Apparently it is official now that the EU we have all been following for so many years is basically being wiped clean. There was an official announcement the other day, although like most "big announcements" they keep making lately, I read it and find myself thinking, wait, didn't they already announce this? Well, apparently it wasn't officially official or something, because suddenly it's breaking news and we're supposed to think we didn't already know this was going to happen. I fully expect on May 4th to hear that they are making Episode VII, like it's something we haven't already known for like a year and a half or however long it's been now.
So, how do we feel about this? It's hard to decide how I feel until I find out what they kept and what they didn't. They have reserved the right to pick and choose elements that they may keep the same, but I'll be really curious to see if they go to great lengths to make it as different as possible or just use things here and there and not worry about it. In a lot of ways it's nice that they have this freedom to do whatever without having to conform to anything prior, and we all know how annoying it was at times for them to try and fit things into existing canon given the fact that there are ridiculous amounts of comics and books and such.
The good news is apparently now COPL never really happened! Although of course depending on what they wind up doing we all may find ourselves wishing it did. To be honest though, I'm not that worried about a few key elements being ruined for me. I'd be really, really surprised - and, let's face it, completely heartbroken - if they decided that Han and Leia never got married. I genuinely don't believe they'll do that, though. I just want to see old, married Han and Leia kicking ass into their retirement years, watching their kids grow up and kick some ass of their own. I do admit though I've grown attached to many elements of the EU, and it's all lodged in my memory, so it'll be weird to suddenly be like, wait, who are their kids? And, frankly, it seems a little odd that going into the future there are dozens of books about this entire alternate universe that we are supposed to ignore now. Do you think that new readers are going to get into an EU now that previously existed but now has nothing to do with the movies we're going to be seeing or new books going forward? I really doubt it.
And, selfishly, I feel like it sort of wrecks some of my stories. I know that's dumb, but it is something that crossed my mind. I do need to keep reminding myself that now Chewie lives, we should probably assume that if they had them, none of Han and Leia's kids have died. Maybe poor Luke will also get a wife who doesn't die fairly young, either. These bits of consolation haven't stopped me from being fairly nervous about the new awful things they could do to replace this, though.
May the Fourth is fast approaching. Months ago if someone had told me that we'd still barely know a thing by then I'd have laughed, thinking there was no possible way it could go that far before we heard some real news. Well, apparently they can hold out on us longer than I thought. If any of you are on facebook and follow Star Wars, they seem to be talking about May 4th an awful lot and making me wish if I could remember years past and whether or not they brought it up this often. I'll admit though, they are doing the best job I've ever seen at keeping this stuff under wraps, but seriously, just tell us something already!
Anyway, bye-bye original EU that is now AU. I really hope that what replaces it is better.