As much as I hate the fact that the classical EU is most likely no longer going to be canon, I find it really weird you people are "surprised" by this. You act like Lucasfilm is "disregarding the fans" - let me just give you all a dose of reality: as much as the Thrawn Trilogy and other books may be great, the vast majority of mainstream audiences have not read them. He is disregarding a (relatively) small fanbase.
Of course it is depressing as fuck that when most people think of Star Wars, they'll think of Jar Jar Binks and not Thrawn or other characters we all know, and that the terrible prequels are now held "superior", through canon at least, than factually better novels and stories - but are you really, really surprised and so utterly enveloped in this little bubble that you "expected" them not to disregard it? Really? You know where Lucas' and Lucasfilm's priorities were. I am not surprised, I was expecting this.
Ignoring SW:EU is similar to removing Borg storyline from Star Trek (probably 1000+ books on the subject alone)
Star Trek novels were never considered canon by anyone and never made an effort to be consistent. They constantly contradict each other and various episodes of the TV series. Yes the Star Wars EU actually made an effort to be consistent (though some issues have existed, such as Dark Empire using the term "Rebel Alliance" when it should be New Republic), which can't be said of almost any other franchise's EU, which is what gave it it's debatable canocity compared to, say, Star Trek's EU. That and Lucas /did/ take things from it, such as the name Coruscant. From that standpoint I can sorta understand how Lucas not acknowledging that stuff is kinda arrogant, but I didn't expect otherwise.
Also, am I the only person who likes the post-Jedi EU the best (as well as the civil war era and old pre-civil war era, like the old Lando novels, for example)? I don't care as much about old Republic stuff. Everyone in the comments of that youtube video are bitching about KotoR, relatively few about Thrawn and whatnot, or the X-Wing Series. Those were always my favorites, the ones that continued the feel and art direction of the original films (hard to explain). It's another reason why I hated the prequels. Even if they weren't bad movies, I'd feel I'd have some subconcious dislike of them anyway as Star Wars movies at least due to the art direction and numerous other factors. It's one of the reasons why a lot of the newer EU stuff that takes place during the civil war period sometimes rubs me the wrong way, because it constantly references the prequels which I wish didn't exist. I always feel like it's "tainted" now.
Ether way, at the end of the day, I feel that just by having the prequels canon, a long with many other things like the embarassing clone wars cartoons, that what I liked about Star Wars is now mostly offset by stuff I, at best, don't care about, and at worst, is completely intolerable, childish, and embarassing. Note that mainstream audiences are more experienced with the latter than anything I, as well as other people, enjoy in the Star Wars universe. This latest news is pretty much the nail in the coffin. This all compounds onto the reason why I forced myself to stop caring about Star Wars. It was at least partially ruined by the prequels, and now a huge chunk of what we liked SW for is most likely going to be excised. Just deal with it. It sucks but it's something we all need to swallow.
Edited by Kacen, 03 May 2014 - 11:09 PM.