A/N: This is NOT my caption, but I like it ;-)
So, we have all these fanfic 'truths' that we discussed on the last post and that brought up some 'EU' terminology discussion. I have to tell you that when I first discovered fanfic, I had no idea there was any Expanded Universe where Han and Leia got married and had children. I can remember when I first read Leia's wikipedia page and it chronicled their marriage and had the name 'Solo' tacked on to the end of hers, I stood there (well probably I was sitting) with my mouth agape. It was like I had discovered Atlantis. And well, it wasn't long after that that I found the infamous 'EU' profic.
To Read or Not to Read?
I seriously debated on whether or not I wanted to, first of all, spend money on these books, and second of all to 'buy in' to the entire Expanded Universe universe. Being a seasoned fanfic reader (six months in - haha) I had already heard dreaded stories of Hapan Princes, kidnapping and death. But like anyone who decides not to heed a warning, I ordered a set a books from Amazon.com and waited.
Now, even though I got into the game late and could've read the books in the right order, I didn't do that. I read reviews on Amazon and ordered books by those that seemed interesting, seemed to have Han and Leia in them and got decent reveiws by those who had bravely gone before me. (So I didn't get COPL in that first order). I can't remember the exact order but I know I had the Tim Zahn Thrawn Trilogy among maybe two others.
I enjoyed them. No, they weren't the mushy, romantic storylines that I migrated to in fanfic, but it was Han and Leia, right? I loved anyone putting words into their mouths outside of the movies and because it was profic it seemed official that they were married and in love and all that stuff I had been reading free online seemed validated. So I ordered more.
Well, let's just say that, at least for me, once I was entrenched in the entire thing I just had to keep going. So I did, in my next order, try to start reading from the beginning (that being post-ROTJ). Oh, the Courtship of Princess Leia almost put a nail in it. It really, really did. But it didn't. I'm still reading.
I recently finished the New Jedi Order series, this is where all the death came in (well, not all of it, but damn - let's not think about that right now). The first part of the series was rough for Han and Leia (and me) to say the least, but toward the end they actually had some really good time together. The last book, Unifying Force, I thoroughly enjoyed and was heavy, heavy on the Han and Leia. (not like fanfic heavy, but profic heavy - guys, c'mon).
Anyways, I'm re-reading the Dark Nest Trilogy now, since I read it last year and now want to proceed in order and since I know more of what is going on with all the characters. From what I remember, this trilogy had quite a bit of Han and Leia but Jaina does turn into some sort of bug, so there is that.
What's amazing, and I'll close with a question for those of you who have read any of the profic. But what's amazing to me is that what really 'bugs' me (haha) about the profic, MAYBE even more than the dreaded COPL - is the Luke/Mara crap. Ugh! Those two get more kissy time than Han and Leia ever do and they are always together! I mean they are Jedi Masters, for Sith's sake - dont' you think they would have just as many obligations and adventures that would separate them as Han and Leia do?
But that's not the best of it. They call each other 'dear wife' and 'dear husband' and I want to puke all over the pages while I'm reading it. Just last night I read that they 'didn't want to be separated from their child, Ben, during his formative years' so they kept him with them all of the time. What the what? If I was Han and Leia I would be throwing three kinds of ape shit fits over this! Wasn't it Luke who convinced Han and Leia to hide their kids when they were babies? I call bullshit.
(I apologize if any of you are Luke/Mara fans and although it may not seem like it, I actually don't mind Luke and Mara, I'm just sayin', you know - in comparison, it isn't fair.)
So, before I totally lose all control (no I haven't really lost all control yet, you haven't heard half of the curse words I know - both in English and Star Wars-ease), I'll pose my question:
What's your biggest pet peeve in the Star Wars Expanded Universe ProFic?