Over the weekend a campaign by the “Save the EU” crowd of Star Wars “fans” was hatched to try to destroy the sales of Chuck Wendig’s [easyazon_link identifier=”034551162X” locale=”US” nf=”y” tag=”furiofanbo-20″]Star Wars: Aftermath[/easyazon_link]. This campaign of hate included spamming Amazon with 1-star reviews as well as sending hate tweets and emails directly to the author because he dared to overwrite Timothy Zahn’s Legend’s novels and other classics like Truth at Bakura.
On his blog, Chuck Wendig directly addressed the hate campaign against him and his book:
“Iâ€™ll say only this â€” if the only reason you didnâ€™t like the book or left a review like that is because of some kind of campaign against it based on the EU/Legends canon, I am sorry. Honestly. I get that it sucks that some of the stories you love will remain unconsidered and unfinished. Thatâ€™s not awesome. Iâ€™m not really sure what else wouldâ€™ve been an option in terms of carrying that forward, though I also donâ€™t know that Disney has officially put Legends out to pasture in terms of no new content ever. I will say, though, if your love of the EU drives you to campaigns like this, or hate-tweeting me or hate-mailing me, youâ€™ve stopped being a fan. Thatâ€™s not what being a fan is. Loving something is fandom. Hate isnâ€™t, or shouldnâ€™t be, part of it. Fandom is about sharing awesome things with like-minded people. It isnâ€™t about spreading hate and forming spiteful tribes. Thatâ€™s heinous fuckery. Do not partake in heinous fuckery.”
That says it better than anyone has. These people are no longer fans if they result to what they’re doing on Amazon and on social media.
Later in the comments section, he described the “Weaponized Nostalgia” that drives these people:
“In each of the movements, there exists the urge to keep fandom â€œpureâ€ â€” a nostalgic segment of a certain kind of fan group remembers (or MIS-remembers) a time when The Thing They Loved was kept more pure. It was unchanged and original and did its one thing very well. Games werenâ€™t political. Sci-fi was just about rocketships and rayguns (and also not political). Star Wars was all about Legends (and also wasnâ€™t political). And then when that starts to change â€” and also when the misremembered memory of that purity is called to question â€” some folks squawk.
And tied into that kind of fandom canonical purity too is the purity associated with what they consider â€œpoliticalâ€ ramifications, but what some folks are really railing against are the changing social situations and character makeup inside these stories.”
Unlike 99% of those Amazon “reviews” I’m actually reading Star Wars: Aftermath right now, and find it very good. In fact the more you get into it, the better it gets. There are some awesome ramifications for the post-ROTJ, pre-TFA, Star Wars universe in the book and unlike the “C-Canon” Expanded Universe books, the stuff in this book is 100% canon and won’t be overridden by something that happens in the movie. That’s the advantage to having all canon on the same level, as opposed to the G, T, C, S, and N canon levels that existed prior to the reset.
Aftermath is a really good Star Wars book. It may not be the best one ever written, but it sets up the Star Wars universe heading into The Force Awakens in an interesting way. If some people can’t let go of licensed fan fiction from 25 years ago, then they can’t be helped.