On October 30, 2012, the Evil Empire (aka Disney) bought the entirety of the thing called “Star Wars” from George Lucas. This was greeted with less horror than I had anticipated, especially in the face of the grim announcement of a new film called “Episode VII” slated for release in 2015.
It was like being in the Senate hall and watching everyone applaud Palpatine’s rise to power: liberty dying to thunderous applause.
It took almost two years for me to see others showing the signs of disillusionment I had felt immediately. And it took a catastrophe to finally make others realize what I had seen all along: Disney is evil and their intention is to destroy Star Wars.
On a day that will forever be known as Death Star Day, Lucasfilm made the Order 66 Announcement: the vast majority of what defined Star Wars for almost 40 years would no longer be considered canon. The Disney Star Wars franchise would be, in every way that matters, a total reboot.
Suddenly, on the whim of a greedy corporation intent on making billions of dollars their way or the highway, 38 years of stories — 38 years of work by hundreds of authors, artists, programmers, designers, performers, and others — 38 years of strong canon was gone just like Alderaan.
At long last, other people were getting upset the way I had been upset ever since the farcical “Episode VII” announcement that had caused me to have so many doubts about this site, about my ability to love Star Wars as it was destroyed, about my purpose in a universe that was going to inevitably make my careful knowledge obsolete.
(see also this post)
Rebels, when I’ve always been an Imperial girl at heart? (Not that I’ve ever supported Palpatine; I just think that the imperial system of government makes a lot more sense than a fragmented republic perpetuating the illusion of democracy.) Well, we Star Wars fans are in what I’ll call a paradigm shift: at the end of Return of the Jedi, the Imperials fighting the good fight suddenly found themselves re-cast as rebels against the government. They had been the establishment for a quarter of a century, but without them moving or changing their ideals, they found themselves as outsiders.
Ten years ago, I was just your average, everyday, run of the mill Star Wars geek. I haven’t changed; my opinions haven’t changed; my love hasn’t changed; yet I’m suddenly on the other side, fringe, resisting something that didn’t even exist when I first embarked on my love of all things Star Wars — resisting something none of us would have stood for a decade ago.
I just couldn’t be The Star Wars Librarian anymore. The big Mouse would probably sue me for using those two words in connection, and anyway, people would ask me questions about the reboot as if it were actually Star Wars. I’d never keep up on non-canon books, and all new research materials would be tainted. And that was before Order 66 made it clear the EU was going the way of Alderaan! I almost changed the focus of the blog to be about no more than a girl and her Star Wars. But I am a librarian and I love Star Wars. I’m not going to change.
In fact, since Death Star Day, my purpose has become so much clearer and so much more important: I am to fight against Disney’s decanonization. I am to fight to preserve the Original Canon, with its Expanded Universe, to educate others about it and the wrongs committed against it, and to see that trash-for-cash reboots are never taken for real Star Wars.
I am rebel. I am librarian. I am the RebeLibrarian, and I will support you in every effort to preserve what we have always loved about Star Wars all along.
What Is the Rebel Librarian?
I’m guessing that if you’re here, you’re a geek and you like Star Wars. You love Star Wars. Maybe you’re a veteran of the series — you first saw A New Hope sitting in the theater in 1977 — or maybe you just got started in the last few years. You might think that you know everything there is to know about the series, or maybe you are well-acquainted with the wall of your ignorance.
No matter what, you’re probably baffled by Disney’s “nucanon.” Now that they’ve built their own (sarcastic air quotes) “Star Wars canon” and put Moff Abrams at the helm of their Death Star For Profit, you may be as lost as I once was. You’re looking for solidarity: people who love Star Wars the way it always has been, without Disney.
In every case, I’m here to help. (And to talk Star Wars. I’m going to talk Star Wars a lot.)
Back in 2000, I had a website on the Star Wars-hosted Fan Sites called “Kyane’s Webpage,” built around the simple concept of answering people’s questions about the saga. I was a little surprised to realize how many questions people had! I reached #77 on the list of the “Top 100 Star Wars Fan Sites,” a list put together by StarWars.com itself in 2001, before various changes resulted in all of us losing our sites completely. I brought the idea back ten years later, in the middle of my time as a library student at University of Indiana, because I thought there was still a need for the service.
Or, why should I be telling you what’s what in Star Wars?
In real life, I’m an MLS (Master of Library Science) who graduated from Indiana University in 2012. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English, and also spent about ten years as an editorial assistant — a job which required a lot of research and reading in lots of different libraries.
I love Star Wars with a passion and have been watching it, reading about it, and researching it since 1997. As greedy filmmakers and corporations continue to erode the fantastical scifi mythology we fell in love with originally, the need increases for clearly defined terms. So I use my education and research skills to determine what exactly “realcanon” is — the true Star Wars canon, aka the original canon. I’m available to answer questions or do research on your behalf. I’m pretty confident that if I can’t answer your question, I can figure out exactly where to look faster than you might be able to yourself. And in a pinch, if there’s no answer, I can provide what I think is a decent in-universe explanation you can freely headcanon.
This site consists of several sections, everything relating to Star Wars. “Spotlight” is for guest posts and news (real-world news; site-related news will appear under announcements). “Reviews” should be self-explanatory — that’s where I write frank reviews of realcanon. “Challenges” groups all blogging challenges in one place. “Questions” is where I respond to questions sent in by readers*, and “Opinion” is where I get a chance to editorialize. Finally, there’s “Fun,” which will be about the lighter side of Star Wars, including humor and just random fun stuff.
I hope you feel free to use my site to network socially with other Star Wars fans. I’ve had and abandoned Pinterest accounts, Tumblr accounts, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. It seems like there’s just nowhere for Star Wars fans to sit and chat anymore, so bear with me as I try to make a niche on this site for you to do just that!
*How questions work
I invite you to ask me any question you may have about the franchise, and I’ll research it for you. I believe with my strong background and library of reference materials, I’ll either know the answer right away, or be able to find the answer for you faster than you might be able to yourself. I’ll post my findings for you, complete with references. It’s just like asking a question of your friendly local librarian!
“Star Wars” is defined by this site as a multimedia franchise spanning the time frame from 1976-2014. By default, I will not respond to questions that fall outside of this time frame, because they can’t possibly be about Star Wars. “Star Wars Realcanon” is defined by this site as publications from 1977-2012 that are set no later than 20 years after the Battle of Yavin.
I will not respond to questions that touch on topics outside of those restrictions, because as far as I’m concerned, they’re not Star Wars. I especially will not address Dave Filoni’s The Clone Wars series or film, because that is officially part of Disney Canon, and Disney Canon is not Star Wars here.
I further explain canon and provide links to bibliographical resources here.