Exactly. The adventures of Cade Skywalker are still something I want to experience. The only original character I know appears is Force Ghost Luke. This kind of move would have been the smartest business decision. This era is so far removed from the OT/PT and the bulk of the EU that it would have been an easy way to ease non EU readers into the series while appeasing EU folks.
And since the world is so fond of telling stories that happened before something, they could have easily animated all the EU content before if it was successful, because there would have been a demand to know what happened before.
Such an easy path to take. But no…agenda and the use of untalented pieces of shit like Jar Jar Abrams was the path chosen. So here we are.
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But I would go back and read Truce and Bakara then The Courtship of Princess Leia. Then you can go back to the Jedi Academy Trilogy and follow everything chronologically.
I really suggest you go to wiki or wookiepedia and find a list, because you don’t want to read Crystal Star before Children of the Jedi, Dark Saber, and Planet of Twilight like those of us who were following it all as it came out. They did some silly stuff back then of releasing the stories out of order, so when we all read Crystal Star Luke’s “issues” made no sense until you read the Barbra Hambly trilogy.
I will always treat the EU I grew up with value and care. I don’t care if it’s no longer “canon.”
My favorites from this EU would be Thrawn Trilogy (met Timothy Zahn at a con – nicest guy you’ll ever meet!), Jedi Academy (what got me into it!), Shadows of the Empire (though flawed, it’s nice place to go back to), Ghosts of Tatooine (Leia’s discovery of her parents and her moving forward in starting a family), Darth Plagueis (lots of insight and lore that I can eat up!), just a few I can name. I’m still going through a few books on audible I love Mark Thompson’s voice overs. (I also had no idea he’s also Degwin Zabi in Gundam: The Origin!)
Current Disney Timeline: Catalyst (really loved the focus on the family drama), Rebel Rising (direct sequel to Catalyst),
I tried reading Wendig’s Aftermath series, but I’m not a fan of his writing style. I really, really tried to like Claudia Gray’s books, but they don’t resonate with me. I’m pretty active in the Star Wars book community, not sure why people compare her to the new Zahn. At least the manga adaptations look pretty and meme-able.
Timothy Zahn is one of the best military sci-fi writers – I’m making it a point to get all of his Star Wars books one day.
I think my favourite books were the Darth Bane trilogy, particularly the first one: It expanded on a lot of the concepts of Sith philosophy we saw in KotOR, their exaltation of the self and why choosing such a path would be understandable. That, and Bane’s evolution from miner to Dark Lord is a compelling journey and one of the best examples of a negative character arc.
While I’m on the subject of Star Wars books, I really liked Matthew Stover’s novelization of Revenge of the Sith. Bit weird at certain parts but otherwise beautifully illustrates Anakin’s pathos as his fears and anxieties overwhelm him.