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A good book series can be a treat to read, but even long-running franchises aren't immune to the dreaded Fanon Discontinuity demon, as these cases show.

Note: Do not post examples of personal discontinuity. Examples should only be of groups of fandoms.

Literature with their own pages:

  • Conan the Barbarian: Conan the Bold does not fit in with the other stories, due to Conan crossing most of Hyboria in a short period of time. The Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer novelizations do not fit and contain details that conflict with other stories.
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  • Gargantua And Pantagruel: The Fifth Book, allegedly written by Rabelais, could be the most impressive example. People began doubting its authorship ever since its first appearance during the Renaissance. The conflict only really came to a conclusion in 1994 with the help of Mireille Huchon's annotations and arguments. However, this does not resolve all issues since this part of Gargantua's adventures seems to have been written through a totally different perspective which does not always fit too well with the saga's previous books.
  • Dune: Many fans refuse to acknowledge any books not written by Frank Herbert, despite this ending the series on a massive cliffhanger. They choose to follow Muad'Dib's philosophy, instead: "Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife — chopping off what's incomplete and saying: 'Now, it's complete because it's ended here.'" Some go even further and ignore books after Children of Dune or Dune Messiah, or even accept only the original novel.
    • It must be acknowledged that even Herbert himself broke down on continuity a couple of times.
    • Some fans simply believe that Brian and Kevin cannot mean to end like that.
    • Several fans use the non-canon (but Frank Herbert-approved) Dune Encyclopedia's take on the history of the universe because, among other reasons, it averts the cliché of the Robot War as humans rising against robot oppressors. The original novels implied (and the Encyclopedia outright stated) that the Butlerian Jihad was purely ideological (humans who hated robots against humans who loved them).
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    • The issue with the prequels as canon is not about their quality, but more about glaring contradictions. The new authors have made it a plot point that Paul Atreides was born on the planet Kaitain and had many adventures on other worlds. When the original Dune said in the very first sentence that Paul was born on Caladan and had never been anywhere else before the events of that book. There's also the whole "Leto the First's BFF is a robot-man that, at the time, would have caused Caladan to be RAZED FROM ORBIT by every other noble house due to the whole 'Machine enslaved mankind, so we don't even use calculators' mentality".
  • While searching for more books featuring Hannibal Lecter you may come across two books called Hannibal and Hannibal Rising. The vast majority of fans will assure you they are an illusion and have never existed. The beloved television series incorporating ideas and characters from these books has only slightly softened the fandom's rejection, with many preferring to declare, for example, Margot and Mason Verger to be original to television.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy lends itself to all kinds of fanon discontinuity, made easier by its very explicit Trilogy Creep and by the fact that no two adaptations of the overall story (whether radio show, book, TV series, or film) had the same continuity. Douglas Adams approved of the contradictory continuities and in several cases even wrote them himself. Therefore, there are many ways it can shake out:
    • Some fans accept only the first two books, claiming they said all that needed to be said. The original radio series, comprising the first two "phases", were roughly adapted to those first two books, even though the events didn't happen in the same order. Indeed, these fans claim that the radio series considered the second books' events to be the "end" of the series, even though the ending of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe was based on the "Primary Phase" of the radio show (it's a complicated canon). In any event, the subsequent books and "phases" of the radio series were only created in response to the success of the second book; Life, the Universe and Everything in particular was hacked together from a partly completed script for Doctor Who that Adams was working on, which some fans felt wasn't befitting the series.
    • Some fans accept the first three books, claiming that the fourth book So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish didn't feel like a Hitchhiker's book at all and shouldn't count as one, especially given its focus on Arthur at the expense of nearly every other major character from the first three books. Adams knew this wasn't what most fans wanted and actually devoted a couple of paragraphs of the book to tell the readers to skip to the end if they wanted a bit with Marvin in it (in which he dies, and actually feels happy for once).
    • Some fans accept the first four books, but throw out Mostly Harmless. Although it feels more like a Hitchhiker's book than So Long, it was also written in the midst of Adams' ongoing Creator Breakdown and has a massive Downer Ending. There was also an eight-year break between the fourth and fifth books, which kind of set it apart from the others. Many people felt the characters hardly deserved the ending they got in Mostly Harmless, and some editions of the Hitchhiker's series, even a quarter-century after Mostly Harmless, still only include the first four books.
