As an avid Star Wars fan, I've spent countless hours reading books from the Expanded Universe (EU). When Disney announced Episode VII, they also stated that the EU would be replaced with the new canon.
To myself, and thousands of others, this meant that the time we'd spent reading (and in the case of the authors themselves, writing) EU material was wasted effort, as none of it means anything to the continuity of the Star Wars universe anymore.
While I will read the new novels (the first of which will be released on 9/4/2015), and likely enjoy the new trilogy of movies, the EU is still an interesting universe, and I'd like to explore it further. The Fate of the Jedi
series had imposed some dire circumstances on the Star Wars galaxy, and Disney's plans gave a premature ending to many hanging plotlines. The Sword of the Jedi
series was highly anticipated, and was in development when Disney took over.
I recently came across this petition on change.org
, and signed it myself. Whether you are a fan of the EU or not, I would ask that you sign it, so that those of us who are avid fans can at least continue to enjoy the universe in which we are so invested.