Lit Your First EU Experience

Discussion in 'Literature' started by HipsterChewie, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. darthzac14 Jedi Grand Master

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    I was a freshman when I had just finished the Left Behind series of books. So I was looking for something new to read, so I came across the SW books at the Barnes and Noble and found a book called Order 66. I didn't see the Republic Commando subtitle at the time and now here I am.
  2. EUdiscoverer1136 Jedi Master

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    Well, as far as Old School.. Marvel Star Wars, Splinter In the Mind's Eye, and the (insert dark, ominous music here) Holiday Special.
    As far as EU proper... I never wanted to delve that much into it, continuity issues and all. But picked up DH's Empire TBs.. which got me curious. Loved the CW current series, and heard it featured interesting EU characters.. got me MORE interested. What nipped it was the Thrawn Trilogy. That made me want to explore it. Then I found out how vast the EU timeline was! I could really loose myself in this!
    Current issues with the canon/non canon debate have kinda have me ticked, but I'm still gonna explore, and decide for myself which is and isn't canon!
  3. HipsterChewie Jedi Padawan

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    That does sound pretty interesting! :) Yea I've read the Dark Empire trilogy, so the next chance I get I'll have to stop by the bookstore to pick up Crimson Empire, add it to mt collection!
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  4. windu4 Force Ghost

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    I started reading Glove of Vader in Elementary School I really liked it and wound up reading Vector Prime next. Naturally I was upset by Chewie's death. For my class we had Secret Santa and I received Destiny's Way and the Episode 2 novelization. I loved Destiny's Way even though I skipped like a dozen books (including Star by Star).

    I actually read the Stover Ep 3 before the movie came out and I've been hooked ever since...not necessarily a good thing
  5. Ulicus Lit'ari

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    Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. It blew my little mind.

    I only got "into" the EU following the release of KotOR, however, with the Star Wars Fact Files eventually (it took a long while!) going on to make an inclusivist (i.e. "everything is canon!") out of me. If you ever go stalking previous posts of mine, you can discount pretty much anything written before late '06 as the ramblings of a semi-purist douche. (Not to say all purists are douches, but I certainly was!)
  6. DarthApprentice Jedi Grand Master

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    I was really young, maybe 6 or 7, when I first was introduced to the Thrawn trilogy and Truce at Bakura. I read all 4 books within a month and have been hooked ever since...
  7. saltmanz Jedi Grand Master

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    I remember the Ewok movie and comic book. Novel-wise, sometime in elementary school I discovered Han Solo at Star's End and must have checked that bad boy out two or three different times. That was it until my dad handed me a copy of the just-published Heir to the Empire. Haven't looked back since...
  8. Juicebox52 Jedi Youngling

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    I purchased the first two novels of the Jedi academy trilogy from a used book store when i was 10. Not sure if those were the first, but they were the books that i remember the most and probably was what got me into the series. I never appreciated the movies until I was older.
  9. Bib Fartuna Jedi Grand Master

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    Technically, my first EU "experience" was as a youngster with the book-and-read Planet of the Hoojibs.

    From a purist point of view, my first true EU experience was when Heir to the Empire was released in the early 1990's as a teenager.
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  10. instantdeath Force Ghost

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    In order.

    KOTOR/KOTOR II
    Splinter of the Mind's Eye (wanted to read the first EU novel. I didn't mind it, but it didn't leave me begging for more, so I put off reading another for about a year)
    The Thrawn trilogy
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  11. rumsmuggler Chosen One

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    I was very young, but I'm sure it was a Star Wars book/cassette combo, or a Star Wars comic.
  12. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    I don't know how I could forget about a Star Wars book/record I had and watching the Ewoks cartoon while growing up. I guess because "EU" hadn't even entered into my vocabulary yet, then I didn't count them as EU experiences. But, that's remedied now; my first EU experience was a book-and-record, and I think it had something to do with Hoojibs. It's been ages and I had a lot of those types of books-and-records, so my memory is a bit foggy.
  13. Kyris Cavisek Jedi Grand Master

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    Read JJK, then YJK growing up... Imagine my thrill when I picked up NJO that not only were the Solo kids in it but Lowie as well... Been an EU fan ever since...
  14. Zorrixor Chosen One

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    Memory is a strange thing... I suspect my recollection may not be in its correct sequence...

