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3rd Apr '16 3:42:56 AM dvorak
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* One big plot hole in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' is "why can't the Fellowship ride the Eagles to Mordor and dispose of the Ring lickety-split?", with the official answer being "Sauron has such dominion over Mordor that he controls even the air currents". This is not widely accepted. ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfMordor'' introduces a creature called a "hell-hawk", a smaller cousin to the Nazgûl's flying steeds which attack eagles on sight, in much the same way crows instinctively hate owls.

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* One big plot hole in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' is "why can't the Fellowship ride the Eagles to Mordor and dispose of the Ring lickety-split?", with the official answer being "Sauron has such dominion over Mordor that he controls even the air currents". This is not widely accepted. ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfMordor'' ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'' introduces a creature called a "hell-hawk", a smaller cousin to the Nazgûl's flying steeds which attack eagles on sight, in much the same way crows instinctively hate owls.
3rd Apr '16 3:40:20 AM dvorak
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* One big plot hole in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' is "why can't the Fellowship ride the Eagles to Mordor and dispose of the Ring lickety-split?", with the official answer being "Sauron has such dominion over Mordor that he controls even the air currents". This is not widely accepted. ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfMordor'' introduces a creature called a "hell-hawk", a smaller cousin to the Nazgûl's flying steeds which attack eagles on sight, in much the same way crows instinctively hate owls.
8th Mar '16 4:03:19 PM Jake
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* ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier'' takes this approach when reconciling ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'''s literal SpaceCompression and other AcceptableBreaksFromReality with the author's desire to write hard science fiction, treating the Kerbol system seen in-game as a fictionalised version of the "real" Kerbin, Mun etc. This gets quite meta with the inclusion of a reference to a videogame called "Buzz Kerman's Race Into Space", which is basically an in-universe equivalent of ''Kerbal Space Program'' itself, and Jebediah Kerman is an avid player!
19th Dec '15 6:02:54 PM ading
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': "Slumber Party" reveals that [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Oz is real]], and Dorothy Gale was actually a hunter, but she didn't kill the Wicked Witch, nor did the Witch have a weakness to water. L. Frank Baum was Dorothy's father, and Dorothy is rather miffed that he made her stay in Oz sound so pleasant.



* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'': The "Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper" fight portrays Sherlock as being a bumbling idiot. When Nick points out how strange this seems, Johnny tells him "Well, Nick, you can't believe everything you read."



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31st Aug '15 7:29:17 AM tiredandtrue
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* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLayton'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BondsLeftUnbroken'' shows that the shady organization that funded Bill Hawks' time machine was Targent.
16th Jul '15 6:54:29 AM TrustBen
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* The common External Retcon for Holmes is given a nod in the Season Two finale of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', where Moriarty convinces everyone that he's an innocent actor and Holmes only cooked up the "Moriarty" arch-nemesis so that he could commit crimes himself, "solve" them, and look good. Since the Holmes of that series is such an extreme InsufferableGenius, it's plausible for so many people to believe it.

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* The common External Retcon for Holmes is given a nod in the Season Two finale of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', where Moriarty convinces everyone that he's an innocent actor and Holmes only cooked up the "Moriarty" arch-nemesis so that he could commit crimes himself, "solve" them, [[EngineeredHeroics "solve"]] [[HeroismAddict them]], and look good. Since the Holmes of that series is such an extreme InsufferableGenius, it's plausible for so many people to believe it.
11th Jul '15 4:23:50 AM dbfnq
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* Kim Newman (again!) wrote a short story called ''Further Developments In The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde'', in which Hyde is Jekyll's secret lover. Notable in that it uses lengthy quotations from the original work to back up its assertions.
14th May '15 1:45:45 PM Kid
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* ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'': The premise is that Disney's original ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' was based on inaccurate information regarding the title character and her relationship with Princess Aurora. The film's Narrator--- Eventually revealed to be [[spoiler: an elderly Aurora]]--- lampshades this at the beginning and end of the film. At the same time, there are enough changes in the film to classify it as an AlternateContinuity.

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* ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'': The premise is that Disney's original ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' was based on inaccurate information regarding the title character and her relationship with Princess Aurora. The film's Narrator--- Eventually Narrator -- eventually revealed to be [[spoiler: an elderly Aurora]]--- Aurora]] -- lampshades this at the beginning and end of the film. At the same time, there are enough changes in the film to classify it as an AlternateContinuity.
18th Apr '15 10:30:57 AM Peteman
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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', the reason King Kai told Goku the planet Vegeta was [[RocksFallEveryoneDies destroyed by a meteor]] instead of the real reason was because Freeza [[WikiVandal vandalized the wiki page]] and [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Goku lost interest]] before King Kai could check the edit history. Goku questions Freeza's ability to tell time some time after he says Namek will blow up in 5 minutes.

