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(io9)   The 10 "best" stories in the Star Wars EU, which doesn't technically exist anymore. List to the left, nerdrage to the right   ( io9.com) divider line
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2014-05-10 09:43:11 AM  
The fact that there is apparently a back story for the guy running through the cloud city holding what is clearly an ice cream maker. It is the perfect example of how the EU was nothing more than a large somewhat regulated way to make a profit off of crappy fanfics.

Yes: was. Suck it.
 
2014-05-10 11:37:45 AM  
You know, I never see A.C. Crispin's Han Solo trilogy on these lists.  It's a shame, loved them when I was a kid.
 
2014-05-10 11:38:08 AM  
The very best of the EU - the Zahn trilogy - was little more than recycled quips from the films mixed with a ton of fluff from West End Games. And it was pretty much downhill from there.

I say it should all be lost in the hole where the Pac Man cartridges were buried.
 
2014-05-10 11:39:02 AM  
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A character like this demands his own movie...
 
2014-05-10 11:39:35 AM  
List fails without Jaxxon.

img3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-05-10 11:47:40 AM  
Personally always wonder where the respect for Darth Bane is. Cheesy name, not best written novel, but one of the few EU stories worth finishing.

/Old Republic Era or bugger off
//movies should take a hint
 
2014-05-10 11:49:25 AM  

whistleridge: The fact that there is apparently a back story for the guy running through the cloud city holding what is clearly an ice cream maker. It is the perfect example of how the EU was nothing more than a large somewhat regulated way to make a profit off of crappy fanfics.

Yes: was. Suck it.

No shiat fark that stupid Dog the Easter Bunny crap.
 
2014-05-10 11:51:24 AM  
Fear not, nerds. The EU will return in bits and pieces as profit is to be made from reissuing or cannibalizing the more interesting stuff. Take it from a comic book fan who has watched dozens of continuity fixing reboots of entire multiverses that last literally days.
 
2014-05-10 11:51:54 AM  
The Thrawn-trilogy sucks. That's all.

/Liked Stories from Jabba's Palace, and Stories from the Mos Eisly Cantina.
 
2014-05-10 11:52:55 AM  
I just remember being away from Star Wars for a longtime and then found Stackpole and the Thrawn series. I even pushed through the gag reflex that was Vong.
 
2014-05-10 11:53:19 AM  

whistleridge: The fact that there is apparently a back story for the guy running through the cloud city holding what is clearly an ice cream maker. It is the perfect example of how the EU was nothing more than a large somewhat regulated way to make a profit off of crappy fanfics.

Yes: was. Suck it.


Tales of Mos Eisley was fun.
Yes. Was. Suck it.
 
2014-05-10 11:53:49 AM  

batlock666: The Thrawn-trilogy sucks. That's all.

/Liked Stories from Jabba's Palace, and Stories from the Mos Eisly Cantina.


Not sure if stupid or troll but guessing the later
 
2014-05-10 11:54:19 AM  
111. Thank the Maker
 
2014-05-10 11:55:43 AM  
Clone Wars, the animated series,  is officially staying part of Canon, as per Disney
 
2014-05-10 11:56:26 AM  

antnyjc: Clone Wars, the animated series,  is officially staying part of Canon, as per Disney


But not the original cartoon. The one that kicked ass
 
2014-05-10 11:56:46 AM  
I remember reading a book with stories about the various Bounty Hunters. That was pretty good. Also, can't forget Shadows of the Empire. That was a huge cross-media thing when it came out.
 
2014-05-10 11:58:17 AM  

NeoCortex42: I remember reading a book with stories about the various Bounty Hunters. That was pretty good. Also, can't forget Shadows of the Empire. That was a huge cross-media thing when it came out.


Tales from Mos Eisely. That was a good book I read that one recently just for a filler
 
2014-05-10 11:58:22 AM  

way south: [img.fark.net image 598x441]

A character like this demands his own movie...


I thought "no way can this be real" so I googled it and found it available on Amazon for $19.99.
ONLY 1 LEFT IN STOCK.

Star Wars fans have got to be the most reliably gullible consumers in all of history.
 
2014-05-10 11:58:37 AM  

The Martian Manhandler: List fails without Jaxxon.

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2014-05-10 12:01:06 PM  

AspectRatio: way south: [img.fark.net image 598x441]

A character like this demands his own movie...

I thought "no way can this be real" so I googled it and found it available on Amazon for $19.99.
ONLY 1 LEFT IN STOCK.