    • And some fans accept all the first five, but not the sixth, And Another Thing.... Adams turned out to have regretted his Downer Ending in Mostly Harmless and started working on turning it into Canon Discontinuity, but got hit with another Sequel Gap — this time too long, as he suffered Author Existence Failure. After another gap, Eoin Colfer wrote And Another Thing, with the approval of Adams' estate. Although it broadly does accomplish what Adams sought to do, there are many fans who believe Only the Creator Does It Right and accept only the first five books. And still others who previously accepted only the first four now accept all six, because now at least the series doesn't end on a Downer Ending, which was their only real concern.
  • Some fans of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series regard only the first two books in the series as occurring. Dead/Alive, Lost Souls and Dead Town did not happen.
  • Terry Pratchett has stated explicitly that the (unnamed) Patrician in The Colour of Magic is Havelock Vetinari (though written by a less skilled author), since a) he doesn't act much like Vetinari, b) it's a little dicey timeline-wise, and c) it's hard to believe that Vetinari could ever, in any alternate timeline, have been an obese man who threw wild parties and ate candied jellyfish, many fans choose to believe that the earlier Patrician is one of Vetinari's predecessors (Snapcase or Winder).
  • Star Trek Novel Verse:
    • Details in the Novelverse are considered apocryphal unless confirmed or contradicted by canon. For example, members of Species 8472 call themselves the Undine, but it is unknown if the same is true in the series' canon.
    • The Star Trek Shatnerverse fits in with the Novelverse, but is regarded as non-canon by fans who cannot accept some of the more outlandish events taking place, and they are not often referenced in other novels.
    • Details from the official reference books Star Trek Chronology and The Star Trek Encyclopedia are disputed by fans. The placement of dates of and surrounding the five-year mission of Star Trek: The Original Series runs counter to what some fans prefer.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Even among those who accept a lot of it, you'll be hard-pressed to find an Expanded Universe fan who doesn't ignore at least one aspect of continuity. The novel The Crystal Star is generally considered the worst Star Wars book ever, thanks to its slow plot, out-of-character actions, and general weird crap, and the writers seem to agree.
    • The Jedi Prince young adult novels (also known as The Glove of Darth Vader after the first book) as refused as ever occurring by fans, helped by only two points from the entire series ever being brought up again, ever: the concept of Human Replica Droids, and Duro being a wasteland, polluted to the point of being uninhabitable by industrial waste. Ironically, Disney's reboot below would ultimately bring up, whether it were intentional or not, the idea of Emperor Palpatine having a grandchild who ends up on the side of good instead.
    • There is a divide on whether the material building on the Clone Wars time period is even part of the EU, since it contradicts quite a bit of earlier material like The Thrawn Trilogy which had the clones, including clone Jedi, as enemies the Republic barely defeated. This also extends to the prequel trilogy itself.
    • Before NJO, individual opinions on what was considered Fanon Discontinuity or not were vastly varied between individual fans, ranging in extremes from only discounting obvious pieces (such as the Jedi Academy trilogy and The Courtship of Princess Leia) to ignoring absolutely everything set after The Thrawn Trilogy.
    • The New Jedi Order series had an enormous number of fans rejecting it outright, mostly revolving around claims of making Star Wars needlessly Darker and Edgier. This opinion was pushed well into the majority after the Swarm trilogy and the Legacy of the Force series, each considered Fanon Discontinuity for their own reasons, with only a small minority still holding out after events such as Mara Jade's death. Fate of the Jedi initially looked to regain some of the lost fans, but then served only to further diminish their numbers.
    • Lucas's own position was, essentially, "The films are canon. Everything else should be treated, at best, like a rumor that may be true." Then he changed the canon himself.
    • Of course, some ignore the Expanded Universe completely, vindicated by Lucasfilm's post-Disney decision to strike the entire EU, save the Clone Wars cartoons, from canon and start fresh with a more tightly controlled continuity. With the Old Expanded universe being relegated to the Canon Discontinuity of Star Wars Legends, it is difficult for anyone to say what anything means anymore.
