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14. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 28, 2012, 09:49 Ecthelion
 
kanniballl wrote on Feb 27, 2012, 16:00:
I liked the Star Wars: Bloodlines threaad by Karen Traviss. She put together this real nice tapestry outlining the past of the Madalorian warriors (Boba Fett) during Legacy of the Force: Bloonlines.

Lucas threw away every single scrap when he did the cartoon... he didn't keep a single thing. Which annoyed her quite a bit since she was working with multiple authors to get it in there. You'd think they'd at least borrow an device or theme here and there. But no, some months after publication he said "Bzzzt... it's all wrong"


So she flipped out, and said something that ticked off a lot of viewers so they hate her now even though her books were some of the best in the Legacy of the Force series.
I don't think this is very surprising. I've always viewed books in any series, especially Star Wars, as being secondary to the films, series, and other content made by the original creator. Lucas has occasionally borrowed a couple of things from the EU over the years; e.g. Coruscant (which came from one of the Timothy Zahn novels I believe), but it has been a very small amount of borrowing.

I stopped reading Star Wars novels because a lot of them had plots that sounded completely ridiculous (and many of the comics are even worse... like the one where Palpatine comes back and Luke "goes undercover" as his apprentice). So I never had a chance to read the Bloodlines novels. But I think any author is deluding him or herself if they think somebody like Lucas (or Gene Roddenberry back in the day, or any other franchise creator for that matter) has read a single page of any of their books. With a franchise like Star Wars that continues to produce TV series, it should be obvious that any novels are likely to get "overruled" sometime down the road. I'd also think that any authors looking at getting into Star Wars would consider Lucas' tinkering with the movies as a warning sign if they intend their novels to remain in continuity with the franchise.

It's a shame that they didn't find a way to make the continuity of the novels fit into the Clone Wars series, but it really shouldn't be surprising. If they ever make a post-Voyager Star Trek series, I would be amazed if they work in much from Star Trek Online or the novels.

The Clone Wars team does care about continuity to a certain extent... they have used characters that were previously only in the EU, and I've seen ship designs that came from games and comics. But it's kind of erratic as far as what they use and what they ignore or discard.
 
 
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