A smart piece by Mark Wilson. Here's an excerpt, but go read it all:
BusinessWeek argues that the Holocron [the database storing all information about the Star Wars Expanded Universe] added a lot of value to [Disney's] acquisition. And to the suits, I have little doubt that it looked different than any other lucrative list of copyrights and other IP. But I can’t help but wonder if there would be more narrative value without the tome. Every planet and character is a component of feature creep within an otherwise beautifully streamlined universe. It’s unedited imagination, wonderfully inventive but narratively untenable. There are just too many ideas in one place.Star Wars has become a product crafted not for Star Wars fans (or, everyone), but a very particular breed of Star Wars uber fan.