Star Wars fans have got to be the most reliably gullible consumers in all of history.


Getting into the EU action figures, you might be spending a few hundred to grab the Sith Lords as a collection
 
2014-05-10 12:01:59 PM  
Most of the books that I read felt weak to me.  I did like KOTOR and KOTOR 2, and the Clone Wars.  Also liked the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight games that were not mentioned.
 
2014-05-10 12:03:02 PM  
Brian Daley's Han Solo trilogy was pretty good. Had the right feel for the characters, didn't really conflict with any actual canon, just Han and Chewie dealing with random shiat.

Also, they should seriously do his Coramonde duology as movies. Decent fantasy story, plus it has Vietnam soldiers in an APC against a dragon. Even updating it to having the soldiers come from a more modern conflict, it would be awesome.
 
2014-05-10 12:03:25 PM  
Thrawn trilogy: of course.

The X-Wing series: I thought that started weak and cheesy, but the writing kept improving with time.  And the Wraith Squadron books got wonderfully silly at times.  'Yub yub, Commander.'

Dark Empire: Never read or seen it, but events in it are referenced in some later novels, which was a little confusing when I saw no books with those events.

I'm really unfamiliar with the rest of the list.
 
2014-05-10 12:04:04 PM  

FirstTimeLongTime: NeoCortex42: I remember reading a book with stories about the various Bounty Hunters. That was pretty good. Also, can't forget Shadows of the Empire. That was a huge cross-media thing when it came out.

Tales from Mos Eisely. That was a good book I read that one recently just for a filler


Just Googled, here's what I was thinking of:
img1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-05-10 12:07:52 PM  
The old KOTOR games are awesome.  KOTOR 1 was a better and more engaging story than any of the prequels, by far.  Steam had it on sale for $3 last weekend, and I bought it because the original Xbox I used to play it on has long since broken.  I'm having an absolute blast with that 11-year old game.
 
2014-05-10 12:08:16 PM  

FirstTimeLongTime: batlock666: The Thrawn-trilogy sucks. That's all.

/Liked Stories from Jabba's Palace, and Stories from the Mos Eisly Cantina.

Not sure if stupid or troll but guessing the later


No, I'm dead serious. The worst part of the trilogy was when Luke discovered a certain shady character in a seedy bar because he recognized the smell of his cigars. As if nobody else in the entire galaxy smoked the same cigars.

And it should have been Tales of..., not Stories of... Sorry.
 
2014-05-10 12:09:15 PM  

NeoCortex42: FirstTimeLongTime: NeoCortex42: I remember reading a book with stories about the various Bounty Hunters. That was pretty good. Also, can't forget Shadows of the Empire. That was a huge cross-media thing when it came out.

Tales from Mos Eisely. That was a good book I read that one recently just for a filler

Just Googled, here's what I was thinking of:
[img1.wikia.nocookie.net image 350x600]


I don't know the character's name so I can't use the Googles--who is the guy that's all farked up and covered in bandages?  Is he in the best shape to take on a mission from Vader?

Guess he didn't have universal health care!

I said I guess--is this thing on?

/Seriously, what's his deal
 
2014-05-10 12:09:17 PM  

NeoCortex42: FirstTimeLongTime: NeoCortex42: I remember reading a book with stories about the various Bounty Hunters. That was pretty good. Also, can't forget Shadows of the Empire. That was a huge cross-media thing when it came out.

Tales from Mos Eisely. That was a good book I read that one recently just for a filler

Just Googled, here's what I was thinking of:


Lol holy crap I read that in high school
 
2014-05-10 12:12:27 PM  
3. Dark Empire

NO. I don't think so.
 
2014-05-10 12:13:28 PM  
Coulda been worse
Could been I, Jedi
Ugh
 
2014-05-10 12:16:01 PM  

born_yesterday: NeoCortex42: FirstTimeLongTime: NeoCortex42: I remember reading a book with stories about the various Bounty Hunters. That was pretty good. Also, can't forget Shadows of the Empire. That was a huge cross-media thing when it came out.

Tales from Mos Eisely. That was a good book I read that one recently just for a filler

Just Googled, here's what I was thinking of:
[img1.wikia.nocookie.net image 350x600]

I don't know the character's name so I can't use the Googles--who is the guy that's all farked up and covered in bandages?  Is he in the best shape to take on a mission from Vader?

Guess he didn't have universal health care!

I said I guess--is this thing on?

