Fan fiction is a broad term referring to stories about characters, events, settings, and other items written by fans of a published work rather than by the author of the original work. Fan fiction is almost never commissioned or actively approved by the owner, publisher, or creator of an original work, and they are very rarely published, however most original authors turn a blind eye to fan fiction so long as fan fiction authors are not receiving a profit from their stories. Because of this, fan fiction is both related to the canon of the fictional universe it is set in but exists outside of that universe's canon.
Although some authors, such as Anne Rice, forbid fan fiction based on their stories, Lucasfilm, Ltd. has permitted fan fiction so long as it does not make a profit for its authors. Star Wars fan fiction, despite the assumptions of some Star Wars fans, will not be published by Lucasfilm, as all official Star Wars work is commissioned work; if the publishers want someone to write an official Star Wars novel, the publishers will seek out an already published author, not the other way around.
In Star Wars, fan fiction is often referred to as "fanon," such as on the Star Wars Fanon wiki; in this sense, "fanon" is a combination of the words "fan" and "fiction." Another definition of fanon, however, is a series of non-canon facts that are widely regarded throughout the fan community as canon, although they are not regarded as canon by Lucasfilm. Sometimes, however, certain fanon elements do become canon, such as Stacy from the Pink Five fan film trilogy being written into the novel Allegiance by Timothy Zahn.
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