    I didn't see the OT until we all went to see the ESB special edition for a friend's birthday, up until then I'd only watched distorted bits and pieces of ANH and this weird old dude waving a silly glow rod. Until seeing ESB in the cinema, it had just all seemed lame. I do, though, still have the videos of the original theatrical edition, so I presume I must have then gone and bought that, as I also have the SE box set, but that obviously wouldn't have been until after ROTJ SE had also come out.

    I do, however, remember playing ROTJ Super Star Wars on the SNES... I sucked and never got past the eyestalk guard droid boss outside Jabba's palace. Yeah, that was level one. I was that bad at video games back then. (That probably didn't help my lack of interest in that stupid Star Wars stuff!)

    I remember playing (and sucking just as badly again) the SOTE game... I assume that was on the N64? I don't think I got much further than Hoth. :p

    I've got some strange memory of my brother once telling me there were more stories beyond ROTJ and telling me there was some story called something like Forest of... something, Solitude, Tranquility? I can't remember other than it having the word Forest(s) in it. I definitely recall seeing the title... but no clue where or when that memory is coming from (and having looked on Wookieepedia before, I can't find anything that would seem to fit).

    I... don't know when I bought X-Wing vs TIE Fighter, but I saw it in Woolworths once, got it... and that was the end of my social life. I must have played that (and then X-Wing Alliance) like mad for years. Years. Back on my crappy AOL dial up connection, I somehow discovered the joys of custom mission packs (not realising they weren't official releases at the time) and somehow worked out how to slice the game to add my own custom starfighters (yay copying the TIE Defender model from the rerelease of TIE Fighter and inserting it into XvT!).

    Somewhere around this point I discovered a book called Vision of the Future on a page in a magazine for my mum's book club... I think I was around 12 or something. I didn't read fiction outside of school back then, but managed to get through half of VOTF during the coach trip somewhere for a geography trip... I didn't finish it, but found it interesting. I have no recollection of when I finished it, but remember not understanding what was going on with the whole Flim story (I had no idea who that Thrawn person he was impersonating even was or why it was important!).

    I only read Spectre years, years later, but VOTF was effectively my first step into the literary world of the EU.

    Winding back to my addiction with XvT and the other flight sims, I eventually joined an online gaming club called the Emperor's Hammer after I discovered it had a huge load of custom missions (I would have joined it a couple of years earlier, but the join form asked if you wanted to join the navy, and I took it literally, so was too scared to enlist :p). From there, I discovered the existence of TOTJ, bought the comics, and that's the point where everything snowballed and I grew addicted and just wanted more. That must have been around end of 99 I think, so TPM must have had something to do with it too.

    I saw TPM in the cinema, so I obviously must have already been intersted enough at that point, since I very rarely saw anything on the big screen... but I can't recall which of the above events would have occurred first.
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  15. Team Padme Force Ghost

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    How did you know when each book was coming out?
  16. SiouxFan Jedi Grand Master

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    ^^^The first one caught most of us by surprise, but it did so well that the Waldenbooks in my town (if you don't remember, Waldenbooks was a bookstore that was a fixture in most malls) had a flier announcing the release about three months prior. What sucks is that they were the ONLY SW books around, (well, not really, they re-released Splinter of the Mind's Eye, but only as a shameless cash grab....wait). I finished book 2 in about 8 hours and I'm like....crap, now I've got to wait 'til next May.
  17. Force Smuggler Chosen One

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    I remember Waldenbooks. Haven't thought of that store in years
  18. Kyris Cavisek Jedi Grand Master

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    I snuck out of school to go buy Betrayal the day it came out... Is that bad? Do I have a problem?
  19. instantdeath Force Ghost

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    My best memories of high school are of skipping it.
  20. Force Smuggler Chosen One

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    I found Betrayal at a Barnes & Noble 2 days before it was to be released. The stores near me always have books come out later.
  21. Kyris Cavisek Jedi Grand Master

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    The worst part is that I snuck back in
  22. Tim Battershell Force Ghost

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    Might that be "A Forest Apart", Zorr? If so, it's a short (originally an e-book). It was bundled with one of the mainstream PBs, but I can't recall which one, offhand.
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  23. instantdeath Force Ghost

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    For whatever reason, the first thing I thought he might be talking about is that old comic The Way of the Wookiee o_O
  24. Kyris Cavisek Jedi Grand Master

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    There was a kid that told me about Lando using a black lightsaber and Boba Fett living. I was like in 1st Grade. I didn't believe him
  25. Kyris Cavisek Jedi Grand Master

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    I think it is like Taatoine Ghost or something along that lines that it is paired with