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Aside from your own demise, what would have to happen for you to turn your back on Star Wars, in whole or in part? Blasphemy? Not really – everyone can be pushed too far, and everyone can have too much of a good thing.

It seems like an unfathomable eventuality if you’ve been a die-hard fan for decades. But in the present fervour leading up to The Force Awakens, and especially in the aftermath of the article in Wired that said “You won’t live to see the final Star Wars movie“, I took the discussion in another direction and wondered if there can come a point where ‘enough is enough’ for some Star Wars fans, where perhaps the movies won’t speak to you any more as they continue to change hands? Maybe you begin to feel like an outsider in the galaxy that you’ve spent your entire life immersed in? Or maybe at a certain point, you find enough satisfaction and closure with certain characters. You get to a point where you don’t feel the pull to “see what comes next”.

A lot of people were so turned off by the prequels that it ruined the original movies for them…guilt by association. If the same people that remain disgruntled by the prequels are also underwhelmed by The Force Awakens, they will have more Star Wars movies that they dislike than they enjoy. Will those people stick around for episode 8? Buoyed by their love of the originals, will they have a bottomless well of faith that eventually they’ll rediscover what they liked about Star Wars in the first place?

Or maybe one day you look around your house and see that 75% of what you own has a Star Wars logo on it, and you decide that it’s time to invest in something else? I don’t know.

The closest personal experience that I can think of is when the EU killed off Chewbacca in Vector Prime. Up until that point, I was an avid reader of all things EU, but when I heard that they’d be killing off Chewbacca, that was it for me. Done with the EU, cold turkey. I dumped all of my EU books as if I had never read them, and from that moment forward, I never again considered the expanded universe in my own personal fandom. Of course, I did not turn my back on Star Wars as a whole, instead doubling-down on the original trilogy and losing myself in the excitement of a new era of Star Wars with the release of The Phantom Menace. I never again indulged in the EU, and I don’t regret it for a second.

I assume most people will simply say that nothing could ever push them away from Star Wars, but in truth, everybody has their limits. What’s yours?

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Comments (4)

  1. What got me turned off of the EU was that they kept doing these long drawn out event series written by different authors (and it showed). Book one was a pricey hardcover, book two would be a paperback, then book three would be another hardcover, etc. Naturally you were told you didn’t have to buy those but the big events always seemed to take place in them funny enough. There was so much damn filler.

    I enjoyed Jacen Solo’s turn to the dark side, but taking three novels to get him to build his new lightsaber? Really? The whole story did not warrant nine books. There were changes in tone based on the writers, and events were so needlessly stretched out. I just had to give up after that series. Even the Vong series went on far too long.

    If you hadn’t read it, an interesting book is the Darth Plagueis one. The Darth Bane books were good but starting getting a bit stale near the end.

    As for what would get me away from the series entirely – it would take a lot. If they started getting into stunt casting or did something awful like a SW/Marvel cross over movie then maybe I’d leave it.

    1. My issue now with the EU is twofold: 1) I barely have time to read the books and comics that I already own, and 2) As good as something may be, I have next to no interest in something that isn’t canon.

      For me to give up entirely on Star Wars, the on-screen “language” of the saga would have to change to the point where it felt more like Battlestar Galactica than it did Star Wars. Star Wars feels like a cozy, lived in galaxy and I always feel at home in it. Maybe 30 years from now it will be entirely different and I’ll have the whole “get off my lawn thing – I’ll take the classic Abrams movies any day!”

      1. I found the prequels lacked a lot of “warmth”. Everyone and everything felt so cold – it was almost like watching Star Trek. I enjoy ST, but I find TNG, DS9, and Voyager had a lot of times where the people were a big bunch of stiffs. If SW became that, I might have to walk away from it. It just feels very unnatural. Stop being so damn formal all the time, it makes you dull.

        Some of the books were pretty good but they got too involved with those big multi-part arcs and after a time you just get kind of sick of it all. I also have a tons of books I haven’t gotten too and I can’t keep adding to them either. When am I going to read them? 5 years from now?

        1. That’s probably the best way I’ve heard it put re: the prequels. They were cold and I don’t buy the fanboy wallpaper excuse of “it’s supposed to be – it was a sophisticated world and the characters came across as such”. I think that’s b.s.. I think Lucas had simply lost his ability to pull the best out of the actors. I think his attention was too fragmented on every aspect of the film. I still love the guy to bits, but that’s the failing of the PT for me.

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