What I hated the most about everything just after the Darth Disney purchase of Star Wars was how alienated I felt. I almost gave up on Star Wars completely. I felt brutally shoved out of my fandom, and the most sympathy I could get anywhere was being told to shut up and accept it — or, a slightly milder version, “shut up and wait and see.”
I know it’s obvious from this blog that I’ve always hated NJO, but in a strange twist of fate, the NJO fans are the ones joining me in this realm of betrayed exile. The euphoria they had at the idea of seeing Mara Jade on screen has gone out with a whimper. They’re not the only ones disappointed, of course — every single person who ever enjoyed a Star Wars book from 1991 to 2011 should be disappointed.
I hated being alienated and pushed away from the thing I love so much. So I’ve decided to fight back. When Palpatine assumed control and said “hey, we aren’t gonna have democracy anymore,” just about everybody in the Senate cheered — but do you think the ones who weren’t cheering just let everything they loved be taken away? No, you know they didn’t, because that’s how the rebellion was born. And as more and more people lost what they loved, the rebellion grew.
So consider this your engraved invitation to join the rebellion. Are you invested in the Star Wars canon that you’ve spent the last 20 years on? Do you want to keep your mint condition Thrawn Trilogy Hardbacks and Mara Jade/Pellaeon fanfiction? Would you rather not see the year Aaron Allston died as the year his books get thrown out the window because Darth Disney would rather reboot than research? Are you just that desperate not to see a 73-year-old Han Solo still spouting the same 2-dimensional catchphrases?
Then come on. Join the rebeLibrarian revoLution. Take back the canon — realcanon. Take back your fandom.
How do you join? Well, it’s simple. You just do what you want. You agree with the sentiments expressed here and share them with your friends. You can also take this orange x-wing ribbon and use how you like (copyright-free images from Wikimedia commons altered by me) to show your support of realcanon. (And that canon can be whatever you want it to be, pre-2009, as long as you respect your fellow rebels’ personal canons. See here.)
I’ll also have more details about wrist bands for realcanon, and keep you updated about that. So keep an eye out! Just because we’re not falling into Disney Death Star’s Empire of Profit does not mean we don’t have anything to look forward to. Exciting stuff is afoot, and the more of us are involved, the more exciting it will be!
ADDENDUM: The official rebel support arm bands are in and they are good! These orange silicone wristbands feature an X-wing logo with “realcanon” on one side and “rebeLibrarian” on the other, so you can support your favorite acerbic Star Wars librarian and the #realcanon cause with one bracelet!
Depending on fan response and other et ceteras, I’m planning to get together an Orangecoat store, but in the meantime, if you are interested in showing your realcanon support with a wristband, use the contact form to ping me a message and I’ll give you some information about how you can get one!