Granted a choice, I would not die beside a Jedi.
'I'm sorry,' Luke said. And meant it.
I have known Jedi. Many, many years ago. That knowing was not a gladness for me. I believed I would never know another, and I rejoiced in that belief.
But it is a gladness for me to be proven wrong.
I am happy to have known you, Jedi Luke Skywalker. You are more than they were.
'That's—' Luke shook his head blankly, blinking against the darkness. 'I mean, thanks, but I barely know anything.’
So you believe. But I say to you: you are greater than the Jedi of former days.
Luke could only frown, and shake his head. ‘What makes you say that?’
Because unlike the Knights of old, Jedi Luke Skywalker …
You are not afraid of the dark.
In this brief IGN interview, Kinberg implies, as we’ve guessed, that the existing Expanded Universe will serve more as inspiration to the movie/TV universe going forward. (via)
Disney Publishing, which we already knew was handling the Rebels books, now announces new original-trilogy books for young readers. They’ve tapped bestselling children’s authors Tom Angleberger (The Strange Case of Origami Yoda,) Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles,) Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm,) and R.J. Palacio (Wonder.)
DiTerlizzi will handle The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, which is being illustrated with Ralph McQuarrie’s concept paintings. Angleberger, Gidwitz and Palacio will each adapt one of the original trilogy films, all illustrated by prequel and Episode VII concept artist Ian McCaig. (via)
So yes, things are still up in the air as regards the adult novels. Though I did recently learn that Hachette does have an adult sci-fi imprint – Orbit (which yes, I knew of before – just not that it was linked to Hachette. Ugh, stupid me.) But they don’t seem to handle licensed work – could that change if Hachette gets Star Wars after the Del Rey contract expires? Or will Disney Press expand beyond kids’ and art books? Time will tell.
Kevin Hearne tweeted today that he “just clicked SEND on my Star Wars novel. Let the editing begin!” The Luke Skywalker-centric book is the third and presumably final book in the loose Empire and Rebellion series. The previous books, Martha Wells’ Razor’s Edge and James S. A. Corey’s Honor Among Thieves, are already out.
We don’t have an officially announced release date, but an Edelweiss listing spotted last month had it coming out on January 18.
Star Wars out this week: Head to the comic shop this Wednesday (4/16) to pick up The Star Wars #7, Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #5 and the second Brian Wood Star Wars trade collection, From the Ruins of Alderaan.
In stores now, because I am a ding-a-ling and haven’t done a releases post in a couple weeks, is Star Wars #16 and the paperback of Tim Lebbon’s Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void, a novel based on the Dawn of the Jedi comics. I liked it, even going in with no background on the era, and gave it a B+ when it came out in hardcover last year.
I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was barely 13, and became an Expanded Universe fan only days later. My entire experience of falling in love with Star Wars was prompted and is because of the Expanded Universe; I ‘first’ saw the movies on VHS over Christmas break in 1991. And we wouldn’t have even had those copies in the house if not for the release of Heir to the Empire in the spring of that year.
I owe my entire fandom to and the Thrawn trilogy. The Expanded Universe, which was pretty much all there was back in those days, formed the nucleus of my fandom. They hooked me, and they hooked me well enough that I sit here, 22 years later, running a fairly popular blog devoted to the franchise, with those same worn copies of Heir, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command not four feet away.
I love the Expanded Universe. It’s a weird kind of love that you get with this sort of fandom; I kept with it through some of the absolute worst fiction I have ever read, and many books that could I barely bring myself to call mediocre and, yes, even those rare gems that make it all worth it.
But I’m also okay with letting it go.
Actually, while I’m reminiscing about Siri, I will talk about a thing re: female representation in Star Wars in the mid-2000s
When I first got into the prequels circa 2002/2003, the Obi-Wan/Anakin fandom was really where all the cool prequel fan content was, especially on livejournal. It was one of those ships I didn’t care much about romantically, but I still read all the fic and commented on all the art because it was quality stuff and the people were nice and interesting.
I remember getting really excited when they announced that Jude Watson was writing a Clone Wars novel where Obi-Wan and Siri were going to be a confirmed couple who’d been in love with each other since they were Padawans and had spent 20 years keeping it a secret/pretending it never happened. Like. I was a sophomore in high school and absolutely freaking out.
So, when Secrets of the Jedi was published, I was in heaven. But that’s when I realized for the first time that throughout my adolescence, I wasn’t scouring the web and bookstores for Siriwan stuff only because of the ship. It was because I wanted to read more about this cool female Jedi who had her weaknesses, and was different but not stereotypically quirky, and arrived late to Jedi Council meetings without giving a single fuck, and was protective of everyone she met — even if they had nothing to offer her. And she chose a Padawan who was just as uptight and cautious as Obi-Wan during their youth, and she turned Ferus into a young man who was able to think for himself and design his own destiny.
She was so… normal. Siri was a character who was totally badass, but still kept my attention when she was just talking to a stranger or sassing her Master, even at age 40. I started to get annoyed by slash shippers who’d say they hated her for getting in the way of their ship, and that’s when I thought, “This isn’t fair. If Siri was given as much page time as Anakin, Obi-Wan, or even Quinlan, this wouldn’t be a problem. Everyone would see her as more than just a love interest.”
I wasn’t into Anakin/Padme at the time, but then I found myself looking forward to hearing news that Anakin and Padme would have a CW-era comic, or Thing X was about to happen in a new prequel book…. not because I cared about the ship, but because it meant there’d be a presence of another awesome Star Wars girl.
Tl;dr, obsessing over het couples isn’t always about the romance. Sometimes, female representation is so awful in certain parts of fandom that we actually think, “There’s going to be a new X/Y story? Really?? This means our girl actually gets to do stuff.”
This post is brought to you by the fact that I haven’t had any Internet in my bedroom for five days