Hello, and welcome to another instalment of 'Oh god, why do I keep volunteering to re-read the worst Star Wars Expanded Universe novels, do I have some sort of Stockholm Syndrome?' I have picked Roger MacBride Allen's Corellian Trilogy this time as it contains one of my all-time favourite twists.
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When building a prequel to A New Hope, the writers and producers of the Lucasfilm top brass had a lot of possible material to work with. In the old Star Wars canon, that time period was absolutely flush with exiled Jedi, daring heroes, and villains that never made it anywhere close to the big screen. Eventually, they went with a set of heroes and villains that were either big screen mainstays or total newcomers, but new information suggests that might not have always been the case.
Of the approximately eleventy billion books in the original Star Wars Expanded Universe, there are the hallowed (the Thrawn books by Timothy Zahn), the good (the X-Wing books), the bad (The Jedi Academy) and the mediocre (...most of them). And then there's The Crystal Star, a novel so bad it ruined me. Let this article serve as a warning to the rest of the galaxy.