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What is “canon”?

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What is “canon”?

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Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines canon as “an authoritative list of books accepted as Holy Scripture” and “the authentic works of a writer.” In the case of Dragonlance, it is intended to mean what is “true” to the setting versus what is simply an inconsistency. As noted previously, in a shared world like the Dragonlance setting, there are sometimes inconsistencies between facts presented in one product and another. By looking at the various sources of a piece of conflicting information and weighting them relative to their importance to the setting (i.e. Chronicles is deemed to be an authoritative work while Tales of Uncle Trapspringer would be less so), fans try to determine what is really true or “canon” and what is not. However, this is a highly inexact science, and there have been many debates over the years about what facts are and are not considered “canon.

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“Canon” consists of the non-negotiable “facts” of the STAR WARS universe and its history. All canon material is official, but only a minority of official material is canonical. According to Lucasfilm’s continuity editors, writing in STAR WARS Insider #23, canon is defined as: `Gospel,’ or canon as we refer to it, includes the screenplays, the films, the radio dramas and the novelisations. “Canon” status is not a matter of personal opinion. The movies are the highest form of canon, because they are independently, objectively measurable representations of events and entities within the STAR WARS universe.

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Canon is the authorized or accepted truth or rule. The views on canon can range from people who say only the movies are canon to those who think everything under the sun that was released about Star Wars from film to radio drama to comic to novel is canon. Most people are somewhere in between, picking and choosing what they decide depicts the “true” Star Wars universe. Since George Lucas and the rest of Lucasfilm have never officially stated what they authorize as canon, there’s absolutely nothing that will back up your claim on what may be considered canon in the Star Wars universe other than people’s opinions. Remember: everyone is entitled to their own opinion whether or not you agree with them.

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“Canon” consists of the non-negotiable “facts” of the STAR WARS universe and its history. All canon material is official, but only a minority of official material is canonical. According to Lucasfilm’s continuity editors, writing in STAR WARS Insider #23, canon is defined as: `Gospel,’ or canon as we refer to it, includes the screenplays, the films, the radio dramas and the novelisations. “Canon” status is not a matter of personal opinion. The movies are the highest form of canon, because they are independently, objectively measurable representations of events and entities within the STAR WARS universe.

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