SW: luke personalized

50 pages into SW: CW: Wild Space

...and I kinda like what I'm reading, however I do have several... issues with it so far. My main concerns are based on the fact that my version of canon, the personality of the characters, etc., differs from what is presented by author Karen Miller, which automatically leads me to my first concern....

The Dedication from the Fan-Girl Author: Which goes something like this:

To Ewan McGregor, a fine actor who brought young Obi-Wan Kenobi so perfectly and heartbreakingly to life

"Oh, crap," I thought when I first read that. "This was written by a Fan-Girl."

Look, there is nothing wrong with being a fan of Star Wars, or even dedicating your book to George "The Maker" Lucas, but when you single out one particular actor, you're labeling yourself as primarily a fan of the actor, not the series, imo.

What really irks me (to my chagrin) is that she quickly covers her tail in the Acknowledgments, thanking GL, Lucas publishing honchos Shelly Shapiro & Sue Rostoni (both of whom must go; they've been handling the SW publishing side very poorly the past few years, and new blood is needed), some friends, family and colleagues, then she acknowledges the fans...

...who have helped to keep the galaxy far, far, away alive and vibrant for more than three decades. We may not always agree, but we know what we love.

"We may not always agree, but we know what we love." Damnit! She apologizes right off the bat to the reader in case they disagree with what she's written! I wanted to have room to shout "YOU GOT IT WRONG" at her, but she already knows that, in the readers' eyes, her vision may not coincide with theirs, and she accepts that the reader may disagree, and she doesn't mind. This will make arguing with you at convention panels very difficult Ms. Miller, very difficult.

There is No Crying in Star Wars

Okay, there's some crying over the various films, but pretty much every character but Mace Windu has shed tears, and I'm ONLY FIFTY PAGES IN!! The first three chapters take place just after the battle of Geonosis. At the end of the third chapter, when Anakin wakes from his healing-trance, he blames Obi-Wan for his mother's death, tries to force him away, discovers his prosthetic arm, recalls the events of Geonosis, then the chapter ends with "And Obi-Wan held him as he wept." Earlier in the chapter, on Yoda's orders, Obi-Wan tells Padmé to stay away from Anakin, the ensuing conversation nearly brings her to tears. Then there's this section from Ahsoka's point-of-view After watching a vigorous sparring match with several padawans and Jedi Knights between Obi-Wan and Anakin:

Tired now, they finished their bout. Wringing wet, blowing hard, they bowed politely to each other. Then Obi-Wan reached out his hand and pressed his palm briefly to Anakin's cheek. Ahsoka saw his lips move. Saw him say: Well done.

And the look on Anakin's face, at those two small words, brought her treacherously close to tears.

"I swear to God," I thought, "if he kisses him I am never reading another Star Wars book ever again!"

Even Palpatine nearly breaks down when he asks Yoda about Anakin's wounds!

Yoda is a rube

Seriously! The Jedi fall apart on his watch, he can't figure out what's the deal with Anakin and Padmé, and he feels sympathy for Palpatine who is always coming to the Jedi for advice. He means well, Yoda thinks at one point, but, boy, do we know how wrong he his. The little gremlin just can't say "no." Palpatine keeps trying to draw the Jedi into more of the Senate's business (after all, "he means well"), and Yoda is just slow to refuse. They're both trying to save the Republic, so they should work together, shouldn't they?

Jedi Business

The only time people paid attention to those two words was in the club when Anakin and Obi-Wan captured Zam Wessel. The phrase has been repeated a number of times in the book so far, and nobody wants to listen. Padmé insists on seeing Anakin at the Jedi Temple where he's under a healing trance, but refuses to be sent away when told that she can't see him. Even when Palpatine asks about the casualties on Geonosis, Yoda hesitates in revealing Jedi issues, but since Palpatine "means well" he tells him. Only Bail Organa, who has turned to favoring the clone army to defend the Republic, seems reluctant to ask about Jedi Business.

Nit-Picky Issues

We find out in the scene where Padmé tries to see Anakin at the Jedi Temple that her wounds from the battle have yet to be treated! I'm sorry, but wasn't there an issue of time involved in Padmé and Anakin going to Geonosis from Tatooine to rescue Obi-Wan because the Jedi wouldn't be able to get there from Coruscant in time? So how long is the trip from Geonosis, anyways? Wouldn't someone have looked after Padmé's injuries on the trip back? Apparently she spent most of the trip at Anakin's side, but no one cleaned or treated the nexu cuts on her back? Seriously?

