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21st Jul '16 6:18:34 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* ''SchoolRumble'' often reads like a ''Film/BigFish'' version of the author's life. The manga that Harima works on are probably just jokes at the expense of stories the author has written, the unrealistic points of the normal story could simply be exaggerations His boss was intimidating, so he was 20 feet tall... The same could be applied to other characters who were very tall or even changed size, such as Tennouji.

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* ''SchoolRumble'' often reads like a ''Film/BigFish'' version of the author's life. The manga that Harima works on are probably just jokes at the expense of stories the author has written, the unrealistic points of the normal story could simply be exaggerations exaggerations. His boss was intimidating, so he was 20 feet tall... The same could be applied to other characters who were very tall or even changed size, such as Tennouji.
13th Jul '16 4:59:41 PM Malady
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* [[http://www.sire.thewebcomic.com Sire]] is based on this concept; people like Dr. Jekyll, Inspector Javert, Jeeves and others are said to actually have existed.

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* [[http://www.sire.thewebcomic.com Sire]] ''Webcomic/{{Sire}}'' is based on this concept; people like Dr. Jekyll, Inspector Javert, Jeeves and others are said to actually have existed.
1st Jun '16 11:35:42 PM Luppercus
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* According to JRRTolkien's mythology, he didn't wrote ''TheHobbit'', ''TheSilmarillion'' and ''TheLordOfTheRings'', just translated it from their original languages to English when he discovered the ''Red Book of Westmarch''

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* According to JRRTolkien's mythology, he didn't wrote ''TheHobbit'', ''TheSilmarillion'' and ''TheLordOfTheRings'', just translated it them from their original languages to English when he discovered the ''Red Book of Westmarch''
1st Jun '16 11:34:04 PM Luppercus
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* According to JRRTolkien's mythology, he didn't wrote ''TheHobbit'', ''TheSilmarillion'' and ''TheLordOfTheRings'', just translated it from their original languages to English when he discovered the ''Red Book of Westmarch''
15th May '16 12:05:38 PM lalaTKG
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* According to Huckleberry Finn in the first part of ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'', everything in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' did happen, but some parts were embellished by Mark Twain.
7th May '16 12:30:21 PM BrendanRizzo
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* {{Dramatization}}: The writers of the series are demoted to the roles of literary agents or ghostwriters for the characters. They are charged to transcribe their adventures, tasked to make only such changes to actual events as are required by the practicalities of the medium and to protect the confidentiality of those involved. Which is to say, [[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} "The story you are about to hear is true: only the names have been changed to protect the innocent."]]. In this version the characters whom the story is based on essentially want their story told but don't want anyone to know that they were involved.

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* {{Dramatization}}: The writers of the series are demoted to the roles of literary agents or ghostwriters for the characters. They are charged to transcribe their adventures, tasked to make only such changes to actual events as are required by the practicalities of the medium and to protect the confidentiality of those involved. Which is to say, [[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} "The story you are about to hear is true: only the names have been changed to protect the innocent."]]. "]] In this version the characters whom the story is based on essentially want their story told but don't want anyone to know that they were involved.



Literary Agent Hypothesis opens up a huge range of fannish possibilities. Perhaps the most important of these is that we can easily dismiss small continuity errors: the literary agent just cocked up a bit. It also allows us to easily dismiss certain production elements, such as a SpecialEffectFailure or TheOtherDarrin, or, most especially, the TranslationConvention: it didn't "really happen that way", but it's a convenience for the production crew and an [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality Acceptable Break from Reality.]] Without this notion, it's difficult to talk about how it really happened as, strictly speaking, it didn't really happen at all. This is often invoked when a visual effect is changed by the production team: the phasers didn't really change colour, the filmmaker has just worked out a more accurate way to depict what they ''always'' looked like.