/Seriously, what's his deal


I want to say..Dengar?  Something like that.
 
2014-05-10 12:20:43 PM  

NeoCortex42: born_yesterday: NeoCortex42: FirstTimeLongTime: NeoCortex42: I remember reading a book with stories about the various Bounty Hunters. That was pretty good. Also, can't forget Shadows of the Empire. That was a huge cross-media thing when it came out.

Tales from Mos Eisely. That was a good book I read that one recently just for a filler

Just Googled, here's what I was thinking of:
[img1.wikia.nocookie.net image 350x600]

I don't know the character's name so I can't use the Googles--who is the guy that's all farked up and covered in bandages?  Is he in the best shape to take on a mission from Vader?

Guess he didn't have universal health care!

I said I guess--is this thing on?

/Seriously, what's his deal

I want to say..Dengar?  Something like that.


Winner.
Badly disfigured in a race involving Han Solo. He's friends with Boba Fett and took care of him after he escaped the Sarlaac
 
2014-05-10 12:20:49 PM  

FirstTimeLongTime: Coulda been worse
Could been I, Jedi
Ugh


Aside from being written in entirely first person voice, what was the problem with it?
 
2014-05-10 12:21:57 PM  

Alphax: FirstTimeLongTime: Coulda been worse
Could been I, Jedi
Ugh

Aside from being written in entirely first person voice, what was the problem with it?


I just can't stand first person books.
 
2014-05-10 12:26:28 PM  
So just what IS officially cannon now?  No more EU means no more Thrawn, no more Mara Jade...

Why are we bothering with this again?  No seriously, I watched each of the prequels exactly one time in theater AND THAT WAS ENOUGH, and since a decent copy of the original trilogy hasn't existed since the VHS era I haven't seen any of those in ten years either.

HOWEVER I have played KoToR several times since finally deciding to play the game in 2007.  It has everything that made Star Wars awesome, and no unchallengable-George Lucas to fark it up... kinda like any of Zahn's books.
 
2014-05-10 12:28:12 PM  
It's become obvious with the release of the prequels and special editions that Star Wars succeeded in spite of George Lucas, not because of.
 
2014-05-10 12:31:32 PM  

FirstTimeLongTime: NeoCortex42: born_yesterday: NeoCortex42: FirstTimeLongTime: NeoCortex42: I remember reading a book with stories about the various Bounty Hunters. That was pretty good. Also, can't forget Shadows of the Empire. That was a huge cross-media thing when it came out.

Tales from Mos Eisely. That was a good book I read that one recently just for a filler

Just Googled, here's what I was thinking of:
[img1.wikia.nocookie.net image 350x600]

I don't know the character's name so I can't use the Googles--who is the guy that's all farked up and covered in bandages?  Is he in the best shape to take on a mission from Vader?

Guess he didn't have universal health care!

I said I guess--is this thing on?

/Seriously, what's his deal

I want to say..Dengar?  Something like that.

Winner.
Badly disfigured in a race involving Han Solo. He's friends with Boba Fett and took care of him after he escaped the Sarlaac



His original backstory as Payback, the assassin enhanced by the Empire was pretty compelling and then they had to do that terrible retconning that just completely pussified him. Ugh.
 
2014-05-10 12:34:40 PM  

Bslim: His original backstory as Payback, the assassin enhanced by the Empire was pretty compelling and then they had to do that terrible retconning that just completely pussified him. Ugh.


Looked him up on Wookiepedia and it's a mess.

Time to find Bespin's Ice Cream Man!
 
Kiz [BareFark]
2014-05-10 12:36:30 PM  

Boojum2k: Brian Daley's Han Solo trilogy was pretty good. Had the right feel for the characters, didn't really conflict with any actual canon, just Han and Chewie dealing with random shiat.

Also, they should seriously do his Coramonde duology as movies. Decent fantasy story, plus it has Vietnam soldiers in an APC against a dragon. Even updating it to having the soldiers come from a more modern conflict, it would be awesome.


Awesome series. Gallandro made a great villain and he was nothing other than a guy who was really, really good with a blaster. No magic Force powers required.
 
2014-05-10 12:37:26 PM  
What does this really change on a practical level?  These stories were still written, still enjoyed, will probably continue to be read and published, and in all likelihood, this won't stop other books from being written.  You know they will, there's no way Disney or anybody else will give up the seemingly-limitless cash cow of Star Wars novels and video games.  The only real difference is that future authors won't be bound by the excessively convoluted timeline already written.  The only people who get terribly up in arms about what is and is not "canon" are...  well, I was going to say obsessive Star Wars fanboys, but yeah.
 
