Posts Tagged ‘Expanded Universe’

Second Site Calls For More Padmé Fiction

May 5, 2016

This time, it’s Catrina Dennis on Blastr:

From dedicated comic book runs to feature-length novels, characters throughout the Star Wars universe are seeing their stories expand in countless ways. But, despite being thrown to the wayside and sometimes discarded as weak, Padme possesses a history as a defiant freedom fighter who was wise beyond her years. So, why should her story be limited to being told in scattered episodes of The Clone Wars, or through the eyes of other characters, such as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi? Much as she was in the journal that started it all for me, Padme deserves to be given her own voice to tell her story, expand upon the intrigue of her political career, and detail the relationships of the characters who stood alongside her throughout her life.


First Synopsis of Clone Wars Novel

August 20, 2014

Christie Golden’s as of yet untitled novel based on an unused Clone Wars script already has a synopsis, which was posted on a German site in English:

The last story never told in The Clone Wars television saga: A tale of trust, betrayal, love, and evil starring the hugely popular ex-Sith/never-Jedi female bounty hunter, Asajj Ventress! A tale written but never aired, now turned into a brand-new novel with the creative collaboration of the Lucasfilm Story Group and Dave Filoni, Executive Producer and Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels!
When the Jedi decide to target Count Dooku—Darth Tyranus—himself, they turn to his ex-apprentice, Asajj Ventress, for help in getting close to the slippery Sith Lord. But when unexpected sparks fly between Ventress and Quinlan Vos, the unorthodox Jedi sent to work with her, the mission becomes a web of betrayal, alliances, secrets, and dark plotting that might just be the undoing of both Jedi and Sith—and everything in between!

Unexpected sparks? Sounds like a bodice-ripper if you ask me!

Clone Wars Story Turned Into Novel

July 25, 2014

While I was in line to get into the “Vikings” panel at Comic Con, the Star Wars book panel was in full swing. There came the surprise announcement of a novel scheduled for 2015 starring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos. Author Christie Golden will adapt a story originally conceived as a Clone Wars Season 7 episode.

It looks like Dave Filoni is searching for any way possible to get leftover Clone Wars scripts out to the people.

Check out Ventress’s hair!

Movie Novelizations = Canon (Sorta)

April 30, 2014

Fans wondered where in the annals of canon do the various movie novelizations stand? Del Rey answered via Twitter that they are indeed canon too. When people started pointing out that there were things in the novelizations, especially the older ones, that currently don’t make sense with the saga, Del Rey helpfully posted this tweet in response:

My Last Word On Expanded Universe Stuff

April 28, 2014

I don’t know what I was thinking by setting up that open thread on Friday just before leaving town for the weekend and being offline until this morning. It attracted a whopping 65 comments and with feelings running strong, it looks like some of the discussions got away pretty fast. At this point, it’s like herding a bunch of cats so I’ll address things here in this post.

First off, please go re-read The Rules of The House. If I’m to keep doing these open threads, commenters will have to start acting like grownups and not attack each other for differences in opinion. This is a prequel fan site first and beyond that, some of us love the expanded universe and some of us don’t.

But let me say this. I’ve been a Star Wars fan since 1977, so for me, the heart of the mythos are the six existing films, plus Clone Wars. They comprise the story George Lucas is telling. That’s what I care about and in many ways, last Friday’s announcement was Lucasfilm trying to get everyone on that same page.

Everything else spun off from those movies are tie-ins. Lucas was generous from the beginning about letting comic books, comic strips, and novels tell stories based on those films but he never felt any obligation to follow those stories in continuing his saga. “Heir To The Empire” wasn’t the first Star Wars novel; it was “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye” back in 1978. Marvel started making its own stories long before Dark Horse got the license. The late ’70s and early ’80s brought Brian Daley’s trio of Han Solo books and L. Neil Smith wrote a few tomes about Lando Calrissian. Those books had no bearing on the movies, though a few tidbits here and there appeared in future novels, roleplaying games, and comics.

And yet, no one walked out of ROTJ ticked off because there was no Jessa, no Yuzzem, and no Jaxxon the green bunny. No one demanded that TESB and ROTJ follow Marvel’s comics or the daily strip. Strange as it is, Star Wars fans back then did not give a fig about continuity or how movies affected the expanded universe. A common complaint I saw on Friday was how these fans felt that they spent all of that money for nothing. Well, I bought a lot of comic books and spent a lot of time reading “Han Solo At Stars’ End” or “Splinter.” None of them counted toward the movies, but they were a fun way to pass the time.

No one complained either when the newer wave of expanded universe stuff that appeared in the early ’90s effectively overrode the older stuff. But what changed was the obsession with continuity. Lucasfilm didn’t care in the past that the expanded universe stuff contradicted each other but with “Dark Empire” and “Heir to the Empire,” that all changed. I think in the minds of many fans who got into the expanded universe that it all somehow counted on par with the films. And unlike in the past, there was far more volume of material.

