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30th Jun '16 9:35:54 PM PaulA
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* Each of Creator/DavidEddings' books opens with a short piece of narrative taken from historical records, history books, or religious doctrines within the context of the story. These serve to establish the setting and bring the reader up to speed, sometimes serving as a roundabout recap or providing context for the events. For instance, the first book of the ''[[Literature/TheElenium Tamuli'' trilogy starts with a record from the Tamuli government summarizing the events in the previous series; the fictive author shows a great deal of secularism by dismissing cases of divine or supernatural influence as superstitious exaggeration, and derisively criticizes unfamiliar government practices such as voting or female rulers. The second recaps more events but is explicitly written by a different author while part of the same record and calls into question the previous chapter's take on things.
** Strictly speaking, the author of the first book's recap is not ''exactly'' derisive in his description of voting (or rather, of voting in the specific context he's talking about): he says that it is odd, but goes on to note that since the members of the group that uses the system are supposed to be celibate, there isn't any non-offensive way to make the leadership hereditary anyway.

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* Each of Creator/DavidEddings' books opens with a short piece of narrative taken from historical records, history books, or religious doctrines within the context of the story. These serve to establish the setting and bring the reader up to speed, sometimes serving as a roundabout recap or providing context for the events. For instance, the first book of the ''[[Literature/TheElenium Tamuli'' ''Literature/TheTamuli'' trilogy starts with a record from the Tamuli government summarizing the events in the previous series; trilogy, ''Literature/TheElenium''; the fictive author shows a great deal of secularism by dismissing cases of divine or supernatural influence as superstitious exaggeration, and derisively criticizes unfamiliar government practices such as voting or female rulers. The second recaps more events but is explicitly written by a different author while part of the same record and calls into question the previous chapter's take on things.
** Strictly speaking, the author of the first book's recap is not ''exactly'' derisive in his description of voting (or rather, of voting in the specific context he's talking about): he says that it is odd, but goes on to note that since the members of the group that uses the system are supposed to be celibate, there isn't any non-offensive way to make the leadership hereditary anyway.
things.
7th Jun '16 6:02:12 PM Doug86
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* TheGrimnoirChronicles uses quotes from a variety of sources at the beginning of each chapter. Some are from or about characters in the books, but many just fill in details of the world, such as UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt dying in combat against the Kaiser's zombies in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.

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* TheGrimnoirChronicles uses quotes from a variety of sources at the beginning of each chapter. Some are from or about characters in the books, but many just fill in details of the world, such as UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt dying in combat against the Kaiser's zombies in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
16th May '16 4:28:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''FanFic/TiberiumWars'' likes to begin each chapter with a quote from one of the characters involved, and often ends with a hefty excerpt from military intelligence reports or research papers, [[ShownTheirWork making it clear that the author's done his work]] and knows his way around [[CommandAndConquerTiberium the Tiberium 'verse]].

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* ''FanFic/TiberiumWars'' likes to begin each chapter with a quote from one of the characters involved, and often ends with a hefty excerpt from military intelligence reports or research papers, [[ShownTheirWork making it clear that the author's done his work]] and knows his way around [[CommandAndConquerTiberium the Tiberium 'verse]].'verse.
18th Apr '16 12:44:57 PM Kakai
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* Every chapter of ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' starts with an extract from either ''The Book Of True Names'', which speaks about species of dinosaurs and their applications in society, or ''A Primer To Paradise For The Improvement Of Young Minds'', which focuses on FantasyPantheon of Paradise.
3rd Apr '16 4:14:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the film ''[[TwentyTwelve 2012]]'', Jackson Curtis's unsuccessful sci-fi novel ''Farewell Atlantis'' is symbolically important and is brought up throughout the film. Parts of it are read aloud on two or three occasions.

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* In the film ''[[TwentyTwelve 2012]]'', ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'', Jackson Curtis's unsuccessful sci-fi novel ''Farewell Atlantis'' is symbolically important and is brought up throughout the film. Parts of it are read aloud on two or three occasions.
18th Mar '16 11:16:10 PM LadyNorbert
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* "Fanfic/ToTheStars" is set centuries ahead of the [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica magical girl anime]] from which it was based, where their existence has become known. Naturally they were militarized by the government; the chapters not only begin with relevant background information by magical girl historians, but also excerpts from MG military manuals.
* In the WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom / Film/{{Beetlejuice}} {{Crossover}}, ''FanFic/SayItThrice'', a lot of the WorldBuilding and such are delivered in this manner. At the start of chapters are excerpts from sources such as [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} "The Handbook for the Recently Deceased," "The Living and the Dead,"]] and even [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom the scientific journals of Maddie Fenton]].

