Lit Should I bother getting into the Thrawn Trilogy now that Episode 7 is officially happening?

Discussion in 'Literature' started by TryWhistlingThis, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. TryWhistlingThis Jedi Grand Master

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    I've always wanted to try this series but now that Episode 7 is going ahead with George's statement of the story being original (written by Michael Arndt), would the Thrawn trilogy now be considered as an alternative universe to what we're getting in 2015? Have the stories of Thrawn still stood the test of time?
  2. Charlemagne19 Chosen One

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    It was always an alternate universe. Episode 7, whatever it is, won't represent George Lucas' vision. It'll be Disney's vision.

    Intellectual property can be sold but no artistic merit.

    The Thrawn Trilogy and Expanded Universe are GOOD books and if you choose not to read them because of an arbitrary distinction that's your call.

    But there is no "true" story to Star Wars and it certainly isn't going to be made any truer because someone paid George Lucas 4 billion dollars.
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  3. Zorrixor Chosen One

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    The War of the Ring is still worth reading in original form whatever some film decides to change about the End of the Third Age.
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  4. Chewbacca89 Force Ghost

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    I personally think the Thrawn Trilogy are some of the best Star Wars books out there. I would definitely recommend reading them, regardless of the content of Episode 7. If you start not wanting to read a EU book because it might conflict with another work then your going to severely limit yourself.
  5. Plebeian Jedi Master

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  6. Grand Admiral Paxis Jedi Grand Master

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    Yes. They're a fantastic series, we know nothing about what implications Episode VII will have on EU and even if it overrides everything you still have a good three years to truly enjoy the richness and depth of the storyline.
  7. Darth_SHOT Force Ghost

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    short version: OF COURSE!

    long version: OF COURSE! x a hundred
  8. TryWhistlingThis Jedi Grand Master

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    I think i'd better, i started reading Heir To The Empire when I was about 9 or 10 but never committed to it because I felt the book "didn't have enough cool explosion pictures" :D I looked on itunes for the book but it doesn't look as though it's available. I've noticed they've done a hardcover Anniversary reprint, i'll get that one.
  9. TryWhistlingThis Jedi Grand Master

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    Actually i've just realised how naive I am because i've just read through the Expanded Universe article on Wikipedia and the EU is far more expansive than I anticipated. Strangely enough I do remember reading "The Glove Of Darth Vader" and "Lost City of the Jedi". How much of the post-Yarvin era would I have to read to understand the Thrawn trilogy since thrawn seems to take place some years after Return Of the Jedi?
  10. _Catherine_ Force Ghost

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    You don't have to read anything else to understand the Thrawn books. They were the first novels written after ROTJ so they don't rely on any other EU.
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  11. Manisphere Force Ghost

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    All three are available on itunes. Make sure you're getting the unabridged versions though.
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  12. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Once again, an original story means that it's not an adaptation of an existing story, so we're not getting "Thrawn: the Musical." An original story does not mean "we're chucking the EU." People need to stop reading things into words that aren't there.
  13. Zorrixor Chosen One

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    [face_laugh][face_rofl]

    That now has to happen or my life with never be complete.
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  14. WIERD_GREEN_MAN Jedi Grand Master

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    Thrawn and all EU is canon until 2015 says otherwise.
  15. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    "Pelly, oh Pelly, there's a rumblin' in my belly. Though his brain be rather ill, help us C'baoth might still. First we'll discredit Ackbar, and we'll make their council meetings go FUBAR. Now let's go find some mining drills, I think they'll handy and we won't even have to hire that Mandie..."
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  16. Arawn_Fenn Chosen One

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    It's his story treatment, and it will probably be no more Disney's vision than The Avengers was Disney's vision.
  17. Zer0 Jedi Grand Master

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    I don't see why not, Star Wars is Star Wars.
  18. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    If you're after an interesting take on the Empire that was subsequently built on for years afterwards, yes.

    For all we know Ep 7 will indeed have an Empire but they'll be EEEEEVIL and all speak the Emperor's English! (ie Brit accents)
  19. CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus

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    Yeah, you came up with that a little too quickly.
  20. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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  21. MercenaryAce Force Ghost

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    A good read is a good read regardless of canonocity. So yeah, I would recommend them.
  22. Dr. Steve Brule Force Ghost

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    Yes, that is all.

    For extra points start off with the 20th anniversary edition of Heir.
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  23. Chewbacca89 Force Ghost

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    I love that version. Was sad when I found out the weren't doing it for DFR and TLC as well.
  24. Qual Jedi Knight

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    Must have missed this: is it confirmed that they won't be doing the next two books? Shame if true, it was a brilliant idea.
  25. stellarmagic01 Jedi Grand Master

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    Also considering the statements made by both Zahn and Lucas about how the Thrawn Trilogy was originally conceived of as sort of Episode 6.5 bridge between the OT and any sequels, well... I think it's the least likely set of books to be rendered non-canon.