It is finally March and that means it is time for brackets. All kinds of brackets from College Basketball to dessert toppings and everything in between. With that in mind this blog will be doing a Star Wars authors bracket.
I am taking on the Vince McMahon role for this endeavor. That means I picked the authors who I felt most qualified to be considered. I don’t think I made any huge omissions but some of you may…This is the 32 authors I think have had the most impact on the Star Wars book universe and more importantly have entertained all the Star Wars book readers. They will be broken into four brackets; Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, and Grand Moff Tarkin. The Authors have been seeded 1 through 8 again most due to my own personal judgement while taking into consideration how the authors works are viewed by the readers at large.
With that being said I give you the third seed in the Darth Vader Bracket:
Sean Williams earns the number three seed in the Darth Vader bracket because this is the guy who wrote the novelization of the game The Force Unleashed. For all of us who have enjoyed that game and got our buts kicked by The Apprentice on Soul Caliber, we thank Mr. Williams for bringing him into the Expanded Universe.
Williams would be hired, along with Shane Dix, to pen the Force Heretic series. This is the last mini series within the New Jedi Order series and to be really honest I think by this point a lot of the readers had run out of gas on this idea. Every time I sit down to read this series I just feel exhausted by the time I get to the Force Heretic trilogy. That is not that there isn’t great stuff in these books it just that so much happened throughout the NJO books that a little mental exhaustion by the time we get here which is the lat big narrative push before the finale.
My favorite plot thread throughout this trilogy is Nom Anor and his underworld new religion. That is some very entertaining stuff. There are two main arcs set up in this first book, Remnant. Luke and company decide to hunt for the Living planet Zonama Sekot. They first head to Bastion capital of the Imperial Remnant. Han, Leia, and others are off to reestablish contact with some races and characters that were introduced in prior EU novels.
In Refugee Luke and party end up meeting up with the Chiss. They head to the Chiss capital and receive more clues about the location of the living planet. Han and them head off to Bakura on their non stop tour of EU novels past.
Finally in Reunion Luke and party find Zonama Sekot and we get yet another tie lot to the novel Rogue Planet and what had become all the rage in the Star Wars books plot points that tie the EU characters back to characters from the prequel trilogy. Every time they did this is fell pretty flat and this was one of the more egregious examples of tying the books back to the weaker of the Star Wars movies.
Williams would move on to write The Force Unleashed novel and do a superb job in doing so. Depending on what platform one played the game the book closely follows or absolutely follows the plot of the game. Williams would return to write the sequel book to the sequel video game. IN between writing the two Force Unleashed adaptations he would pen the companion book to the game Star Wars: The Old Republic.
It has been reported that Williams had many ideas for other Star Wars books so maybe he will make his debut in the Disney Timeline at some point
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