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

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

  1. DebonaireNerd

    DebonaireNerd Jedi Master star 5

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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

    Charlemagne19 Chosen One star 8

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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

    Zorrixor Force Ghost star 6

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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

    Chewbacca89 Jedi Master star 5

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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

    Plebeian Jedi Padawan star 1

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    Read them.
     
  6. Grand Admiral Paxis

    Grand Admiral Paxis Jedi Master star 3

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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

    Darth_SHOT Jedi Master star 3

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    short version: OF COURSE!

    long version: OF COURSE! x a hundred
     
  8. DebonaireNerd

    DebonaireNerd Jedi Master star 5

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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. DebonaireNerd

    DebonaireNerd Jedi Master star 5

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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_

    _Catherine_ Jedi Grand Master star 4

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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

    Manisphere Jedi Master star 5

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

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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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

    Zorrixor Force Ghost star 6

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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

    WIERD_GREEN_MAN Jedi Knight star 4

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

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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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

    Arawn_Fenn Force Ghost star 7

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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

    Zer0 Jedi Knight star 3

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

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 7

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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

    CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus star 6 VIP

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

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    I'm talented.
     
  21. MercenaryAce

    MercenaryAce Jedi Grand Master star 5

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

    Dr. Steve Brule Jedi Grand Master star 4

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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

    Chewbacca89 Jedi Master star 5

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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

    Qual Jedi Youngling

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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

    stellarmagic01 Jedi Master star 4

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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.