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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', the reason King Kai told Goku the planet Vegeta was [[RocksFallEveryoneDies destroyed by a meteor]] instead of the real reason was because Freeza [[WikiVandal vandalized the space wiki page]] and page]]. King Kai immediately realized something was strange, but [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Goku quickly lost interest]] before King Kai could check and the edit history.issue was dropped. Goku questions Freeza's ability to tell time some time after he says Namek will blow up in 5 minutes.
14th Feb '15 5:42:17 PM merotoker
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* ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'': The version of the events of ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' told in the second story arc reveals that what killed the Martians was not just Earth microbes, but a virus deliberately engineered by none other than [[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Dr. Moreau]], at the behest of a {{steampunk}}ish TheMenInBlack organisation. Much of the premise of this comic is also an ExternalRetcon: Most of the members of the league, who are all characters lifted from existing works of fiction, are revealed to have faked their own deaths before the beginning of the narrative. The prose at the end of each volume also fits this trope, since it contains many, many retcons of other works; for example, an explanation of ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland]]'' as a trip to a horrible world where the rules of logic did not exist, and after ''Through the Looking Glass'', Alice starves to death [[MirrorChemistry because the chirality of her body's molecules has been reversed and thus proteins from Earth food can no longer bond with her]] (which is also an obscure reference to the original work, where Alice considered the very possibility).

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* ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'': The version of the events of ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' told in the second story arc reveals that what killed the Martians was not just Earth microbes, but a virus deliberately engineered by none other than [[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Dr. Moreau]], at the behest of a {{steampunk}}ish TheMenInBlack organisation. Much of the premise of this comic is also an ExternalRetcon: example: Most of the members of the league, who are all characters lifted from existing works of fiction, are revealed to have faked their own deaths before the beginning of the narrative. The prose at the end of each volume also fits this trope, since it contains many, many retcons of other works; for example, an explanation of ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland]]'' as a trip to a horrible world where the rules of logic did not exist, and after ''Through the Looking Glass'', Alice starves to death [[MirrorChemistry because the chirality of her body's molecules has been reversed and thus proteins from Earth food can no longer bond with her]] (which is also an obscure reference to the original work, where Alice considered the very possibility).



* In the ''Series/{{COPS}}''-[[XMeetsY in]]-''Star Wars'' parody ''Troops'', Luke's foster parents weren't killed by Imperials. Aunt Beru, during a domestic dispute that the Storm Troopers were checking in on (and were quite familiar with), grabs a thermal detonator from one of the Troops and blows up herself, Owen and the farm house.
* The fanfiction ''FanFic/TheRenegades'' tries to show what really happened to the six Nobodies "killed" in Castle Oblivion during ''KingdomHearts''.
* The ''{{Sliders}}'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1797993/1/The_Slide_Home The Slide Home]] reveals what happened to Rembrandt and Wade between Seasons 3 and 4, including their move to Los Angeles, the government funding sliding research, with the Earth Prime versions of Maggie Beckett and Angus Rickman involved, as well as the revelation that [[spoiler: Elizabeth Mallory had a son named Colin who had died at birth]].

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* In the ''Series/{{COPS}}''-[[XMeetsY ''Series/{{COPS}}''-[[JustForFun/XMeetsY in]]-''Star Wars'' parody ''Troops'', Luke's foster parents weren't killed by Imperials. Aunt Beru, during a domestic dispute that the Storm Troopers were checking in on (and were quite familiar with), grabs a thermal detonator from one of the Troops and blows up herself, Owen and the farm house.
* The fanfiction ''FanFic/TheRenegades'' tries to show what really happened to the six Nobodies "killed" in Castle Oblivion during ''KingdomHearts''.
''Franchise/KingdomHearts''.
* The ''{{Sliders}}'' ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1797993/1/The_Slide_Home The Slide Home]] reveals what happened to Rembrandt and Wade between Seasons 3 and 4, including their move to Los Angeles, the government funding sliding research, with the Earth Prime versions of Maggie Beckett and Angus Rickman involved, as well as the revelation that [[spoiler: Elizabeth Mallory had a son named Colin who had died at birth]].



