Right, and Im not disagreeing with you about how Nylund intended for him to be characterized, however the new narrative has him as a bully( which by the way I think is complete and utter BS).
And that is an equally bad characterization. No where did we get a clearer picture than in Nylund's novel. John wasn't a bully that suddenly cared about his classmates after one talk with Mendez about team first. Bully's do not shift character after one discussion. Why? Because that isn't the type of person John was portrayed to be. He was a tough kid that loved to compete and win but there was a harmlessness to his actions rather than a bullying nature. You can read that entire scene and the initial interaction with Halsey. There is a reason she chose to make a personal trip to assess him and it wasn't because she thought a bully was special.
That is not the only peace of Halo media that paints young John in this light.
It is quite good. I disagree with Denning's descripitives on a few occasions. As an example I wouldn't describe John as a "schoolyard bully" when he was a child. Driven? Yes. Self assured, maybe even cocky? Yes. But not a schoolyard bully.This has to do with the Fall of Reach animated movie which has John as a bully.
Then you and I are in absolute agreement.
I think what I refer to as canon creep - carelessness really - is ever bit as damaging as any harmful act one could perceive. If it isn't "Anyone can be a Spartan now" or "You can become a Spartan at any age" (Which reeks of inclusive marketing tactics) then its "Let's rewrite the nature of main characters because its how I think it should be."
Such people really disgust me. Hey lugnuts, you didn't create this vast universe of Halo. Stop screwing with it. Such persons make me think of a redneck mechanic attempting to improve the Nuclear Bomb he found in a field.
Certain powers that be seem, according to facts made evident by various events, incapable of performing their duty as caretakers of the universe with which they are entrusted. Instead they have it in their heads that they possess some right to alter the already created world of Halo. While Bungie was sloppy sometimes with maintaining certain matters (how many Spartans???) the new keepers of the grail should have learned from those errors. The last thing the Halo universe needs is its own personal version of Ryan Reynolds.