levels based on Lucas' whims. I dunno. Maybe it's because I'm a comic book fan and retcons and reboots are the name of the game, but this makes a lot of sense. The EU spanned decades. It's incredibly inaccessible to new fans given how self-referential it all is. It's also a network of stories that contradict each other at points (which is one of the reasons behind the tiers of canon). As an organizational framework, its too dense. The slate needed to be wiped clean so new stories can be told. Look at something like Batman. The character has been around for nearly a century. He has undergone many changes. Died, been resurrected, has had a power ring or two, etc. Crap, in the first few stories, he used a gun. But no one in their right mind would expect a new author to come in and care about anything that was more than a few story arcs ago. Yeah, some authors like Grant Morrison like to grab weird esoteric things from the 60's and 70's and put them in their new work, but they're the exception to the rule. What matters is that the essence of the characters and setting remain the same. Batman is a wealthy orphan who fights crime as a vigilante. Superman is an alien from Krypton who uses his powers to defend the Earth. Luke Skywalker is a farm boy-turned-Jedi whose father failed where he succeeded. So, yeah, the EU is now Legends. And if the Star Wars franchise continues for another 30 or so years, the sparkling new continuity we're in right now will likely be a bloated, hard to get into, hard to understand mess and need replacing, too. And that's okay. It doesn't invalidate the meaning of the stories, or the heroism, or terror, or anything memorable. It just allows for new stories to be told. In this way, Luke and Han and Leia and all the rest will live on forever and be able to go on an infinite number of adventures. And that's pretty cool, IMO.