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The Literary Agent Hypothesis opens up a huge range of fannish possibilities. Perhaps the most important of these is that we can easily dismiss small continuity errors: the literary agent just cocked up a bit. It also allows us to easily dismiss certain production elements, such as a SpecialEffectFailure or TheOtherDarrin, or, most especially, the TranslationConvention: it didn't "really happen that way", but it's a convenience for the production crew and an [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality Acceptable Break from Reality.]] Without this notion, it's difficult to talk about how it really happened as, strictly speaking, it didn't really happen at all. This is often invoked when a visual effect is changed by the production team: the phasers didn't really change colour, the filmmaker has just worked out a more accurate way to depict what they ''always'' looked like.



In 18th centuries, novels were often disregarded, and some authors tried to pretend that the book was not only inspired by real events, but that it was a record they found rather than something they made up. Parodied in ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', because at this time it became too obvious. Creator/RobertAHeinlein's novel ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' revolves around this idea, and he coined the term "TheWorldAsMyth" to describe it. It is a kind of metafiction known as "transfictionality".

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In the 17th and 18th centuries, novels were often disregarded, and some authors tried to pretend that the book was not only inspired by real events, but that it was a record they found rather than something they made up. Parodied in ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', because at this time it became too obvious. Creator/RobertAHeinlein's novel ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' revolves around this idea, and he coined the term "TheWorldAsMyth" to describe it. It is a kind of metafiction known as "transfictionality".



* DirectLineToTheAuthor, which is where it is official canon that a fictional story is true, instead of just {{fanon}}.

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* DirectLineToTheAuthor, which is where it is [[MindScrew official canon canon]] that a fictional story is true, instead of just {{fanon}}.
17th Apr '16 12:05:53 AM Michael
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* On two levels in Literature/TheKaneChronicles. First, the story told by the protagonist is a retelling of the events they lived through. The actual book you're reading is Rick Riordan's transcript.

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* On two levels in Literature/TheKaneChronicles.''Literature/TheKaneChronicles''. First, the story told by the protagonist is a retelling of the events they lived through. The actual book you're reading is Rick Riordan's transcript.
17th Apr '16 12:05:28 AM Michael
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* On two levels in [[Literature/TheKaneChronicles]]. First, the story told by the protagonist is a retelling of the events they lived through. The actual book you're reading is Rick Riordan's transcript.

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* On two levels in [[Literature/TheKaneChronicles]].Literature/TheKaneChronicles. First, the story told by the protagonist is a retelling of the events they lived through. The actual book you're reading is Rick Riordan's transcript.
11th Apr '16 8:51:36 PM Rbade
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* On two levels in [[Literature/TheKaneChronicles]]. First, the story told by the protagonist is a retelling of the events they lived through. The actual book you're reading is Rick Riordan's transcript.
10th Apr '16 11:18:12 PM 10-13-2
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While this line of thought has advantages for speculation and is somewhat less silly than supposing that what we are watching is real, it walks a fine line: beyond excusing production mistakes, this hypothesis is occasionally extended to allow for FanonDiscontinuity, supposing that the parts we don't like are the bits that are outright fabrication, and therefore allowing us to discard them. Within fantasy gaming circles, this is also the distinction between "Lore" and "Canon": "lore" assumes certain facts are mostly historic interpretations and beliefs -- much like RealLife -- making them more easily subject to change, while "{{canon}}" is inarguable (read: uninteresting), constricting to creativity and vulnerable to {{Ret Con}}s.

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While this line of thought has advantages for speculation and is somewhat less silly than supposing that what we are watching is real, it walks a fine line: beyond excusing production mistakes, this hypothesis is occasionally extended to allow for FanonDiscontinuity, supposing that the parts we don't like are the bits that are outright fabrication, and therefore allowing us to discard them.them (and what do you mean, [[TheRoyalWe "we"]], ''kemosabe''?). Within fantasy gaming circles, this is also the distinction between "Lore" and "Canon": "lore" assumes certain facts are mostly historic interpretations and beliefs -- much like RealLife -- making them more easily subject to change, while "{{canon}}" is inarguable (read: uninteresting), constricting to creativity and vulnerable to {{Ret Con}}s.
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