Originally Posted by janeway72
I'll probably get chucked off the board for rabble rousing with this thread but we often talk of the Canonites, who generally dislike the new movie. But if ST XI was made by the people who own the rights to the Star Trek franchise, does that not now make it canonical?
ST09 is canon whereas novels, comics, games, etc. are "unoffical" and thus have a smaller impact upon the fictional history of Trek. One might add this is not the case with semi-offical productions like TAS which has influenced quite some Trek incarnations.
Yet ST09 creates in a certain way its own continuity or to express it differently, it partly overwrites the fictional history of the Prime Universe.
This has not been unseen as TNG a) virtually created its own cosmos and b) used/changed old elements like the Klingons as well, but over the course of the series, it has been closer tied to TOS (think about Relics or Unification). To stay with the Klingons, there have even been in-universe explanations for the makeup as well as behaviour changes in the race, an attempt to weave the different realms of Trek together.
So the main difference between NuTrek is that it a) overwrites fictional history and b) does not use this "retro-weaving" but uses the respective old ingredients from the very beginning on.
All this has nothing to do with preferences. But someone who likes tight continuity might very well dislike Trek like ENT or ST09 that messes to a certain degree with continuity.