Easter is fast approaching, which means I’m turning my attention to Star Wars once more – I think I’ve mentioned this before, but Easter is the time of year above all others when I get really nostalgic for the franchise, and for years have made it a tradition to watch the original trilogy movies over the long weekend. This year will be no different, of course, though I was reflecting this morning, and came to realise that Star Wars has been somewhat absent from my life since the fuss around episode seven around Christmas.
There’s nothing much to read into this, as I’m not losing interest in something that has been such an immense part of my life for so many years, but it just got me thinking about all the new stuff we’ve got coming out nowadays, and how out-of-touch I feel generally about it all. I’ve talking about feeling a bit meh about the new releases in a previous blog, and it seems like that has continued as I’ve focused on other stuff, notably getting into the whole New 52 thing from DC Comics (ironically, just before they launch their Rebirth thing that will have a further impact there!) as well as the ubiquitous Warhammer stuff.
All of my Star Wars novels are contained within three bookcases opposite my bed, and seeing them there while thinking about getting up is what prompted my reflections, I guess. In years gone by, I would be salivating at the prospect of the upcoming Star Wars novels for any given year. Since the reboot happened, that has almost entirely fallen by the wayside, as I’ve lost almost all touch with news of what’s coming up, and was totally surprised to discover there are in fact only three novels that seem to be upcoming all year according to the release schedule – Bloodline in May, Aftermath: Life Debt in July, and a tie-in to the upcoming Rogue One movie in October.
However, looking at that linked schedule, there is a preponderance of young-reader books, which has gotten me thinking: is Star Wars being pitched at a much younger age bracket nowadays? I know I’m getting older, sadly, but it surprised me to see how few “adult” novels there are nowadays. Not trying to start some kind of conspiracy here of course, but it stood out enough that I’m curious!
At least I can kinda relax, that I’m not as behind the times as I’d thought – I wasn’t aware of any more novels coming out because none are coming…
I’m going to start reading A New Dawn today, anyway, which I’ve been thinking about for a while, but despite having bought the book almost a year ago, I’ve been a bit reticent to read it knowing the two folks on the cover are from the Rebels cartoon, which bore no interest for me when it was first announced, despite having John Jackson Miller at the helm, whose Knights of the Old Republic comic series I really enjoyed. A New Dawn was the first novel to be published in the new canon, so there is quite a bit that interests me in how it’ll play out. I really enjoyed Heir to the Jedi, of course, so I’m going to just have an open mind and see what happens! There will, of course, be a follow-up to this once I’ve read it!
I’ve rambled on for quite a bit now, anyway, and I’m not entirely sure what I was intending to say when I started this. At any rate, Easter is coming, and I’m back reading Star Wars stuff! Happy Saturday, everyone!