Yeah, I agree on the NJO stuff, with the first book being the only one to largely avoid canon entanglements to get new people into the story. In that regard, Stackpole and Luceno proved to be ironically far on the side of the inclusion of old EU. But then again, maybe the principle still holds when you keep the basic idea in mind - hardcovers are the important story, paperbacks flesh out the universe. That always sounded to me as if Stackpole should have written a Corran-and-no-Skywalkers book and Luceno a Han-and-fringe-but-no-Republic book, but I really can't say if they just abandoned that or never intended a clear division between HC and PB in the first place. What remains, though, is the fact that Salvatore isn't just getting to take the easy road through EU; he's allowed to have a Lucas/TCW approach to the material. He's streamlining the Solo kids (including the Jacen/Anakin switch) and, more obvious, rewriting Kyp in a way that was weird for a lot of people, taking just a nucleus of background information to mold him into the conflict-oriented role needed by the story plan. And in this streamlined beginner's EU, the Solo kids have no friends (but can spend time together again, unlike the clear YJK/JJK divide that only had the Ord Mantell adventure with Anakin partly integrated). In the end, it's weird anyway, because whether you have to reactivate Danni again and again in ever new incarnations (btw - since Jacen was chosen for the Hero's Journey, some authors might have realized that any romance would just be a distraction from that, like there aren't two love interests for Luke and Han in the movies), or whether you have to explain what the Empire of the Hand and the Chiss are to understand Jag's backstory, Tenel and Zekk would have been pretty much clean slates anyway. OK, Tenel's lightsaber accident would have been easier to info-drop than Zekk's dark side fling since that was tied to a whole Empire resurrection scheme, but still. I get the feeling that pretty few people who read NJO and onwards have read the complete YJK. On Jacen and Jaina in comparison, I agree that it's meant to be as tame as can be, which does not need to be a bad thing. I'm honestly not sure if the romance was toned down a bit because SW was seen as a boy's franchise, and having too many holding hands and snogging and going to the movies scenes might have been deemed too boring for the action oriented audience (in comparison, whenever a regular novel is under suspicion of being a cliché "woman's novel", like Dark Journey or Hambly's Callista storyline, it seems to get knocked down a notch in reception). Or maybe it really was genuinely falling victim to KJA's style. So while I agree that there is too little focus to really get the relationships going, there's enough key moments to take them for granted at the same time. Jacen/Tenel was especially good at that, with the kiss, the freezing-to-death scene, and the necklace. Jacen's "death" at Cloud City also falls into this category but, other than DJ, stops short before really having Tenel Ka articulate why Jacen's death is hitting her so hard. All in all, as I said, I think the reserve and restraint in this relationship works seeing how Tenel is still learning to really let loose, how she's from a royal background, and how Jacen is curiously insecure/immature in certain but not all regards. Jaina/Zekk on the other hand seems to develop just as fine, and after some missing and some writing and some kissing for luck and some obviously being a couple in the last book, I think they had a progression. This progression missed the key moments, though. At some point, Jaina and Zekk are suddenly having a crush on another after being just friends before. Then, they suddenly flirt awkwardly and write letters. Then, there's suddenly some acknowledgement that they kiss and hold hands. What we do not get is the scenes in which they realize that they have reached another level. That's frustrating because the reader suddenly is an outsider - you missed a party, suddenly there's a new couple in class or in your group of friends. With Tenel and Jacen, you really are put into all those key moments where you almost get "rewarded" for wishing the couple good luck. With Zekk and Jaina, it's one of those so-obvious-you-don't-talk-about stories. Maybe all of that really was cut short because they didn't think it overly important for the audience. Or because they cut stuff once they realized the third series would be the last, and a shorter one at that. While I think that "fear of the allusion of teenage sex" sounds somewhat plausible, I'm not sure if that would really have been a problem. How many young reader books have actual relationships with kissing and holding hands and going to the movies when not catching burglars or saving communities? And how many of those are under scrutiny for making innuendos to indecent stuff? I'd guess pretty few. And then you have a very different league like the Potter books, which are a bit more elaborated on that but still really tame by turning any relationship moment into "snogging" except for a few sentences that allude to "precious time alone", "looking for an empty room" and an ironic joke about a hidden tattoo. Oh, and the after-the-fact description of Harry's first kiss (snog) could be interpreted as an innuendo to something different, if that is what to the cave with you you brought. But as I said, British 2000's "let's grow up with the books" novels play in another league than US-American family franchise tie-ins. I mean, it really took until Tatooine Ghost to properly trash the Hays Code when it came to Han and Leia.