Disney came out with an announcement this week in regards to Star Wars.
It looks like Disney is going to keep one tradition alive from the Lucas era, repacking the same old story and selling it over and over again. This September we can all look forward to a new twist on “being Lucased.” This time, instead of reediting the classic Star Wars films of A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, they are going to reprint them in a slightly skewed manner, forcing all of us fanboys and fangirls to go out and reread a story we all know and love just for a tidbit of additional insight into the universe. But Disney promises that “…these are more than just mere retellings from this top talent; these are fresh interpretations — true to the films but filtered through each author’s vision.”
So first they discredit the generations of previous Star Wars novels and label them as Legends. Now, they come up with reworking the original films. If they are saying that this is going to be more than just a rehashing of the same thing we have seen in multiple renditions of the movie, the original books, the comic books and the radio drama, then I am good. But I fear that might not be the case. They have the first couple of chapters up on the site and they read somewhat like fan fiction. They also seem to be for the non-indoctrinated, with lines such as “You know Han Solo, of course. But I’ll just remind you: he’s a space pirate, a smuggler, a scoundrel, and somewhere between your big brother and your best friend.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I think these can be a great jumping off point for younger generations or a refresher for others who are getting ready to see the new movie in December. But for some reason my initial reaction is of annoyance. It’s the same reason I don’t like Christmas in July, it’s just a tease without any relevance. I did not get a sense that these new books will add to the experience of The Force Awakens. However, check back in September when they come out and let’s see if my opinion changes. Yes, I am going to buy them and read them. I can’t believe I can’t pre-order them already. But until then, tell me what you think of Disney’s idea of looking at the original series from a new angle and let’s all take a look at the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the billionth time.