The Question of Star Wars Cannon

Posted: August 14, 2013 in Uncategorized
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As reported by Following the Nerd, Star Wars episode VII is rumored to have Palpatine returning as a Sith ghost. If the rumor holds true, then great!  It makes sense given that Jedi maintain that same ability. The Force is a mysterious and mystical piece of magic, and it’s always interesting to think how it can be manipulated by the properly trained.

But that isn’t the most interesting part.  At least not for me.  Further down in the article more rumors are revealed – one being how J. J. Abrams plans to write a script that doesn’t pull from any of the already published novels.  That’s right, it’s possible that Episode VII will have no influence whatsoever coming from the books.  It’s going to be a fresh new take on the films.

I have no idea if this rumor is true, but it does bring to mind an interesting question…What is Star Wars cannon? No doubt, there are TONS of novels written for the Star Wars universe – continuing the tales of Luke Skywalker or going in depth into the lives and dealings of the Sith.  The Star Wars universe has expanded into something George Lucas (curse him) had never dreamed of.

But the films came first.

If J. J. Abrams is writing a new Star Wars movie that doesn’t pull from the novels, is it possible he could write a story which negates what’s already been published?  He’s certainly done that with Star Trek, and it’s been well received.  With Star Wars, however, he isn’t going back in time to change everything so he can do what ever he wants with the characters, but rather continuing the storyline Lucas set with Episode VI. Are the films considered the canonized version of the Star Wars mythos or are the books? I know most comic book fans consider the Superman story in the comics to be the continuity to go by, by does that hold true with Star Wars?

What are your opinions?

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