When Obi-Wan goes to tell Padmé that she can't see Anakin anymore, See-Threepio is the person who wakes Padmé, at one point saying, "I did try to convince him to go away, but he's insistent, almost rude, so unlike him...." How would Threepio know that being "almost rude" is "so unlike" Obi-Wan? Unless Obi-Wan made a big impression on the droid on the trip back from Geonosis, the two HAVE NEVER MET!! This is one of the reasons why they need new editors at Lucas Books, imo. (Plus it should have been a handmaiden waking Padmé, not Threepio!)

But I do like what I've read so far, and I'm hoping my early complaints won't become an issue. It may come out looking like glamorized fan fiction, and granted, it does make reference to the Jedi Apprentice young-adult reader series, a series that I ignore in my personal Star Wars-canon, but it shouldn't be a problem with this book, I think.

In summary, so far, so good.
*head desk* I can't .. I don't even know what to say.

"I swear to God," I thought, "if he kisses him I am never reading another Star Wars book ever again!"

LOL, sounds like she's an Ani/Obi slash shipper.

And what is with everyone crying?

And Padmé not healing her wounds?
I have a much better plot bunny in mind for after the BoG events.
Well it is sort of Padmé/Anakin fluff. While on a MEDICAL ship on route to Coruscant they are BOTH being attended to.

Then once she's had a bacta treatment she goes to Anakin, where he is being treated for his arm, through some convo they decide to marry.

Then Barriss, or whoever, kicks her out b/c they both need rest.

I move on to the wedding and wedding night in the next sections.
But no one cries and people get treated for their wounds in my fic.
Holding him while he wept and pressing a palm to his cheek? Yep...slasher.

I am so far behind on my EU reading, I've given up even trying to catch up. I didn't even know they were doing one immediately following AOTC. Question: During the events of AOTC, is Ahsoka still Anakin's padawan? If so, where is she during the Battle of Geonosis?

And what is the deal with Threepio doing all the handmaiden stuff? Didn't like it in the first Clone Wars series. Didn't like it in the film. Heck, my seven year-old Goddaughter wondered where her handmaidens were during the film! Okay, so I have brainwashed her, but still! :)
I believe you have your continuity mixed-up, or I did it for you, sorry.

Ahsoka becomes Anakin's padawan several weeks or months after AOTC. I'm guessing she was left behind at the temple with the rest of the younglings during the Battle of Geonosis. The real question I think you're trying to ask is "where is Ahsoka during Revenge of the Sigh?" We'll have to wait and see to get the answer to that question.

I think most of the EU authors have no clue how to use the droids. They think, "Oh, it won't be Star Wars without 3PO or R2" so they try to shoehorn them in anywhere they can. Handmaidens don't just die because of scheming bounty hunters, stupid EU authors do a pretty good job of killing them, too. :(
Oh good grief! Nope, that would be me totally mixing things up. I feel like a total idiot now. Please don't tell anyone, as I would hate to get my fangirl card revoked. :)

In summary, so far, so good.

LOL! You're joking, right? It doesn't sound like anything more than bad fanfic.
I've read bad fan fic (even written some, myself), and this is... well... better than most, but not by a whole lot.
I must admit that I gave up on the EU a while back... about the time that Anakin Solo bought it and those damned Vong books. I figured if someone raved about a book, somewhere, I'd try them again...sounds like it's not just yet for that. The weeping would definitely honk me off, also. :)

And though I've been a Star Wars fan from 1977 when I saw ANH in the theater, I'll go out on a limb here and say that fangirling EMcG is not necessarily bad for an author... and I gotta give credit where credit is due. My renewed love of Obi-Wan as portrayed by EMcG is what got me actually writing Star Wars... and introduced me to a lot of wonderful Star Wars peoples. ::ducks tomatoes aimed at fangirls::
I've seen/read/experienced so much Ewan fan-girling, that when I see it done by a "legitimate" author, she loses some credibility. It just doesn't seem to be the respectable thing to do, you know?

That said, Ewan did do a fantastic job in the role. If the dedication was toward Hayden, there would be a bigger drop in credibility, imo.

I would like to see a male SW-author write a dedication to Carrie Fisher for "bringing me into puberty." :p
I would like to see a male SW-author write a dedication to Carrie Fisher for "bringing me into puberty." :p