I'm done with Star Wars.
With the announcement that the Expanded Universe will no longer be canon, I find that I have no interest in what's to come, nor spending time on what's passed. I love this wiki and the overwhelming amount that its contributors care about Star Wars, but I don't think I can summon the interest to work on articles which are no longer considered to be a part of something I've loved for so long. Why bother updating something that's no longer relevant? I know - big loss, right? I'm not an administrator, nor do I have a wealth of FA/GA/CA's under my belt. But I do like to think I made a positive impact on the articles on this wiki, and I bet I'm not the only one who is reeling from this news. I've never been interested in the Infinities brand, and now everything has essentially been placed next door to that. My favorites have always been the small characters, the short stories and the spin-off comics. None of them are canon any longer.
I think the worst part of it isn't the disservice to the fans - which is incredible - but to the writers and artists who made the Star Wars universe come alive for so many of us. In fact, they kept it alive after the original trilogy ended. Writers like Timothy Zahn, A.C. Crispin, Genndy Tartakovsky and Randy Stradley knew Star Wars better than George Lucas ever did, and any of the corporate hacks who now run the franchise ever will. Artists like Doug Wheatley and Mike Vilardi made the universe come alive in ways that no amount of CGI or lens flare ever can.
I first encountered Star Wars in the seventh grade. Specifically, I saw Return Of The Jedi, and was fascinated. I quickly made sure that I saw A New Hope and The Empire Strike Back, and was head over heels. I bought up all the Star Wars MicroMachines that childish coercion and my allowance could afford, and then I stumbled upon Galaxy Guide 10, and I was sold for life. Or so I thought. I've spent thousands of dollars and countless hours over two decades on Star Wars. Until now, I regretted none of it. I was young enough when the Special Editions came out to go nuts over them, and even still when the Prequel Trilogy began. I defended The Phantom Menace left and right for years, but now I think I know how older Star Wars fans felt, those ones who saw the originals in the theater. And I think that was the beginning of the end for the integrity of the brand.
For sure, works of the highest quality still emerged over the years; Star Wars: Dark Times remains a masterpiece, though of course it too has now been relegated to the ash heap of alternate continuity. What the prequels began, Star Wars: The Clone Wars finished off. An outbreak became an epidemic. Dave Filoni and the others in charge of The Clone Wars raided what they liked from the Expanded Universe and ignored the rest, using the storylines and characters of better writers to further their own careers. The statement on the Sequel Trilogy and the new status of canon even mentions that future writers will pilfer whatever they like from those who already worked so hard for the franchise and for the fans.
As I said, I have no interest in what's to come, and of course that includes the trio of new films, of which I was leery from the start. Of course there are millions of fans who have never even seen a Star Wars comic, and don't know a Hutt Gambit from a Mandellian Gambit. Those millions will love the new films. Others will happily, or begrudgingly, put aside their memories or fondness for the EU in service of what's new. Some will be better at keeping both new and old in their hearts. I'm simply not one of those fans. I cared about the books and comics I read for the last twenty years. I wouldn't have read them if I didn't.
It was a good run, Star Wars. Though I'll always possess the stacks of novels, RPG books, comics, Legos and action figures of my youth (and let's be honest, some from my not-so-youth), it will never be the same. Change can be good, but it can also be awful. Do I still love all of the EU tales? Of course I do. But they have to all be taken with a grain of salt from now on. If I pick up a work which contradicts the new canon, in the back of my mind I'll be thinking, "This is the alternate version. Don't forget". Where's a Jedi mind trick when you need one?