Also Jenny, don't you think that a film has serious problems if it needs a book for people to fully grasp its characters?
I found out the book stuff later, so I mentioned it because it has more credibility than me just saying, "Well, here's what I thought." You can argue with me; you can't really argue with the official intent.
In the end, it's fucking Star Wars. Whatever. I didn't say it was in my top ten list for the year, but I happened to enjoy it and think it made enough sense to be enjoyed, and I look forward to seeing how Rian Johnson can (and likely will) improve upon Abrams. I see a lot of the bitching to just be compensation trying to shoot it down because it did TOO well at the box office. Hell, it's fighting with Avatar and Titanic for the most money made worldwide; I can't really call any of them the best movies that have ever been made.
... Tried to get the despecialized versions but couldn't get my downloads to work. I'd like to watch the prequel stuff that someone tossed on YouTube in November, where they reedited/sequenced the movie(s), removing/fixing the stuff they thought was weak.