Link: Fandom and Authenticity

There is something to be said about the role of authenticity and how it plays out in fan versions of fictional worlds. [Tested reports on the efforts of fans to replicate Hans Solo’s blaster from the Star Wars series][tested]. Whether as the object of a collector’s desire or as a prop in cosplay, fans seek an authentic version of the DL-44. The term for this is *canonical*. The interesting twist to this particular story is that there were multiple versions of the prop over the three films, and so authenticity and canonicity are kind of up in the air. This does not jive with the innate impulse some humans have for there being only one right answer. The kinds of amazing research that people do in search of that answer is, quite honestly, really really amazing.

Hans Solo's DL-44 Blaster

[tested]: http://www.tested.com/art/makers/452186-how-obsessive-fans-built-better-han-solo-blaster/

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