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19th Jul '17 3:45:13 PM LentilSandEater
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** Then again, the entire game runs on a mixture of NarmCharm, RuleOfCool and CrazyAwesome. Accuracy probably wasn't a huge priority.
19th Jul '17 3:05:11 PM LentilSandEater
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* ''[[Literature/GulliversTravels Several Voyages to Remote Nations of the World by Lemuel Gulliver]]'' is a beautifully multi-layered satire on religion, politics, science and human nature while also being a delightfully hilarious parody of various contemporaries and the travelogue genre as a whole. It is vicious, often mean spirited, funny on oh so many levels, and brilliant beyond measure. For some indecipherable reason, however, it keeps getting made into books and movies for children.
** Notably, most of these bastardized versions cut out the second two books altogether (and occasionally don't even get as far as Brobdignag), which are where it starts descending from political satire into a satire of progress and human nature. It's pretty easy, after all, to make a land of tiny people and a land of giants into kids' fare, much harder to turn a land of sapient horses and feral, evil, raping and squabbling humans into kid friendly material.

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* ''[[Literature/GulliversTravels Several Voyages to Remote Nations of the World by Lemuel Gulliver]]'' is a beautifully multi-layered satire on religion, politics, science and human nature while also being a delightfully hilarious parody of various contemporaries and the travelogue genre as a whole. It is vicious, often mean spirited, funny on oh so many levels, and brilliant beyond measure. For some indecipherable reason, however, it keeps getting made into books and movies for children.
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of these bastardized versions cut out the second two books altogether (and occasionally don't even get as far as Brobdignag), which are where it starts descending from political satire into a satire of progress and human nature. It's pretty easy, after all, to make a land of tiny people and a land of giants into kids' fare, much harder to turn a land of sapient horses and feral, evil, raping and squabbling humans into kid friendly material.
16th Jul '17 6:11:09 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''[[VideoGame/ThreeDUltraPinballThrillRide 3-D Ultra Pinball: Thrill Ride]]'' invokes this literally by using just the core attractions from the RealLife Hershey Park ThemePark.

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* ''[[VideoGame/ThreeDUltraPinballThrillRide 3-D Ultra Pinball: Thrill Ride]]'' invokes this literally by using just the core attractions from the RealLife Hershey Park ThemePark.{{Theme Park|s}}.
18th May '17 11:15:54 AM drwhom
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** Developments based on new urbanism and neo-traditionalism have been called theme-park versions of cities and small towns, respectively. In particular, they have been ridiculed for offering centrally planned theme-park versions of places that derive their charm from not having been centrally planned.
9th May '17 9:52:35 AM JamesAustin
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* In American film and literature, many Native Americans suffer from this trope. Pick any nation you like, and if you bother to do the research, you will find a complex society with all the trimmings: a working economy, clearly defined values and morals, a deep religion, a highly developed language, and a well-developed justice system. Yet some authors portray Native Americans as backward, childlike people who all [[YouNoTakeCandle talk like Tonto]][[note]]forgetting that Tonto was often portrayed as being smarter than TheLoneRanger[[/note]], and others portray them all as nature-bonded Noble Savage MagicalNativeAmerican stereotypes in BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins who are mercilessly slaughtered by the brutish white man. It's difficult at times to ascertain which is more offensive.

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* In American film and literature, many Native Americans suffer from this trope. Pick any nation you like, and if you bother to do the research, you will find a complex society with all the trimmings: a working economy, clearly defined values and morals, a deep religion, a highly developed language, and a well-developed justice system. Yet some authors portray Native Americans as backward, childlike people who all [[YouNoTakeCandle talk like Tonto]][[note]]forgetting Tonto]],[[note]]Forgetting that Tonto was often portrayed as being smarter than TheLoneRanger[[/note]], Radio/TheLoneRanger[[/note]] and others portray them all as nature-bonded Noble Savage MagicalNativeAmerican stereotypes in BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins who are mercilessly slaughtered by the brutish white man. It's difficult at times to ascertain which is more offensive.
28th Apr '17 10:16:27 AM BattleMaster
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* The Inner Sphere in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', especially the Chinese themed Capellan Confederation and Japanese themed Draconis Combine. While the ruling families are actually of Chinese and Japanese ethnicity (though [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness early books mentioned strange details like Romanio Liao's red hair]], such details were eventually dropped to depict them as being authentically Asian), most of the worlds' citizens aren't and simply act in a manner that shows how "Chinese" or "Japanese" they are. In the Draconis Combine, people wear kimonos, eat sushi, talk about honor, and fight with katanas. In the Warrior Trilogy, when the wedding of Hanse Davion and Melissa Steiner was held on Earth, there was a throw-away line about members of the Draconis Combine visiting Japan and [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy how annoying the actual Japanese people found them to be]].
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25th Apr '17 3:33:50 PM Madrugada
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* Propaganda films, in general, are designed precisely not to educate but to stir up opinions. One famous example is Creator/FrankCapra's ''Why We Fight'' series of U.S. "Informational" films during World War II, which essentially depicts UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler as a real-life [[DastardlyWhiplash Snidely Whiplash]] with trimmed ends while the Allied peoples were all AlwaysLawfulGood -- even UsefulNotes/JosephStalin (never mind Stalin's own atrocities before the war). Notably, Capra saved a lot of time by just translating Nazi propaganda films into English to make them look scary. Needless to say, the series drew fire for being less than accurate -- one reviewer, a Polish-American, denounced the series as "a conglomeration of patriotic exhortation, crackpot geopolitical theorizing, and historical mischief making," that the series deliberately falsified the facts to justify the Allied cause. This reviewer was particularly incensed by the depiction in the series of the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, that the Poles were seen as woeful failures while the Soviets that later invaded were seen not as fellow invaders but as guiltless saviors who only invaded Poland to stop the Nazi advance.
* DarkestAfrica is The Theme Park Version of Africa, an entire continent reduced to a few stock sets.

