So there is nerd outrage over the (completely predictable and reasonable) comment made to the Hollywood Reporter by Simon Kinberg
, one of the screenwriters of the upcoming Episode 7 of the Star Wars
film saga, which boil down to, "We won't be paying attention to the SW novels and comics when we write our screenplay." Which means that, yes, SW novels and comics are not canon and never were, claims by the fanbase and Lucas to the contrary.
Here's my response (originally posted on Tor.com as a comment to Emily Asher-Perrin's article on this revelation
Canon arguments/discussions always make me want to beat someone until they bleed. I really do not understand why people get arsed over what's real in a fictional construct.
Yes, the novels and comics and cartoons aren't canon. So what? You know what else isn't canon? The Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Christopher Nolan Batman
movies. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Arrow
. All totally, thoroughly, and in all ways not canon. Not even a little bit.
There are three different versions of Sherlock Holmes currently being produced, none of which are canonical, yet all of which are immensely popular and fun to watch and enjoyable and nifty.
Episode 7 does nothing to the EU one way or another. The books and comics and cartoons are still there, still good stories, still there to be enjoyed. Honestly, the whole "the novels are canon toooooo!!!!" argument was pretty much shitcanned with the prequel movies, and never held up to scrutiny, especially if you look at, say, the history of the Fett family.
SW fans could take a lesson from Star Trek
. Two of the most highly regarded Trek
novels are Imzadi
. The former novel was heavily contradicted by a TNG episode ("Second Chances"); the latter was totally nuked by the movie First Contact
. Yet the two novels continue to be well regarded -- and so does that episode and that movie, even though they contradict each other.
If you think that contradictory versions of stories in the same universe ruins one of the contradictory ones, then you don't understand how storytelling works.