Jumping to spinoff hyperspace
In September 1994, Allan Kausch and Sue Rostoni, continuity editors for Lucasfilm, answered one of Star Wars fandom's biggest questions: What in the vast "Expanded Universe" really counted? The franchise canon, they told Star Wars Insider magazine, "includes the screenplays, the films, the radio dramas, and the novelisations," said Rostoni. "These works spin out of George Lucas' original stories, the rest are written by other writers. However, between us, we've read everything, and much of it is taken into account in the overall continuity. The entire catalog of published works comprises a vast history -- with many off-shoots, variations and tangents -- like any other well-developed mythology."
Lucasfilm deemed Shadows of the Empire canon in 1996. Today it's the Star Wars equivalent of Greek myth. After the Walt Disney acquisition, Lucasfilm downgraded the Expanded Universe to "Legends" status, in order for a new set of film and TV storytellers to go in their own directions. "While Lucasfilm always strived to keep the stories created for the EU consistent with our film and television content as well as internally consistent, Lucas always made it clear that he was not beholden to the EU," Lucasfilm wrote in a press release. "He set the films he created as the canon … [and] now, with an exciting future filled with new cinematic installments of Star Wars, all aspects of Star Wars storytelling moving forward will be connected."