Re: Do fans want the prime timeline back?
That's a novel. Roddenberry flip-flopping around when it suited him--particularly in print--was never said to apply to the TOS - movie transition. Few even considered anything in the novelization.
You are probably getting Roddenberry's honest, uncensored thoughts regarding TOS in those pages. There was no reason to even bring the issue up if it wasn't something that was on his mind.
"If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are." - Jean-Luc Picard, "Encounter at Farpoint"