Well, we all knew this was coming.
A few days ago it was announced fully that the Star Wars EU was to be rendered completely and utterly non-canon. To give freedom to new directors everything written from Return of the Jedi onwards, and anything which might link into it, is to be utterly ignored. It's a bitter pill but one many understood was soon going to happen. I accept that. What I do not accept is the sheer lack of respect shown and the disgraceful way this is being handled.
Say what you will about JJ Abrams' Star Trek and DC Comics' rebooted New 52. Both had their flaws but they did not simply pretend everything which had come before had not taken place. A massive sendoff was given to each universe and its characters along with the establishment that the new stories were taking place in a new, alternate dimension. What people had invested themselves in for decades, the stories and characters they had cared about were not simply treated as if they had never existed.
This is not the case here.
Knights of the Old Republic? Gone. Mara Jade Skywalker? Gone. The Vong War? Gone. Kyle Katarn? Gone. Rogue Squadron? Gone. Cade Skywalker? Gone. Jango Fett's history? Gone. Shadows of the Empire? Gone. Grand Admiral Thrawn? Gone.
None of it ever happened, none of these characters ever existed, none of it ever mattered. For all the money it made Lucas and others, apparently it wasn't enough to warrant even a basic goodbye.
Instead the closest this post ever comes to giving any kind of thanks is by saying these books will still be printed, just under the non-canon Legends brand. I guess someone still wants to earn cash off of them. More is presented through a video with authors talking about the Expanded Universe, but this means very little given how it is presented. Worse still, apparently all the new universe will be used for is as a scrapyard for new ideas. A fresh resource of concepts drawn up by authors and harvested for their new shows to be pillaged and stripped away. The rest of the announcement merely glorifies everything new to come, promoting new novels and future works.
Was the EU perfect? No. It had more of its fair share of bad stories, problems and bad authors. Yet despite that it deserved better than to simply be discarded like this now a a potentially bigger revenue is available to Disney.
If this isn't enough for you, just keep in mind that we are losing this guy:
But keeping this guy:
And the next film is being helmed by the same director who brought us this guy: