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Old November 19 2012, 03:43 PM   #23
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Re: Question for authors: General 'rules' for tie-in media (any franch

^Good point. The problem is that fandom has gotten this warped set of beliefs about what the word "canon" means. And I think the fault for that lies with Gene Roddenberry and Richard Arnold. Fandom wasn't really that aware of the term "canon" until those two instituted their crackdown on the tie-ins and issued the memo declaring the animated series non-canonical. Their actions and attitude created the impression in fans' minds that canon was something defined by exclusionism and opposition, something strict and dogmatic and shaped by official dictate. To this day, there are people who actually believe that there are employees at Paramount or CBS or wherever who sit at their desks and issue ukases about what is or isn't canon in the Trek universe -- who don't understand that canon is automatic and usually not even thought about by series creators, because what they create is canon by definition.
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