This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.
: What does varying quality of tie-in novels have to do with considering them "authorized fanfic"? Sure, fanfic varies in quality, too, but a tie-in novel definitely doesn't have to be a fanfic to begin with.
: It was my opinion most tie in novels were only authorised to make some quick cash, the idea that they weren't cannon meant the producers could make money of other peoples work without being blamed for it's poor quality.
Amuro NT 1
: "The novels are considered Dis Continuity by many fans because of the additions made to the premise, such as inventing the "Thinking Cap" mental control system for the Humongous Mecha"
. Gee, better not tell Robotech fans about Macross Plus
Quick Pokemon note: There WAS a series of adaptions of various episodes (some in themed sets of three episodes for one book).