Fan Fiction Basics: Canon, Fanon and Headcanon
Fan authors have a completely different set of problems from original fiction authors. Unique vocabulary is something every fan author has to tackle. While all of the standard things (plot, characters, etc.) still apply, there are three terms that original authors never have to deal with: canon, fanon and headcanon.
I'll explain the differences between these three things. However, please be aware that not everyone agrees on the definitions. The definitions that I am handing you are those that apply in the strictest sense. They may be slightly different depending on your fandom. Ready? Here we go.
Canon is facts, information and events presented in the source material your story is based on.
Generally speaking, canon is information which is shown or explicitly told to the reading or viewing audience. This can include d