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12:08:55 PM Sep 18th 2015
How exactly does fanon or headcanon differ from interpretation? I'm not trolling, though it may sound like it, but most art is open to multiple interpretations regardless of authorial intent, so if I choose to adopt a popular theory on an ambiguous ends of a game or movie or something, where is the line between delusion and artistic interpretation?
08:57:01 PM Apr 16th 2016
The difference is that while interpretation normally only deals directly with the events of canon works themselves, fanon and headcanon can often go beyond that. For example, someone could write a really popular fanfiction which some fans choose to include in their own personal headcanon, making it effectively canon in their own mind. And if enough fans adopt a particular idea or story into their headcanon, it becomes "fanon", meaning there's a general belief among fans that that particular idea is or should be part of canon.

If an idea is fanon you'll probably see it portrayed as a canonical part of the story's universe across many different fan works created by hundreds of different authors, even if that fanon idea isn't the focus of the story.
03:27:17 PM Sep 13th 2014
Just asking, why is this YMMV?
03:32:30 PM Sep 13th 2014
Because it's an Audience Reaction, therefore YMMV.
11:13:47 AM Sep 14th 2014
Then why is stuff like I Knew It! Trivia and not YMMV?
11:21:13 PM Sep 14th 2014
I Knew It! is about the factual accuracy of a prediction, not the prediction itself.
04:57:25 AM Sep 15th 2014
Ah, I see. Thank you both! :D
10:44:40 PM Sep 16th 2011
edited by Stoogebie
Is there a specific trope for fanon that is included in, say, a fanfic, but makes a sort of Continuity Nod explaining how it became fanon...ugh, I have an example of it, too...
05:34:15 PM Mar 18th 2011
edited by Jcatgrl
Would anyone object to the creation of actual fanon sections for the works pages, e.g., Fanon /Harry Potter?
09:44:12 PM Oct 19th 2010
Does anyone else think that this page needs to be split into sub-pages much like the Crowning pages have? This page is currently 88 pages on my browser when fully expanded.
08:25:15 AM Sep 24th 2010
Would anyone mind if I did a broad culling of the "Harry Potter" example in the "Literature" section? There's tons of crap in there that isn't so much fanon as it is "fanfiction writers pretending that their interpretations are real".
08:29:21 AM Sep 24th 2010
It's done. A lot of the examples were basically "this seems to appear in fanfiction" and "this is what some fans prefer over the actual thing".
09:39:52 PM Oct 19th 2010
Wait. Isn't "fanfiction writers pretending that their interpretations are real" practically a dictionary definition of fanon? Would someone mind explaining the difference?
07:39:25 PM Oct 1st 2013
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Yes and no. Fanon simply means "information not explicitly canon that is generally accepted as such by the fans". Admittedly, there can be overlap between the two, but there's a difference.
01:18:57 PM Jul 12th 2010
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Who said the page quote?
03:34:52 PM Jul 12th 2010
It's been a while since I saw the episode, but I'm pretty sure that it was actor!Sokka from "The Ember Island Players."
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