History HilariousInHindsight / Literature

30th Aug '17 6:56:04 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Mallory and the Mystery Diary'', a relatively early BabySittersClub book published in 1989, Mallory complains that it feels like she's been 11 for a decade. Cut to 1999, when the books are still being published and poor Mal is still 11...

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* In ''Mallory and the Mystery Diary'', a relatively early BabySittersClub ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' book published in 1989, Mallory complains that it feels like she's been 11 for a decade. Cut to 1999, when the books are still being published and poor Mal is still 11...
27th Aug '17 5:03:29 PM Wyldchyld
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* Julie Kenner's 2000 novel ''The Cat's Fancy'' is about a [[FetishFuel cat who becomes human in order to marry her owner]]. She shows up in her owner's house seemingly with amnesia, and he and others try to find out who she is, in a plot already reminiscent of [[MulhollandDrive a movie that would come out a year later]]... but then we get this line:

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* Julie Kenner's 2000 novel ''The Cat's Fancy'' is about a [[FetishFuel cat who becomes human in order to marry her owner]].owner. She shows up in her owner's house seemingly with amnesia, and he and others try to find out who she is, in a plot already reminiscent of [[MulhollandDrive a movie that would come out a year later]]... but then we get this line:
25th Aug '17 6:45:21 PM nombretomado
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* In 1963, Morris West's novel ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shoes_of_the_Fisherman The Shoes of the Fisherman]]'' described the election and first part of the reign of a the first [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope]] hailing from Eastern Europe (more exactly, Ukraine). 15 years later, the first non-Italian Pope was chosen... and he also hailed from Eastern Europe (Poland, in this case). Made even better because said RealLife Eastern European Pope, Karol Wojtyla aka John Paul II, wasn't ''that'' different from the fictional one, Kiril Pavlovich Lakota aka Kyril I... So JPII [[spoiler: helped to take down the Iron Curtain]]? Kyril I has [[spoiler: to be ''Literature/TheMediator'' between the governments of RedChina and [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn the URSS]] to avert World War III.]]

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* In 1963, Morris West's novel ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shoes_of_the_Fisherman The Shoes of the Fisherman]]'' described the election and first part of the reign of a the first [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope]] hailing from Eastern Europe (more exactly, Ukraine). 15 years later, the first non-Italian Pope was chosen... and he also hailed from Eastern Europe (Poland, in this case). Made even better because said RealLife Eastern European Pope, Karol Wojtyla aka John Paul II, wasn't ''that'' different from the fictional one, Kiril Pavlovich Lakota aka Kyril I... So JPII [[spoiler: helped to take down the Iron Curtain]]? Kyril I has [[spoiler: to be ''Literature/TheMediator'' between the governments of RedChina and [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn the URSS]] to avert World War III.]]
8th Aug '17 10:32:44 AM CosmicFerret
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* In the original ''{{Shrek}}'' picture book, there's a scene where the title character has a nightmare about being beloved by children. Flash forward to the fourth installment of the film series, and...

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* In the original ''{{Shrek}}'' ''Literature/{{Shrek}}'' picture book, there's a scene where the title character has a nightmare about being beloved by children. Flash forward to the fourth installment of the film series, and...
5th Aug '17 5:25:37 AM StFan
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* In the 1998 ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''/''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' crossover novel ''Planet X'' (which is not a fanfic but rather an officially published, authorized, but noncanonical novel) Captain Picard meets a holodeck simulation of Professor Charles Xavier and is astounded by how similar he looks to him. Two years later the first ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' film came out, casting Picard actor Creator/PatrickStewart as Professor Xavier.
** At the time, this one may have been intended more as a nod to fan buzz than anything else: though the casting wasn't official yet, X-Men fans had already been clamoring for Creator/PatrickStewart to be cast as Professor Xavier ever since the live-action movie was first announced.

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* In the 1998 ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''/''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''/''ComicBook/XMen'' crossover novel ''Planet X'' (which is not a fanfic but rather an officially published, authorized, but noncanonical novel) non-canonical novel), Captain Picard meets a holodeck simulation of Professor Charles Xavier and is astounded by how similar he looks to him. Two years later the first ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' ''Film/XMen1'' film came out, casting Picard actor Creator/PatrickStewart as Professor Xavier.
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Xavier. At the time, this one may have been intended more as a nod to fan buzz than anything else: though the casting wasn't official yet, X-Men ''X-Men'' fans had already been clamoring for Creator/PatrickStewart to be cast as Professor Xavier ever since the live-action movie was first announced.
24th Jun '17 2:56:20 PM nombretomado
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* In the novel ''Make Room! Make Room!'' (which the movie ''Film/SoylentGreen'' is based on), the overpopulated future of 1999 had a sweltering population of 7 billion people. In RealLife, the world population in 1999 was 6 billion, with the 7 billion mark passed somewhere around 2011, and as far as we know, we're not recycling human corpses into food yet (although that didn't happen in the book either).

