Since this sort of discussion is usually frowned upon in Lit, and there's no way in hell I'm going to get a rational discussion out of the people in the Episode 7 Expanded Universe Thread, I thought I'd post this here. Why is it that "fanfiction" as a derogatory term is so often attributed to only written works? When I see EU detractors spout off the usual "Fanfiction garbage" "amateur tie-in" complaints, they always seem to target books or comics specifically. I've never seen a person declare something like Knights of the Old Republic or The Force Unleashed non canon, but it always comes back to the books. The main argument is that they are not written by George Lucas, and therefore not legitimate. However, a series such as the Clone Wars, or a game like Force Unleashed are given a pass because the big man Okay'ed them in the first place. I'm left wondering why the books then get such a bad rap. Is it because they take different approaches to the Star Wars universe, sometimes in ways that don't align with the original vision? In that case, Knights of the Old Republic 2 is the furthest away from what Star Wars is about (given that it challenges the views of the Force and shatters the universe's perception of reality). But, KOTOR2 is not a book, hence it is given a free pass. If we were to compare this line of thinking to Star Trek, then any episode written after Gene Roddenberry's death would be "fanfiction", since most of the writers by that time had grown up watching his show, and in some cases, challenged the ideals of his future Utopia. (See Deep Space Nine). But the episodes are always given a pass. Meanwhile the books are declared non-canon, even when the Relaunch series that follow up on events after the shows ended keep a continuity with the episodes. So I keep coming back to the question: what is it about writing words down on a page that separates the legitimacy of a work from a game/movie/tv show? Why are books the ones being targeted as useless tie-in garbage? The double standard perplexes me, and the more I look at it, the more I see the detractors arguing from a stance of ignorance. Most people have never read the New Jedi Order series, and the premise seems to be enough for them to attack it vehemently for not being the Star Wars they are used to. But at the same time, Knights of the Old Republic also isn't the Star Wars they are used to, but since they've experienced it, they are more willing to accept it as part of the franchise.