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3rd Mar '18 7:52:16 PM SeizureFerret
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* ''Film/BridgeToTerabithia'': The main two characters create a fictional world called Terabithia to deal with their school troubles. They are aware that it is a fantasy and wish it were real, although this doesn't stop them for having fun.

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* ''Film/BridgeToTerabithia'': The main two characters create a fictional world called Terabithia to deal with their school troubles. They are aware that it is a fantasy and wish it were real, although this doesn't stop them for from having fun.
21st Feb '18 5:35:58 PM Jacob175
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** "Human in Equestria" (HiE) fan fics are ''extremely'' popular for this reason. Although the sheer number of these fics track in blatant WishFulfillment, particularly those with romantic elements to them, these stories have spawned a great number of spin-offs from dark {{deconstruction}}s to [[PlayedForLaughs silly parodies]] and more.

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** "Human in Equestria" (HiE) ([=HiE=]) fan fics are ''extremely'' popular for this reason. Although the sheer number of these fics track in blatant WishFulfillment, particularly those with romantic elements to them, these stories have spawned a great number of spin-offs from dark {{deconstruction}}s to [[PlayedForLaughs silly parodies]] and more.



** Several fics by popular fan-author GaliGee poke fun at this trope by having all the characters being real and merely starring as themselves in the series. Her AuthorAvatar is taken back and forth from the Bionicle world several times by Teridax, who makes good and frequent use of LEGO's secret gateway in Denmark.
* The plot "Yukari brings an outsider to Gensokyo" present in many ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is also popular because of this.

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** Several fics by popular fan-author GaliGee [=GaliGee=] poke fun at this trope by having all the characters being real and merely starring as themselves in the series. Her AuthorAvatar is taken back and forth from the Bionicle world several times by Teridax, who makes good and frequent use of LEGO's secret gateway in Denmark.
* The plot "Yukari brings an outsider to Gensokyo" present in many ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fics is also popular because of this.



* ''Film/TonyManero'' plays this as dark as you can get, centering around a creepily obsessed Chilean fan of ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' (and, specifically, [[Creator/JohnTravolta John Travolta's]] fictional character).

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* ''Film/TonyManero'' plays this as dark as you can get, centering around a creepily obsessed Chilean fan of ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' (and, specifically, [[Creator/JohnTravolta John Travolta's]] fictional character).



* Arguably true in the ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode "A Stop at Willoughby", harried ad executive Gart Williams starts having dreams of a very slow-paced, Tom Sawyer-style late 1800s Midwestern American era town. He starts longing to be in the Willoughby town. By the end, he gets his wish at [[spoiler:Willoughby Funeral Home]]

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* Arguably true in the ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode "A Stop at Willoughby", harried ad executive Gart Williams starts having dreams of a very slow-paced, Tom Sawyer-style late 1800s Midwestern American era town. He starts longing to be in the Willoughby town. By the end, he gets his wish at [[spoiler:Willoughby Funeral Home]]Home]].



* "Silent Lucidity", a {{Power Ballad}} by American {{Progressive Metal}} group Music/Queensryche, centers around this. The lyrics are explicitly about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/lucid_dreaming lucid dreaming]] and describe it as a psychological refuge, a fantasy realm set up for the "soul set free to fly". The band's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhat-xUQ6dw official music video]] (which won the MTV Viewer's Choice Award) doubles down on these themes.

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* "Silent Lucidity", a {{Power Ballad}} by American {{Progressive Metal}} ProgressiveMetal group Music/Queensryche, centers around this. The lyrics are explicitly about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/lucid_dreaming lucid dreaming]] and describe it as a psychological refuge, a fantasy realm set up for the "soul set free to fly". The band's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhat-xUQ6dw official music video]] (which won the MTV Viewer's Choice Award) doubles down on these themes.



* ''VideoGame/RakenzarnTales'' version 1 had an opening monologue that went into the feelings behind this trope. It was removed in later version when the game's creator thought it was too preachy.
-->''Reality...Fantasy...What is reality? What is fantasy? Those are two entirely different aspects. It depends on your perspective view on them. But no matter what people say, they would always prefer Fantasy. For you see, Reality is harsh and painful. Everyday, many bad things bound to happen in one's life. Even after they had resolved that problem, another would occur. It would happen repeatedly until the end of the day. The next day, it would happen once again...And again...And again...until the end of their lives. Fantasy, on the other hand, is full of joy, life, and happiness. Even though they're not actually real. The most important part of fantasy has to be "entertainment". People loved it, either it's music, films, and video games. Fantasy always helps them forget about Reality. Sadly, they can't escape Reality. They have to return to Reality either they want to or not, where their suffering will begin anew.''



* An Wiki/SCPFoundation researcher working on an SCP that produced an extensive fantasy world in the sleeping user committed suicide on waking up. Having spent 200 years inside, he just couldn't return to real life. In a subversion of the usual Foundation-contained EldritchAbomination, the entity of the fantasy-making book had a ''massive'' MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment, and went into such a debilitating HeroicBSOD that it refused to even communicate for ''weeks''. When it finally "wrote" something on the pages, [[{{Tearjerker}} all it could say was]] "[[WellIntentionedExtremist I'm so sorry. I never intended for this to happen. I just wanted to make people happy...]]" ''[[{{Tearjerker}} on every single page, while the book was soaked with tears]]''.

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* An Wiki/SCPFoundation researcher working on an SCP that produced an extensive fantasy world in the sleeping user committed suicide on waking up. Having spent 200 years inside, he just couldn't return to real life. In a subversion of the usual Foundation-contained EldritchAbomination, the entity of the fantasy-making book had a ''massive'' MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment, and went into such a debilitating HeroicBSOD that it refused to even communicate for ''weeks''. When it finally "wrote" something on the pages, [[{{Tearjerker}} [[TearJerker all it could say was]] "[[WellIntentionedExtremist I'm so sorry. I never intended for this to happen. I just wanted to make people happy...]]" ''[[{{Tearjerker}} ''[[TearJerker on every single page, while the book was soaked with tears]]''.
11th Feb '18 10:00:02 AM TokoWH
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Very, very, ''very'' much TruthInTelevision for many people.


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* Admit it. At ''some'' point in your life, you wished one of your favorite series/franchises was actually real.
9th Feb '18 11:02:40 AM nanakiro
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-->''Fiction taught me how to feel.''//

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-->''Fiction taught me how to feel.''//''\\
9th Feb '18 11:02:12 AM nanakiro
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* One particular Website/{{Tumblr}} macro expressed this.
-->''Fiction taught me how to feel.''//
''Reality was all too real.''
30th Dec '17 6:01:53 AM Morgenthaler
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10th Dec '17 5:38:02 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', a character is so tired of real life (a [[CrapsackWorld crapsack existence]] of [[ForeverWar endless human-on-machine battling]]) that he willingly asks the Agents to be re-imprisoned in the Matrix as a rich celebrity. Despite the fact he's aware that the Matrix is a glorified computer simulation, nothing more, he prefers it to real life. [[spoiler:This, combined with his cynicism toward the possibility of winning the war with the Machines, is what drives him to betray [[LaResistance the Resistance]]. He actually comes tantalizingly close to taking out [[TheHero the protagonist]] and his other ex-colleagues, but he makes the fatal mistake of [[EvilGloating stopping to gloat]].]]
23rd Sep '17 8:51:27 PM nombretomado
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** In his account of life as a disappointed musician turned rock journalist, ''I Hate Rock 'N' Roll'', Tony Tyler writes about hardcore fans of BarryManilow. One middle-aged British housewife, despite being married with three children, was obsessed to the point where she believed Barry was going to pick her out at a concert, take her home, and offer to marry her. She believed this so absolutely that she refused to have sex with her husband, seeking instead to hasten the Day by "keeping herself pure for Barry". Apparently her husband left her. She didn't notice.[[note]]HarsherInHindsight since Manilow came out as completely homosexual in TheNewTens.[[/note]]

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** In his account of life as a disappointed musician turned rock journalist, ''I Hate Rock 'N' Roll'', Tony Tyler writes about hardcore fans of BarryManilow.Music/BarryManilow. One middle-aged British housewife, despite being married with three children, was obsessed to the point where she believed Barry was going to pick her out at a concert, take her home, and offer to marry her. She believed this so absolutely that she refused to have sex with her husband, seeking instead to hasten the Day by "keeping herself pure for Barry". Apparently her husband left her. She didn't notice.[[note]]HarsherInHindsight since Manilow came out as completely homosexual in TheNewTens.[[/note]]
10th Sep '17 9:17:24 AM nombretomado
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* A lot of hardcore {{Disney}} fans have a similar mindset to the above, which isn't surprising given [[Creator/WaltDisney Walt Disney's]] stated goal of trying to reach the inner "innocence" of audiences. This can be particularly tear-jerking when it comes to children. In fact, over 40% of wishes granted to heavily ill kids by the Make-a-Wish foundation [[https://tipsforfamilytrips.com/florida/disney-world-make-a-wish/ are Disney related]]. When it comes to struggling children (and adults) who dream about living in {{Disney/Zootopia}}, hanging out with [[Franchise/ToyStory Buzz, Woody, and the gang]], exploring the [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Hundred-Acre Wood]], and the like after their troubles are finally over, it's hard to say 'no' to them.

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* A lot of hardcore {{Disney}} Creator/{{Disney}} fans have a similar mindset to the above, which isn't surprising given [[Creator/WaltDisney Walt Disney's]] stated goal of trying to reach the inner "innocence" of audiences. This can be particularly tear-jerking when it comes to children. In fact, over 40% of wishes granted to heavily ill kids by the Make-a-Wish foundation [[https://tipsforfamilytrips.com/florida/disney-world-make-a-wish/ are Disney related]]. When it comes to struggling children (and adults) who dream about living in {{Disney/Zootopia}}, hanging out with [[Franchise/ToyStory Buzz, Woody, and the gang]], exploring the [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Hundred-Acre Wood]], and the like after their troubles are finally over, it's hard to say 'no' to them.
29th Aug '17 4:32:27 AM WillBGood
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** In his account of life as a disappointed musician turned rock journalist, ''I Hate Rock 'N' Roll'', Tony Tyler writes about hardcore fans of BarryManilow. One middle-aged British housewife, despite being married with three children, was obsessed to the point where she believed Barry was going to pick her out at a concert, take her home, and offer to marry her. She believed this so absolutely that she refused to have sex with her husband, seeking instead to hasten the Day by "keeping herself pure for Barry". Apparently her husband left her. She didn't notice.[[note]]Counts as {{HarsherInHindsight}} since Manilow came out as completely homosexual in TheNewTens.[[/note]]

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** In his account of life as a disappointed musician turned rock journalist, ''I Hate Rock 'N' Roll'', Tony Tyler writes about hardcore fans of BarryManilow. One middle-aged British housewife, despite being married with three children, was obsessed to the point where she believed Barry was going to pick her out at a concert, take her home, and offer to marry her. She believed this so absolutely that she refused to have sex with her husband, seeking instead to hasten the Day by "keeping herself pure for Barry". Apparently her husband left her. She didn't notice.[[note]]Counts as {{HarsherInHindsight}} [[note]]HarsherInHindsight since Manilow came out as completely homosexual in TheNewTens.[[/note]]
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