6. The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton
Why can’t there be a little rom-com in the Star Wars Expanded Universe?! While The Courtship of Princess Leia is certainly a dividing factor and has received mixed reviews, it’s nonetheless an important part of the EU because it explores a mushier aspect that so often gets overlooked. After all, the majority of Star Wars fans want Jedis, lightsabers, Ewoks, TIE fighters, the Force, and Darth Whoever. Most don’t want romance, which obviously exists on the outskirts of the primary stories. How else did Leia and Han have kids?
The plot of The Courtship of Princess Leia is positively Jane Austen-esque. Both Han Solo and a wealthy suitor named Prince Isolder vie for Leia’s love. Simultaneously, Luke Skywalker and Prince Isolder get the hots for a Dathomir witch. This is the epitome of how to expand Star Wars for the unorthodox female fans. Go ahead and cast Zac Efron as Isolder and Olivia Munn as Dathomir, throw a script together, and watch the money roll in. It’s sci-fi Sex in the City without the insufferable stars of the series.
Aside from the romantic angle, there’s just enough action and suspense to entice the traditional audience, and C-3PO even adds a bit of comedy as a hapless wingman attempting to help Han win Leia back.