We've had all manner of canon discussions here over the years. What is, what isn't, personal, official, etc. I've jumped in and mine is fairly well documented also. I have my own Personal Canon, but I really only use the term to easily show what part of the franchise I follow.
So many long-running franchises have multiple sources for stories by multiple writers. Novels, films, games, audio, etc. In the grand scheme of things, none of this is real. It seems weird to me to try to claim any of it has some sort of gravitas.
It is, however, a very big deal to some people. Fan boards have some very strong beliefs and some very heated discussions concerning Official Canon.
The dictionary definition says canon is "a sanctioned or accepted group or body of related works". To me, if it has been released as a film, a novel, or any other form under the license of a franchise, it's canon. Period. That seems to fly in the face of Lucas, who has some sort of document proclaiming the levels of canon.
That's completely laughable to me, but not surprising since Lucas has always been a control freak. Not even remotely surprised he would attempt to tell the fan base what's real and what's not real. Particularly laughable since he made his film stories up as he went along.
I'm curious because I don't care in the least. I read what I like, I ignore the rest. A question to the board; Do you care about Official Canon, and if so, why?
Rereading my post, I realized it may sound like I want to know how someone could be concerned with official canon, as if it were somehow wrong to be so. It's not at all. I'm just curious as to why it's different for some fans (concerned, not concerned).
"Why are you here, Rey from nowhere?”