mosc wrote:It's fiction. The entire universe can be re-written in a few words. Anything defined in one set of words (or a book or WHATEVER) is inherently changed by ANY other set of words (or a book or WHATEVER). The concept that some fiction is inherently superior and thus canon to other fiction is Ironic. It's all fiction, it's all false. It's made to be broken. It exists in an impossible sense. It creates this sense of "true" fiction (canon) and "false" fiction (non-canon) which, I think clearly points out the irony.
I'm not saying canon is meaningless, I'm saying the concept itself is Ironic.
I wouldn't say so.. it establishes boundaries and characteristics of a thing that doesn't exist, making it believable and real. It's believable to have a story in which the characters are capable of transmuting water into gold or create weaponry from nothing if they're presented as if that is possible and common (or at least known) in said fictional world.
Non-canon in it's most extreme tends to be wherein a character from a spy novel suddenly and nonsensically develops psychic powers or suddenly can fly. Or when a character who's been shown to be BabyKickin' and PuppyRapin' evil suddenly and without reason becomes a pious individual.
In other examples, invalidating what was canon before and replacing it with a new version can be used to either improve upon previous works (See: The evolution of the story behind the Ultima series of games) or correct earlier mistakes.
I don't see how any of that falls under the definition of irony.
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