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Views on Star Wars Canon

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Views on Star Wars Canon

Poll closed Mar 24, 2012.
  1. Only the films are canon

  2. I support the idea of the 'Expanded Universe'

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  1. Jedi_Satimber

    Jedi_Satimber Jedi Knight star 8

    Jul 3, 2002
    Well...I consider anything SW, to be SW.

    I will hold true to that.

    ILLUMINATUS_JEDI Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 29, 2001
    EU all the way.
  3. obi-wannabe1

    obi-wannabe1 Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jun 11, 2001
    i love the EU. i wouldn't like star wars nearly as much if it didn't exist. it's great how the books, comics, games and movies all tie together into a huge sci-fi epic streaching thousands of years.
  4. Darth Guy

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

    Aug 16, 2002
    EU is canon, or a cannon.

    *fires a round*

    This cannon is great! 8-}
  5. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

    Nov 28, 2000

  6. eclipseSD

    eclipseSD Jedi Knight star 5

    May 11, 2002
    Primary Evidence: Canon
    The STAR WARS films are the only primary reference. With the exception of only a few minor points, they are indisputable. This is not a merely personal opinion; it is the explicit policy of the Continuity and Production Editors at Lucasfilm. They are interviewed in STAR WARS Insider #23:

    What's 'gospel' and what isn't?
    'Gospel,' or canon as we refer to it, includes the screenplays, the films, the radio dramas and the novelisations. These works spin out of George Lucas' original stories, the rest are written by other writers. However, between us, we've read everything, and much of it is taken into account in the overall continuity. The entire catalog of published works comprises a vast history -- with many off-shoots, variations and tangents -- like any other well-developed mythology.
    Therefore the films and their adaptations are canon, meaning that they take precedence in essentially all matters. Any other form of unfilmed STAR WARS fiction may be official, meaning that it is subordinate to canon and is required to be consistent with other official works. Issues relating to these secondary sources are described below. Works which do not have the blessing of Lucasfilm Ltd (which is not the same entity as LucasArts) are unofficial and cannot be given consideration.

    The above continuity policy has been reaffirmed very recently in the introductory pages of the STAR WARS Encyclopedia by Stephen J. Sansweet. His terminology includes absolute canon for canon, and quasi-canon for the secondary and lower official material. He avoids the use of the official non-canon term more commonly used by fans: apocrypha. This may have something to do with the religious pejorative undertones that some readers perceive. However this site uses the more common terms for the sake of brevity. The terms are well understood by most online commentators on science fiction and fantasy literature, and no religious connotations are intended.

    Like all films, the STAR WARS movies contain errors of a technical nature, which are unrelated to the spirit and substance of the story. Bloopers emerge unexpectedly from the idiosyncracies of the film creation processes. From the viewpoint of the creators of the film they are unintentional and unwanted. Actually being in the film does not make them a truly "real" part of STAR WARS. Judgements about the internal reality of the STAR WARS universe must correct for the bloopers.


    ROTJ badge blooper:
    A costuming error in Return of the Jedi meant that all Imperial officers had exactly the same rank badge. Moff Jerjerrod and Admiral Piett had the same badges as the most lowly staff officer at the Endor ground facilities. This does not mean that everyone in the film was at the rank of captain or commander! Due to the blooper, where ranks are concerned the Return of the Jedi novel, Galaxy Guide 5 and similar references must be given more consideration than the film itself. For further information read: Imperial Military Insignia.


  7. Bant428

    Bant428 Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jul 22, 2002
    the books contradict the movies way too much for me. EU is ok in its place, but only mvoies are canon
  8. Errant_Venture

    Errant_Venture Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Feb 21, 2002
    To me everything is canon, unless it is Infinities.
  9. cosa_nostra

    cosa_nostra Jedi Youngling star 3

    Sep 3, 2002
    Only the movies are canon.
  10. Kyp_side_of_TheForce

    Kyp_side_of_TheForce Jedi Padawan star 4

    Aug 27, 2002
    I worship Kyp Durron... just guess...
  11. Tobey-Wan

    Tobey-Wan Jedi Master star 9

    Jun 12, 2001
    EU is most definitely canon.
  12. Behemoth

    Behemoth Jedi Youngling

    Nov 12, 2002
    I haven't really bothered with the Expanded Universe before. Maybe I will when Episode 3 is finished. :)
  13. jedi_master_ousley

    jedi_master_ousley Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 14, 2002
    There is no canon. There is only Star Wars.
  14. UrbanJedi

    UrbanJedi Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Dec 14, 1999
    Wow, the EU is winning this poll by a considerable margin. It's probably the entire EUDF voting. LOL. I voted for the EU. If it says Lucas on it, it's canon.
  15. Jedi_Suzuran

    Jedi_Suzuran Jedi Knight star 5

    May 22, 2002
    Only the movies are canon for me. Period. :)
  16. Matthew_Wolverine

    Matthew_Wolverine Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 25, 2002
    To me the EU is canon as long as it isn't contradicted by the films.
  17. BobaChris12

    BobaChris12 NE RSA & North Ridge VP star 9 Manager

    Aug 30, 2002
    The EU had to get their ideas from somewhere and George would not let them be written if they were not continuations of the movies.
  18. neeldawg66

    neeldawg66 Jedi Master star 8

    Mar 21, 2002
    Unless it contradicts the movies, I believe that the EU is Cannon.
  19. Tod

    Tod Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Apr 29, 1999
    As long as I like it, it's canon.
  20. neoxeon2

    neoxeon2 Jedi Padawan star 4

    Oct 3, 2000
    well if i read the books, i might be able to vote. i wish i could, but i have no thought on the idea right now.
  21. Jansons_Funny_Twin

    Jansons_Funny_Twin Jedi Knight star 6

    Jul 31, 2002
  22. NiktosRule

    NiktosRule Jedi Padawan star 4

    May 8, 2001
    Only the films are canon.
  23. Spacegirl

    Spacegirl Jedi Padawan star 4

    Nov 11, 2002
    Only the films are canon!
  24. Lanky

    Lanky Jedi Padawan star 4

    Dec 30, 2002
    There is no canon. There is only Star Wars.


    I voted EU.
  25. Jedi_Learner

    Jedi_Learner Jedi Knight star 5

    Jul 10, 2002
    Only the films are canon.
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