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Should Fan Fiction Be Canon?
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A Canon for Science Fiction?
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Does Science Fiction Have A Canon | Essential Reading
Published: 2015/05/30
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Canon (fiction)
Published: 2014/11/10
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Back To Basics - What Is Canon?
Back To Basics - What Is Canon?
Published: 2016/08/23
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Canon Fiction - The Twelve Disciples of Christ
Published: 2008/09/30
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Halo: The Keyes Loop ft. Halo Canon - Spacedock
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Non-fiction production with Canon Professional Cameras: John Pope and EOS DSLRs
Published: 2014/11/19
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Star Vs The Forces of Evil - Mathmagic Review! Fanfiction Made Canon!?
Published: 2017/02/14
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What is the Force? (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
What is the Force? (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/07/15
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How Darth Vader Turned His Lightsaber RED (CANON) - Star Wars Explained
How Darth Vader Turned His Lightsaber RED (CANON) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/09/07
Channel: Star Wars Theory
The Story of Luke Skywalker AFTER Return of the Jedi (CANON) – Star Wars Explained
The Story of Luke Skywalker AFTER Return of the Jedi (CANON) – Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: The Stupendous Wave
Dragon Ball Multiverse: Canon vs. Fan Fiction
Dragon Ball Multiverse: Canon vs. Fan Fiction
Published: 2016/09/03
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Kirk / Spock as a non-Canon Interpretation
Kirk / Spock as a non-Canon Interpretation
Published: 2008/02/14
Channel: WhereNoManHasGone
The Jedi Explained (Canon) - Star Wars Minute Basics
The Jedi Explained (Canon) - Star Wars Minute Basics
Published: 2015/11/13
Channel: Star Wars Explained
CANON vs FANON : ERERI / EREN x LEVI
CANON vs FANON : ERERI / EREN x LEVI
Published: 2016/09/17
Channel: Mishkali
Star Trek - Discovery - CANON CONNECTION to Original Series?
Star Trek - Discovery - CANON CONNECTION to Original Series?
Published: 2017/10/08
Channel: Ketwolski
How Jedi Make Lightsabers (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
How Jedi Make Lightsabers (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/11/24
Channel: Leia's Lair
Star Wars Canon for December (Comics)
Star Wars Canon for December (Comics)
Published: 2016/01/26
Channel: Rawrist
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Star Wars Canon for January 2016 (Comics)
Published: 2016/02/10
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José - Comédie Court-Métrage 2012 - Evades de la Fiction - Canon 7D short
Published: 2012/11/18
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[Canon 48Hour Film Project HCMC] Fiction of Fact/ Viễn tưởng của sự thật
[Canon 48Hour Film Project HCMC] Fiction of Fact/ Viễn tưởng của sự thật
Published: 2011/11/13
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Olivier Alary - Canon
Olivier Alary - Canon
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: 130701 Records
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Published: 2015/11/08
Channel: NoPro Joe
What Does Canon Mean In A Fandom?
What Does Canon Mean In A Fandom?
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: S Answers
Star Wars: The First Warships of the Galactic Empire (Canon) - Spacedock Short.
Star Wars: The First Warships of the Galactic Empire (Canon) - Spacedock Short.
Published: 2017/04/21
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Unlimited Embrace A Canon of Gay Fiction, 1945 1995
Unlimited Embrace A Canon of Gay Fiction, 1945 1995
Published: 2017/05/24
Channel: Mooney J
What Darth Vader Did Immediately after Revenge Of The Sith(Canon)
What Darth Vader Did Immediately after Revenge Of The Sith(Canon)
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: BessY
Star Trek Game Is "Official Canon" - Gameplay Preview
Star Trek Game Is "Official Canon" - Gameplay Preview
Published: 2013/02/28
Channel: outsidexbox
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How a Song Triggered Darth Vader [Canon] - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/12/04
Channel: The Lore Master
Different Lightsaber Combat Forms (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Different Lightsaber Combat Forms (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/09/22
Channel: Leia's Lair
How Anakin Told Obi-Wan He QUIT Being a Jedi - (CANON) - Star Wars Explained
How Anakin Told Obi-Wan He QUIT Being a Jedi - (CANON) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/10/17
Channel: Star Wars Theory
Different Force Powers (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Different Force Powers (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/08/11
Channel: Leia's Lair
What Does It Mean To Be A Canon?
What Does It Mean To Be A Canon?
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: good sparky
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Luke's Real First Duel With Darth Vader (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2016/05/12
Channel: The Stupendous Wave
Lightsaber Colors and Meanings (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Lightsaber Colors and Meanings (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: Leia's Lair
How Darth Vader Killed His First Jedi and Took his Lightsaber(Canon) - Explain Star Wars
How Darth Vader Killed His First Jedi and Took his Lightsaber(Canon) - Explain Star Wars
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: BessY
Every King and Queen of Naboo in Star Wars Canon and Legends
Every King and Queen of Naboo in Star Wars Canon and Legends
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: Star Wars Explained
Darth Vader FIGHTS the Mysterious Jedi (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Darth Vader FIGHTS the Mysterious Jedi (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: Star Wars Theory
Canon
Canon
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: Olivier Alary - Topic
My Top 10 Favorite Fiction Books!
My Top 10 Favorite Fiction Books!
Published: 2015/10/22
Channel: Thomas Frank
Darth Vader Learns Why Sith Lightsabers are RED (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Darth Vader Learns Why Sith Lightsabers are RED (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/06/11
Channel: Star Wars Theory
Star Wars The Force Awakens - New Canon Explained
Star Wars The Force Awakens - New Canon Explained
Published: 2015/09/26
Channel: Emergency Awesome
Canon Fodder - Seeking a New Horizon
Canon Fodder - Seeking a New Horizon
Published: 2015/07/19
Channel: Halo Canon
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Published: 2017/01/16
Channel: Star Wars Theory
Star Wars: AT-AT Walker (Canon) - Spacedock Planetside
Star Wars: AT-AT Walker (Canon) - Spacedock Planetside
Published: 2017/07/21
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What is Canon?
What is Canon?
Published: 2017/05/21
Channel: Elm Street Radio
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How Darth Vader Killed Anakin Skywalker on Mustafar (CANON) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/07/28
Channel: Star Wars Theory
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In fiction, canon is the material accepted as officially part of the story in the fictional universe of that story. It is often contrasted with, or used as the basis for, works of fan fiction. The alternative terms mythology, timeline, universe and continuity are often used, with the former being especially used to refer to a richly detailed fictional canon requiring a large degree of suspension of disbelief (e.g. an entire imaginary world and history), while the latter two typically refer to a single arc where all events are directly connected chronologically. Other times, the word can mean "to be acknowledged by the creator(s)."