    • Revan is hated by fans of Knights of the Old Republic and Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords - alongside putting Revan and The Exile to mild Badass Decay, the KOTOR squadmates are incredibly shafted, outside of Canderous, T3 and Bastila. Even more so for the KOTOR 2 squadmates, where outside of Kreia (only a short reference as "Darth Traya") none of them are even mentioned by their names. Add this in with Exile not recognizing Force-consuming abilities (despite having fought one in the form of Nihilus), her connection to the Force magically re-appearing, the Sith Emperor being an Invincible Villain and all of Kreia's teachings about the Force and the Jedi being dismissed as Dark Side corruption. And on top of that, quite a few people hate the name Meetra Surik. This was a common example given as to why Disney's reboot of the entire Expanded Universe wasn't a completely horrific decision.
  • The sequels to Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama are generally left out of existence by anyone who happened to read them. Especially since Clarke didn't write them — though he's given co-author credit with Gentry Lee, to whom he provided ideas and consultation, and he obviously at least authorized them.
    • Ditto the last two sequels to the 2001: A Space Odyssey series, though the blame for these may fairly be laid squarely upon Clarke's shoulders as he had no collaborator in this case.
  • A number of fans prefer to deny the Ender's Game series kept going after Speaker for the Dead. Others ignore anything after the original, others discount the Ender-focused sequels but include the more recent Bean-focused series, and others acknowledge the four original books but ignore the Bean-focused sequels and more recently written Ender books.
  • The Drizzt books, like any long-running series, have things that some fans just won't acknowledge, and things that other fans won't acknowledge.
    • For example, some think Salvatore should never have had Wulfgar come back from the dead, even if it meant another author doing so, and probably more poorly, or the Spine Of The World novel never being written. Others think Wulfgar should never have died anyway.
    • Some think that Drizzt's attitude since about Starless Night has just been a big emo joke he's played on his friends, and those that apparently believe his playful, half-crazed personality from the first trilogy was a mask he wore for the world.
    • Some don't believe that it took something like ten years after Wulfgar's death for Catti-brie and Drizzt to go to bed together, and some think it's a trick and never happened at all, and some can't believe that either the relationship or the marriage happened so quickly. More recently, some just don't understand why Salvatore would go to the trouble of putting them together and setting up a possibility for her to live a very long life—i.e. magery—only to marginalize her character for the last two books, hand her a Distress Ball, use her as a plot device to put the characters where he needs them to go, and then kill her and put her in one heaven that Drizzt won't even get to go to. Especially when he could have avoided all that and just taken her magic away and had her die of old age before the new era in 4th Edition Forgotten Realms.
  • "The Mazarin Stone" (adapted by Arthur Conan Doyle from his play "The Crown Diamond") gets this treatment by Sherlock Holmes fans, for it is one of only two stories that are narrated in third-person, breaking the long tradition of Watson as the biographer (and the rare examples of Sherlock narrating his own adventures), with an Idiot Plot of trying to recover the stone — via the Villains showing off the stolen goods right in the Great Detective's home after he switched places with a wax dummy of himself. Granted the dummy was a Chekhov's Gun since "The Empty House", but still...!
    • Many Holmesians/Sherlockians discount the Holmes-narrated ones.
    • Some have argued that everything after 'The Final Problem' was invented by Watson. More conservative fans have argued that most of the stories in The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes never happened.
  • Many fans consider Eclipse the last book of the Twilight series, to the point that there's a LiveJournal community about it.
    • Some casual fans who like the first book (even if it's a Guilty Pleasure) consider it the only book of the series.
  • There's a growing group of readers who like to pretend that Fifty Shades of Grey consisted of only the first book, ignoring Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. The book ends with Anastasia realizing that she cannot fulfill Christian's BDSM needs and leaving him.
  • Scholars believe parts of the Ramayana were not written by Valmiki and instead interpolated by later authors. Regardless, the part where Rama sends Sita into exile based on an overheard conversation after she's long since proved her fidelity by leaping through the fire, and while she is pregnant with his twins, after spending the entire plot of the epic rescuing her...didn't happen.
  • Most fans of the Dragonriders of Pern series consider all Green and Blue riders heterosexual unless specified otherwise, Word of God on the subject be damned.note 
    • Many fans also dislike some of Todd McCaffrey's books...the ones that were only written by him, to be specific.