Back in the ’90s I was a continuity hound and stressed out over whether my fan fic matched up everything. When I started my own fan fiction zine, I insisted submissions don’t contradict “Shadows of the Empire.” Really. I used to get into it with expanded universe-hating fans, who in my mind didn’t want to accept anything new in Star Wars (which might have been true in some cases). But then my perspective changed, largely after TPM came out. It was refresher on what truly was Star Wars and the books, even the better ones, just couldn’t touch the movies. No matter how epic they got, they just didn’t match the real thing. Then with some of the latter books, I started to get annoyed with the plot and what they did with the characters. By 2008, I had enough of the post-ROTJ books and quit reading them.

Folks, the expanded universe was originally meant to be hors d’oeurves leading up to new movies and between movies, not a substitute for those movies. The problem with the books is that they drew people who were more fans of Timothy Zahn and Co. than George Lucas and that’s just crazy. No problem with Zahn, but I’ve actually had people tell me that Star Wars to them is a publishing program, not so much a series of films. Once someone told me on my LiveJournal page that she hated the movies because she found the battle between good and evil too simplistic for her taste and she preferred the “gray areas” in the books. Which tells me how far afield the books went from their source material.

It didn’t help when Lucasfilm, Bantam, and Del Rey were coy for such a long time about the place of the expanded universe. When they tried to correct that, fans of the books resisted and so they had to come out and say, “Guys, no really, we’re not going to hold the movies to these books.” And thus the freakout began.

As much as I can understand why people who had invested a lot emotionally in those books would be upset, I’d also point out that among older Star Wars fans, we all still remember Bollux/Blue Max, Jaxxon, and Don-Wan Kihote or however the hell they spelled it.

Big Changes To Expanded Universe: Open Thread

April 25, 2014

Lucasfilm and Del Rey dropped a big bomb today on the world of apocryphal books, comics, and games known as the expanded universe, then announced four new books.

Are you thrilled? Sad? Don’t care either way? Share your thoughts!

Personally I’ve long since regarded the expanded universe as paid fan fiction and this move was inevitable since the new films were announced. Oh well.

Book Report: “Star Wars: Darth Maul: Lockdown”

March 28, 2014

Horror novelist Joe Schreiber sure loves his gory Star Wars prison tales: his zombie story “Death Troopers” and its follow-up “Red Harvest” were set in prisons, as is this book starring Darth Maul. Taking place prior to TPM, Maul is sent to a prison under deep cover by Darth Sidious. He’s trying to track down an elusive arms dealer. Little does he know that Darth Plagueis is also at work with his own agenda.

As you might have expected, this space-bound prison is a lawless, violent cesspool of blood, guts, and other bodily fluids. The warden makes money off of illegal bets placed on to-the-death conflicts between prisoners. Nobody can be trusted and almost every character you encounter is not only doomed, but doomed to die in the most horrible, disgusting way possible. There are gangs that will actually tear victims to pieces and steal their bones to craft more weapons. There’s a giant psychic worm that conveniently pops up to eat characters. I’m not sure how I was able to read any of it while eating lunch, to be honest. Hardly anyone could remotely be called “good” and strangely enough, Darth Maul and two other prisoners (it’s not exactly clear how they got in there) are almost the only guys you can cheer for.

Since this is a book about the dark underbelly of the galaxy and perhaps the broader corruption plaguing the Republic, it might strike an almost nihilistic tone. But then again, I never got that impression from “Darth Plagueis” and it was completely about the Sith side of the story in PT era.

The book was interesting enough to keep me going along. The mystery as to the identity of the arms dealer is compelling, as is the mystery as to what Sidious or Plagueis want with the guy. Schreiber’s Maul is a cold killer when he needs to be and a clever predator after his quarry. In fact one of Maul’s advantages in the book is that compared to many of the people in the can with him, he’s far more intelligent. Not to say he’s an utter Gary Stu. He’s being manipulated, caught between two Sith Masters. He desperately wants to please Darth Sidious, who kind of snarls at him most of the time whenever they chat. Moreover, Maul is very, very occasionally capable of (gasp) mercy.

But if you’re the kind of person who reacts strongly to vivid descriptions of gore, this book is definitely not for you. Sometimes I think it was a bit unnecessary and over-the-top. I thought one character calling another a “whore” might be okay for fan fiction, but not so much in an official Star Wars book. If there’s anything else to fault, it’s the use of “Earth”-isms, for example characters drinking “coffee.”

Whatever you might think of “Lockdown,” in a post-Disney Star Wars universe, you won’t see anything like this again with an official imprint. Just a hunch.

Sam Witwer Reads Book Excerpt As Maul

January 29, 2014 posted an audio of Sam Witwer, who played Darth Maul on Clone Wars, reading a portion of “Darth Maul: Lockdown” in a reprise of his role. He also performs as Darth Sidious!

“Darth Maul: Lockdown” Out Today

January 28, 2014

Joe Schreiber’s “Darth Maul: Lockdown” is out in bookstores and available for download today.

It’ll be a while before I get to it since I’m slogging through a 700-something page book (on iPad) and I’ve got 200 more to go. But as soon as I do, bet on a book report!

Last Mini Excerpt From “Lockdown”

January 24, 2014

“Darth Maul: Lockdown” comes out on Tuesday, so the Star Wars Books Facebook page posted its last mini excerpt today.