Origin[edit]

The use of the word "canon" originated in reference to a set of texts derives from Biblical canon, the set of books regarded as scripture, as contrasted with non-canonical Apocrypha.[1] The term was first used by analogy in the context of fiction to refer to the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as contracted with numerous Holmes adventures added later by other writers.[citation needed] This usage was afterwards extended to the writings of various other authors.

The term "canon" nowadays refers to all works of fiction within a franchise's fictional universe which are considered "to have actually happened" within the fictional universe they belong to.

Canonicity[edit]

When there are multiple "official" works or original media, the question of what is and what is not canonical can be unclear. This is resolved either by explicitly excluding certain media from the status of canon (as in the case of Star Trek and Star Wars), by assigning different levels of canonicity to different media (as was in the case of Star Wars before the franchise was purchased by Disney), by considering different but licensed media treatments official and equally canonical to the series timeline within their own continuities universe, but not across them, or not resolved at all. The use of canon is of particular importance with regard to reboots or re-imaginings of established franchises, such as the 2009 Star Trek film, because of the ways in which it influences the viewer experience.[2]

The official Star Trek website describes Star Trek canon as "the events that take place within the episodes and movies" (that is, the television series Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, and the Star Trek motion pictures).[3] Events, characters and story lines from tie-in novels, comic books, and video games are explicitly excluded from the Star Trek canon, but the site notes that elements from these sources have been subsequently introduced into the television series, and says that "canon is not something set in stone."[3] One example of a non-canonical element that later became canonical in the Star Trek universe was the name "Tiberius" becoming the official middle name of Enterprise captain James T. Kirk. The name was introduced in the Star Trek animated series, and was later added into the official biography of the character by its mention in the live-action film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

The Star Wars canon originally existed on several levels. The highest level was the original Star Wars films, and statements by George Lucas; tie-in fiction from the Star Wars expanded universe had a different level of canonicity.[4] The complex system was maintained by Leland Chee, a Lucasfilm employee.[4] After Disney bought the franchise, all material published prior to April 25, 2014 that was not any of the Star Wars movies or the CGI cartoon The Clone Wars was declared in the "Legends" continuity, marking them as no longer official canon. All subsequent material exists on the same level of canon, with the Lucasfilm Story Group being established to ensure no contradictions among canon works.[5]

The makers of Doctor Who have generally avoided making pronouncements about canonicity, with Russell T Davies explaining that he does not think about the concept for the Doctor Who TV series or its spin-offs.[6][7][8]

Canon as distinguishing between original works and later additions[edit]

In Literature, the term "Canon" is used to distinguish between the original works of a writer who created certain characters and/or setting, and the later works of other writers who took up the same characters or setting. For example, the Canon of Sherlock Holmes refers consists of the 56 short stories and four novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes.[9] The (very numerous) subsequent works by other authors who took up Sherlock Holmes are considered "non-canonical".

Fanon[edit]

Fan fiction is almost never regarded as canonical. However, certain ideas may become influential or widely accepted within fan communities, who refer to such ideas as "fanon", a portmanteau of fan and canon.[4][10][11] Headcanon is a term used to describe a fan's personal interpretation of a fictional universe.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDonald 2007, p. 38.
  2. ^ Urbanski 2013, p. 83.
  3. ^ a b "FAQ: Article". startrek.com. CBS Studios. 10 July 2003. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Baker, Chris (18 August 2008). "Meet Leland Chee, the Star Wars Franchise Continuity Cop". Wired. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page". StarWars.com. 
  6. ^ Doctor Who Magazine #388
  7. ^ Doctor Who Magazine #356
  8. ^ Davies RT, "The Writer's Tales"
  9. ^ Peter Haining, "Introduction" in Doyle, Arthur Conan (1993). The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. New York: Barnes & Noble Books. ISBN 1-56619-198-X.  Edited by Peter Haining.
  10. ^ Parrish 2007, p. 33: 'fanon.' Within an individual fandom, certain plotlines may be reinvented so many times and by so many people—or alternately may be written so persuasively by a few writers—that they take on the status of fan-produced canon.
  11. ^ The first known use of the word fanon was by Emily Salzfass in a post about Star Trek at alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated on April 1, 1998.

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