Originally Posted by Red Panda
I kind of equally blame both. Kirkman for not putting in the effort to make it cannon and TT for using a comic book character and protagonist from a fucking novel as a major character. They should have done what they did with Glenn. That was the best way to approach it I believe.
Kirkman's novels are canon! Some people seem to be forgetting who wrote the walking dead. Kirkman never said the game was canon, Telltale did. That was their intention. Kirkman has the right to to write his characters they way he see's fit. It's Telltale's game that risks becoming less authentic when they chose to introduce characters in their game that Kirkman hasn't finished developing.
Kirkman's novel trilogy is canon to the walking dead and fleshes out the back stories of HIS characters. Kirkman's depiction of Lily in the novels is closer to the Lily in the comics than Telltale's version of Lily ever was. Telltale depicted Lily as some cold hearted callous killer when she killed Carly/Doug. When I saw that in the game I thought WTF. That isn't how Lily was in the comics. In the comics she killed Lori, not because she was a cold hearted evil woman but because she was manipulated by the Governor and deceived. She had been told that Rick's group were wicked, dangerous and were planning to return to Woodbury and harm her people. When she realised that she had shot an unarmed woman with a baby she was furious at the Governor for what he made her do and killed him when she saw he was the wicked one and Rick's group were not the people he said they were.
Kirkman's vision for the Lily character was different from Telltales. Telltale should have asked Kirkman about her back story instead of assuming her character wouldn't be later fleshed out. Kirkman had decided to write the novel trilogy before Telltale pitched the idea of making their game.
To say Kirkman should have consulted Telltale about what he was doing with his novel is like saying a parent should tell their children what their home improvement plans are to check that it is alright with them.