I got to thinking about this based on [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Fan_Fiction_Resource/b10304/18791079/?9]meg_an2006's thread[/link]. In writing, a huge part of the process is the characterization, which generally invovles basing ideas on the canon that already exists (which, for the sake of this thread, I'm going to qualify as the pro stuff; the books, comics, movies, etc). But a lot of that stuff requires interpretation. How much do you interpret into the canon when you're writing? Do you consciously align your canon characters to the way they're presented in the pro-fic and/or movies? Or do you go with your own theories and/or interpretations? And just to clarify, this is what this thread is not for: [ul][li]Criticizing someone's interpretation or characterization, profic or fanfic[/li] [li]Arguing what should be considered canon and what should not[/li] [li]Advertising threads with unconventional characterizations or interpretations[/li][/ul] Well... Have at.