History Main / BasedOnAGreatBigLie

28th Jul '16 8:08:09 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* ''VideoGame/LakeviewCabinCollection'' gives one at the beginning of ''Part IV'', the entire episode being a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre''.



* Most CreepyPasta present themselves as being true stories.

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* Most CreepyPasta {{Creepypasta}} present themselves as being true stories.
30th Jun '16 7:41:51 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** Australian writer Helen Darville won 1993's ''Australian/Vogel Literary Award'' and ''Miles Franklin Award'' for a novel named ''The hand that signed the paper'', written under the pen name "Helen Demidenko". It supposedly described her antisemitic Ukranian family's experiences through UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Darville#The_Hand_That_Signed_the_Paper:_novel_and_controversy it turned out to be a complete fabrication]] and opened the floodgates for quite the discussion on literary hoaxes in Australia.

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** Australian writer Helen Darville won 1993's 1995's ''Australian/Vogel Literary Award'' and ''Miles Franklin Award'' for a novel named ''The hand that signed the paper'', written under the pen name "Helen Demidenko". It supposedly described her antisemitic Ukranian family's experiences through UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[note]](i.e, a teenage male character is involucrated in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babi_Yar massacres at Babi Yar]] and later is in a Waffen SS group, his older brother becomes a guard in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treblinka_death_camp Treblinka death camp]], their sister is the lover of a German officer, and the older brother's girlfriend helps out a Treblinka prisoner in the 1943 camp revolt)[[/note]], but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Darville#The_Hand_That_Signed_the_Paper:_novel_and_controversy it turned out to be a complete fabrication]] and opened the floodgates for quite the discussion on literary hoaxes in Australia. It was later re-issued under Darville's actual name.
22nd Jun '16 9:41:28 PM PaulA
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* Creator/KarlMay is best known for his stories about [[AuthorStandIn "his"]] travels through the American West and the Middle East long before he actually visited the US and the Orient in person. Today that's no longer a major issue, but some of his contemporaries didn't take it well.

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* Creator/KarlMay is best known for his stories about [[AuthorStandIn "his"]] travels through [[Literature/{{Winnetou}} the American West West]] and [[Literature/OrientCycle the Middle East East]] long before he actually visited the US and the Orient in person. Today that's no longer a major issue, but some of his contemporaries didn't take it well.
14th Jun '16 2:35:41 AM Doug86
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* ''Film/KingArthur'' is billed as the true historical story of KingArthur, but instead is little more than a "remix" of the popular Arthur mythos with some garbled bits of Late Roman/Early Medieval history. Whether there was a historical Arthur at all remains a matter of fierce historical debate, and there are several potential candidates for the basis of the character, none of which bear more than a surface similarity to the movie's Arthur. It's not exactly a success as a "true historical story" either - the entire movie is one [[HollywoodHistory long]] [[TheThemeParkVersion historical]] [[AnachronismStew inaccuracy]]. Heck, the title character himself lived (''if'' he lived) about 300 years ''before'' the movie is supposed to take place.

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* ''Film/KingArthur'' is billed as the true historical story of KingArthur, Myth/KingArthur, but instead is little more than a "remix" of the popular Arthur mythos with some garbled bits of Late Roman/Early Medieval history. Whether there was a historical Arthur at all remains a matter of fierce historical debate, and there are several potential candidates for the basis of the character, none of which bear more than a surface similarity to the movie's Arthur. It's not exactly a success as a "true historical story" either - the entire movie is one [[HollywoodHistory long]] [[TheThemeParkVersion historical]] [[AnachronismStew inaccuracy]]. Heck, the title character himself lived (''if'' he lived) about 300 years ''before'' the movie is supposed to take place.
8th Jun '16 4:26:04 AM Ulkomaalainen
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has an in-universe double-subversion in the second book. [[SmallNameBigEgo Gilderoy Lockhart]] has written several self-serving autobiographies about his impossibly heroic escapades, which seem to be a pack of lies because [[InformedAbility Lockhart is totally incompetent at everything we see him doing.]] But the stories are true...except for the part about Lockhart being the hero. He based them on various real incidents and [[spoiler:[[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiped the memories]] of the real heroes]], making it impossible to prove that he was lying.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has an in-universe double-subversion twist on this in the second book. [[SmallNameBigEgo Gilderoy Lockhart]] has written several self-serving autobiographies about his impossibly heroic escapades, which seem to be a pack of lies because [[InformedAbility Lockhart is totally incompetent at everything we see him doing.]] But the stories are true...except for the part about Lockhart being the hero. He based them on various real incidents and [[spoiler:[[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiped the memories]] of the real heroes]], making it impossible to prove that he was lying.
6th Jun '16 11:01:09 PM sonicsuns3
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Before the hoax was revealed in 1972, even President UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson was fooled by it (and reportedly "[[BerserkButton hit the roof]]" when he read it), and there remain {{conspiracy theorist}}s who believe that it actually ''is'' the real deal, claimed to be a hoax [[ParodyRetcon as a means of damage control]].

