Star Wars March Madness: Seven Seeds

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 seventh seed in the Yoda Bracket:

Alex Wheeler

Mr. Wheeler earns his seven seed on the strength of his six book run of young adult readers known as the Rebel Force series. It was important for me to include Star Wars writers from all of the media that has been published over the years. We have included the authors of novels, comic book writers, and a few authors of the young adult books. I have not read a lot of these but the ones I have read, mostly from the Disney canon, have been rather good. Now that I have a young adult reader at home these books take on a different meaning as I introduce my son to the world of Star Wars books.

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The Rebel Force series are some of the first from this part of the timeline (0-3 years after the Battle of Yavin) that benefit from full knowledge of the Prequel Trilogy. So there are a lot of plot points that point back at those three movies; including Luke Skywalker podracer.

I think the trap a lot of reader fall into is analyzing these young adult books as the novels clearly written for adults. These are simpler reads with a higher degree of action and not as much character development. They are a jumping off point for new, young Star Wars fans. My son who is becoming an avid reader (like his father) enjoys reading these books and learning about the things he has seen in the movies.

As a seven seed Wheeler will need to earn a first round victory to earn an invitation to future tournaments. His first round opponent will be John Jackson Miller. Live fan voting begins on Monday, March 20th.

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