The people of this thread are calling LFL to stop abusing Han and Leia's marraige, characters and romance. Throughout the EU series, Han and Leia have beens seriously desecrated - they are never together in books, they act like room mates more than a married couple, and thier characterization has slowly gone down hill until they are unrecognizable as the dynamic couple we saw onscreen. The most recent and most obvious incident occurred in Balance Point, where, after being separated emotionally for ten months, and physically for four, there appeared merely a 2 minute reunion that seriously underminded Han and Leia's romance (in which instead of saying 'I love you', Leia settled for 'you smell like a Wookiee'). From this we can see that Han and Leia's romance, and their characters, have been damaged by the EU books in general and especially in the NJO, where a perfectly good plotline of separation and reconciliation was ruined by a lack of sympathy to the characters. What is the point of emphasizing so much on the dispair, guilt, and pain of their estrangement if so little was emphasized on the love and happiness of their reconciliation? Han and Leia fans were promised a better reconciliation in the Knightfall series, but then were faced with the cancellation of that series. Along with the cancellation of the Knighfall trilogy, the issue has now been avoided entirely, as if LFL hopes it will go away. There are no plans for this reconciliation, but without this there can be no return to the romance that helped make the movies so popular. Another main issue is the use of Han/Leia interaction in the book, or rather, lack thereof. Many people flip through a new EU book before they buy it to check the amount of Han/Leia interaction. If it takes someone 5 minutes to read a novel, then they're not going to purchase it, and LFL has lost much of its fanbase due to this. Throughout the books, Han and Leia have missed out on romance. They do not share affectionate hugs or kisses, they do not share loving and thender words with each other, they do not hold hands when walking down the street, and every time they go on holiday they are attacked by an Imperial remnant. There needs to be a resurgance of the romance and banter in Han and Leia, to prove they never lost their spark. The characters of Han and Leia, separately as well as a couple, have been reformed and trodden on since the beginning of the series. Han has changed from an enthusiastic idealist with a streak of cynicism to a cynic with a streak of exuberance. He no longer charges happily into the middle of overwhelming situations, but sits at home and looks after the kiddies. He has lost his sharp tongue, his sense of humor, and all the rough charm that endeared him to audiences - and to Leia - in the first place. He has turned into 'the jerk' - a husband who never thought of Leia during their separation and and showed little reaction to seeing his wife bloody and tortured, and it was left ambigous if he checked out her once the ship hit hyperspace. Is this the same man who nearly fainted when Leia was shot in ROTJ? Leia's character has been badly abused by the authors in the EU. What was once a loving, compassionate woman who gave up her life cause in ROTJ to rescue the love of her life, has become a boring workaholic who puts her job ahead of absolutely everything, including her husband and her children. She has lost that spark, that fire which drew fans to her in the Original Trilogy. We also have a plea: let Leia keep her legs. She has been through so much in her life, with Alderaan, the Rebellion, her parentage - and recently, with Han and the Vong. She's already had her head shaved - she's been through enough. This is a cry for all Han and Leia fans, and to LFL, to stop the abuse of these two wonderful characters. They need to be revived, revitalized. They need to fall in love again.