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Lit How Old Were You When You Began Reading Star Wars Books?

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Xander Vos, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Xander Vos

    Xander Vos Jedi Master star 3

    Aug 3, 2013
    And what were they?

    We began discussing this in the NJO re-read thread but I thought it might make for an interesting broader discussion.

    I was about 6/7 when I began reading Galaxy of Fear/Young Jedi Knights as well as Thrawn Trilogy, TPM novelisation (adult version), Jedi Academy trilogy etc. which seems crazy young looking back at it.
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  2. Vthuil

    Vthuil Force Ghost star 5

    Jan 3, 2013
    5-6, I think - pretty sure it predated the Special Editions coming out, though not by much, and I was born in 1991.
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  3. Xander Vos

    Xander Vos Jedi Master star 3

    Aug 3, 2013
    1992 here, so maybe around the same time as you. I'm sure I didn't pick up X-Wing books and things like that until later but I have a clear memory of the Thrawn and Jedi Academy trilogies pretty early on.
  4. JediKnight75

    JediKnight75 Jedi Master star 4

    Feb 15, 2011
    That's hard to say. Probably 9 with a couple of the Jedi Quest book. My clearest memory is the Boba Fett young readers series because that was the first time I was actually intentionally reading an entire series of Star Wars books. I believe I read those when I was ten. After those I would have began reading the Del Rey novels with Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, the Han Solo Trilogy, then probably the NJO when I was 12.
  5. Grievousdude

    Grievousdude Jedi Master star 4

    Jan 27, 2013
    In 2007 when I first watched Star Wars starting with The Phantom Menace I remember reading quite a few of the Jedi Apprentice books from the library when I was around 7 or 8 I think. Not that long after that I discovered the Star Wars section at my local second hand book store and picked up The Thrawn Trilogy and very soon after the Jedi Academy Trilogy and loved them.

    They're still some of my favourite books not only for being my first but because they really made Star Wars more than just movies for me. They definitely played a big part in the obsession with the universe that I still have today.

    Other early books I remember getting were Courtship of Princess Leia, Truce at Bakura, Cloak of Deception, the TPM novel and Death Star.
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  6. Xander Vos

    Xander Vos Jedi Master star 3

    Aug 3, 2013
    Actually that reminds me, I've completely forgotten about Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest which I would have read when I was very young too.
  7. nancipants

    nancipants Jedi Knight star 2

    Nov 16, 2017
    11, Thrawn Trilogy, which was just coming out at the time.
  8. Jedi Knight88

    Jedi Knight88 Jedi Padawan star 2

    Sep 4, 2018
    11 episode 1 came out
  9. tatooinesandworm

    tatooinesandworm Jedi Knight star 3

    Jul 30, 2015
    10, Truce at Bakura and Shadows of the Empire. Born in ‘86
  10. BigAl6ft6

    BigAl6ft6 Force Ghost star 7

    Nov 12, 2012
    Erm, I dunno when did the Planet of the Hojibs and Droid World readalong records hit? Yeah, that. I think. I did have an Return of the Jedi storybook too, though.

    Since I've been reading, I've been Star Wars-ing.
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  11. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

    May 25, 2002
    Adult. First SW book was the film novelization back in 1977. (First edition pb. Still have it.)
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  12. Xammer

    Xammer Jedi Master star 1

    Jan 31, 2009
    I was a bit over 17 when I first dipped into the old EU (started Heir to the Empire which quickly disappointed me; loved the Darth Bane series, as it stood back then, without its final book; maybe enjoyed Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader) and a bit under 18 when I started reading it somewhat systematically (roughly the Bantam era, then NJO and LOTF; I remember reaching Invincible precisely on my eighteenth birthday).
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  13. The Positive Fan

    The Positive Fan Jedi Master star 4

    Jan 19, 2015
    If you are willing to entertain a very loose definition of "read" I was enjoying the heck out of the still photos in the ANH paperback novelization at around age 4-5 (born in '74). I'm pretty sure the iconic shot of the stormtrooper riding a dewback was the "trigger" for my still-going-strong love of everything Star Wars. My memory is vague but I'm sure the novelization ultimately became the first SW book I read "for real" around age 6-7 or so.

    EDIT: As I think about it, I'm realizing I'd probably read The Star Wars Storybook well before the novelization. So I'll go ahead and call that my first actual Star Wars book read.
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  14. Senpezeco

    Senpezeco Jedi Master star 3

    Apr 27, 2014
    No joke, my first SW book was a paperback copy of The Glove of Darth Vader. I got it in first grade (born in '87), I think through a Scholastic Book Clubs classroom flyer or Scholastic Book Fair. The illustration of the Whaladons being butchered bothered me at that age.