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Before the hoax was revealed in 1972, even President UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson was (allegedly) fooled by it (and reportedly "[[BerserkButton hit the roof]]" when he read it), and there remain {{conspiracy theorist}}s who believe that it actually ''is'' the real deal, claimed to be a hoax [[ParodyRetcon as a means of damage control]].
4th Jun '16 6:10:08 AM Doug86
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** ''[[http://swallowingthecamel.me/2008/03/02/460/ Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust]]'' was written by Misha Defonseca. She said when she was 4, her Jewish parents were sent to a concentration camp during WorldWarII, and after she got tired of being abused by her caretakers, she crossed all of Europe to try finding them, [[RaisedByWolves alone with wolves during the travel.]] A movie was made in 2007 based on the novel. Then, "Misha" confessed after that her name was Monique de Wael, she wasn't born a Jew, her parents were arrested because they were members of the Belgian Resistance, and she was simply sent to her grandfather.[[note]]It's surprising that it even had to go this far. Before the movie, a small conference of Polish Holocaust survivors exposed the book as a lie, just because Jews in Poland didn't have to wear yellow stars on chest, but blue ones on the arm.[[/note]] Monique said that she wrote the story because of her passion for wolves and as a way to "cope" with her harsh life during these years. (And [[RunningGag Oprah also recommended it.]])
** Australian writer Helen Darville won 1993's ''Australian/Vogel Literary Award'' and ''Miles Franklin Award'' for a novel named ''The hand that signed the paper'', written under the pen name "Helen Demidenko". It supposedly described her antisemitic Ukranian family's experiences through WorldWarTwo, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Darville#The_Hand_That_Signed_the_Paper:_novel_and_controversy it turned out to be a complete fabrication]] and opened the floodgates for quite the discussion on literary hoaxes in Australia.

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** ''[[http://swallowingthecamel.me/2008/03/02/460/ Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust]]'' was written by Misha Defonseca. She said when she was 4, her Jewish parents were sent to a concentration camp during WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and after she got tired of being abused by her caretakers, she crossed all of Europe to try finding them, [[RaisedByWolves alone with wolves during the travel.]] A movie was made in 2007 based on the novel. Then, "Misha" confessed after that her name was Monique de Wael, she wasn't born a Jew, her parents were arrested because they were members of the Belgian Resistance, and she was simply sent to her grandfather.[[note]]It's surprising that it even had to go this far. Before the movie, a small conference of Polish Holocaust survivors exposed the book as a lie, just because Jews in Poland didn't have to wear yellow stars on chest, but blue ones on the arm.[[/note]] Monique said that she wrote the story because of her passion for wolves and as a way to "cope" with her harsh life during these years. (And [[RunningGag Oprah also recommended it.]])
** Australian writer Helen Darville won 1993's ''Australian/Vogel Literary Award'' and ''Miles Franklin Award'' for a novel named ''The hand that signed the paper'', written under the pen name "Helen Demidenko". It supposedly described her antisemitic Ukranian family's experiences through WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Darville#The_Hand_That_Signed_the_Paper:_novel_and_controversy it turned out to be a complete fabrication]] and opened the floodgates for quite the discussion on literary hoaxes in Australia.
29th May '16 10:13:54 AM GlitteringFlowers
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-->'''Amal al-Sabbagh''': "It was totally crazy. She accused us of only defending Jordan's reputation, when we had to defend the reputation of Jordanian women against what she wrote. She ruined the reputation of Jordanian women, saying they were imprisoned in their homes and so on. Jordanian women have excellent education levels that are gradually being translated into participation in the workforce. Her tone is that all Jordanian women live under these traditional practices, which is wrong."
4th May '16 3:16:47 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* As a result of ExecutiveMeddling, ''Film/AlienAbductionIncidentInLakeCounty'' was billed as being based on actual events, against the wishes of the director.

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* As a result of ExecutiveMeddling, ''Film/AlienAbductionIncidentInLakeCounty'' was billed as being based on actual events, against the wishes of the director. Ironically, it's a remake of a little-seen 1989 horror film, ''UFO Abduction'', that's subject to an {{urban legend|s}} that inverts this trope. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20130607045143/http://www.badmovieplanet.com/3btheater/a/alienabductionII.html A phenomenal case of bad luck]][[note]]The master copy of the film, along with most of the VHS copies and promotional material, were destroyed in a fire at the distribution warehouse where they were held, leaving only a few surviving VHS tapes that had been sent out to a handful of small video stores across the US.[[/note]] saw it receive only a ''very'' limited DirectToVideo release, such that it flew under the radar of even the most dedicated horror fans until, in the early '90s, it resurfaced in ufologist circles (with the beginning and end credits removed) as an actual account of an AlienAbduction that came to be called "the [=McPherson=] Tape". When the film's creator Dean Alioto attempted to clear things up after he was contacted by programs like ''Series/UnsolvedMysteries'' and ''Encounters'', it was assumed that [[FictionAsCoverUp he was part of the cover-up]], with his remake of the film (the aforementioned ''Incident in Lake County'') merely being another attempt to fool the gullible masses.
24th Apr '16 12:04:06 AM MasoTey
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* In an example that overlaps with CutAndPasteTranslation, Anne Carson's ''Literature/AutobiographyOfRed'' includes a rewrite of Stesichoros' Geryoneis that is almost entirely Carson's original work, but is prefaced by an essay that seems designed to mislead the reader into thinking it's simply a translation. Since it's full of pretty obvious anachronisms -- hot plates, weekends, glass-bottomed boats -- a certain amount of playfulness must be in effect.

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* In an example that overlaps with CutAndPasteTranslation, Anne Carson's ''Literature/AutobiographyOfRed'' includes a rewrite of Stesichoros' Geryoneis ''Geryoneis'' that is almost entirely Carson's original work, but is prefaced by an essay that seems designed to mislead the reader into thinking it's simply a translation. Since it's full of pretty obvious anachronisms -- hot plates, weekends, glass-bottomed boats -- a certain amount of playfulness must be in effect.
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