Look, as much we all love reading (and writing) them, and as much as us author types take pride in our work, at the end of the day ALL tie-in novels are ancillary merchandise, like the tee-shirts and action figures and board games and Hallmark ornaments. They're not supposed to be their own thing. They exist as supplements to the Main Thing, which is the actual movies and TV shows. And from a commercial standpoint, the whole point of publishing tie-ins is to capitalize on the popularity and audience of the shows and movies. I mean, why bother paying for the license in the first place if you just want to do your own thing? And the last thing you want is for readers to pick up the books and complain bitterly, "Hey, this isn't like the show!" That's how you get dissatisfied customers. That doesn't mean the authors and editors and licensing folks don't want to produce the best SPACE VIXENS novels they possibly can, but we are a sideshow; that's just how it works, regardless of whether you're talking about STAR TREK or STAR WARS or MURDER SHE WROTE.