Does anyone realize for a nearly forty-year franchise, Star Wars maybe had five good years in it? If things don't change around in eight months Star Wars' reputation as one of the worst franchises ever could be cemented.
Only five years? The first three movies spanned ca. seven years and there were plenty of good tie-in/EU material for the following 15-ish years or so. Sure there's been a lot of weird stuff since 1999, but there was a lot of great books, comics, games, etc. in the years before, and even some after. The problem with Star Wars is it's size and scope; tie-in merchandise ranging from the Ewoks cartoon to stuff like Shadows of the Empire. I think it would be more right to say that Star Wars is one of the most diverse franchises that exists, and in eight months it will be even larger, for better and for worse.
Original Trilogy Documentaries/Making-Ofs (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Beyond the OT Documentaries/Making-Ofs (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Star Wars is Surrealism, not Science Fiction (essay)
Amazon link to my first novel; Dawn of the Karabu.