* The Webcomic/{{Snowflame}} fan comic gives a backstory to the eponymous character, originally a one-shot joke villain from ''ComicBook/TheNewGuardians'' [[MemeticMutation who became ridiculously popular on the internet]]. Here he's a Columbian gangster named Fabian Orosco who was possessed by an evil spirit.

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* The Webcomic/{{Snowflame}} fan comic gives a backstory to the eponymous character, originally a one-shot joke villain from ''ComicBook/TheNewGuardians'' [[MemeticMutation who became ridiculously popular on the internet]].Internet]]. Here he's a Columbian gangster named Fabian Orosco who was possessed by an evil spirit.



* There is ''WithoutAClue'' in which Holmes is a character Watson uses to make his stories more interesting, but public demand forces him to hire a clueless actor to play the part.

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* There is ''WithoutAClue'' ''Film/WithoutAClue'' in which Holmes is a character Watson uses to make his stories more interesting, but public demand forces him to hire a clueless actor to play the part.



* ''Literature/TheDraculaTape'' by Creator/FredSaberhagen, in which {{Dracula}} explains how the events described in Bram Stoker's novel resulted from a series of terrible misunderstandings.

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* ''Literature/TheDraculaTape'' by Creator/FredSaberhagen, in which {{Dracula}} explains how the events described in Bram Stoker's novel Creator/BramStoker's [[Literature/{{Dracula}} novel]] resulted from a series of terrible misunderstandings.



* ''The Phantom of Manhattan'' was written as a sequel to ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', which was only possible by retconning Erik's death out of the story. This was done in the introduction by explaining why Gaston Leroux's "sources" were unreliable and thus events must have played out differently from how he described them. It is probably no coincidence that the novel fits in continuity with the popular AndrewLloydWebber musical exactly.
* ''The Time Ships'' by Stephen Baxter continues on from the end of ''TheTimeMachine''; among other things, it explains that the "dying sun" period near the end of the original book was earlier than current scientific estimates because the Morlocks had been messing with it, and that [[spoiler:the time traveller had been given a helping hand in the early development of the time machine by his own future self.]]

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* ''The Phantom of Manhattan'' was written as a sequel to ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', which was only possible by retconning Erik's death out of the story. This was done in the introduction by explaining why Gaston Leroux's "sources" were unreliable and thus events must have played out differently from how he described them. It is probably no coincidence that the novel fits in continuity with the popular AndrewLloydWebber musical Creator/AndrewLloydWebber [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera musical]] exactly.
* ''The Time Ships'' by Stephen Baxter continues on from the end of ''TheTimeMachine''; ''Literature/TheTimeMachine''; among other things, it explains that the "dying sun" period near the end of the original book was earlier than current scientific estimates because the Morlocks had been messing with it, and that [[spoiler:the time traveller had been given a helping hand in the early development of the time machine by his own future self.]]



* ''The Wind Done Gone'', by Alice Randall, was a retelling of ''GoneWithTheWind'', and telling of what happened afterwards, from the perspective of a FlatCharacter -- Cynara, Scarlett O'Hara's mulatto half-sister. All of the direct references to the original are done as {{Lawyer Friendly Cameo}}s -- Scarlett's only referred to as "The Other", for instance. (Not Lawyer Friendly enough: The publisher was sued by the estate of the original author)
** Maybe the author would've gotten away with it if Cynara had not changed the pseudonym she was using for a critical character from "R." to "Debt Chauffeur" after a plot development involving both. That would not pass in a truly independent work.
* In the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' novels, crucial scenes from classic literature turn out to be caused by people from the "real world" entering the story (or vice versa). For example, Thornfield Hall in ''Jane Eyre'' was burned down by "real-world" criminal Acheron Hades, and Miss Havisham's death scene in ''Great Expectations'' is the result of a fatal car crash (in a drag race). Indeed, in Thursday's universe, ''Jane Eyre'' originally ended with [[spoiler: Jane going away to India to do missionary work with St. John Rivers and wondering what could have been; it's only through Thursday's intervention that Jane ends up marrying Rochester, and that pisses off elements of Jurisfiction to no end]].
* ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'' starts out by revealing that [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice]] (actually spelled "Alyss") is a lost princess of the real Wonderland. When she ended up in our world, she told Charles Dodgson her plight in the hopes that he'd write a tell-all book, and he proceeded to get everything she'd told him wrong.
* NeilGaiman has done this, most notably with ''Snow, Glass and Apples'' ("Literature/SnowWhite" from the stepmother's point of view) and the film adaptation of ''Film/{{Beowulf}}''.