    • The fandom tends to treat the backstory of Masterharper Robinton revealed in Masterharper of Pern like a pizza menu: Some bits (mostly involving his father, Petiron) are mostly accepted. Some bits are accepted by some, ignored by others (his The Lost Lenore wife, his relationship with Madara) and others are near-universally ignored (the fact that Dimo is Robinton and Madara's son).
    • Some fans even choose to disregard everything about AIVAS. It was never discovered and Pern continued fighting Thread as usual for hundreds of years, thank you very much. Some fans are so militant as to ignore EVERYTHING written after the first two trilogies.
      • Or the first two books.
  • While August Derleth's contribution in H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos can't be denied (he invented the name "Cthulhu Mythos", and helped to popularize Lovecraft's work), many people consider a plethora of the elements he added into his version of the Mythos as this trope, as they often went completely against Lovecraft's vision. For one thing, he tried to introduce the concept of good vs. evil into the Mythos (while Lovecraft himself always maintained that good and evil are concepts created by humans and cannot be applied to godlike alien beings).
    • Not to mention his "elemental theory", in which he associated the various Great Old Ones and the Other Gods (he never realized the distinction between the two) with the four Greek elements, no matter how little sense it makes. For example, he associated Cthulhu with Water due to his octopoid appearance and underwater prison, handily forgetting that water is the only known substance that completely blocks his telepathic powers, and that he's trapped under the sea. And a lot of fans realize that this makes no sense, but not that the whole elemental theory simply doesn't fit into the stories, and try to rearrange the creatures' positions in the chart, or work with the five Chinese elements instead.
      • A few fans even argue that the four elements wouldn't have any meaning to entities which, for the most part, aren't even made out of matter as humans understand it.
  • Some fans of the Oz books by L. Frank Baum refuse to acknowledge the existence/validity of those written by other authors after his death. This group included Jack Snow, the author of two of the later books, who included no references whatsoever in them to the works of Baum's previous successors. Even within the originals, Baum clearly thought of continuity as something that happens to other people.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • Some fans like to believe that the first series of six books is the only series.
    • Others think that it stopped after the second series. The Seasonal Rot of the third series and the rather...controversial mystical turn it took probably contributed to this.
    • ...and some Ashfur fans like to believe that the series ends right before Long Shadows.
    • And some may think the whole SkyClan thing never existed.
    • Graystripe's parents are brother and sister according to Word of God. This was originally accidental, but once it was noted it wasn't changed because "they're cats". Most fans ignore this because it's weird and because nothing in-series suggests that Clans would allow sibling incest.
    • Many fans reject Spottedleaf's Heart as canon, due to its butchering of the characters of both Spottedleaf and Thistleclaw, as well as its revolting use of child sexual abuse as drama.
    • Brindleface as Sandstorm's mother. This was mentioned as Word of God several arcs in and wasn't the original intent (the original arc didn't have a family tree). Many fans reject it, especially because that'd make Ashfur into Squirrelflight's uncle (despite the two never mentioned as kin in-series).
  • Ardneh's Sword never existed for many fans of Empire of the East and the Swords series. Especially since it contained several obvious and absurd retcons.
  • Many fans of the Monk tie-in novels angrily disregard the final four books, which a different author wrote. The humor is far weaker (something even the author admits), the mysteries are less challenging (several have Recycled Plots from the author's previous mystery stories), and Status Quo Is God gets evoked, undoing a lot of well-received elements from previous novels (like Monk's Second Love).
  • A few fans of Brent Weeks' The Night Angel Trilogy chose to ignore the middle and last book completely, only accepting Way of the Shadows as canon. This is mostly because of a little sloppy characterization and not one, but two cases of very annoying girlfriends.
  • Some of the foundational fantasy series are notorious for this. For instance:
    • It is widely agreed that the original Dragonlance Chronicle Trilogy (Dragons of the Autumn Twilight, Winter Night, Spring Dawning) happened. It gets muddled after that: some refuse the Legends Trilogy completely while some acknowledge that but refuse the two Second Generation novels. Some accept the first Second Generation novel but refuse Dragons of the Summer Flame (especially since bits of it retcon many aspects of the original backstory, such as Raistlin having a daughter he doesn't remember because of a memory spell) while some accept both and say that's that. Since there are other novels adding on to the story, fans are divided on which to include and exclude.
