The Wormhole wrote:
Let's be honest, as soon as Disney announced their plans to do more Star Wars movies, it should have been obvious right away that all the EU stood a chance of being flushed. Sure, it's kind of crappy that over twenty years worth of continuity will be summarily ignored, but it was unrealistic for Disney to expect any filmmaker to uphold a continuity which very little of the General Audience is going to be familiar with. In a worse-case scenario, the EU can just become some sort of alternate reality.
It continues to surprise me that fans are reacting as if that's never happened before. It happened just a few years ago when The Clone Wars
contradicted Karen Traviss's Mandalore novels. And it happened years before then, when the prequel trilogy contradicted what earlier EU novels had asserted about the events and chronology of the Clone Wars. So really, why is anyone still surprised by this?
Really, I've felt all along that Lucasfilm's licensing department misled its audience by using the word "canon" to describe the EU novels/comics. They were making a promise that it was unrealistic to expect they could keep.
Heck, Splinter of the Mind's Eye,
which was the very first original SW novel, was pretty much rendered non-canonical by The Empire Strikes Back
--and that was way back in 1980!
And I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the "Star Wars Holiday Special" is not treated as "canon" these days . . . or the talking green bunny from Marvel's STAR WARS comics.