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 Sixth Seed in the Yoda bracket:
Kevin Hearne was hired to write a Star Wars book. He thought he was writing the third installment of the Empire and Rebellion series. Then Disney bought Lucasfilm and his novel was turned into Heir to the Jedi. This would be the third novel published in Disney’s Star Wars canon and is the first novel to be written from Luke’s point of view.
That gives me great pause because the other first person point of view books have not been great. We here at the book club are currently struggling through a read of I, Jedi another book written in first person point of view. Granted us, the audience, have a stronger emotional connection to Luke over Corran Horn so maybe Heir will be an easier read.
I feel very strongly that Star Wars tales are best told in third person from a god perspective where the reader is looking in on the events happening. However, I like books that try to change-up the formula however this book does not get great reviews. I think that stems from how poorly Disney canon has done with dealing with Luke Skywalker.
While my main complain of the Expanded Universe (as it went on and on and on) was that the story kept being centered on Luke, Han, and Leia. Disney canon has the opposite problem as its works are very much Luke deficient. In this timeline we see Luke burn the body of Darth Vader and then we see a bearded Luke in the final scene of The Force Awakens. There is nothing telling us how he got from one point to the other (unless this is covered in comics I have not been made aware of). It’s possible in the run up to Episode 8 that Disney starts telling that story but overall there is a lack of understanding of Luke’s journey.
It sounds like to me that Heir is attempting to tell the story of Luke between Episodes 4 and 5. In the EU this transformation of Luke was detailed in the book Shadows of the Empire (and takes place between episodes 5 and 6). That is a much beloved work and it seems Del Rey and Lucasfilm is inviting fans to compare the two timelines. I think that is a fight they are always going to lose as the hard-core EU fans are already predisposed to dislike the new canon.
I really feel like the book readers are starving for Luke’s story and maybe that is genius marketing to build up anticipation for something or maybe it is a really bad oversight. We shall see.
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