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Whatever's cool with me...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

George Lucas' take on the various Star Wars 'canon/universe continuity'....




Here's a bit of information on what George Lucas (that's the founder of the whole gosh-darn Star Wars universe for you newbies/noobs!) thinks about the Expanded SW Universe (EU) and the rest of the continuity storylines.

During an interview in Starlog magazine, August 2005:

"I don't read that stuff (expanded Universe). I haven't read any of the novels. I don't know anything about that world. That's a different world than my world."

Hmm, after reading this, I wonder if thousands (if not millions) of fans still persist of reading/enjoying about the expanded storylines in exchange of becoming a Star Wars' purist! Hehehe....

Here's another one. In July 2001, Lucas gave his opinion on the different canon storylines of Star Wars during an interview with Cinescape magazine:

"There are two worlds here. There's my world, which is the movies, and there's this other world that has been created, which I say is the parallel universe—the licensing world of the books, games and comic books. They don't intrude on my world, which is a select period of time, [but] they do intrude in between the movies. I don't get too involved in the parallel universe."

In the May 2008 edition of the Total film magazine:

"I've left pretty explicit instructions for there not to be any more features. There will definitely be no Episodes VII-IX. That's because there isn't any story. I mean, I never thought of anything. And now there have been novels about the events after Episode VI, which isn't at all what I would have done with it. The Star Wars story is really the tragedy of Darth Vader. That is the story. Once Vader dies, he doesn't come back to life, the Emperor doesn't get cloned and Luke doesn't get married..."

And as a brief explanations on the different types of Star Wars canon out there. It acts as a differentiator for the different Star Warsof a story, rather than the stories themselves, to be classified on their own merits. For a full read-up, you could redirect yourselves to wookiepedia's page here. Briefly, they're loosely classified as:
  • G-canon is George Lucas Canon; the six Episodes and anything directly provided to Lucas Licensing by Lucas
  • T-canon, or Television Canon, refers to the canon level comprising the feature film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the two television shows Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Star Wars live-action TV series.
  • C-canon is Continuity Canon, consisting of all recent works (and many older works) released under the name of Star Wars: books, comics, games, cartoons, non-theatrical films, and more.
  • S-canon is Secondary Canon; the materials are available to be used or ignored as needed by current authors.
  • N is Non-Canon. What-if stories (such as stories published under the Infinities label) and anything else directly and irreconcilably contradicted by higher canon ends up here. N is the only level that is not considered canon by Lucasfilm.

So there you have it folks.....the different (and sometimes a tad confusing) worlds of Star Wars. It's your choice really. Choose to either exclusively remain in the movie storylines (aka G-canon), or indulge yourselves in the various continuity adventures through the different mediums aka books, comics etc. I used to diss those Tolkien purists who refused to budge from the book storyline and how they differ from Pete Jackson's movies. And then I realised that everybody is entitled to their own views and opinions.

As for me, I crave something more than what Lucas has presented to us on the big screen. Sure, the Clone Wars movie (and the ensuing TV series) is cool. But the printed materials (aka comics, books etc.) takes the real cake in my honest opinion.

Me' humble 2 cents....

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