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Should Fan Fiction Be Canon?
Should Fan Fiction Be Canon?
Published: 2014/08/21
Channel: Not Exactly Normal
A Canon for Science Fiction?
A Canon for Science Fiction?
Published: 2015/09/23
Channel: booksandpieces
Non-fiction production with Canon Professional Cameras: Max Joseph and Professional Camcorders
Non-fiction production with Canon Professional Cameras: Max Joseph and Professional Camcorders
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: CanonUSA
Does Science Fiction Have A Canon | Essential Reading
Does Science Fiction Have A Canon | Essential Reading
Published: 2015/05/30
Channel: Wolf McTavish
Canon (fiction)
Canon (fiction)
Published: 2014/11/10
Channel: Audiopedia
Non-fiction production with Canon Professional Cameras: John Pope and EOS DSLRs
Non-fiction production with Canon Professional Cameras: John Pope and EOS DSLRs
Published: 2014/11/19
Channel: CanonUSA
Canon Fiction - The Twelve Disciples of Christ
Canon Fiction - The Twelve Disciples of Christ
Published: 2008/09/30
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Dragon Ball Multiverse: Canon vs. Fan Fiction
Dragon Ball Multiverse: Canon vs. Fan Fiction
Published: 2016/09/03
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Star Vs The Forces of Evil - Mathmagic Review! Fanfiction Made Canon!?
Star Vs The Forces of Evil - Mathmagic Review! Fanfiction Made Canon!?
Published: 2017/02/14
Channel: SliceofOtaku
The truth comes out - why you shouldn
The truth comes out - why you shouldn't worry about canon or continuity
Published: 2017/05/21
Channel: Flaming Proctologist
What is Canon?
What is Canon?
Published: 2017/05/21
Channel: Elm Street Radio
Back To Basics - What Is Canon?
Back To Basics - What Is Canon?
Published: 2016/08/23
Channel: ShippersGuideToTheGalaxy
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
So the fanfic was canon after all...
So the fanfic was canon after all...
Published: 2011/10/29
Channel: novriltataki
Lightsaber Colors and Meanings (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Lightsaber Colors and Meanings (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: Leia's Lair
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
EXP - Fan Games and Canon
EXP - Fan Games and Canon
Published: 2014/11/29
Channel: Jones the Moblin
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
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
Star Wars: AT-AT Walker (Canon) - Spacedock Planetside
Star Wars: AT-AT Walker (Canon) - Spacedock Planetside
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: Spacedock
Literary Festival 2015: High Culture and the Western Canon: has the fightback begun?
Literary Festival 2015: High Culture and the Western Canon: has the fightback begun?
Published: 2015/03/05
Channel: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
What Does Canon Mean In A Fandom?
What Does Canon Mean In A Fandom?
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: S Answers
My Filthy frank fan fiction(NOT CANON)
My Filthy frank fan fiction(NOT CANON)
Published: 2017/09/27
Channel: Keel Mombasa
Canonball Books
Canonball Books
Published: 2017/10/18
Channel: Canon Press
Everything We KNOW About Darth Plagueis in Star Wars Canon
Everything We KNOW About Darth Plagueis in Star Wars Canon
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: Star Wars Explained
Star Trek - Discovery - CANON CONNECTION to Original Series?
Star Trek - Discovery - CANON CONNECTION to Original Series?
Published: 2017/10/08
Channel: Ketwolski
[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
Channel: LSTSAdobeClub
Canon City - 1948. Enhanced Video and Audio: Full Crime Thriller Film
Canon City - 1948. Enhanced Video and Audio: Full Crime Thriller Film
Published: 2017/03/28
Channel: augustine mirelez
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
Unlimited Embrace A Canon of Gay Fiction, 1945 1995
Unlimited Embrace A Canon of Gay Fiction, 1945 1995
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: D Trujilo
Star Trek Game Is "Official Canon" - Gameplay Preview
Star Trek Game Is "Official Canon" - Gameplay Preview
Published: 2013/02/28
Channel: outsidexbox
Different Lightsaber Styles (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Different Lightsaber Styles (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/09/02
Channel: Leia's Lair
Stormtrooper Trained With a Lightsaber (Canon) – Star Wars Explained
Stormtrooper Trained With a Lightsaber (Canon) – Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/07/27
Channel: The Stupendous Wave
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
Channel: Spacedock
Behind the scenes with the Canon EOS C100 Mark II: Episode One: Pre-production Part 1
Behind the scenes with the Canon EOS C100 Mark II: Episode One: Pre-production Part 1
Published: 2015/04/03
Channel: CanonUSA
Star Wars: Lucrehulk Class Battleship (Canon) - Spacedock
Star Wars: Lucrehulk Class Battleship (Canon) - Spacedock
Published: 2017/10/10
Channel: Spacedock
What Does It Mean To Be A Canon?
What Does It Mean To Be A Canon?
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: good SPARKY
Different Lightsaber Combat Forms (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Different Lightsaber Combat Forms (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/09/22
Channel: Leia's Lair
dESTIEL IS CANON
dESTIEL IS CANON
Published: 2014/04/16
Channel: 「 RedShareen 」
Comic Books are Fanfiction: Creators, Codifiers, and Transferable Canon
Comic Books are Fanfiction: Creators, Codifiers, and Transferable Canon
Published: 2017/07/20
Channel: Doc Caligula
Canon - Trippen #Produced by Eighty7
Canon - Trippen #Produced by Eighty7
Published: 2014/09/19
Channel: Reflectionmusicgroup
José - Comédie Court-Métrage 2012 - Evades de la Fiction - Canon 7D short
José - Comédie Court-Métrage 2012 - Evades de la Fiction - Canon 7D short
Published: 2012/11/18
Channel: Evadés de la Fiction
HISTORY OF THE FORCE SENSITIVE TREE! CANON!
HISTORY OF THE FORCE SENSITIVE TREE! CANON!
Published: 2017/04/05
Channel: Star Wars Coffee
GC: canon vs. fanfic
GC: canon vs. fanfic
Published: 2007/01/03
Channel: xposingcalamity
How Palpatine Scolded Darth Vader After Death Star
How Palpatine Scolded Darth Vader After Death Star's Destruction(Canon) - Explain Star Wars
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: BessY
Gray Jedi in the New Canon? Or is it time for the Gray Jedi to end...
Gray Jedi in the New Canon? Or is it time for the Gray Jedi to end...
Published: 2017/06/01
Channel: Thor Skywalker
Canon Fodder - Seeking a New Horizon
Canon Fodder - Seeking a New Horizon
Published: 2015/07/19
Channel: Halo Canon
How Darth Vader Discovered Luke
How Darth Vader Discovered Luke's Lightsaber was his Own (Canon) - Explain Star Wars (BessY)
Published: 2016/10/01
Channel: BessY
Star Wars: B-Wing (Canon) - Spacedock
Star Wars: B-Wing (Canon) - Spacedock
Published: 2017/09/19
Channel: Spacedock
Honorable Scarabée & Julien Rallu - Canon
Honorable Scarabée & Julien Rallu - Canon
Published: 2017/06/02
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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, 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]

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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