And yet those who don't do this would never realize just how crazy Daala is(or was), who Kyp Durron really was before NJO(I think knowledge of his history does tie into his characterization in the NJO, even though he was a late addition). In skipping all of Bantam the reader is also being robbed of the establishment of the Imperial Remnant(a fairly important amount of information for both NJO and beyond) stuff like Centerpoint Station and even Luke & Mara's romance and the beginnings of their relationship. I don't think reading the Wook page for Daala equals really understanding the things she did in Bantam, which leads to her FOTJ characterization seeming far more normal without the background material. You could certainly get by without it, but then I'd say that you might as well just read internet breakdowns of all the stories. No point to ever pick up a Star Wars novel, Bantam, Del Rey, whatever.