This page is an archive of a community-wide discussion. This page is no longer live. Further comments or questions on this topic should be made in a new Senate Hall page rather than here so that this page is preserved as a historic record. Advanced Jedi Training Droid 6(Talk to my master) 00:05, March 16, 2015 (UTC)
I've been toying with the idea for some time, but always backpedaled in the last minute. Now, however, is the time for my big Star Wars breakup. The demotion of the EU to a pile of expensive fanfiction salvageable at will, the fact that Lucas' sysnopsis for the sequels were discarded, the unwillingness of EU authors to fight for their past creations... All that has damaged my enjoyment of the far away galaxy too badly. Many fans never asked for sequels. I, for one, didn't. Between the original and prequel trilogies, the EU was the real Star Wars, and to this day, it's still the bulk of it, regardless of what you may think. (Not its foundations, of course, not the "main" thing, but the bulk.)
Of course, we've all read that official argument everywhere: "Those EU stories are going nowhere, you can still enjoy them." Of course they're still there. The best proof of that is that they're still sold under a new Legends banner. But that's not very surprising, is it? It doesn't really matter whether a story counts or not if you can still obtain money from it.
What the people who use that argument can't seem to understand is that the stories being still there is just not enough for people like me. Of course, the pleasure they gave and still give me is intact. But you see, the Star Wars franchise had that rare particularity of being compelling and very inclusive. Of course, continuity was sometimes shoddy, but it's to be expected with so many novels, comics and games. In the end of the day, most continuity problems ended up being retconned smoothly thanks to the clever work of people like Dan Wallace, Abel Peña and Jason Fry. I couldn't thank them enough for what they've done for all the Star Wars scholars around the world. Nor could I thank enough all the Tim Zahn, James Luceno, Ann Crispin, Sean Stewart, Barbary Hambly, Aaron Allston and company...
I unfortunately can't fully appreciate something when it doesn't count. I consider myself, you see, a self-styled Star Wars scholar. You can't understand my point of view? Well, I can't understand yours. How all those authors, some of whom have contributed so much to the EU, have been able to see it demoted to non canon without a word, I cannot understand. And I feel let down. Betrayed, even. And when a fan feels betrayed by his favorite franchise, he quits it.
And this, people, is what I'm doing today, I'm abandoning ship, at least for now. Who knows what lies in the future? Maybe there will come something that can change my mind? We'll see. But for now, I shall retire. One day, I may come back, but not without a significant change.
So long then, dear Han and Leia. Don't you guys worry too much, though. You'll do well without me, with the new movies and all those things.
Since I'm about to leave Wookieppedia, I didn't want to do it without explaining why and saying goodbye. Given my feeling toward the new Star Wars, I have ceased to be useful here. However, I wanted to thnak you all for the nine great years I spent on this wikia. I've been Wookieepedia of the month twice, and I was very proud of what we were doing as a community. I wanted Wookieepedia to become the university of SW scholarship, but now all pretense of that has gone. --Lelal Mekha(Audience Room) 13:40, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
Very sorry to see you go, your work has been inspirational and very helpful, and you definitely will be missed, at least by this hairy wookiee... All the best in your future endeavors, and whether or not you return here, may the force be with you. Always. Manoof (talk) 13:52, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for those kind words, Manoof. It's a tough decision, really. But it has become too hard to bear. It may sound ridiculous, given that it's only fiction, but I've dedicated so many years of my life that I can't care any less. This is why my sadness feels abnormally "real." --Lelal Mekha(Audience Room) 14:52, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
It's the Wookieepedia Brain Drain!!! Seriously, though, Lelal, it's been a pleasure working with you. I hope you may still find joy in the franchise in the future. Bon voyage! Corellian PremierThe Force will be with you always 16:35, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
Thank you CP. I wish the future will prove me wrong and give me reasons to come back. I've been a SW fan since 1994 and a Wookieepedian since 2006, so you can see why it's not easy to detach... --Lelal Mekha(Audience Room) 18:00, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
Come on man, don't let a corporation's business decisions determine your enjoyment of Star Wars. As you pointed out, they now are throwing out stuff from Lucas. If they wanted to, they could throw out Episodes I-VI tomorrow and announce that only a complete reboot was gonna count from now on. And then one day another corporation could buy Star Wars and instate its own canon. You can't let this stuff affect you. :) Adamwankenobi (talk) 18:39, January 25, 2015 (UTC)
I feel the same. I've made practically no edits since the announcement of throwing out the EU and I don't see myself making any in the near future. OLIOSTER(talk) 15:52, January 26, 2015 (UTC)
How curious. Given how many canon articles you had created, I had you down as someone who was largely accepting of the switch. I'll miss you, too! You did good work. ProfessorTofty (talk) 01:05, January 27, 2015 (UTC)
I hope you reconsider, or at least return sometime soon. The old material is still there, and in desperate need of being expanded! I definitely would not say it doesn't still matter. StarsiderSWG (talk) 00:36, January 29, 2015 (UTC)
Sad to see you go, Lelal, you're one hell of a contributor and you will be missed. Good fortune with your life. The loss of a "Legends' legend". Winterz (talk) 04:38, January 30, 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, sad to see you go as well. I pretty much am in the same bunk as well. I'd leave sooner, but unfortunately I still have some unfinished business on this site (namely the comic strips. I probably would have been done far sooner if Daily Star Wars actually updates itself frequently especially around 2013, since for some really inane reason it takes a huge amount of time to update, and by the time it updates, the date of publishing is completely wrong. Right now we're up to October 13, 2013's date (aka October 9, 1983) even though we should have had all the comics published on the blog by now. Plus I have to fix up a crashed computer and retrieve and repair some files, including an email, before I clean out my proverbial office.). I guess the one silver lining in all of this is at least we don't have to worry about Lucas promoting the Vietcong again with the new trilogy, though then again, Abrams' Into Darkness had some Bush bashing in it, so I really don't know at this point. Weedle McHairybug (talk) 22:04, February 13, 2015 (UTC)