The term Expanded Universe (sometimes called an Extended Universe) is generally used to denote the 'extension' of a media franchise (i. A media franchise is an Intellectual property involving the characters, setting, and Trademarks of an original work of media (usually e. a television show, series of feature films, etc. ) with other media (generally comics and original novels). This typically simply involves new adventures for existing characters already developed within the franchise; however in some case entirely new characters and complex mythology are developed. This is not the same as an adaptation, which is a retelling of the same story, usually on a different medium. An adaptation is a characteristic of an Organism that has been favored by Natural selection and "Popular press" redirects here note that the University of Wisconsin Press publishes under the imprint "The Popular Press" Nearly every media franchise with a committed fan base has some form of expanded universe.
Two prominent examples of media franchises with an extended universe are Star Wars and Star Trek - both have a wide range of original novels, comics, video games, and other media that add to the mythology of each universe in different ways. Star Wars is an epic Space opera franchise initially conceived by George Lucas during the 1970s and significantly expanded In both cases entirely new characters and situations have been developed that exist only within the Expanded Universe media.
Although there are some exceptions, Expanded Universe works are generally not accepted as canon, or part of the 'official' storyline. This article is not about Literary canons of influential works of fiction but about the concept of a canon which defines the world of a particular fictional series They are generally seen as 'apocrypha'. In some (rare) cases, characters created for an Expanded Universe can become 'adopted' by the canonical works associated with that franchise - one example being Star Wars. Star Wars is an epic Space opera franchise initially conceived by George Lucas during the 1970s and significantly expanded
Star Wars is unusual in that George Lucas/Lucasfilm have outlined four levels of canon, which includes the Star Wars Expanded Universe, effectively canonizing the continuity established by Star Wars novels and resulting in strong efforts to maintain continuity between the books and the films (see Star Wars canon for details). Star Wars is an epic Space opera franchise initially conceived by George Lucas during the 1970s and significantly expanded George Walton Lucas Jr (born May 14, 1944) is an Academy Award -winning American Film director, producer, Screenwriter The Star Wars Expanded Universe encompasses all of the officially licensed fictional background of the Star Wars universe outside of the six feature films This article is not about Literary canons of influential works of fiction but about the concept of a canon which defines the world of a particular fictional series A novel (from Italian novella, Spanish novela, French nouvelle for "new" "news" or "short story The Star Wars canon consists of the six Star Wars feature films along with all officially licensed non-contradicting spin-off works to the Many elements created in the Star Wars Expanded Universe have made it into the officially released media, such as: