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==Jossing== An important aspect of fanon is when those commonly held assumptions about a show are contradicted by later official material, especially if aired on TV. This is called [http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Jossed Jossing], after Joss Whedon, the creator of ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer''. (See the link for a full explanation.) Early ''Daria'' fanfics were sometimes Jossed, and the entire ''genre'' of Trent/Daria romances was Jossed when the show explicitly ended Daria's crush on Trent and had them both admit it wouldn't have worked between them. Now that the series has ended, however, nothing can be so discounted; our assumptions about ''Daria'' are (sadly) safe. In fact, wide use of the [[alternate-universe]] convention within this fandom has weakened potential Jossing to the point that most stories that diverge from [[canon]] can be enjoyed on their own merits because "it all takes place in another [[Dariaverse]]." The last time "Jossing" was a risk was when [[Glenn Eichler]] gave an interview to [[Kara Wild]] in 2005-06. Mr. Eichler stated the ages of the Barksdale sisters (Helen had sometimes been assumed to be the youngest), said [["Mad Dog" Morgendorffer]] was a ''drafted'' WW2 soldier (he'd been assumed to be a career soldier and often placed in the Korean War), and mentioning other previously unheard-of facts that hadn't made it into the show proper. The longer the original series remains off the air, the more authority is given by fans to other fan creations, and the stronger fanon becomes in the minds of all. While this might place the acceptance of canon at some risk, the fandom does what it needs to do in order to survive and prosper.
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