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* "Fanfic/ToTheStars" ''Fanfic/ToTheStars'' is set centuries ahead of the [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica magical girl anime]] from on which it was it's based, where their existence has become known. Naturally they were militarized by the government; the chapters not only begin with relevant background information by magical girl historians, but also excerpts from MG military manuals.
* In the WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom / Film/{{Beetlejuice}} {{Crossover}}, ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom[=/=]Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' {{Crossover}} ''FanFic/SayItThrice'', a lot of the WorldBuilding and such are delivered in this manner. At the start of chapters are excerpts from sources such as [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} "The ''[[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} The Handbook for the Recently Deceased," "The Deceased, The Living and the Dead,"]] Dead,]]'' and even [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom the scientific journals of Maddie Fenton]].



* The Guide itself, ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
** And sometimes the ''Encyclopaedia Galactica'' in the series, although the Guide has the major selling point of being slightly cheaper and having "'''Don't Panic'''" printed in large friendly letters on the cover. As well as not taking up a parking lot.
** Also subverted; sometimes the Guide's entries are full of non-sequiturs and gags completely irrelevant to the story. Sometimes these are never mentioned again, and sometimes they become plot-critical [[BrickJoke brick jokes]] as a double-subversion.

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* The Guide itself, ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy.''
** And sometimes the ''Encyclopaedia Galactica'' in the series, although the Guide has the major selling point of being slightly cheaper and having "'''Don't Panic'''" printed in large friendly letters on the cover. As cover (as well as not taking up a parking lot.
lot).
** Also subverted; sometimes the Guide's entries are full of non-sequiturs non-sequitirs and gags completely irrelevant to the story. Sometimes these are never mentioned again, and sometimes they become plot-critical [[BrickJoke brick jokes]] {{brick joke}}s as a double-subversion.
4th Mar '16 2:20:09 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* Creator/{{CarlSagan}}'s ''Cosmos'' book presents three extracts from the ''Encyclopedia Galactica'' about three intelligent species of the Milky Way, detailing among other things data on its home star and planet, biochemistry, mean mass and lfietime, and survival probability within a determinate amount of time [[spoiler: We're the third species detailed there and things do not look pretty for our future existence]]

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* Creator/{{CarlSagan}}'s Creator/{{Carl Sagan}}'s ''Cosmos'' book presents three extracts from the ''Encyclopedia Galactica'' about three intelligent species of the Milky Way, detailing among other things data on its home star and planet, biochemistry, mean mass and lfietime, lifetime, and survival probability within a determinate amount of time [[spoiler: We're the third species detailed there and things do not look pretty bleak for our future existence]]



* The booklet of Music/{{Dragonland}}'s album ''Under The Grey Banner'' features extracts from fictional books of the album's setting.[[/folder]]

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* The booklet booklets of Music/{{Dragonland}}'s album ''The Battle Of The Ivory Plains'', ''Holy War'', and ''Under The Grey Banner'' features feature extracts from fictional books of the album's setting.setting shared by the three albums.[[/folder]]
4th Mar '16 2:16:12 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* Creator/{{CarlSagan}}'s ''Cosmos'' book presents three extracts from the ''Encyclopedia Galactica'' about three intelligent species of the Milky Way, detailing among other things data on its home star and planet, biochemistry, mean mass and lfietime, and survival probability within a determinate amount of time [[spoiler: We're the third species detailed there and things do not look pretty for our future existence]]



4th Mar '16 1:51:35 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* The booklet of Music/{{Dragonland}} album ''Under The Grey Banner'' features extracts from fictional books of the album's setting.
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* The booklet of Music/{{Dragonland}} Music/{{Dragonland}}'s album ''Under The Grey Banner'' features extracts from fictional books of the album's setting.
setting.[[/folder]]
4th Mar '16 1:46:19 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* The booklet of Music/{{Dragonland}} album ''Under The Grey Banner'' features extracts from fictional books of the album's setting.
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