In having a relatively-cogent discussion with a Star Wars Expanded Universe (SWEU) supporter, I found myself defending my use of the words “uncontrollable” and “unwieldy.”
To him, SWEU wasn’t (and isn’t) — but, to the rest of the world, it was and is.
Hell, I love Star Wars and even I couldn’t easily keep up with everything that happened during the dark years. SWEU existed largely for the fandom, and now that there’s a clear distinction between what is considered “canon” (Lucasfilm-sanctioned) and “Legends” (a much cleaner way to label that which was previously known as SWEU), some fans feel left behind.
But, as much as Disney will (and should) continue to serve the more ardent Star Wars fans such as myself, Lucasfilm isn’t here to serve the fans alone. To one who considers Legends to be the “real” Star Wars, I can see how this would be an affront.
Star Wars isn’t *just* for the Star Wars fans, though.
It seems that many SWEU stalwarts cannot accept this as a truth — and this has been the source of a great deal of angst, with one side being unable to let go of that which they had previously considered “true” Star Wars and the other side happy to have some definitive concept of center (canon).
Given that I never found myself heavily invested in EU books, comics, games, collectables, or the like, I find myself sympathizing more with the casual fan than the hardcore.
I do believe that Disney made the best decision for people who enjoy Star Wars not as fans, but as people who just enjoy Star Wars. Being shackled to external concepts (well executed though they may have been) would’ve crippled Lucasfilm’s ongoing efforts. The problem would’ve worsened over time.
To my knowledge, nobody’s keeping fans from investing any of their resources in what was produced under the now-Legends banner. Nobody’s taking that away.
Legends is Star Wars’ish — but it’s not Star Wars.
SWEU may be Star Wars to you, but… that’s it. It’s for you, not the rest of the world. I don’t care how much you love it and neither do they. Love it all you want, just don’t let your love for Legends mix with what the rest of us accept as canon.
Not long after the release of The Force Awakens, I found myself in argument after argument where I had to stop the other person mid-sentence to explain to them that they were mixing fact with fiction — wherein “fact” is canon and “fiction” is Legends.
The irony? It’s all fiction — it’s fantasy.
Nobody’s saying that your fantasies are wrong or inferior, but just don’t mix one set of shared fantasies with another set of shared fantasies and we can (probably) get along.