What Star Wars fan hasn't dreamed about the further adventures of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Leia Organa after the defeat of the Galactic Empire? The very existence of the Star Wars Expanded Universe proves that moviegoers and readers are eager to explore the numerous possibilities. Among a wide variety of goofy post-Return of the Jedi plot ideas, there are also a number of extremely captivating narratives that successfully build on established characters and mythos.
As mentioned before, many of those Expanded Universe stories follow Anakin Skywalker's grandchildren as well as their iconic (albeit aging) parents - marking a new and very different chapter for fan-favorite characters in a post-Galactic Empire setting. That said, this doesn't mean that Star Wars: Episode VII is shaping up to be Girl Meets World in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. If Lucasfilm is using the Expanded Universe as a template for the next trilogy, expect those returning characters to go through some especially painful times - in addition to the requisite lightsaber battles, vicious Sith warriors, and alien worlds.
The possibilities are definitely exciting.