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 Post subject: Fan Fiction and Expanded Universes
PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:50 pm 
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I have been following the development of a web-series due for immanent release on Youtube. The series is called "The Auror's Tale" and is set in the 'Potterverse' of J. K. Rowling. I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a Potter fan, but this series does look really cool (more adult, for one.)

The series has no affiliation with Rowling or with WB. It is being produced not-for-profit by fans who just love the universe.

My question is 'is this series canon?'

Whatever your answer, who decided what is canon and what is apocryphal? How much do creators truly own their work, once they have released it to their audience?

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 Post subject: Re: Fan Fiction and Expanded Universes
PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:41 pm 
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I'd hazard a guess that it's only canon if JK (or her publisher) say it is, so the odds are it's not.

As for the whole shared world/universe concept, it's a joint copyright venture if all the author's get together and start it, as something like Wildcards (which grew out of rpg I understand).

If its a world that a single author has started, then when other authors join they all sign a shared copyright contract.
The new author knowledge's that setting is owned by the original author, and that they have no claim on it.
While at the same time they retain the copyright on any unique elements that they bring to the setting while also granting permission for other authors to use them in that setting (and they can establish do'd and don't for their 'property')...

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 Post subject: Re: Fan Fiction and Expanded Universes
PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:45 pm 
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That sums the technicalities up nicely, however, consider things like Highlander.

I don't know many fans that accept Highlander 2 as canon...

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 Post subject: Re: Fan Fiction and Expanded Universes
PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:12 am 
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Good point, I think with examples like Highlander 2 everyone just ignores it and pretends that it never happened.

As far as I can recall, it was never referenced in any of the other movies or the TV series?


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 Post subject: Re: Fan Fiction and Expanded Universes
PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:40 pm 
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Well, it was set in the future, wasn't it?

The fewer references, the better, really.

So, if the fans like this upcoming series, will the Auror's Tale become Potterverse canon?

(Conversely, if the fans dislike the 'linking' story in the Hobbit films, will that be canon, even though sanctioned by the Tolkien Society?)

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 Post subject: Re: Fan Fiction and Expanded Universes
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Great theory craft Luc. I'm in favor of fan-made content, especially when it improves over the source or picks up where the source left off, like Firefly. I did read the Harry Potter series, and while I wouldn't call myself a hardcore fan, I enjoyed it, both for what it was, and for what it encouraged amongst the literary world (almost a second renaissance of epic fantasy). I'm at work so I can't check out the web series, but I'll try and google for it tonight.

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 Post subject: Re: Fan Fiction and Expanded Universes
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:19 pm 
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Luc wrote:
Well, it was set in the future, wasn't it?

The fewer references, the better, really.


Highlander retcons Highlander 2. The sad thing is that Highlander 5 is ever more pathetic than 2.


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 Post subject: Re: Fan Fiction and Expanded Universes
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 4:28 pm 
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Highlander needs a reboot.

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there will be a reboot, I think...


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I've heard there will be. I have doubts as to whether it will do anything other than suck, though.

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