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24th May '16 10:30:57 PM Doug86
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* The earliest writings about Middle-Earth, ''Literature/TheBookOfLostTales I and II'', [[TwistEnding reveal for the first time that the entire story of Middle-Earth]] is an uncovered Anglo-Saxon chronicle transcribed by Ælfwine the Anglo-Saxon when he accidentally voyaged to Elvenhome (where Bilbo and Frodo went at the end of the story), discovered the "original writings", and brought them back to Europe. The island of Tol Eressëa (Elvenhome), which was ferried back and forth across the sea several times by the Valar in Silmarillion, turns out to be England, and Elvenhome turns out to be Warwick!

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* The earliest writings about Middle-Earth, ''Literature/TheBookOfLostTales I and II'', [[TwistEnding reveal for the first time that the entire story of Middle-Earth]] is an uncovered Anglo-Saxon chronicle transcribed by Ælfwine [=Æ=]lfwine the Anglo-Saxon when he accidentally voyaged to Elvenhome (where Bilbo and Frodo went at the end of the story), discovered the "original writings", and brought them back to Europe. The island of Tol Eressëa (Elvenhome), which was ferried back and forth across the sea several times by the Valar in Silmarillion, turns out to be England, and Elvenhome turns out to be Warwick!
16th May '16 11:34:44 PM erforce
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* ''ThisIsSpinalTap'' combines this with {{Defictionalization}}, with the cast doing interviews, DVD commentaries, and concert tours in character, and then denying it when speaking as themselves.

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* ''ThisIsSpinalTap'' ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' combines this with {{Defictionalization}}, with the cast doing interviews, DVD commentaries, and concert tours in character, and then denying it when speaking as themselves.
12th May '16 1:52:51 PM DaibhidC
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* Creator/LinCarter's ''John Carter of Mars'' pastiche series ''Jandar of Callisto'', follows its inspiration in having Carter explain that he found the manuscripts written by John Dark (Jandar) and teleported from the Jovian moon. ''Lankar of Callisto'' takes it a step further; "Lankar" is ''Lin Carter himself'', who accidentally follows Jandar's teleporter while waiting for the next volume.
7th May '16 12:44:52 PM BrendanRizzo
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* Creator/AlanMoore claims to have met ComicBook/JohnConstantine of ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' and ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' fame in real life, more than once. We must consider three very distinct possibilities. Either he met Sting in a trenchcoat, Alan Moore is out of his fucking mind, or he believes so much in certain things that they become real and his sanity forces him to forget lest he obliterate himself.

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* Creator/AlanMoore claims to have met ComicBook/JohnConstantine of ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' and ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' fame in real life, more than once. We must consider three very distinct possibilities. Either he met Sting (on whose appearance Constantine is based) in a trenchcoat, Alan Moore is out of his fucking mind, or he believes so much in certain things that they become real and his sanity forces him to forget lest he obliterate himself.
8th Feb '16 4:37:20 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/BuckarooBanzai'' is allegedly a real person, whose adventures were related to author Earl Mac Rauch and then adapted into a movie. The DVD commentary runs with this premise, further claiming that some details have been withheld or altered for security reasons. It also imagines that merchandise related to the movie is in fact inspired by the hero himself, in an example of RecursiveCanon.

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* ''Film/BuckarooBanzai'' Although ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension'' itself doesn't make a point of it, supporting materials claim that Buckaroo Banzai is allegedly a real person, whose adventures were related to author Earl Mac Rauch and then adapted into a the movie. The DVD commentary runs with this premise, further claiming that some details have been withheld or altered for security reasons. It also imagines that merchandise related to the movie is in fact inspired by the hero himself, in an example of RecursiveCanon.
8th Feb '16 3:34:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''BuckarooBanzai'' is allegedly a real person, whose adventures were related to author Earl Mac Rauch and then adapted into a movie. The DVD commentary runs with this premise, further claiming that some details have been withheld or altered for security reasons. It also imagines that merchandise related to the movie is in fact inspired by the hero himself, in an example of RecursiveCanon.

