I’m With the Banned
No, not that band. Try again. B-a-n-n-e-d.
Yeah, these guys — I’m with these guys.
It’s Banned Books Week, which if you’ve ever read my other blog, you know I despise. As I said in this post, “The idea of banned books week was to promote awareness against censorship, chiefly of the sort where the government tells you what you can and can’t look at (such as the most censored book ever, the Bible). The reality of banned books week is that librarians and schoolteachers pee themselves to wave copies of Harry Potter under your nose while chanting, ‘I’M WITH THE BANNED!'”
The reality of life in the United States is that we don’t ban books. Books are “challenged,” which occurs when any individual or group asks for a book to be removed from a library or school system, but “challenging” a book does literally nothing to hamper people from accessing it anywhere outside of that library or school system.
Which is why it’s so very shocking that a company has, in a sense, banned an entire series from consumption. I’m obviously talking about Star Wars, and the fact that Disney has in a very real way “banned” the entire saga.
The first Star Wars book was published before the movie, as it turns out: in 1976, Star Wars, from the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, ghost-written by Alan Dean Foster, was published under George Lucas’ name. And after the explosive success of Star Wars, more spin-offs under the series From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker began to appear: Brian Daley’s Han Solo trilogy, Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, and L. Neil Smith’s Lando trilogy. By the time Timothy Zahn was commissioned to create the cornerstone of the modern Expanded Universe, West End Games had published loads of material on the Star Wars galaxy, and Zahn was advised to remain consistent with that information. Thus canon was born.
And because the films and its spinoffs — games, books, graphic novels, films, and animations — actually all grew together, interweaving with one another and growing into each other like the woshyr trees of Kashyyk, all these pieces taken together form what is Star Wars. And by removing the roots and branches, Disney has effectively killed the saga.
That’s why I’m saying Disney has “banned” the EU. On April 25, 2014, when Disney said “nothing is canon except for the six films,” what they really said was “we aren’t doing Star Wars anymore. The saga is gone; we’re rebooting it; and we don’t care what you think or what you want.”
We’re not allowed to speak. We’re not allowed to say #GiveUsLegends. We’re not allowed to call nucanon the soulless trash-for-cash that it is. Disney doesn’t care what Star Wars fans want, and their campaign is to keep us silent and censured. They reprinted realcanon as “Legends,” but that banner is as good as a gag. It says “not real.” It says “outdated.” Where Disney could have built onto the existing saga and made a fortune beyond their most avariced dreams, they chose instead to reboot. And when we objected, we were mocked, abused, and silenced.
Now you see what Disney lost: the goodwill of the fanbase and an enduring source of steady money. Would you like to see what we’ve lost?
- Attack of the Clones Expanded Visual Dictionary — published only in Denmark
- The Star Wars Saga returning to theaters (in 3D) — 2015 should have been A New Hope
- Novels such as Sword of the Jedi, Imperial Commando 2, Blood Oath, and more stories in The Old Republic series
- The realcanon version of Heir to the Jedi, the final installment of the Empire & Rebellion Trilogy, reduced to duology while Hearne’s book stagnates as nucanon standalone
- Probable expanded visual dictionaries timed to coincide with film rereleases
- Probable annotated annotated editions of E.U. books in the style of Heir to the Empire‘s special 20th anniversary edition
And that’s only naming a few — and the few that have names! Who really knows what we lost?
But what do I expect you to do about it? Well, the whole point of this post is this — don’t be silent. Don’t be censored. Tell Disney, tell Del Rey, tell Lucasfilm what you want: we want our universe back.
You can tell them by Tweeting them, or writing them on Facebook, or you can join the Disney/Lucasfilm Letter Writing Campaign and get information on how to contact them at their corporate addresses. You can also check out my Solidarity page to find out how to get wristbands and keychains to advertise the cause of realcanon. Do whatever you want — just don’t be quiet!
After all, we’re with the banned and bands just aren’t quiet!