Aww, man. I think we all knew this was coming, but the "officalness" still hurts.
I knew that my fandom was in critical condition, but this feels like the official goodbye. Let's face it: a huge reason why I was a Star Wars fan was because of the EU. Had there not been an EU, I'm sure I would still love the movies, but so much of my Star Wars memories revolve around the EU. My image of what Star Wars is (or was) is deeply intertwined with the EU.
So am I still a fan? I can't say I am, at least not an active one. I still love the OT, much of the EU, and heck I could even throw the PT in the mix if I'm feeling relaxed, but I've lost interest in the future of Star Wars.
Star Wars has not aged well for me. When I was 12 years old I was introduced to two things that would change my life: The Chronicles of Narnia and Star Wars. It's interesting to look back on how those two stories have influenced my life and how their impact on me has changed over time. Starting out I was equally obsessed with both, but as I grew older one grew with me and the other started to become distant.
With Narnia, I delved deeper and deeper and discovered and continue to discover layer upon layer of subtlety and meaning. Narnia introduced me to C. S. Lewis and C. S. Lewis introduced me into the world of philosophy and literature. As I delved into these new interests I discovered that they added additional layers of enjoyment to my beloved Narnia books. Lewis was in love with rationality and order and his books reflect this. Michael Ward said it best when he said, “At its heart, Narnia is a coherent and purposeful world. It’s richly teeming with creative intelligence.”
However, with Star Wars, the older I got, the more problems I discovered. Whereas with Narnia I discovered deeper layers of meaning and thematic consistency, the longer Star Wars runs the more inconsistent and random it becomes (at least with G- and T-Level canon... the EU was doing just fine for the most part). Lucas simply doesn't care about continuity or story. Whatever ideas happen to strike him at a particular time, he incorporates it into a new story. Never mind if this idea completely contradicts what came before, not only in details but thematically (e.g. I still have no idea how to reconcile the Mortis trilogy thematically with what came before ). The OT is brilliant. I think we all agree with that. I adore many of the EU stories and I'll probably re-read a bunch of my favourites some day, canon or not. But in the end, it has become truly exhausting being a Star Wars fan. The politics and endless canon-shifting/revising just ruins the enjoyment for me. I loved what we had, but apparently the powers-that-be didn't. Thank you, George Lucas, for screwing up, what could have been and what was great. Give me the movies we already have (give or take the PT) and the EU any day, and keep your television shows and new movies.
Sorry for the negativity, but if I tried to be positive about this I'd be lying. My heart is broken.
Where sky and water meet,
Where the waves grow sweet,
Doubt not, Reepicheep,
To find all you seek,
There is the utter east.