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 eighth seed in the Darth Vader Bracket:
It is time to stir the pot a bit. No matter what R.A. Salvatore goes onto do in Star Wars, or anywhere else he is going to be remembered as they guy that killed off Chewbacca. Not only killed him off but dropped a moon on our favorite Wookie. I remember reading Vector Prime for the first time and being shocked…like Ned Stark losing his head shocked….when Chewbacca met his grim fate. I could not believe George Lucas allowed this to happen. I know that many Expanded Universe fans think this an act of evil. I never thought it such, but this death has certainly made Salvatore an unpopular Star Wars writer.
Vector Prime was the first book of the New Jedi Order series but more importantly it was the first book published while Del Rey held the license for Star Wars books. They wanted to shake things up and sort of prove that the Star Wars universe wasn’t safe…that anything could happen to anyone.
In the timeline we are 25 years past the Battle of Yavin and Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo’s children are becoming adults. There is an entire book series about their Jedi Training so some EU readers are very familiar with these characters when this book was published. In those 25 years our collected and growing group of heroes as faced galactic threats large small time and time again. It is completely inconceivable that they all would have survived these many different and varied threats. I cannot suspend my disbelief for that long, and to be perfectly honest the book universe had become stale.
Seen through a modern lense…after watching a movie called Rogue One where (SPOILERS) every character dies at it raises the stakes for movies produced 40 years ago across the board we can definetly say that a main character death was necessary and likely way past the time for eventuality. Had Lucas killed off Han in Episode 6 maybe this would not be the case but back in 1999 it most assuredly was. Like it or not somebody had to go and in the books, where Chewie wasn’t the main main character driving the plot, the readers needed to be reminded of the stakes.
As something of an after note Salvatore also wrote the novelization of Episode 2 which did nothing to raise his reputation in the minds of Star Wars fans. Again the lesson to be learned here is killing off a main character (especially one from the movies) is not a great career step for a Start Wars author. Of course I could get one Star Wars novel published and die a happy and content writer.
As an eight seed Salvatore will need to secure a first round victory to be invited to future tournaments. He will face one seed Troy Denning in the first round. Live fan voting begins Monday March 20th on Facebook and Twitter.
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