Some Star Wars stories are best told in books. These are the characters and stories that would heal some of the pain we’re feeling post-Clone Wars.
Endings are hard. Saying goodbye to a show that has already ended twice (first with its official cancellation and a second time after the Lost Missions released on Netflix) is a kind of heartbreak that lacks a simple fix.
But when it comes to Star Wars, the end of one story is really only the beginning of another. Stories overlap, dance around each other, and — as we’ve most recently seen — work so well in tandem that you can’t help but ravenously hunger for more.
The good news for Star Wars fans is that these stories aren’t limited to movies and TV shows. Books are technically even older than the movies, since the novelization of A New Hope was released before the film in November 1976.
Many fans grew up with and are still very much attached to what we now call legends — which are really just all the books released before 2013; they’re absolutely still worth reading and cherishing even with the canon timeline. But in the past six years, the amount of literature we’ve been blessed with has almost been overwhelming.
Not so overwhelming that we don’t welcome more of them, of course — or hope that certain stories that have never been told in full won’t end up between the covers of a book someday.
Like the following, for example. Clone Wars may be over, but the stories it set up certainly aren’t.
4. A Satine and Bo-Katan coming-of-age adventure
Thus far, young adult novels in Star Wars canon have provided some of the best characterization and storytelling of the over 40 books published since 2013. It would be a shame not to continue the trend with some of our favorite Mandalorian ladies.
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In a franchise that leans heavily on themes connected to family dynamics, friendship, and love, a story about two sisters growing up to essentially be enemies would fit perfectly. It would be like Lost Stars but without the romance. Claudia Gray, you busy?
This would also be a good opportunity to give us more insight into what happened to Bo-Katan after the Siege of Mandalore. We know where she eventually ends up (I won’t spoil that for you if you haven’t seen Rebels), but how does she get from where we see her parting with Ahsoka to when we see her come face-to-face with Sabine?
We’ve seen Bo-Katan in action, and we’ve seen how she deals with grief (getting really angry and then, you know, fighting like the warrior she is). But a book would allow us to see more of her inner thoughts and how she copes with all the loss she experiences during The Clone Wars.
Give us a book that shows how the sisters’ childhood shapes them into the women they grow up to be, and what leads them to having such different ideals later on in their lives. It’s a story we’ll probably never get in a show, movie, or even a comic. So a book is the perfect medium for it.