Lit Why are so many published works being re-published in different mediums?

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Yunzabit, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Yunzabit

    Yunzabit Jedi Knight star 4

    Apr 5, 2015
    Lately it seems, Star Wars is taking recently published works, and then re-iterating them into different lit mediums. The Thrawn novel is being made into a comic series in February, Lost Stars is being made into a comic, Weapon of the Jedi and Smugglers Run are being made into comics in Germany. I don't get it? Why?What's the point? They were just made. Its not like any of them were TV series or movies. Why re-tell them? I can't believe that they were so popular that they needed to be re-released and this is a relatively recent thing. I know I will be called out again for being negative, but I can't but wonder if they are doing this because they aren't generating enough new content to fill the months of each business quarter.
  2. DigitalMessiah

    DigitalMessiah Chosen One star 6

    Feb 17, 2004
    why did they do it with SOTE

    dash rendar sucks
  3. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 8

    Jul 19, 1999
    First, who's "they" in this respect?

    As to why adaptations are done, the mundane answer is because it is thought there will be a market and audience for it. The only real requirement to justify an adaptation is a certain level of popularity and those works have that, others will not.

    Also, not everyone enjoys reading books, some prefer comics, so the opportunity to read a story in comic form will be deemed more important than the novel original.

    At the same time, comics can visualise the story more effectively which is why DHC's Invasion comic was looked forward to, it depicted the Vong vessels visually, which was a big improvement on the novel tendency of 'Vong Cruiser-analog'.
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  4. Darth_Duck

    Darth_Duck Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Oct 13, 2000
    We had TTT comics, SotME comics, Han Solo at Star's End comics. Dark Empire, TotJ, Crimson Empire and Dark Forces audio dramas.

    Telling a non-film story across mediums isn't anything new.

    Edit: also they're not running out of ideas. Just because they're not giving us a picture of the publishing programme two years ahead of time doesn't mean it's an empty calendar. You gotta sit back, relax, don't panic before you have the facts.

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  5. Force Smuggler

    Force Smuggler Force Ghost star 7

    Sep 2, 2012
    TFU 1and 2 as well.
    If it has new content, good enough for me.
    Or seeing things that haven't been drawn before. Like character portraits, ships, planets, species' etc.
  6. Nom von Anor

    Nom von Anor Jedi Master star 2

    Oct 7, 2012
    By the way, I seem to remember reading somewhere that at some point there were plans to make comic adaptations of The Truce At Bakura and the Jedi Academy Trilogy. I could be misremembering though... Does anyone know?

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

    May 25, 2002
    SOTE was a bit different. The book told part of the story, and the comics looked at a different angle.
  8. Jozgar

    Jozgar Jedi Knight star 3

    Dec 20, 2015
    Something something Disney sucks and is lazy. Now give me Likes dang it.
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  9. DigitalMessiah

    DigitalMessiah Chosen One star 6

    Feb 17, 2004
  10. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 8

    Jul 19, 1999
  11. DarkEagle

    DarkEagle SWC Muggles Draft Commissioner star 4 VIP - Game Host

    Jan 10, 2009
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  12. rjrjr

    rjrjr Jedi Master star 1

    Aug 11, 2009
    I am excited to see what they do with the Thrawn mini-series. I found all the book adaptations to date to be very well done and interesting. Star Wars is more interesting to me when we have these different takes on the stories to discuss; the original comic adaptation of the movie and the differences between it and the movie is fascinating stuff.

    Han Solo at Stars End was adapted to the newspaper then that was adapted to comic books. Shadows of the Empire was designed to be a multi-media event and the comic and the book only intersected, but told different stories.

    All 3 Thrawn trilogy adaptations were very well done. I like them because they are dense and take considerable time to read. It was also interesting seeing the different take on some of the characters, particularly the Noghri which had a different look in all 3 mini-series. And we've seen yet another take on the Noghri in the Rebels animated series.

    I really liked the Splinter of the Mind's Eye 4-issue mini-series. Dark Horse released many of these adaptations in their Star Wars line because they were experimenting to see what resonated with comic fans. To me, Dark Horse benefited greatly by mixing it up the first 10 years they had the license.

    If Marvel does well with the Thrawn comic, I would love to see Marvel take the best of the new novels and adapt them as well. Who knows, maybe we'll get a spin-off story or two out of the deal which will further enhance these stories like we did with Shadows of the Empire: Evolution.
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  13. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

    Nov 28, 2000
    This again?

    Maybe, just maybe, the people who make comics liked those stories and think it would be cool to see them visually.
  14. Noash_Retrac

    Noash_Retrac Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 14, 2006
    I'd imagine, given the opportunity, they'd have done the NJO in comic format as well. To be honest, I always see Star Wars more as visual and have always liked comic adaptions giving faces to names.
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  15. rjrjr

    rjrjr Jedi Master star 1

    Aug 11, 2009
    Interesting story behind this. The "invasion" story was proposed by Dark Horse first. Lucasfilm in collaboration with their licensees change the story enough that apparently Dark Horse wasn't happy with the direction and let Del Rey run with it. Years after NJO completed, Dark Horse did contribute stories in the Star Wars: Invasion mini-series.

    With that said, I too wish Dark Horse had contributed to NJO when it was being published.
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  16. Noash_Retrac

    Noash_Retrac Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 14, 2006
    I would've loved to have seen events in NJO in comic format (heck we might've gotten pics for Ranger-class gunships, Mediator-class battle cruisers, Viscount-class and Strident-class Star Defenders and perhaps Rejuvenator-class Star Destroyers).
  17. JediBatman

    JediBatman Jedi Master star 4

    May 3, 2015
    Well from what I can tell on Wookieepedia Dark Horse did release "Star Wars: Chewbaca" (which showed his death on Sernpidal) while NJO was still going, and about a year after NJO concluded one of the stories in Star Wars Tales #21 was Kyle Katarn fighting the Vong.
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