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A Canon for Science Fiction?
A Canon for Science Fiction?
Published: 2015/09/23
Channel: booksandpieces
Should Fan Fiction Be Canon?
Should Fan Fiction Be Canon?
Published: 2014/08/21
Channel: Not Exactly Normal
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
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
Channel: Rev. Melissa Smith
Dragon Ball Multiverse: Canon vs. Fan Fiction
Dragon Ball Multiverse: Canon vs. Fan Fiction
Published: 2016/09/03
Channel: Reel To Real Productions
Canon (fiction)
Canon (fiction)
Published: 2014/11/10
Channel: Audiopedia
Does Science Fiction Have A Canon | Essential Reading
Does Science Fiction Have A Canon | Essential Reading
Published: 2015/05/30
Channel: Wolf McTavish
Back To Basics - What Is Canon?
Back To Basics - What Is Canon?
Published: 2016/08/23
Channel: ShippersGuideToTheGalaxy
Halo: The Keyes Loop ft. Halo Canon - Spacedock
Halo: The Keyes Loop ft. Halo Canon - Spacedock
Published: 2016/11/25
Channel: Spacedock
What is Canon?
What is Canon?
Published: 2017/05/21
Channel: Elm Street Radio
Cyber Security Canon: You Should Have Read These Books by Now
Cyber Security Canon: You Should Have Read These Books by Now
Published: 2014/04/16
Channel: RSA Conference
Canon - Trippen #Produced by Eighty7
Canon - Trippen #Produced by Eighty7
Published: 2014/09/19
Channel: Reflectionmusicgroup
5 Common Mistakes Beginning Writers Make In Fiction
5 Common Mistakes Beginning Writers Make In Fiction
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: thelifeofawriter
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
[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
Popcult 2017: Canon is not enough
Popcult 2017: Canon is not enough
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: Meldis Lobel
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
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
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
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
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
What Does It Mean To Be A Canon?
What Does It Mean To Be A Canon?
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: good SPARKY
Star Wars Canon for December (Comics)
Star Wars Canon for December (Comics)
Published: 2016/01/26
Channel: Rawrist
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 Game Is "Official Canon" - Gameplay Preview
Star Trek Game Is "Official Canon" - Gameplay Preview
Published: 2013/02/28
Channel: outsidexbox
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
Victorian Fiction Beyond the Canon | Ebook
Victorian Fiction Beyond the Canon | Ebook
Published: 2017/02/04
Channel: Issac Wentworth
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
How Darth Vader Gets His FIRST Lightsaber (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
How Darth Vader Gets His FIRST Lightsaber (Canon) - Star Wars Explained
Published: 2017/08/04
Channel: Star Wars Theory
Olivier Alary - Canon
Olivier Alary - Canon
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: 130701 Records
Star Wars Canon for January 2016 (Comics)
Star Wars Canon for January 2016 (Comics)
Published: 2016/02/10
Channel: Rawrist
What is a Sith? - Star Wars Explained CANON
What is a Sith? - Star Wars Explained CANON
Published: 2017/08/05
Channel: Leia's Lair
Lukes Timeline After Return of the Jedi! Canon!
Lukes Timeline After Return of the Jedi! Canon!
Published: 2017/02/25
Channel: Star Wars Coffee
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
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
My Top 10 Favorite Fiction Books!
My Top 10 Favorite Fiction Books!
Published: 2015/10/22
Channel: Thomas Frank
Episode 29: Rogue One - An Elegant Canon for a More Civilized Age
Episode 29: Rogue One - An Elegant Canon for a More Civilized Age
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: Near Mint Condition
Star Wars Aftermath Author: Chuck Wendig on Canon | SYFY WIRE
Star Wars Aftermath Author: Chuck Wendig on Canon | SYFY WIRE
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: SYFY WIRE
WonderCon 2010 (Canon 550D T2i)
WonderCon 2010 (Canon 550D T2i)
Published: 2010/04/04
Channel: Mark Day
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston's Favorite Erotic Fan Letter
Published: 2013/09/24
Channel: Team Coco
Is there a Canon at all in fictional Media?
Is there a Canon at all in fictional Media?
Published: 2016/12/28
Channel: Bia Ghidorah
Canon XF200/205 Camcorder Tutorial Series: Camera Optics
Canon XF200/205 Camcorder Tutorial Series: Camera Optics
Published: 2014/12/19
Channel: CanonUSA
Star Wars: A Brief Look at the Resistance (Canon) - Spacedock
Star Wars: A Brief Look at the Resistance (Canon) - Spacedock
Published: 2016/04/21
Channel: Spacedock
Leia Avoided Jedi Training Reason Revealed In Star Wars (Canon)
Leia Avoided Jedi Training Reason Revealed In Star Wars (Canon)
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: MIKE ZEROH
Echo - Canon 7D short film 2011 (Drama / Thriller) - Les Evades de la Fiction
Echo - Canon 7D short film 2011 (Drama / Thriller) - Les Evades de la Fiction
Published: 2011/08/24
Channel: Evadés de la Fiction
NOVR Action Science Fiction Short Film 1080p HD
NOVR Action Science Fiction Short Film 1080p HD
Published: 2013/11/17
Channel: NOVR
What Happened to Darth Vader
What Happened to Darth Vader's Lightsaber After his Death(Canon) - Explain Star Wars (BessY)
Published: 2016/12/10
Channel: BessY
NAVAL CANNON
NAVAL CANNON
Published: 2016/12/09
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In fiction, canon is the material accepted as officially part of the story in an individual 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" 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.[citation needed]

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]

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][9][10]

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. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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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