When I joined theFORCEbook over year ago, it was the first time I considered buying / reading Star Wars EU books. I owned other Star Wars types of books (mostly character information and/or stuff about the Force) but not any actual story books that talked about content in-between the movies or the Expanded Universe. My friend and I recently attended the Star Wars Celebration VI; it was our first “Star Wars Only” convention. He’s been to a couple small ones before and I have only been to Super Mega Fest once in 2010. There he learned a lot more about the SWEU, I told him thanks to many amazing and knowledge members on the tFb I was more in tuned with the SWEU, I also continued to tell him all about Mara Jade! Obviously.
He asked me for my recommendation of where he should start, that was a tough one to answer because I didn’t really start in any sort of order. Thanks to my obsession with Boba Fett, I started with the Legacy of the Force books because that was what was recommended to me, especially because of Karen Traviss. My friend told me that he’s really interested in the EU books because he’s at a book club and most of the women recommended books that indicated their true abysmal taste (see: Fifty Shades of Grey). I told him that he should start somewhat in order, so I recommended the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn (that’s what was recommended to me). He also heard a lot about Darth Plagueis while we were at the Celebration, so he said that he’s going to pick that one up also. I am also quite curious to pick up Darth Plagueis. Further at theFORCEbook at the Celebration party, there were many members and we started a huge discussion about the EU books. I had said that I started the New Jedi Order Series books but after Chewbacca’s death, I was so traumatized that I couldn’t continue on, so they have been put on hold for a month or two for me. (I should point out, obviously when I read LOTF books, I was aware that Chewbacca was already dead, however, I didn’t know how he died. I simply didn’t expect him to die the way he did in “Vector Prime” it was the most punk ass way to kill someone, especially such a major character). So I had already had the Clone Wars books on my list but now I have the Republic Commandos books, and basically anything written by Karen Traviss.
Last night I got a text from my friend: At my book club I recommended some star wars books and they all laughed so I said ‘I tried to read 50 shades of nonsense and you guys can read a star wars book’ and it worked now I need a recommendation from you by next week. So I thought about it, it took me about 30 seconds to come up with a recommendation, what did I write back? “The Courtship of Princess Leia.”
Granted it’s not Fifty Shades of Grey (I’d rather shoot myself that read THAT book) but I figured the women would appreciate a little chasing around for the princess and fighting bad guys and in the end when she realizes she’ll lose Han, she knows her decision’s already been made (Kind of like what happens to Amy in “Amy’s Choice” on Doctor Who, but I digress).