Dorek Posted October 18, 2014 Share Posted October 18, 2014 (forgive the overly dramatic title, the point of which is perhaps further on than I meant for it to be) Canonization has always been one of the more contentious points of the BIONICLE fanbase. While we've had plenty of legitimate examples of fans contributing to the story, through official (LEGO-hosted) contests, a fair chunk of the story has resulted from the adaptation of fan suggestions, ostensibly through the one person who interacts with the (Gen 1) story and the fans the most: Greg Farshtey. Opinions on these fan-made canon (not fanon, which is a different term entirely) bits vary wildly; some like them, some hate them, some refuse to acknowledge them at all until they've appeared in the official story, and some don't care at all because they have their own, fanon, storyline (or "headcanon"), which exists irrespective of what happens in the "official" story. However, with the conclusion of the Gen 1 story, many felt that with the departure of GregF from BZP and the lack of continuing story serials, that what we are now calling "Gen 1" should be finalized. Obviously there are unresolved plot arcs and lingering story mysteries. That's a given. And certain bits of information revealed since the conclusion (such as the purpose of the Red Star, and the mystery Great Being's identity) have been indispensable for people who follow the story. But without an avenue to directly involve Greg, several story contests and the like had to be put on hold, or shelved indefinitely, and it seemed the Gen 1 story had ended. (In the interim, we also had the BIONICLE Story Squad (BSS), an group of BZPites dedicated to vetting fan suggestions before passing them on to Greg, to ensure that there were no canon conflicts or other issues. A good idea, in theory, even if we were a bit awkward and unfocused =P. While a few suggestions were ultimately canonized, GregF's departure meant that there wasn't much to do with the group, and then BZP's crash killed most of it.) The situation changed when Greg began answering fan questions on LEGO's dedicated forums, the LEGO Message Boards (LMB). While these questions started off innocuous, it has evolved to be essentially what happened in the latter years on BZP: people asking for Greg to canonize their theory, or piece of unrelated information, etc. A seeming key difference is that, more or less, anything suggested gets accepted. Again, your mileage may vary; some people don't care, some people take issue, and some people actually enjoy it. And certainly, Greg is no fool. He stresses that if his answer conflicts with any sort of pre-established canon, then that should take precedent over his new answer (which brings up an interesting double-negative dilemma that I will discuss later). Much like always, it is his prerogative to answer these questions in a manner fitting to him. If he doesn't want to answer questions, or approve fan suggestions, he won't. The more recent canonization of the Toa Cordak have stirred up some of these feelings. As mentioned in that topic, former BZP resident Tolkien wrote a blog entry, articulating some of the "stop canonizing" camp's feelings. While there are some good points in there, there's also the flip-side where it comes off as curmudgeonly. The BIONICLE story, for better or worse, belongs to all fans, not just one particular group; articulating why one side of the debate gets more of a say than others is something that neither side has been able to do. Which brings me to the main point of this topic: is there a solution to the divide? I know this seems almost aggressively non-committal, but it's a topic worth discussing. Would it be possible, as my provocative topic title suggests, to decide as an entity to prevent any canon suggestions from automatically going through? BZP may not be the the most representative fanbase in terms of of numbers, but the members are certainly the most passionate and dedicated, and in a certain sense have "earned" the right to influence the story (as they already have!). There are positives and negatives to each side, but my frustration with the debate is that there's rarely ever actually a "debate". Without people stepping up and speaking for what they think, all we have are blog entries, passive-aggressive asides (guilty!), and the continued influx of canonized things. So I want to know: what do people think? Why do you think this? Have your opinions changed from what they once were? What are your solutions to this controversial issue? (tl;dr: canonizations is weird what are your opinions) 7 Quote BS01's Ambassador (Like us, Follow us) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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