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17th Jun '17 2:34:24 AM Alvin
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** Also, in the Literature/NeroWolfe short story ''See No Evil/The Squirt and the Monkey'' Wolfe 'decodes' a comic strip for a clue to a murder.
19th May '17 6:08:47 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Not an example itself, but the Literature/NeroWolfe novel ''Murder By The Book'' revolves the murder of a man who wrote a ''Roman a Clef'' about unscrupulous goings on around the law firm in which he worked, with the book containing various clues about various unethical things that several people who worked there would rather were kept secret...
10th May '17 1:42:30 PM Kafkesque
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* An InUniverse example is a RunningGag in ''Film/TheDarjeelingLimited''; Jack's family have all read his novel and talk as if it's obvious that it's about them. Jack's automatic response is always "[[BlatantLies The characters are all fictional.]]"
20th Apr '17 1:00:03 PM Prfnoff
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* HHHH (Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich) is this in spades, and the novelist Laurent Binet does interrupt the novel in between for a small paragraph where he states he is not sure how ''exactly'' things went he's just trying to paint a pretty picture of how it could've gone. He doesn't know ''what'' train someone took or if anybody else was in the coupé, but he ''does'' know he took a train. Several [[UrbanLegend Urban Legends]] are [[InvokedTrope invoked]] when he literally states he's using something based on Word of Mouth.

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* HHHH ''Literature/{{HHHH}}'' (Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich) is this in spades, and the novelist Laurent Binet does interrupt the novel in between for a small paragraph where he states he is not sure how ''exactly'' things went he's just trying to paint a pretty picture of how it could've gone. He doesn't know ''what'' train someone took or if anybody else was in the coupé, but he ''does'' know he took a train. Several [[UrbanLegend Urban Legends]] are [[InvokedTrope invoked]] when he literally states he's using something based on Word of Mouth.
6th Apr '17 8:05:20 AM eroock
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->''The story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed, to protect the innocent.''
-->--''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''

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->''The ->''"The story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed, to protect the innocent.''
-->--''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''
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-->-- ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''
19th Dec '16 10:05:08 AM JulianLapostat
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Compare VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, {{Biopic}}, {{Docudrama}}, AnonymousRinger, HistoricalDomainCharacter.

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Compare VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, {{Biopic}}, {{Docudrama}}, AnonymousRinger, HistoricalDomainCharacter.
HistoricalDomainCharacter. For an inversion, see BiographyAClef, where CaptainErsatz of fictional characters and events are retrofitted to tell the life of the artist and creator.
9th Nov '16 4:32:55 AM KYCubbie
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* ''Series/{{Entourage}}'' is based on Mark Wahlberg's metoric rise to fame and notoriety.
* ''Literature/GenerationKill'' uses this on occasion; while most of the protagonist Marines are known by their actual names, a couple of the [[TheNeidermeyer less-competent officers]] are referred to only by their nicknames. Captain America, Kasey Kasem, and Encino Man are probably the best examples (they were never named in the original book either, in a specific attempt by the author to avoid having them be targets later).

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* ''Series/{{Entourage}}'' is based on Mark Wahlberg's metoric meteoric rise to fame and notoriety.
* ''Literature/GenerationKill'' uses this on occasion; while most of the protagonist Marines are known by their actual names, a couple of the [[TheNeidermeyer less-competent officers]] are referred to only by their nicknames. Captain America, Kasey Casey Kasem, and Encino Man are probably the best examples (they were never named in the original book either, in a specific attempt by the author to avoid having them be targets later).
9th Nov '16 4:32:01 AM KYCubbie
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* ''Series/{{Entourage}}'' is based on Mark Walberg's metoric rise to fame and notoriety.

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* ''Series/{{Entourage}}'' is based on Mark Walberg's Wahlberg's metoric rise to fame and notoriety.
16th Oct '16 6:47:56 AM AgProv
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* Icelandic author Arnaldur Indriðason wrote what begins as a detective thriller about an abused boy who in adulthood takes revenge on his abusers. The policeman dealing with the case is also dealing with a seemingly unrelated case of a blackmailer found beaten nearly to death, presumably by an affonted would-be victim. But as Detective Sigurdur Óli discovers, it all links into a high-level fraud scandal being peprpetrated by greedy bankers reaching too far, one with the potential to savage the Icelandic economy. ''Svörtuloft (Black Skies)'', written in 2009, reads like a clear and concise explanation of exactly ''how'' Icelandic bankers precipitated a financial crisis and a recession which fed into a wider world recession. And why Iceland is the only country to have actually put any of its bankers into prison for greed and corruption. [[note]]In Indriðason's novel, at least ''some'' of the arrested bankers are knowingly re-investing and laundering the proceeds of child pornography. (Which ties into the murder of an old man by the adult child he prostituted as a boy). As a former investigative journalist, it is possible Indriðason is hinting at other trhings he knows here. [[/note]]
26th Aug '16 7:11:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''News of a Kidnapping'' by GabrielGarciaMarquez is a novelized version of the kidnappings of reporters and other media personnel by Colombia's Medellin Cartel.

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* ''News of a Kidnapping'' by GabrielGarciaMarquez Creator/GabrielGarciaMarquez is a novelized version of the kidnappings of reporters and other media personnel by Colombia's Medellin Cartel.
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