Maybe I lucked out. I grew up loving the original trilogy, but never getting into any of the extended universe. I was a teenager when the prequels came out and didn't love or hate them (maybe I hated Attack of the Clones a little).
I had just started getting into the extended universe when The Force Awakens came out. I had only read The Thrawn Trilogy, and when they announced a new canon I basically abandoned anything else "Legends" and started consuming just the new canon.
I certainly wont say that The Force Awakens was perfect, but I did manage to get me really excited about new Star Wars content.