To be fair, I've just read a scattering of books and comics over the years. And heard about others and the games etc. That is why my comments were general, and I think they are true about these kinds of things--in general. But perhaps my glimpse at the Star Wars EU gave me the wrong impression. Perhaps the continuity is diligently maintained, all the material is consistent with each other, and the quality of the writing is typically as high as the writing for the mainstream continuity. If so, my bad. (I've seen more Star Trek novels and such, and many sucked bad.)
I think you'd be very surprised at how solid most of the EU stuff is.
I'm serious when I say if you consider yourself a Star Wars fan, look into some of the stories I mention.
Its actually great storytelling. Legit stuff.
The real problem is what was stated earlier. Power creep slowly set in and so very rarely we got shit like Nihilus fucking up a planet at shit. Only two other people can even do that. It's the exception not the rule.
Thrawn trilogy is a goddamn classic for the ages as well.
Just a suggestion for reading materials...
Star Wars: Shatterpoint - gritty, intense, real. Civil war on Mace Windu's homeworld and the introduction of Kar Vastor, a deeper character than you would ever think he could be.
Star Wars: Dark Rendevous - Dooku seeks to meet with Yoda in secret dangling the possibility of him returning to the Jedi order in front of Yoda. Is it a lure, truth? Great story. Super fucking sad in certain moments. Whie is cool too. Awesome assassin droids too.
Republic Commandos: Hard Contact - Man o man. Badass as fuck. Sev, Fixer, Scorch and Boss make up this elite black ops squad. Seriously bad ass dudes and the action in it is legit af. They touch on some philosophical issues regarding their clone nature and the entire book series really drives home the fact that clones are equally human as any being in Star Wars. I challenge you to not to find these guys as some of your favorite characters in Star Wars after reading.
Just some food for thought. Give these a try if you can, there older so they should be pretty cheap.