Agreed. Though I do like the KOTOR stuff. I suppose it's easier when they're not messing with beloved characters and such.
Oh, I LOVE the KotOR stuff! In fact, I wish they'd just focus on doing THAT rather than destroying my childhood memories.
Growing up with Star Wars, I happily read as much of the EU as was published. Unfortunately, as you have pointed out, quite a bit of it was terrible. Most of the authors fell WAY short of truly capturing the essence of the characters and the feel of the movies.I thoroughly enjoyed most of Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpole's works, but once Vector Prime came out, I gave up reading anything other than Wookieepedia. I'd read over the summary of whatever garbage some hack regurgitated, sigh, and then pretend it was fan fiction. For truly this was NOT my Star Wars, and the authors should be ashamed of themselves calling it as such.KOTOR 1 & 2 (mostly 1) restored my passion as they opened up a new era and technology to explore, though the MMO seems a bit too much of the same old same old story-wise and a tad boring mission-wise.
Agreed for the most part - I found most of the Hand of Thrawn pair of books enjoyable, and I really liked Shadows of the Empire. But aside from that, I just stuck to the Thrawn Trilogy.