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* ''The Wind Done Gone'', by Alice Randall, was a retelling of ''GoneWithTheWind'', ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', and telling of what happened afterwards, from the perspective of a FlatCharacter -- Cynara, Scarlett O'Hara's mulatto half-sister. All of the direct references to the original are done as {{Lawyer Friendly Cameo}}s -- Scarlett's only referred to as "The Other", for instance. (Not Lawyer Friendly enough: The publisher was sued by the estate of the original author)
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author.) Maybe the author would've gotten away with it if Cynara had not changed the pseudonym she was using for a critical character from "R." to "Debt Chauffeur" after a plot development involving both. That would not pass in a truly independent work.
* In the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' novels, crucial scenes from classic literature turn out to be caused by people from the "real world" entering the story (or vice versa). For example, Thornfield Hall in ''Jane Eyre'' ''Literature/JaneEyre'' was burned down by "real-world" criminal Acheron Hades, and Miss Havisham's death scene in ''Great Expectations'' ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' is the result of a fatal car crash (in a drag race). Indeed, in Thursday's universe, ''Jane Eyre'' originally ended with [[spoiler: Jane going away to India to do missionary work with St. John Rivers and wondering what could have been; it's only through Thursday's intervention that Jane ends up marrying Rochester, and that pisses off elements of Jurisfiction to no end]].
* ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'' starts out by revealing that [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice]] Literature/{{Alice|InWonderland}} (actually spelled "Alyss") is a lost princess of the real Wonderland. When she ended up in our world, she told Charles Dodgson her plight in the hopes that he'd write a tell-all book, and he proceeded to get everything she'd told him wrong.
* NeilGaiman Creator/NeilGaiman has done this, most notably with ''Snow, Glass and Apples'' ("Literature/SnowWhite" ("Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs" from the stepmother's point of view) and the film adaptation of ''Film/{{Beowulf}}''.



* The ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' timeline of several of Creator/KimNewman's novels is an external retcon of Bram Stoker's ''Dracula'', with the premise being that vampires around the world drop TheMasquerade after Dracula defeats Van Helsing (who, with his offsiders, are revealed to be less virtuous than Stoker depicted them) and goes on to marry Queen Victoria.
* Lenore Hart's novel ''Becky'' is told from Becky Thatcher's point of view--apparently, MarkTwain lied about quite a few of the events in ''TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''. Specifically, Becky was OneOfTheBoys, and [[spoiler:Injun Joe was framed]].
* Creator/CSLewis's ''TillWeHaveFaces'' is a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, told by Istra (Psyche)'s older sister Orual. Orual is inspired to write the story after hearing the myth and being angered by what she sees as the gods' self-serving version of the events. [[spoiler:Turns out her version is somewhat self-serving as well, and the second part is itself a retcon of the first part, revealing that some events were closer to the original version than Orual's.]]
* CthulhuMythos stories constantly retcon each other.
** One of the most notable issues is Hastur, a name which Creator/HPLovecraft dropped only once in his stories as a reference to Robert W. Chambers's ''TheKingInYellow'' short story collection. In the original story, Hastur seemed to indicate a place, not person (it was almost always invoked along with the Lake of Hali and the City of Carcosa). However, Chambers himself borrowed the term from Ambrose Bierce's "Haïta the Shepherd", where Hastur was a deity of shepherds, and not a place. Derleth, likely knowing the reference, made Hastur into a Great Old One.
*** Hastur, Hali and Carcosa later made an appearance in Marion Zimmer-Bradley's Darkover series.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[ProsperosDaughter Prospero Lost]]'', Miranda explains where Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTempest'' diverges from the facts. For one thing, she did not get married.