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* In the novel ''Make Room! Make Room!'' ''Literature/MakeRoomMakeRoom'' (which the movie ''Film/SoylentGreen'' is based on), the overpopulated future of 1999 had a sweltering population of 7 billion people. In RealLife, the world population in 1999 was 6 billion, with the 7 billion mark passed somewhere around 2011, and as far as we know, we're not recycling human corpses into food yet (although that didn't happen in the book either).



** In the first book, the heroes are surprised by a [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] that appeared suddenly in their path, having been whisked away from its home in the mountains some thousands of miles away, in order to appear as a random encounter in the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game of the Gods. While it was in reference to random TabletopRPG encounters, the way it was described -- a sound, the world looking "strange" and a monster suddenly popping up -- mirror exactly the random battles in most console [=RPGs=]. This was in 1983, three years before ''DragonQuest'' or ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', although ''VideoGame/UltimaIII'' was from 1983.

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** In the first book, the heroes are surprised by a [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] that appeared suddenly in their path, having been whisked away from its home in the mountains some thousands of miles away, in order to appear as a random encounter in the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game of the Gods. While it was in reference to random TabletopRPG encounters, the way it was described -- a sound, the world looking "strange" and a monster suddenly popping up -- mirror exactly the random battles in most console [=RPGs=]. This was in 1983, three years before ''DragonQuest'' ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' or ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', although ''VideoGame/UltimaIII'' was from 1983.
30th May '17 9:44:20 PM Kuruni
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* ''Franchise/CthulhuMythos'':
** Lovecraft described Azathoth as a monstrous indescribable thing which resides in the center of the universe, often described as "gnawing" and "chaotic". Scientists now believe that the center of our galaxy (and, by extension, other galaxies), is a supermassive black hole. Perhaps Lovecraft was on to something...
** In the 1931 short story ''The Lair of the Star Spawn'' by Creator/AugustDerleth and Mark Schorer, the characters manage to stop the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] Lloigor and Zhar with the aid of the Star Warriors from Orion, described as monstrous-size glowing beings that "shot great beams of annihilation and death".\\
In 1966, Creator/TsuburayaProductions created ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', a {{toku}} series about heroic aliens, also known as giants of light, with many abilities, including shooting powerful beams from their arms. And by sheer coincidence, their homeworld is located in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_78 nebula M78]] in the Orion Constellation.
30th Apr '17 10:01:46 AM nombretomado
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** Another Pratchett one in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'': Having an AxCrazy vampire parody TomCruise's character in ''InterviewWithTheVampire'' - funny; Reading this parody against Tom Cruise's current reputation? ''Hilarious''.

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** Another Pratchett one in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'': Having an AxCrazy vampire parody TomCruise's Creator/TomCruise's character in ''InterviewWithTheVampire'' - funny; Reading this parody against Tom Cruise's current reputation? ''Hilarious''.
23rd Apr '17 9:52:41 AM nombretomado
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* In ''AWrinkleInTime'', Meg Murry's father's mathematically-based nickname for her has a ''slightly'' different meaning to those who read the book after, say, 1984: "[[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron]]". The term "[[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse tesseract]]" does too.
* In the SweetValleyHigh book ''Sweet Valley Saga'' Alice (the twins' mother) was engaged to Hank Patman (Bruce's father). When ''Sweet Valley Confidential'' comes out, guess who become a couple at the end of the book? [[spoiler: Bruce and Elizabeth, that's who.]]

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* In ''AWrinkleInTime'', ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'', Meg Murry's father's mathematically-based nickname for her has a ''slightly'' different meaning to those who read the book after, say, 1984: "[[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron]]". The term "[[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse tesseract]]" does too.
* In the SweetValleyHigh Literature/SweetValleyHigh book ''Sweet Valley Saga'' Alice (the twins' mother) was engaged to Hank Patman (Bruce's father). When ''Sweet Valley Confidential'' comes out, guess who become a couple at the end of the book? [[spoiler: Bruce and Elizabeth, that's who.]]
13th Apr '17 6:59:07 PM MasterFuzzy
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** In Book 6, Harry comments that the Half-Blood Prince is a much better teacher than Snape. [[spoiler: Then he finds out who the Half-Blood Prince is...]]
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