    • Further mention goes to the two books meant to chronicle the early days of Raistlin Majere. Opinion is widely divided on where they fit in the general continuity, if they fit in the general continuity and if they can be actually accepted to exist at all.
  • A few Maximum Ride fans have ignored the Trilogy Creep by deciding that only the first three books are canon.
  • Some Percy Jackson and the Olympians fans choose to ignore the Sequel Series The Heroes of Olympus in its entirety. There's even some that chose to ignore the last part of The Last Olympian, choosing to end the book right after the Underwater Kiss.
    • On the flip side, while many fans consider Heroes of Olympus canon, some would prefer to ignore the sequel to that series, The Trials of Apollo, and even among readers of that series, there are some who disregard Jason's death in The Burning Maze and/or Reyna joining the Hunters of Artemis in The Tyrant's Tomb.
  • There are many, many, many, many, MANY fans of The Hunger Games who choose to disregard the events of the third book entirely and come up with their own conclusions to the story, triggered by Mockingjay's arguable Wangst and Romantic Plot Tumor.
    • Some even bypass the second book and let the story be at the end of the first book, Left Hanging as it is.
  • In common with the other long-running series mentioned, very few Anne Rice fans acknowledge the entire The Vampire Chronicles series. Just where the line gets drawn varies, but fans generally fall into two camps: those that believe the series ended with Queen of the Damned, and those that acknowledge everything up to the point where Anne Rice started the Crossovers with the Mayfair Witches. The major point of contention seems to be when precisely Lestat became an Invincible Hero (note that "if" he did is not even brought into question). But it's worth noting that not even the most diehard fans accept Blood Canticle. Speaking of the Mayfairs, an awful lot of fans pretend that series ended with Lasher, and a significant minority refuses to accept anything but the first book. Tellingly, neither set of fans is happy with the VC crossovers.
    • A good number of people like to pretend there was never a Queen of the Damned movie made.
  • Some Alex Rider fans say that Alex died at the end of Scorpia and the other four did not happen, not because they were bad, but because some fans think surviving a bullet to the chest is unrealistic.
  • Fans of The Chronicles of Amber and Roger Zelazny's friends (like George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman) usually don't want to talk about John Gregory Betancourt's Dawn of Amber prequels. Setting aside the relative quality of the works, one of their reasons is that Zelazny, while having no problem with writing for Shared Universenote  had said that Amber was his and he never wanted to turn it into a franchise. After his death, the literary agent of his estate interpreted this as meaning that Zelazny desperately wanted somebody else to write more Amber books.
  • Foundation Series: Many fans of The Foundation Trilogy restrict the canon of the series to just that trilogy, excluding the Sequels and Prequels, including those of The Second Foundation Trilogy.
  • Animorphs:
    • A portion of the fandom likes to disregard the series' ending and Rachel's death, or at least the Bolivian Army Ending finale at the end of book 54, mostly because the existence of the villain necessitating such an ending was only introduced a couple of pages before the end, and any hints at anything making such an ending necessary only a chapter or two before the end.
    • The fandom also tends to disregard the existence of the TV show (except maybe the opening theme) due to how sucky it was; it's the same situation for the Animorphs Transformers toys (because they succumbed to Kibbles and Bits badly), which are also ignored by the Transformers fandom as well.
  • Tortall Universe: There are several people who are ignoring the third book in the Beka Cooper trilogy due to varying (mild to outright extreme) levels of character chaos. One of the most popular characters in the series is Tunstall, and for good reason. He's a savvy Gentle Giant who's devoted to his job, his comrades, his Puppy, and his girlfriend. He's never offended by anything, gets along well with pretty much everyone, and he likes growing miniature roses. For the first two books. In the third, Mastiff, he's surly, alcoholic, terrified of magic, acts like a dickhead to everyone for no real reason, and has completely shed his savvy tag. That's not even getting into his Face–Heel Turn where he murders a child and attempts to kill Beka and another child. Because he wants to become a nobleman. No, really.
