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March 11, 2014 10:11 pm  #1


Hi all Im new so plz bear with me but what does "canon" mean? I keep reading it on twitter, tumblr etc - people shipping canon?  Dont laugh!


March 11, 2014 10:20 pm  #2

Re: Canon

"Canon," effectively means "the letter of the law" or the "official standard against which something is judged," in a Christian context, it means a moral, ecclesiastical rule.

As applied to modern media, it means the “source material,” the original, officially sanctioned media and storyline. It gets a bit complicated, because there can be several layers of canon. For example, in the case of Sherlock Holmes, the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are the true canon (the Sherlock Holmes Bible, if you will), but since BBC’s Sherlock is a re-imagining of those stories, they apply certain elements of the Doyle canon to their show and must eliminate others. Since Sherlock is its own show, it has its own canon (it’s own rules, if you will) and when fans refer to the “Sherlock canon,” they mean the plot, standards, and rules of the show, which has, in turn, created its canon from the Doyle canon.


Last edited by TeeJay (March 11, 2014 10:21 pm)

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March 11, 2014 11:17 pm  #3

Re: Canon

Thanks TeeJay for your full response - now I know for future reference xx

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March 12, 2014 5:46 am  #4

Re: Canon

And I always thought "canon" was a piece of music by Pachelbel...

John: "Have you spoken to Mycroft, Molly, uh, anyone?"
Mrs Hudson: "They don’t matter. You do."



March 12, 2014 6:25 am  #5

Re: Canon

tobe... let's sing all together now!

"Am I the current King of England?

"I see no shame in having an unhealthy obsession with something." - David Tennant
"We did observe." - David Tennant in "Richard II"


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