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* ''BuckarooBanzai'' ''Film/BuckarooBanzai'' is allegedly a real person, whose adventures were related to author Earl Mac Rauch and then adapted into a movie. The DVD commentary runs with this premise, further claiming that some details have been withheld or altered for security reasons. It also imagines that merchandise related to the movie is in fact inspired by the hero himself, in an example of RecursiveCanon.
24th Jan '16 1:39:05 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' is introduced as a story edited down from a "famous" piece of literature written by S. Morgenstern, a fictional resident of the fictional country of Florin. The real author, Creator/WilliamGoldman, claims that this is the Good Parts Version his father (an immigrant from Florin) read to him as a child. There are frequent "editor's notes" which summarize the excised text (these summaries can run for pages being nothing but lists of how many pages were spent on the various mundanities of, say, Buttercup packing so she could move (three whole pages on her blouses, was the guy nuts?), or the things Buttercup was taught so she could be a royal, in order to impress upon us how very grateful we are to Mr. Goldman for editing the book). At one point Goldman claims he wrote an additional scene which the publisher refused to include and gives an address one may write to in order to obtain it. Letters sent to that address are responded to with an explanation that someone acting on the original author's behalf is still blocking publication of the additional scene. Later editions blurred the line further, with an afterword of Goldman recounting a meeting he had with Creator/StephenKing while he was writing the (real) screenplay for ''Misery''. He portrays King as a big fan of the original book who was outraged at some of the changes Goldman made. King is also alleged to be doing the abridgment of the long lost sequel ''Buttercup's Baby''.
** One of the later editions goes even further, revealing that the deal with Creator/StephenKing fell through, so he IS doing Buttercup's Baby...and he includes the first bits of it, resolving the cliffhanger ending of the original book.

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* ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' is introduced as a story edited down from a "famous" piece of literature written by S. Morgenstern, a fictional resident of the fictional country of Florin. The real author, Creator/WilliamGoldman, claims that this is the Good Parts Version his father (an immigrant from Florin) read to him as a child. There are frequent "editor's notes" which summarize the excised text (these summaries can run for pages being nothing but lists of how many pages were spent on the various mundanities of, say, Buttercup packing so she could move (three whole pages on her blouses, was the guy nuts?), or the things Buttercup was taught so she could be a royal, in order to impress upon us how very grateful we are to Mr. Goldman for editing the book). At one point Goldman claims he wrote an additional scene which the publisher refused to include and gives an address one may write to in order to obtain it. Letters sent to that address are responded to with an explanation that someone acting on the original author's behalf is still blocking publication of the additional scene. Later editions blurred the line further, with an afterword of Goldman recounting a meeting he had with Creator/StephenKing while he was writing the (real) screenplay for ''Misery''. He portrays King as a big fan of the original book who was outraged at some of the changes Goldman made. King is also alleged to be doing the abridgment of the long lost sequel ''Buttercup's Baby''.
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Baby''. One of the later editions goes even further, revealing that the deal with Creator/StephenKing fell through, so he IS Goldman is doing Buttercup's Baby...''Buttercup's Baby''... and he includes the first bits of it, resolving the cliffhanger ending of the original book. book.
23rd Jan '16 9:22:13 AM nombretomado
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** One of the later editions goes even further, revealing that the deal with StephenKing fell through, so he IS doing Buttercup's Baby...and he includes the first bits of it, resolving the cliffhanger ending of the original book.

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** One of the later editions goes even further, revealing that the deal with StephenKing Creator/StephenKing fell through, so he IS doing Buttercup's Baby...and he includes the first bits of it, resolving the cliffhanger ending of the original book.
8th Jan '16 4:55:32 PM nombretomado
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* In SpiderRobinson's ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' series, Spider claims to be transcribing stories told to him by the narrator, Jake Stonebender. He even goes as far as writing Author's Notes and Prefaces "in character" as a Callahan's regular.

