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SPECULATION are the Journey to the Force Awakens books necessary?

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by Henry, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. Henry

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    Hear me out, I haven't actually read the books that have been released thus far, however I am aware of their overall content. What surprises me the most is the time frames in which they are written. They hardly cover the 30 year gap at all. We are also not really introduced to any of the new characters from the film, and have no idea how the first order is led by Kylo Ren, where the hell snoke comes into all of this etc etc...

    My point is this. Surely these particular books should be addressing these points, because if not, and they are simply random events that happen inbetween ROTJ and TFA, then don't refer to them as 'Journey to the Force Awakens'....

    I don't know. Apologies, I'm slightly aggitated as the post shows haha.
     
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    I just buy these books if the movie its good, otherwise no way. So I'll wait until they release in Brazil (and that will take months...).
     
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    To me Star Wars has always been just the films. I've never read any of the novels, and as a kid I stopped reading the comics when they introduced the big green rabbit. I do remember one novel about the wedding between Han and Leia, but I didn't pick it up. As far as the new books, I think after the movie comes out, there will be more books going deeper into the 30 year gap.
     
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    For furthering the story and allowing insight? No

    To help Disney pay the mortgage? Yes
     
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    Yeah, the films definitely take priority... and that's why we aren't getting much of that backstory, because they want it to be new and exciting still come December.

    I think some of the media deserves the moniker (Shattered Empire comes to mind), but yeah some of it doesn't seem overmuch to be a "Journey" so to speak.
     
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    Shattered Empire and Aftermath, whether you like the content or not, do start to answer the question many were asking months ago. Why is there still fighting after RotJ. So in that manner, they are setting up TFA and answering questions we have about the gap. They won't feed us any info on Kylo Ren or Luke's whereabouts now for two reasons. One it could spoil the film, and two they will likely reserve that for future exploitation down the line either through anthologies or EU material.
     
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    These books aren't intended to introduce he new characters, that would spoil their effect in the new film, they are meant to establish the state of the Galaxy in the time between ROTJ and TFA. In aftermath (that's the only one I've read) we get glimpses of what the Galaxy looks like outside of the war that occupied the entire OT. We get a feel for how the landscape has evolved and how it could continue to change in a way that would lead to TFA. If you're looking to be introduced to new characters then don't bother with the new books. If you want to gain a better understanding of TGFFA and deepen your knowledge of the Star Wars universe (especially as it pertains to TFA) then give them a chance. You'd think fans as die-hard as U.S. Would jump at ANY opportunity to step into that Galaxy far far away.
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    if you take the time to read aftermath through to the epilogue, you wouldn't be saying that we haven't been introduced to smoke with absolute certainty.
     
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    "The Journey" isn't only about filling in that 30 year gap. It's also about getting younger Star Wars fans up to speed about some of the core characters. Believe it or not, but the Clone Wars/Rebels generation might not know who Luke is... and that's info they'll need!
     
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    That's all "spot-on". The fact of the matter, is that the "Journey to The Force Awakens" books will go on until Ep. VIII comes out. The "empty" areas between VI and VII will be filled in, but that CAN'T happen until after VII comes out....it's only logical.
     
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    The books are not necessary to understand TFA. There will be some Easter eggs in the movie for people who have read the books, but people who have not read them will not be lost when they watch the movie.

    The books do not cover the entire 30-year period yet, probably because they would otherwise give away some of the surprises from TFA (where is Luke, who is Snoke, etc.). I think the remaining 30-year period will be covered in the books that will be released after TFA (in the next four years). For example, it has been announced that there will be two more Aftermath books.
     
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    I was hoping for real hearty stories of our old big 3 after ROTJ. I believe they've decided to stay away from our main characters and save them for the movie. As it stands, it looks like these books are going to tease a lead up to the film, but ultimately be perfectly noncommittal, perfectly forgetable, perfectly diverse and perfectly safe bores.
     
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    One of the comics have Poe's parents in it. They more or less are telling what happened in the thirty year span.

    You surely didn't expect them to talk about Snoke and Kylo did you? It's illogical to think they'd remove the mystery surrounding the villains of the new trilogy.
     
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    The books of The Journey to the Force Awakens are not there to answer our questions, but to give us some background/historical context and enrich our movie experience. You don't have to read them at all, but you'll see something in the film and have an 'A-HA' moment if you did.

    That said, I think we will get more about the Big Three once the movie is out and we have general idea where they are. Then they are going to show us how they got there. :)
     
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    I've read a lot of mixed reviews over all the books or novels, that has been my reason for not picking them up and others have said they are very disjointed. They seemed rushed, not well planned out and that is what i mean by disjointed. We already had several hundred books and history but they threw it all out.
     
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    So far I have read "Moving Target" and "The Smuggler's Run", and currently reading "Weapon of a Jedi". Maybe I am taking longer on this one since I prefer Han and Leia over Luke (SW fans gasping in 3,2...). Anyway, liked those two books actually. Both have prologue and epilogue near TFA, not giving away too much but at least they tie somehow the main story with those moments. I liked "Moving Target" since it shows more of the leader and strategist nature of Leia, plus the contradictions she carries with her (duty vs love) and her lingering guilt for Alderaan. "Smuggler's Run" deepens on the story-arc of Han - a smuggler with a heart of gold - getting into a bigger cause.

    As I have read the rest of the comics released by Marvel so far, they are tying a little bit more on the period of time between ANH and ESB - Moving Target being the exception, happening between ESB and ROTJ. They are a short and entertaining read.
     
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