Apr 28, 2014

What does Zhan think about the new canon rules?

general thrawn chatting with a cloaked dudeThe advent of Star Wars 7 and the recent official word on the treatment of certain works as canon has meant Timothy Zahn has chipped in his with thoughts on the changes. Zahn is revered for his so called Thrawn Trilogy which set the gold bar stand for books in the extended Star Wars universe. Indeed, some folk reckon his novels sparked a generation’s love affair with Star Wars…

Here’s what Zhan had to say:

"First, since many of you are wondering, I have *not* yet been asked to write any new Star Wars books. But that doesn’t mean I won’t receive such an invitation in the future. If that happens, whether or not I accept will depend on what kind of story I’m asked to write, what input I’d have on the content, what era the story will be set in, etc. I would certainly *like* to return to the GFFA, but at the moment that’s not my decision to make.

Second, as far as I can tell from the announcement, LFL is *not* erasing the EU, but simply making it clear that nothing there is official canon. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, nor does it immediately send everything into alternate-universe status. If nothing from the Thrawn Trilogy, say, is used in future movies (and if there’s nothing in the movies that contradicts it), then we can reasonably continue to assume that those events *did* happen. It looks to me like the “Legends” banner is going to be used mainly to distinguish Story-Group-Approved canon books from those that aren’t officially canon but might still exist.

Third, even if something from the Thrawn Trilogy *does* show up in a movie in a different form, we authors are masters of spackle, back-fill, and hand-waving. For example, if Ghent appears in the movies but never mentions Thrawn, I can argue that he simply doesn’t want to talk about that era, or else has completely forgotten about it. (Which for Ghent isn’t really much of a stretch.)"

His full post his here.

My 'less than informed' two cents is, I don’t care what happens outside the films, or even the TV shows – the MAJORITY of Star Wars fans only know the movies so that’s where the story exists in most people’s minds.

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