I need to get this off my chance. I’ve been confronted by people who chew me out about things regarding expanded universes in franchises like Aliens and Terminator and Star Wars. People giving me crap about how what’s canon and what’s not, like how Disney threw out the original expanded universe or your theory is wrong because the novelization says this. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that expanded universes are never canon. The next movie will always retcon it. Studios don’t research every piece of medium of their franchise and say “we can’t do this totally awesome thing, because it contradicts this book that very little people have read” it doesn’t work that way.
I mean case and point, the Aliens comic books that were released after Aliens showed the further adventures of Newt, Hicks, and Ripley, which inspired my stories. But Alien3 came out said that Newt and Hicks died, and they reprinted the books with different names, Newt became Billie and Hicks became Wilks. Cheap. See, they didn’t research those comics and say “we can’t kill off Ripley, Newt, and Hicks because it contradicts these comic books.” See, they have never cared and never will, which is why expanded universes have never mattered and never will.
Not to say they’re bad stories, they’re all great stories, but you shouldn’t write them as canon, because once the next movie comes out, they’re gonna pretend they never happened.
One guy I knew threw a shit fit because Robert Rodriguez said he drew no inspiration from the Predator comic books when he produced Predators. Excuse him for only wanting to go by the movie, the only thing he felt anyone should draw inspiration from.
Continuity is subjective these days. Some people don’t like the new canon that Disney has established when they bought Star Wars. But guess what, I don’t care. I never read those books, I only go by the movies. I have a system, I only go by Good and Official. Expanded Universes can be Good, but they’re not movies, so they’re not Official. Only the movies are Official, but if they’re not Good, then I don’t consider them canon. Like Alien and Aliens, they’re Good and Official, Alien3 is a movie so it’s Official, but it sucks, so it’s not canon in my opinion.
And novelizations aren’t canon, they’re the reverse of movies based on books. They don’t sync with each other, if they’re not in sync, then how do you consider them in the same continuity. This just so irritates me about people bitch at me about things regarding continuity. I only go by the good movies, nothing else.