2014-05-10 12:40:03 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: The old KOTOR games are awesome.  KOTOR 1 was a better and more engaging story than any of the prequels, by far.  Steam had it on sale for $3 last weekend, and I bought it because the original Xbox I used to play it on has long since broken.  I'm having an absolute blast with that 11-year old game.


KOTOR was the first 40+ hour rpg that I actually completed.  Yes...  it was pretty great, except for the final battle (total weaksauce).
 
2014-05-10 12:43:48 PM  

Jarhead_h: and since a decent copy of the original trilogy hasn't existed since the VHS era I haven't seen any of those in ten years either.


why do people still think this?

the original trilogy was released in a fantastic remastered unaltered laser disk set, and THAT set was remastered for dvd and released as non-anamorphic dvd's as bonus discs to the DVD set for the digitally altered original trilogy.
 
2014-05-10 12:44:45 PM  
img1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-05-10 12:46:03 PM  

Kiz: Awesome series. Gallandro made a great villain and he was nothing other than a guy who was really, really good with a blaster. No magic Force powers required.


Agreed. Serious badass, and well-written to take as a serious threat.
 
2014-05-10 12:46:58 PM  

Last Man on Earth: What does this really change on a practical level?  These stories were still written, still enjoyed, will probably continue to be read and published, and in all likelihood, this won't stop other books from being written.  You know they will, there's no way Disney or anybody else will give up the seemingly-limitless cash cow of Star Wars novels and video games.  The only real difference is that future authors won't be bound by the excessively convoluted timeline already written.  The only people who get terribly up in arms about what is and is not "canon" are...  well, I was going to say obsessive Star Wars fanboys, but yeah.


Cosplayers too to a point but that got resolved pretty quick
 
2014-05-10 12:47:59 PM  

frepnog: Jarhead_h: and since a decent copy of the original trilogy hasn't existed since the VHS era I haven't seen any of those in ten years either.

why do people still think this?

the original trilogy was released in a fantastic remastered unaltered laser disk set, and THAT set was remastered for dvd and released as non-anamorphic dvd's as bonus discs to the DVD set for the digitally altered original trilogy.


They did release the theatrical version on DVD, but it's out of print now. Last time I checked they were going for $70 on eBay.
 
2014-05-10 01:01:13 PM  

antnyjc: Clone Wars, the animated series,  is officially staying part of Canon, as per Disney


Came here to say this. Good day.
 
2014-05-10 01:05:15 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: Most of the books that I read felt weak to me.  I did like KOTOR and KOTOR 2, and the Clone Wars.  Also liked the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight games that were not mentioned.


Hoe could I have forgotten one of the game series of ever? Those live-action cutscenes in JK1, the whole-day burning multiplayer (nf sab only, ftw), and the fact that all Chuck Norris Facts are really about Katarn.

/maybe next gen will see a sequel to Jedi Outcast...
//full lightside, no-saber (except for duel missions) made for fun JK/MotS runthrough
///they pop up on Steam cheap pretty often
 
2014-05-10 01:05:16 PM  

Zombie DJ: whistleridge: The fact that there is apparently a back story for the guy running through the cloud city holding what is clearly an ice cream maker. It is the perfect example of how the EU was nothing more than a large somewhat regulated way to make a profit off of crappy fanfics.

Yes: was. Suck it.

Tales of Mos Eisley was fun.
Yes. Was. Suck it.


Lots of people like fanfics. They think it's fun. That's why they exist.

They're still shiat writing and horrible stories though. Just like LARP plot lines, D&D character names, and a whole host of other bad attempts at genre.
 
2014-05-10 01:06:17 PM  

frepnog: Jarhead_h: and since a decent copy of the original trilogy hasn't existed since the VHS era I haven't seen any of those in ten years either.

why do people still think this?

the original trilogy was released in a fantastic remastered unaltered laser disk set, and THAT set was remastered for dvd and released as non-anamorphic dvd's as bonus discs to the DVD set for the digitally altered original trilogy.


Two things:
1) The quality of the theatrical versions on DVD is complete shiat. It's obvious Lucas didn't want any of the unaltered versions to be comparable in quality to the latest special editions on the accompanying DVD.

2) The Despecialized versions that can be found online are wonderful. Tons of time put into recreating the theatrical versions in proper HD.
 
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