  • Since acquired early by many fans of the franchise, Mass Effect: Deception has been effective immediately dismissed by members of the BioWare Social Network forums from canonicity along with producing 456 pages of hatred and a book burning video. BioWare and Mass Effect fans are notable for rarely uniting about anything related to their beloved franchise, making this a very rare moment.
    • Kai Leng breaking into Anderson's apartment and eating his cereal is generally considered canon though, for being hilarious and completely in character.
  • Some fans felt that Ghost Story completely and utterly destroyed The Dresden Files due to the way certain characters handled Harry's death.
    • Others feel the same way about Changes because of the way the story dealt with Susan Rodriguez's character—in particular, Harry driving half-vampire Susan into a state of mind in which she killed a human, thus forcing her to transform into the newest vampire of the Red Court so that a curse affecting all in a bloodline would affect the whole Red Court. Since Harry and Susan were, according to canon, in the truest of true love, Harry manipulating Susan, depriving her of free choice in a horrible situation, and finally murdering her so the bloodline curse would affect the Red Court instead of Harry's and Susan's daughter and all her relatives seemed, to some fans, to be out of character for Harry.
    • Many Karrin Murphy fans have thrown Battle Ground into the discontinuity pile, and for good reason.
  • Larry Niven's Known Space series has a few spots some fans would like to drop. The Ringworld Throne is one fans would like to forget about. The Fleet of Worlds series coauthored with Edward M. Lerner and released in the 2000s has its detractors for attempting to tie off strings the fans would have rather left hanging.
  • Fans of Mary Gentle's Golden Witchbreed insist that there are no sequels.
  • Very understandably, fans despised the ending of The Younger Gods by David Eddings, and so quite a few just ignore the book in its entirety.note 
  • When 343 Industries, the then-new owners of the Halo franchise, announced a new series of Expanded Universe books written by Karen Traviss, many fans were skeptical since Traviss was pretty infamous among the Star Wars Legends fandom for Writer on Board tendencies. Sure enough, the same thing happened with the first of her books, Halo: Glasslands, which demonized the once-morally ambiguous character Dr. Halsey as a straight up villain and distorted nearly every 'good' character to hate her. As a result, many fans discount the book as part of the canon, and feel the same way about its sequels Halo: The Thursday War and Halo: Mortal Dictata. Even though the Halo wiki Halopedia records the events of the book as part of the canon, it rewrites them in a particularly passive-aggressive way that allows them to reinterpret what was depicted — just look at this excerpt from the Catherine Halsey article:
    Halopedia: Many of those unfamiliar with the internal dynamics of ONI and the SPARTAN-II Programnote  have come to interpret Halsey and her work in a highly negative light. [...] Such views often have their basis on information provided by the Office of Naval Intelligencenote , which has frequently used highly selective or outright false information to shift the blame for some of ONI's more questionable decisions on Halsey alone.
  • There are several James Bond fans who completely discount The Man with the Golden Gun as the final novel in the series and instead treat You Only Live Twice as the finale.
  • Many fans of Jean M. Auel's Earth's Children series consider the fourth book to be the last. Given that the first four books (The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters and The Plains of Passage) were published in 1980, 1982, 1985, and 1990, and it was not until after a lengthy Sequel Gap — then another — that books five (The Shelters of Stone) and six (The Land of Painted Caves) came out in 2002 and 2011, it's easy for long-time fans to keep thinking of the fourth book as the final one.
  • Peter O'Donnell's final contribution to the Modesty Blaise saga was an anthology of five shortish stories set over the period of his heroine's life. The last story, Cobra Trap ends with her and Willy Garvin dying heroically. Long time fans refuse to read the last story or even admit that it exists.
  • Fans of Virginia "V.C." Andrews are often split on books after her death. Flowers in the Attic series is a pure example. The prequel was ghost written, causing some to contest it, although it was outlined by Andrews.
    • In regards to Garden of Shadows, fans differ on whether or not making Christopher Sr. and Corrine half-siblings AND half-uncle and niece was a good idea.
    • The more recent Diaries series is a continuation of that saga but controversial decisions have caused a lot more people to want it to be non canon or at least end with it being All Just a Dream.
      • Then Secret Brother, the final installment of the Diary series, was published with promises of answering questions and wrapping up the Dollanganger saga... And promptly didn't answer a thing, not even about the previous Diary books let alone the Dollanganger books. Obviously fans were not amused, to say the least.
