Okay, I know I’m going to be called out by hardcore fans of certain proprieties within the Star Wars Expanded Universe for this work. What I am about to say are my thoughts on the matter of the new Trilogy and its relationship to the Expanded Universe as well as why certain storylines are likely to be trashed by the emergence of Episode VII, VIII, and IX. First, to understand where I’m coming from you need to understand the history of the Expanded Universe, both as a body of works and separate series with different origins. For one thing, there are two separate ‘Eras’ of publishing in the series, as the Expanded Universe has been under two separate publishers over the years. Bantam and Del Rey are the two separate publishers that have had a turn with the Star Wars license. The reason I brought up the two separate publishing houses is that each represents a very different approach to the universe, canon, and continuity. In many ways much more control and freedom was given over to the Del Rey editorial staff in dictating the direction of the books under their control. When the New Jedi Order began it went so far as the book editors requested permission to kill off Luke Skywalker, a move that was only stopped by a refusal by George Lucas. Apparently Chewie was selected to die in Vector Prime for two reasons… for one he wasn’t listed on Lucas’s ‘do not kill’ list and he was as one of the editors put it, he was ‘the family dog.’ Thanks for putting down another sapient like that, just great. Del Rey took an approach to the Star Wars universe that could be best described as ‘Darker and Grittier’ and while elements of the NJO are interesting the vast majority of the stories are an immense break from the previous tone, style, and basic feel to the universe. Batnam on the other hand had very little freedom, and as a result tended to feature a rather ready-made series of events in each book. Imperial or Dark Side bad guy rises up and gets taken down by the big trio. However, thanks in part to efforts by people like Michael Stackpole and Timothy Zahn a rather clear progression exists through the stories of the slow downfall of the empire and the subsequent rise of the New Republic. So what do we have in the post-RoTJ EU and what would be most likely to go, and why? Well first off, imagine approaching this from the perspective of a General Audience member who knows nothing of the EU. What would be acceptable to them? Luke Skywalker as a Jedi Master of a new Jedi Order? Sure, easy. Luke Skywalker married with a kid? Okay, we can do that. Luke Skywalker a widower and exile? WHAT? What the sith happened? Han and Leia married? Sure! Like what else would happen? Han and Leia with kids? Oh why not? Han and Leia with two dead kids and only one surviving? WHAT THE KRIFF HAPPENED? See the problem? It gets worse if you think about Galactic events. The Galactic Empire has fallen and replaced by a New Galactic Republic? Sure… An alien invasion has trashed the galaxy? Wha… Show us or ignore it! A new Galactic Federation of Free Alliances takes control? Okay… not so sure. A second Galactic Civil War? WHAT? WHY JUST TELL US THESE THINGS? So… if you want to use Luke, Han, and Leia there are some things in the EU that are certain to be ignored or swept aside in order to make it palatable to a General Audience. There are other things that can easily be accepted. Mara Jade Skywalker for one. The Thrawn Trilogy is probably the Star Wars books most likely to have been read by a member of the General Audience, and even if she’s not Luke having a wife isn’t a big jump for most members of the General Audience, her being a rather outspoken redheaded woman that seems like a female version of Han Solo with force powers would only make it more acceptable to the General Audience. Ben Skywalker, despite being a product of the NJO era is one that most members of the General Audience could accept as well. Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin Solo are also rather easy ones for the General Audience to swallow as well. So it’s obvious to me, even if they’re setting it post NJO in terms of time frame they can’t maintain the NJO as full canon without making the General Audience go: What the Kriff just happened? So sorry guys, the NJO and Legacy are likely toast, and good riddance I say.