UPDATED: Angry Star Wars Fans Threaten to Spoil The Force Awakens Unless Disney Reinstate the Expanded Universe

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 - 4:36PM
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015 - 4:36PM
UPDATED: Angry Star Wars Fans Threaten to Spoil The Force Awakens Unless Disney Reinstate the Expanded Universe
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Be warned: Angry Star Wars fans are threatening to spoil the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens if Disney and LucasFilm don't meet their demands.

UPDATE - 12/16/15 01:44 pm

The official Star Wars Books Facebook page has been taken down until December 21 as a result of the actions of a group of fans who want to use their site to spoil The Force Awakens. 

Star Wars explained their decision on the Del Rey Star Wars Tumblr:

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You may have noticed that the Star Wars Books Facebook page has disappeared. First off, yes this was intentional. The page was not hacked and it was not deleted. It has been deactivated, which means that it is hidden from public view.

Why is it gone? Simple - we don't want to contribute to anyone spoiling The Force Awakens. Very recently, some individuals began posting comments on our page purporting to spoil major events in The Force Awakens. We had previously asked that people refrain from spoiling the film on our page, as we have a large fan base from all over the world, who will all be seeing the film at different times. As excited as we always are about discussing Star Wars, we firmly believe that everyone has the right to experience the film in whatever manner they desire.

Some individuals decided not to respect that request. While we quickly removed those comments, even if they were present for only 2 minutes - that is 2 minutes too long. Facebook doesn't have more adequate tools for moderating comments (filters are helpful, but not foolproof), so we made the decision to simply unpublish the page.

We don't want to give people who wish to spoil the movie for others a platform to do that and we are under no obligation to do so.
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Original article below:

When Disney purchased the Star Wars franchise, a large portion of fans were angered after learning that the old Star Wars canon would be rewritten by a new series of books, TV shows, and comics. In fact, of the dozens of books and comic series that were once considered canon, only Dark Horse's Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir would remain 'relevant', along with the movies and Clone Wars TV show. While these decades of reading and storytelling were a hard loss, the majority of Star Wars fans were able to dust themselves off and focus on the excitement of new movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

However, with the day that all fans have been in anticipation of for years fast approaching, a small corner of Star Wars fandom is threatening to hold their fellow fans to ransom if Disney doesn't reinstate their beloved Expanded Universe stories. Discovered by Bleeding Cool, TheAlliance to Preserve the Expanded Universe, a group of some 3,000 Star Wars fans on Facebook is about to embark on a mission to spoil the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for as many people as possible, and they'll only stop if Disney meets their demands. 

The group have given their movement the rather tasteless codename of 'The Spoil Jihad'', and they're promising to unleash spoilers across the Internet on social media, comment boxes, and blogs. This includes posting to popular Star Wars fan groups and popping up on to comment on various Star Wars related news articles from sites and blogs around the world. 

Not only is this a real dick move, it's also going to be a completely fruitless one. If these people really think that their mission will result in anything other ruining the Star Wars magic for their other fans, they've got Bantha Fodder for brains.

All this means is that between now and our allotted Star Wars screening dates, we're all going to have to be extra-vigilant as we browse the web. Might we suggest this Google Chrome App that warns you if a web page contains potential Star Wars spoilers? 

Finally, if you want to know exactly what is and what isn't canon in the Star Wars timeline these days, check out our Star Wars Chronology Infographic, and our guide to the
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