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* In SpiderRobinson's Creator/SpiderRobinson's ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' series, Spider claims to be transcribing stories told to him by the narrator, Jake Stonebender. He even goes as far as writing Author's Notes and Prefaces "in character" as a Callahan's regular.
4th Jan '16 1:19:30 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels occasionally place Brust as the translator of the stories from Dragaeran into English. He even has an interview with Paarfi, the "original author" of the Khaavren Romances, who is outraged by the changes that Brust admits he had to make. In one of the Vlad Taltos novels, Vlad mentions that he's been paid a sum of money by a "fool" to tell this particular story into a metal cylinder. Presumably, that fool is Brust.
** ''Tiassa'' sheds more light on the origin of Vlad's deal with the author. A man from "very far East" (Brust) met Vlad through Sethra Lavode, who met him through the Necromancer, and offered 500 Imperials of unminted gold for a few hours of conversation. One wonders where Steven Brust came by this large quantity of unminted gold. [[LogicBomb Maybe he made the money from selling books about Vlad?]]
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'': Cervantes wrote that it was actually a translation of an account originally written in Arabic.
** This trope is parodied in ''Don Quixote'', because it was used by a lot of [[WeirdAlEffect (today forgotten)]] authors of chivalry books (an example is "The Knight Platir", a book burned in the famous scrutiny made in Don Quixote's library), who claimed that their story was based in an old manuscript found in an ancient pyramid or another ruined building in some faraway country, written in an exotic language by a wise, famed wizard who favoured the hero of the novel. Those claims are made to feign that the chivalry book was InspiredBy real events. Cervantes twists this and uses it to comic effect, explaining that the next part of the novel was found in some pamphlets and papers (only a few years old) found in Alcana de Toledo (a real city in Spain) in a silk mercer store, written in Arabic (a fair known language in Spain) by a (foolish) boy who didn't know what was written and so sold the papers to Cervantes for peanuts. If we include the funny name of the wizard and the fact that the [[UnreliableNarrator second author, the translator and Cide Hamete Benengeli are always making comments about the book]], we can see that Cervantes wants us to admit that all this tale is a long sequence of lies and nonsense... just like all the chivalry books.

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* Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels occasionally place Brust as the translator of the stories from Dragaeran into English. He even has an interview with Paarfi, the "original author" of the Khaavren Romances, who is outraged by the changes that Brust admits he had to make. In one of the Vlad Taltos novels, Vlad mentions in one story that he's been paid a sum of money by a "fool" to tell this particular story narrating his stories into a metal cylinder. Presumably, that fool is Brust.
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cylinder in return for gold. ''Tiassa'' sheds more light on the origin of Vlad's deal with the author. A clarifies that a man from "very far East" (Brust) (presumably Brust) met Vlad through Sethra Lavode, who met him through the Necromancer, and offered 500 Imperials of unminted gold for a few hours of conversation. One wonders where Steven Brust came by this large quantity of unminted gold. [[LogicBomb Maybe he made the money from selling books about Vlad?]]
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* ''Literature/DonQuixote'': Cervantes wrote that it was actually a translation of an account originally written in Arabic.
** This trope is parodied in ''Don Quixote'', because it
parodies the trope. It was used by a lot of [[WeirdAlEffect (today forgotten)]] authors of chivalry books (an example is "The Knight Platir", a book burned in the famous scrutiny made in Don Quixote's library), who claimed that their story was based in an old manuscript found in an ancient pyramid or another ruined building in some faraway country, written in an exotic language by a wise, famed wizard who favoured the hero of the novel. Those claims are made to feign that the chivalry book was InspiredBy real events. Cervantes twists this and uses it to comic effect, explaining that the next part of the novel was found in some pamphlets and papers (only a few years old) found in Alcana de Toledo (a real city in Spain) in a silk mercer store, written in Arabic (a fair known language in Spain) by a (foolish) boy who didn't know what was written and so sold the papers to Cervantes for peanuts. If we include the funny name of the wizard and the fact that the [[UnreliableNarrator second author, the translator and Cide Hamete Benengeli are always making comments about the book]], we can see that Cervantes wants us to admit that all this tale is a long sequence of lies and nonsense... just like all the chivalry books.
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