5 ways Star Trek has the best novels (& 5 Star Wars do)

There is a lot of debate about Star Wars and Star Trek shows and movies, but which sci-fi series has the best books?

The two greatest sci-fi multimedia franchises of all time have often clashed over which the series reigns supreme. Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek and George Lucas’ Star Wars both draw on similar action-adventure roots, but ended up going in very different directions.

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Star Wars seizing Lucas’ love for the Flash Gordon and Trek series gaining influence from Roddenberry’s fascination with CS Forester’s Horatio Hornblower novels and the 1962 television series Train car shows that they both clearly share a common ancestry with gripping adventure stories. Where they divide the most is the social commentary that Trek prides itself on and the Joseph Campbell-style mythology that Wars emulates. They are both pieces of morality that teach us to live, but they do so through markedly different approaches. Nowhere is this division more evident than in the long history of the novels of the two series.

ten Trek’s chatty nature is best suited for novels

The Cast of Star Trek: The Original Series

The first thing fans point out between the two series is Star wars‘Focus on, well, Wars and Star Trek’s emphasis on diplomacy. Neither is quite true when you consider the two franchises as a whole. No Trek movie has as much intergalactic political discourse as The phantom menace, and movies like Khan’s wrath clearly focus more on tense sea battles than they ever do on the taxation of trade routes. However, in general, Trek spends a lot of time brooding over moral issues and dilemmas as the lessons of Star Wars tend to be more subtextual and represented through the action of its cast. Because of this, the Trek novels tend to align more closely with the shows they are based on, as they have enough room to explore complex issues at a slow pace.

9 Star Wars action isn’t limited by budget

Vector Prime, Thrawn Trilogy, Hand of Thrawn

That’s not to say that the Star Wars novels aren’t also appropriate representations of the films’ dynamic combat across the galaxy. As Lucas long complained during the production of the original trilogy, technological advancements in filmmaking were not yet quite to a point where he could properly display his imagination and vision.

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Novels, by their nature, have no budget constraints and can give plenty of time for mythical battles that are epic in their scale and Shakespearean in their stakes. Even the modern world of CGI cannot capture what can so easily be portrayed in the Mind’s Eye Theater.

8 The Star Wars Book Case

Timothy Olyphant as Cobb Vanth in The Mandalorian

As most fans know, following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, the original Star Wars Extended Universe was reclassified as Star Wars Legends, with all future spin-off media being effectively considered to be guns of the current franchise. The original EU was never really a canon for the Lucas stories, but they provided plenty of fan-favorite moments to reduce the expectation of future films. Due to Disney’s decision to make all future content canon as well as fan love for Legends, the Star Wars novel series is significant to the ongoing story. Current and future content has been referenced multiple times in live action media, and older Legends stories have been constantly reworked and adapted into the new canon.

seven Star Trek books don’t

Star Trek: Villains Cover

While Star Wars sticks firmly to canon, one of the best parts of Trek’s novels is the fact that they don’t have to stick to past and future media. There is a consistent EU Trek that existed during the downtime between the failed Nemesis and the rebooted Abrams movies. These told stories that continued the original timeline and examined what had become of characters like William Riker and B4. However, these stories and many more were never written to supplant future stories, but rather to fill in gaps. This freedom allowed fantastic stories like the New frontier Peter David’s books flourish since they do not have to zigzag with current media.

6 Trek books get extra weird

As mentioned, the Trek novels are widely viewed as non-canon by the current franchise. This allows the freedom of a cavalcade of great stories that could not be done in a more restrictive series. This leads to some bizarre material for any avid Trekkie to explore. From the wacky crossing of The next generation With Marvel’s X-Men to Shatner’s hilarious novels that detail Kirk resurrected as the Borg and being some sort of Trek’s Messiah figure, there’s a lot of crazy, wacky content that his rival just can’t compete with. .

5 Star Wars books are directly laced

However, having some wacky silliness can start to tarnish the shine of such a classic piece of Americana. Trek gets a new crossover every day, but that over time can dilute the brand and make it less special in the public eye. Because, aside from the rare, decades-old Stormtrooper comic book or zombie book, Star Wars hangs so close to the chest that it makes any new release a major event for fans. Even though currently there seems to be more and more Star Wars content released every day, the franchise has made sure to avoid constant crossovers and alternate timeline stories.

4 There are a lot fewer Star Wars books

Although exact counts are difficult to make, the number of books in the Star Wars series is usually between 170 at the lowest and 300 at the most. Either way, while those numbers can be intimidating, they’re still pale compared to Trek’s massive 850 pounds according to. Imaginary journeys by Jeff Ayers. This was calculated in 2007, so it can be said that over the next decade that number grew exponentially. Any fan who wants to read all about it will have a much easier time with Star Wars.

3 There are many more Star Trek books

star trek movies and star wars the new hope

The advantage of having over 850 novels is that there is a virtually endless number of stories for the Trekkies to discover. While reading every Star Trek book is an insurmountable task, it does mean that the reward for even trying is much higher.

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While not all of Trek’s books are loved by all fans, the opportunity to see how many great and unknown stories remain in this huge backlog is well worth taking a look to see what lies behind. the well-known bestsellers.

2 Disney has had royalty disputes

As reported by Polygon, Disney has been embroiled in a legal dispute over royalties owed to classic science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster. Foster’s work spans decades of history, but his most monumental influence on the Expanded Universe is and remains the book. Shard of the Spirit’s Eye. The novel was the very first European story ever published by Lucasfilm and was adapted from a backup script for a sequel in case the original film was bombed. Items like the Khyber Crystal and the planet Mimbam have been reused in the current canon, but Disney has upheld its decision not to be responsible for any money owed. More information on this story can be found by CBR writer Bea Caicoya.

1 Paramount had no disputes (so far)

Paramount has so far not had such problems with its writers. While how he treats his actor is another story, there has been little to no problem over the past two decades with corporate donations owed to creators. To be fair, Trek as a franchise leans much less on its European material than Star Wars ever does. Most traditions come from top to bottom, with books and comics constantly being contradicted. Hopefully Disney and Paramount writers get paid in the future.

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