YMMV: Star Wars Expanded Universe

See Star Wars Legends for old EU.
  • Archive Panic: Averted if you're going by Disney's new Expanded Universe. You shouldn't have too much of a problem keeping up with all the new material... For now, that is.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The controversial Alternate Continuity/Canon Discontinuity decision that Disney made had the perk of definitively de-canonizing several unpopular works, such as the infamous The Crystal Star, the notorious The Star Wars Holiday Special (which was still considered canon at that time in spite of George Lucas's hatred of it), and the Jedi Prince books which had Emperor Palpatine's three-eyed son Triclops and his grandson Ken the Jedi Prince.
    • Other works which may be more popular but also prone to causing a Broken Base were also de-canonized, like the stories of Karen Traviss, accused of shilling Mandalorians at the expense of the Jedi, the Darker and Edgier novels starting with New Jedi Order that killed Chewbacca, and The Force Unleashed games where the Player Character Galen Marek/Starkiller is accused of being a Black Hole Sue (whether or not he's actually a good character is up for debate, but a lot of fans agree that the character was overpowered).
    • A few elements have already been left as established canon, such as the novel Tarkin keeping the title character's first name as Wilhuff and naming off several Imperial Senate members that were already given names, and the mobile game Star Wars: Commander establishing several ships, weapons, and vehicles from previous EU works as canon, thus giving them status as well.
  • Broken Base:
    • As if Disney were trying to break the fandom further, it's been announced by Lucasfilm that the entire EU is now non-canon because the writers of the new trilogy want to have a fresh slate to work on. This is causing major division between fans who object to over three decades' worth of work is casually being tossed out to create a consistent setting, and those who refused to acknowledge the EU before and are glad it's non-canon.
  • Crack Is Cheaper: Subverted, for the time being, if you're just getting into the stuff that Disney declares canonical. Which will still be a lot, but at least you'll have time to know what you're getting into.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: See here in "Disney Continuity" entries.
  • Misblamed: Given J. J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek, don't be surprised if you see fans accusing J.J. of wiping out the Star Wars EU canon. Also, don't be surprised if you see people blaming George Lucas for Disney's decision, because... Well, he's George Lucas. Admittedly, the policy does largely follow what was George's own position towards the former EU back when he was in charge, but that was always his position and never pretended otherwise.
  • Sturgeon's Law: The Lucasfilm Story Group is doing their best to ensure that this won't be the case for the new Expanded Universe, making sure that the new stories are all consistently good instead of vastly varying in terms of quality.