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==Star Wars canon==
 
==Star Wars canon==
  
There are four main levels of canon within the Star Wars universe, which work together to create what is known as the overall continuity of the Star Wars universe. Material outside the films is referred to as the Expanded Universe, or EU for short.
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There are four main levels of canon within the ''[[Star Wars]]'' universe, which work together to create what is known as the overall continuity of the ''Star Wars'' universe. Material outside the films is referred to as the Expanded Universe, or EU for short.
  
 
;G-Canon
 
;G-Canon
:This consists of the six Star Wars films, and adaptations of them such as novelizations and comics. Nothing is permitted to contradict these in any way, at least not while remaining in the overall continuity.
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:This consists of the six ''Star Wars'' films, and adaptations of them such as novelizations and comics. Nothing is permitted to contradict these in any way, at least not while remaining in the overall continuity.
 
;C-Canon
 
;C-Canon
:The vast majority of Star Wars material, such as novels, short story collections, comics and selected video games. C-Canon material cannot contradict G-Canon material, but it is quite possible for the reverse to happen. In practice though, this is not likely to happen in the future, unless the proposed Star Wars TV series is designated G-Canon. The Incredible Cross-Sections book falls into this category, which helped spark the whole continuity debate in the first place.
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:The vast majority of ''Star Wars'' material, such as novels, short story collections, comics and selected video games. C-Canon material cannot contradict G-Canon material, but it is quite possible for the reverse to happen. In practice though, this is not likely to happen in the future, unless the proposed ''Star Wars'' TV series is designated G-Canon. The ''Incredible Cross-Sections'' book series (which helped spark the current iteration of the continuity debate) falls into this category.
 
;S-Canon
 
;S-Canon
 
:Usually made up of older or less serious material. S-Canon material still counts in the overall continuity, so long as it is not contradicted by anything at the G or C levels.
 
:Usually made up of older or less serious material. S-Canon material still counts in the overall continuity, so long as it is not contradicted by anything at the G or C levels.
 
;N-Canon
 
;N-Canon
:Material in this category is ''not'' part of the Star Wars continuity, either because it has been contradicted by the films, or because it was meant to take place in an alternate timeline, for instance. There's some debate about whether the original, pre-Special Edition films belong here; some say that Lucasfilm has decanonized the originals by withdrawing them from distribution (though they've since made them available on DVD again). On the other hand, there are also those who argue that both are equally valid versions, or even that the Special Editions are in fact the N-Canon versions, as they are obviously edited versions of the originals.
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:Material in this category is ''not'' part of the ''Star Wars'' continuity, either because it has been contradicted by the films, or because it was meant to take place in an alternate timeline, for instance. There's some debate about whether the original, pre-Special Edition films belong here; some say that Lucasfilm has decanonized the originals by withdrawing them from distribution (though they've since made them available on DVD again). On the other hand, there are also those who argue that both are equally valid versions, or even that the Special Editions are in fact the N-Canon versions, as they are obviously edited versions of the originals.
  
 
A rigorous checking process is employed to ensure that all new C-Canon material is in compliance with other G and C-Canon material (keeping continuity with S-Canon is less important). In some cases, works have been delayed while continuity problems are sorted out. This, and the fact that there is a specific category for non-canon material, shows that Lucasfilm and its subsidiaries consider most of their material to be part of an interlocking canon, which they try (if not always succeeding) to preserve.
 
A rigorous checking process is employed to ensure that all new C-Canon material is in compliance with other G and C-Canon material (keeping continuity with S-Canon is less important). In some cases, works have been delayed while continuity problems are sorted out. This, and the fact that there is a specific category for non-canon material, shows that Lucasfilm and its subsidiaries consider most of their material to be part of an interlocking canon, which they try (if not always succeeding) to preserve.
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Some forms of media are given special treatment in order to fit with continuity. For example, the gameplay mechanics of video games are not considered a part of continuity, while the overall storyline usually is.
  
 
==Star Trek canon==
 
==Star Trek canon==

Revision as of 16:59, 15 January 2008

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