    • Fans of My Sweet Audrina similarly tend to ignore the ghostwritten sequel Whitefern, though some find it alright if taken as a standalone story.
  • John Carter and the Giant of Mars, the second-last story in the Barsoom-series, tends to fall victim to this for multiple reasons. For starters, it most likely wasn't even written by Edgar Rice Burroughs himself but rather by his son John "Jack" Coleman Burroughs. The story is also very simple since it was originally written for the children's book series "Big Little Books", written in the third person rather than the first person narrative most Barsoom stories use, and uses English names for the Martian flora and fauna (there are other discrepancies, such as the ulsios/"Martian rats" having three legs rather than the invariable description of them in the other books as "many-legged"). One notable example of fans disregarding the book: in "A Guide to Barsoom", writer John Flint Roy clearly states he does not consider this story to be a true Barsoom story, and thus didn't include any information about this story and the characters appearing in it in his guide. Due to the shortness of "Giant" compared to the other books, it's often published along with the first (and only, due to Author Existence Failure) part of "Skeleton Men of Jupiter", which was written by ERB and generally is considered canon, although incomplete.
  • Many fans of Dexter prefer to ignore Dexter in the Dark as much as possible, because the Dark Passenger is revealed to be a supernatural entity, rather than a part of Dexter's mind.
  • The Lion King: Six New Adventures books introduce a character called Kopa, Simba and Nala's son. This clashes with the premise of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, where Simba and Nala had a daughter named Kiara instead. Hundreds of fan theories, fanfics and headcanons attempting to link the two sides together have been created and debated over the years as a result of this. Numerous fans have claimed that Kopa isn't canon since he was created by a third-party publisher, writing off the 6NA books as just Disney-approved fanfiction. This often sparks unbelievable amounts of fan-rage over Kopa and those books, and how they could still fit into the movies' story. Sides are often taken in these disputes, make no mistake about that.
  • Fans of the Inkheart trilogy like to pretend that there was no Inkdeath because of Farid's derailment and treating Meggie horribly when they finally get together. This was never foreshadowed in the previous books and it feels completely jarring. Not to mention Doria being introduced as Meggie's new love interest.
    • Inkspell had fans divided as well.
  • A few fans of Anthony Ryan's Raven's Shadow series pretend that the being possessing Barkus at the end of the first novel was The Ally himself, rather than his servant The Witches' Bastard. This allows them to ignore Tower Lord and especially Queen of Fire and pretend that Vaelin killed the big bad and saved the world already. The reasons for this are many, but the biggest ones are the poorly implemented Switching P.O.V. introduced in Tower Lord (most fans agree that Ryan failed to give each character a unique voice,) the entire character of Reva feeling unnecessary, Vaelin's Badass Decay, and Lyrna becoming even more selfish and manipulative than before. Most infamous however is the extremely rushed finale, where Vaelin hardly gets to do anything and the Big Bad is taken down extremely easily without his motivations being truly revealed or discussed at length, turning him into a Generic Doomsday Villain. Many questions that have been around since the first book are also left unanswered. To say that most fans of Blood Song were disappointed is an understatement.
  • Before Harmony Gold USA's delegation of all Robotech expanded universe material to "secondary continuity", many fans preferred to forget End of the Circle which attempted to tie up all loose ends and bring closure to the Robotech saga. Many were also in favor of forgetting The Zentraedi Rebellion, The Masters' Gambit, and Before the Invid Storm, especially if they know that it was written by only half of the pseudonymous Jack Mckinney team, Brian Daley having passed away in 1996. James Luceno wrote those three novels solo but still using the pseudonym. Whether or not this is an indication that Daley was considered the better half of the duo, or it just didn't feel the same, is debatable since Daley was just as responsible as Luceno for End of the Circle.
  • Pretty much everyone except for the most thorough biographers ignores the poems written in Classical Chinese by Ho Xuan Huong. Not only that they wildly clash with the image of her as a free spirit folk hero who elevated the status of Vietnamese as a literary language, the poems also just aren't as good and lack her signature use of sexual humor, Double Entendre and feistiness against the patriarchal and corrupt society she lived in.


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