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* The ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' timeline of several of Creator/KimNewman's novels is an external retcon of Bram Stoker's ''Dracula'', with the premise being that vampires around the world drop TheMasquerade the {{masquerade}} after Dracula defeats Van Helsing (who, with his offsiders, are revealed to be less virtuous than Stoker depicted them) and goes on to marry Queen Victoria.
* Lenore Hart's novel ''Becky'' is told from Becky Thatcher's point of view--apparently, MarkTwain Creator/MarkTwain lied about quite a few of the events in ''TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''.''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''. Specifically, Becky was OneOfTheBoys, and [[spoiler:Injun Joe was framed]].
* Creator/CSLewis's ''TillWeHaveFaces'' ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'' is a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, told by Istra (Psyche)'s older sister Orual. Orual is inspired to write the story after hearing the myth and being angered by what she sees as the gods' self-serving version of the events. [[spoiler:Turns out her version is somewhat self-serving as well, and the second part is itself a retcon of the first part, revealing that some events were closer to the original version than Orual's.]]
* CthulhuMythos Franchise/CthulhuMythos stories constantly retcon each other.
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other. One of the most notable issues is Hastur, a name which Creator/HPLovecraft dropped only once in his stories as a reference to Robert W. Chambers's ''TheKingInYellow'' ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'' short story collection. In the original story, Hastur seemed to indicate a place, not person (it was almost always invoked along with the Lake of Hali and the City of Carcosa). However, Chambers himself borrowed the term from Ambrose Bierce's "Haïta the Shepherd", where Hastur was a deity of shepherds, and not a place. Derleth, likely knowing the reference, made Hastur into a Great Old One.
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One. Hastur, Hali and Carcosa later made an appearance in Marion Zimmer-Bradley's Darkover series.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[ProsperosDaughter ''[[Literature/ProsperosDaughter Prospero Lost]]'', Miranda explains where Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTempest'' diverges from the facts. For one thing, she did not get married.



* ''Confessions of a Teen Sleuth'' is an external retcon of the ''NancyDrew'' series, narrated by Nancy herself.
* Both Daniel Levine's ''Hyde'' and Valerie Martin's ''Mary Reilly'' offer alternate takes on ''StrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde''. The former is told from Hyde's point-of-view, the latter from a servant's. Both warn that Jekyll's own account of events in the original novel is a product of an UnreliableNarrator.

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* ''Confessions of a Teen Sleuth'' is an external retcon of the ''NancyDrew'' ''Literature/NancyDrew'' series, narrated by Nancy herself.
* Both Daniel Levine's ''Hyde'' and Valerie Martin's ''Mary Reilly'' offer alternate takes on ''StrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde''.''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde''. The former is told from Hyde's point-of-view, the latter from a servant's. Both warn that Jekyll's own account of events in the original novel is a product of an UnreliableNarrator.



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* The television adaptation of ''Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister'' (by Gregory Maguire, mentioned above) even {{lampshade}}s the retelling, with the narrator saying that viewers who liked the magic explanations of the fairy tale aren't going to be happy with learning that the "true story" was more ordinary.
* A similar thing happens in the 2004 TV movie ''Frankenstein''. When a main character mentions Frankenstein to the original creature, he says, "Creator/MaryShelley's ''Frankenstein'' was a fiction based on fact. I am that fact."

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* The television adaptation of ''Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister'' (by Gregory Maguire, mentioned above) even {{lampshade}}s {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the retelling, with the narrator saying that viewers who liked the magic explanations of the fairy tale aren't going to be happy with learning that the "true story" was more ordinary.
* A similar thing happens in the 2004 TV movie ''Frankenstein''. When a main character mentions Frankenstein to the original creature, he says, "Creator/MaryShelley's ''Frankenstein'' ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' was a fiction based on fact. I am that fact."



* Spike is miffed with the {{Buffyverse}} Dracula for much the same reason as in the Dresden series (See above), as he spilled the beans to Stoker on many of a vampire's weaknesses. Also, Dracula owes Spike eleven pounds.
* ''{{Jekyll}}'' starts by establishing the main character as a descendant of Dr. Jekyll and then elaborating on his powers and love-life.

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* Spike is miffed with the {{Buffyverse}} Franchise/{{Buffyverse}} Dracula for much the same reason as in the Dresden series (See above), as he spilled the beans to Stoker on many of a vampire's weaknesses. Also, Dracula owes Spike eleven pounds.
* ''{{Jekyll}}'' ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'' starts by establishing the main character as a descendant of Dr. Jekyll and then elaborating on his powers and love-life.



* The novel and Broadway musical ''Wicked'' shows the events behind ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' from the Witch's perspective.

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* [[Literature/{{Wicked}} The novel novel]] and [[Theatre/{{Wicked}} Broadway musical musical]] ''Wicked'' shows the events behind ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' from the Witch's perspective.



