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More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Retconning

A retcon is retroactive continuity, the deliberate changing of previously established facts in a work of serial fiction. (Like Bobby Ewing showing up in the shower after being “dead” for a whole season, or Sherlock Holmes surviving the waterfall.) It’s popular in comic books, much to the dismay of long-time fans. Websnark has posted a passionate-to-the-point-of-frothing dissection of the practice, including a discussion of the various types of retcon.

Then Dev-Em had his history retconned twice and then he blew up the moon. Because time had to… Superman could have stopped it but he couldn’t be allowed to because… look, at this stage they were clearly huffing paint, okay?

Link (via Wil Wheaton)

(This Wikipedia article gives lots more examples, many having to do with science fiction.)

Posted in Books & Authors January 31st, 2008 by Chip
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