Head Canons Are Trouble & We Need to Stop Pandering to Them

Today we’re going to talk about head canons and why they can be a horrible thing. You’re probably scoffing to yourself right now and wondering “How can I thinking something happened in a fictional work that is unknown a bad thing when it fills in the hole of a discrepancy or plot contrivance the creators or powers that be made? It’s not hurting anyone!” Well, little do you know is that you answered your own question with your question. What’s worse is that when they are pandered too and played with they can often end with troublesome circumstances that not just impact you, but everything external because we all do not live in a vacuum of isolation when it comes to broadcasting our feelings and thoughts. Let’s look at this analytically for a moment and explain why they are a terrible thing.

Expectation versus Reality:
So let’s say you assume something because of whatever reason. You instantly have made an expectation to the studio to explain it. There’s problems with that ranging from how important or unimportant that detail was and is in the grand scheme of things all the way to if it is address the expectation does not match reality. Odds are either way will eventually lead to embittered feelings and turn off to future additions to series as far as officially things are concerned.

Claiming Ownership:
Making head canons are a lot like adding to the story yourself. At least that’s where harmful head canons are concerned. Feeling like you can control the franchise or continuity with where it is going is unfortunately delusional and betrayal itself. What’s worse? The claim of ownership can lead to other feelings that once one has considered they can’t control the thing they love that they need to destroy it altogether because they can’t control it.

Toxic Fandom:
In short, this is ultimately what the main point of this discussion. While some head canons are innocuous and silly a lot of people love believing in these elaborate fixtures created by themselves (and sometimes others) and use it as a means to not only segregate people that don’t believe as they do, but to also push back to the notion of claiming ownership of the franchise and running with that. In the end, toxic fandom is disastrous to not just the person in the fandom, but also everybody else. What ramifications it can hold is even going back to the creators themselves, especially if they partake in the fandom, facing harassment for not things the way the fandom (or a vocal portion rather) have insisted.

The implications to why head canons is pretty much self-explanatory in a lot of cases, and again a lot of people may not go that far with them or even be aware of the fact they are eroding the foundation of the fandom they take part in. So what can be done? There’s few things that can be done, discouraging verbally is a continual and an insanely infinitely repetitive task that doesn’t feel like one can make head way with. It’s frustrating because if you’re rational minded or okay with unknowns you have to cope with a sea of ignorance and self-importance that can even undermine your own feelings the media property you have a fandom in. Why? It often feels like there’s an unlimited amount of insisting and antagonizing over an unknown or possible discrepancy with looking for a way to explain it. The truth is sometimes there is no explanation! Sometimes things don’t need to be explained, but simultaneously one needs not to take that out of context altogether either. So when someone says the Raptors were responsible for the Venture boat, or the Rex in JP3 is the juvenile with the broken leg from the second film, or even the Spinosaurus is a hybrid are all cases of explaining a discrepancy or perceived one and should most likely be avoided unless one is capable of seeing these as what they are. What are they ultimately? Unnecessary and superfluous distractions that undermine what the creators are eventually going to work on or missing the point altogether with it being an unknown. We can’t know everything and a lot of that journey is learning. A lot of things in the JP series can be taken as they are given to us. Simultaneously we have to also to learn to accept when we can’t know something as well.