    My second was a hardcover edition of The Star Wars Trilogy. I did a book report in second grade on the ANH novelization [face_laugh] and got an A+!

    Around age 10, I bought a paperback copy of Heir to the Empire, soon followed by TPBs of the comic book adaptations of the Thrawn Trilogy novels and The Thrawn Trilogy Sourcebook. Having never played an RPG, I had no idea what the stats or numbers really meant, but I enjoyed the illustrations and the additional lore.

    At some point in my preteens, I bought a paperback copy of The Truce at Bakura. Because I heard it had dinosaurs in it. :p
  15. JABoomer

    JABoomer Jedi Master star 3

    Oct 23, 2009
    About 10 when I read The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, and about 12 when I read my first novel, Shadows of the Empire.
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  16. jedisor

    jedisor Jedi Master star 1

    Apr 22, 2011
    My elementary school library had the first five Galaxy of Fear books, which I suppose were the first novels of any kind that I read. I think they were only available for 2nd grade and up, so that would've been '00-'01. I also had the TPM Visual Dictionary which I really enjoyed. A couple years later I got the abridged audiobook 2 tape set of Champions of the Force, which I guess counts as my first "adult" novel. Maybe a year after that I was at a flea market and found Jedi Search, which I recognized as the first part of that trilogy. I think I had the ANH novelization before that, but I never read it. Still haven't. Probably should.
  17. Daneira

    Daneira Jedi Master star 4

    Jun 30, 2016
    I think this might be exactly the case for me, as well. I also had Lost City of the Jedi and Mission From Mount Yoda.

    I’m not sure of the chronology here, but other books I read in childhood were Tales From Jabba’s Palace, Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina, and The Crystal Star, of all things.

    I also was also subscribed to the single-player RPG Star Wars Missions and got those books in the mail every month or so.

    My brother was also really into the Decipher card game and always forced me to play with him even though he beat me every time.

    What’s funny is I don’t think my family actually owned any copies of the OT films until the DVD era (we did have Phantom Menace on VHS). So the EU was always the most prominent part of my fandom.

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  18. Coherent Axe

    Coherent Axe Jedi Master star 4

    Dec 20, 2016
    I can't recall exactly, though I do remember enjoying Shadows of the Empire, and I'd been a fan for a while by then. I was quite pleased at having read the TPM novelization before the film came out, and tried to prevent someone spoiling my schoolfriend over Qui-Gon's death by saying they couldn't have read the whole book, because he turns up alive and well at the end of it. It... didn't work.
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  19. DarthInternous

    DarthInternous Del Rey Associate Editor star 2 VIP

    Feb 7, 2017
  20. Yunzabit

    Yunzabit Jedi Knight star 4

    Apr 5, 2015
    8 or 9. Jedi Apprentice. Then Jedi Quest. I love Jude Watson’s series even though she wasn’t big on Sci fi elements.
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  21. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

    Apr 3, 2002
    I was 10 or 11, it was the novelization of A new Hope in the early 80's. "They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Naturally they became heroes."
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  22. The Corellian President

    The Corellian President Jedi Knight star 1

    Apr 23, 2015
    2000, with Dark Tide. So, 11.
  23. Dr. Steve Brule

    Dr. Steve Brule Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Sep 7, 2012
    Don't remember the specific age, but remember being in elementary school and finding Han Solo's Revenge in my local library. I had already read a lot of Asimov, so the book's reference to "Star's End" really grabbed me and made me wonder about a Star Wars/Foundation crossover. Later on I started the Thrawn Trilogy through the same library. I remember my first time discussing the EU with someone else was at a Barnes & Noble after Dark Force Rising came out, and us wondering what exactly the "hive virus" was.

    The first Star Wars books I actually owned, though, were the original Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, and the Guide to the Star Wars Universe.
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  24. lovethedarkside

    lovethedarkside Jedi Padawan star 1

    Oct 10, 2017
    Around 10ish. The first I remember was Splinter of the Minds Eye when it came out. Other than the OT novelizations, I don't think I read any more SW novels until after ROTS came out, so late 30s. I started with LOTF series and then filled in the backstory with NJO while waiting for the next book in the series to come out. I read everything I could with Jacen in it and the branched out.
  25. lovethedarkside

    lovethedarkside Jedi Padawan star 1

    Oct 10, 2017
    Same here. I loved the Foundation books, too!