* ''Webcomic/StarslipCrisis'': the Cirbozoids [[http://starslip.com/2008/01/28/starslip-number-705/ take responsibility]] for ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''.
* The WhateleyUniverse is a superhero world, so the retcons often relate to comic books. In-universe it is known that TheBaroness of the G.I. Joe stories was a blatant ripoff of supervillainess Lady Hydra, but she was retired for long enough that the comic book authors didn't get killed. It is also recognized in-universe that the 'age one year every four years' ComicBookTime is in honor of the legendary Miss Champion (later Lady Champion) of the 40's and 50's (who is still aging so slowly that she looks like she is in her early thirties even though she is now a mid-seventies school headmistress).
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', the reason King Kai told Goku the planet Vegeta was [[RocksFallEveryoneDies destroyed by a meteor]] instead of the real reason was because Freeza [[WikiVandal vandalized the wiki page]] and [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Goku lost interest]] before King Kai could check the edit history.
** Goku questions Freeza's ability to tell time some time after he says Namek will blow up in 5 minutes.
* In the original [[VideoGame/HalfLife1 Half Life]], the fact that Gordon didn't have access on ''any'' of the retinal scanners didn't make much sense in the Anomalous Materials lab, where he worked and should therefore have had access. In ''Machinima/FreemansMind'', we learn that the reason for this is because he got caught playing racquet ball in the anti-mass spectrometer room. Management doesn't want Gordon going anywhere in the facility without permission.
** In fact, Freeman's Mind rationalizes a lot of things that don't make sense in the original game: fundamentally useless rooms like the box-smashing shed are attempts to pad out the budget [[TruthInTelevision (a very common real-life technique)]]; Gordon knows how to use a gun because [[ProperlyParanoid he foresaw a time when he might need one;]] and [[InformedAbility his role in Black Mesa appears to consist mainly of pushing trolleys]] [[CloudCuckooLander because he couldn't be trusted with anything else.]]

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* ''Webcomic/StarslipCrisis'': ''[[Webcomic/{{Starslip}} Starslip Crisis]]'': the Cirbozoids [[http://starslip.com/2008/01/28/starslip-number-705/ take responsibility]] for ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''.
* The WhateleyUniverse Literature/WhateleyUniverse is a superhero world, so the retcons often relate to comic books. In-universe it is known that TheBaroness of the G.I. Joe stories was a blatant ripoff of supervillainess Lady Hydra, but she was retired for long enough that the comic book authors didn't get killed. It is also recognized in-universe that the 'age one year every four years' ComicBookTime is in honor of the legendary Miss Champion (later Lady Champion) of the 40's and 50's (who is still aging so slowly that she looks like she is in her early thirties even though she is now a mid-seventies school headmistress).
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', the reason King Kai told Goku the planet Vegeta was [[RocksFallEveryoneDies destroyed by a meteor]] instead of the real reason was because Freeza [[WikiVandal vandalized the wiki page]] and [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Goku lost interest]] before King Kai could check the edit history.
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history. Goku questions Freeza's ability to tell time some time after he says Namek will blow up in 5 minutes.
* In the original [[VideoGame/HalfLife1 Half Life]], ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', the fact that Gordon didn't have access on ''any'' of the retinal scanners didn't make much sense in the Anomalous Materials lab, where he worked and should therefore have had access. In ''Machinima/FreemansMind'', we learn that the reason for this is because he got caught playing racquet ball in the anti-mass spectrometer room. Management doesn't want Gordon going anywhere in the facility without permission.
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permission. In fact, Freeman's Mind ''Freeman's Mind'' rationalizes a lot of things that don't make sense in the original game: fundamentally useless rooms like the box-smashing shed are attempts to pad out the budget [[TruthInTelevision (a very common real-life technique)]]; Gordon knows how to use a gun because [[ProperlyParanoid he foresaw a time when he might need one;]] and [[InformedAbility his role in Black Mesa appears to consist mainly of pushing trolleys]] [[CloudCuckooLander because he couldn't be trusted with anything else.]]



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* In the central book for the game ''PrometheanTheCreated'', there is a prologue where a psychoanalyst interviews FrankensteinsMonster. The monster claims that his "bride" (a nightmarish creature he created by mistake) told Creator/MaryShelley the story that [[RecursiveCanon became]] ''[[RecursiveCanon Frankenstein]]'' just to make him a figure of horror to humanity. The other books in the gameline are deliberately vague about whether or not he was right.
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** The recent ''[[BritishNewspapers Guardian]]'' advertisements about getting the story ''behind'' the story also has it as an insurance scam, but with the wolf as an innocent patsy. "I know that wolf! He's got asthma!"

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** The recent ''[[BritishNewspapers ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Guardian]]'' advertisements about getting the story ''behind'' the story also has it as an insurance scam, but with the wolf as an innocent patsy. "I know that wolf! He's got asthma!"



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