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* Propaganda films, in general, are designed precisely not to educate but to stir up opinions. One famous example is Creator/FrankCapra's ''Why We Fight'' series of U.S. "Informational" films during World War II, which essentially depicts UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler as a real-life [[DastardlyWhiplash Snidely Whiplash]] with trimmed ends while the Allied peoples were all AlwaysLawfulGood -- even UsefulNotes/JosephStalin (never mind Stalin's own atrocities before the war). Notably, Capra saved a lot of time by just translating Nazi propaganda films into English to make them look scary. Needless to say, the The series drew fire for being less than accurate -- one reviewer, a Polish-American, denounced the series as "a conglomeration of patriotic exhortation, crackpot geopolitical theorizing, and historical mischief making," asserting as well that the series deliberately falsified the facts to justify the Allied cause. This reviewer was particularly incensed by the depiction in the series of the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, that the Poles were seen as woeful failures while the Soviets that later invaded were seen not as fellow invaders but as guiltless saviors who only invaded Poland to stop the Nazi advance.
* DarkestAfrica is The Theme Park Version of Africa, an entire continent reduced to a few stock sets.
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* It should be noted in the film ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', a movie about an actual themed dinosaur park with actual dinosaurs, not all the dinosaurs are from the Jurassic period; in fact most of them are from the Cretaceous period. (Cretaceous Park doesn't sound very cool, though, and the whole Jurassic-vs-Cretaceous thing is actually noted in the book: the guy bankrolling the operation says that they couldn't very well have a dinosaur theme park without a ''T. rex'', Jurassic or not Jurassic.)
** Lampshaded repeatedly when characters admit that their park is an exercise in idealism and does not accurately represent the period (or even the dinosaurs, for that matter). The saner characters repeatedly criticize Hammond for failing to conduct proper research, and these failures consistently lead to dangerous results.

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* It should be noted in the film In ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', a movie about an actual themed dinosaur park with actual dinosaurs, not all the dinosaurs are from the Jurassic period; in fact most of them are from the Cretaceous period. (Cretaceous Park doesn't sound very cool, though, and the whole Jurassic-vs-Cretaceous thing is actually noted in the book: the guy bankrolling the operation says that they couldn't very well have a dinosaur theme park without a ''T. rex'', Jurassic or not Jurassic.)
** Lampshaded repeatedly when characters admit that their park is an exercise in idealism and does not accurately represent the period (or even the dinosaurs, for that matter). The saner characters repeatedly criticize Hammond for failing to conduct proper research, and these failures consistently lead to dangerous results.



* ''Film/{{Westworld}}'' contains what is ''literally'' the theme park version of TheWildWest, TheMiddleAges, and AncientGrome, inhabited by realistic robots that are there primarily so park visitors can "kill" them or [[{{Sexbot}} have sex with them]]. All three are YeGoodeOldeDays for the park visitors, but [[DoAndroidsDream less pleasant]] for [[RobotRebellion the androids]]...
* Of course TheWildWest as codified in TheWestern is itself a theme park distortion to begin with. Creator/SamuelFuller lamented as such:
-->''"I love the West. I read a lot about the West, and I'm shocked, I'm ashamed that in pictures they have not made the true story of the winning of the West--comprising 90 percent foreigners, 100 percent laborers, nothing to do with guns. Streets, mountains, roads, bridges, streams, forests--that's the winning of the West to me. Hard! Tremendous, tremendous fight. But [instead] we have, as you know, cowboys and Indians and all that."''
** Film history's idea of TheWestern genre divides classical westerns from revisionist westerns and spaghetti westerns where the latter is seen as truer because RealIsBrown and its DarkerAndEdgier. This idea is itself a theme park reduction since many classical westerns such as those made by Creator/JohnFord and Creator/DelmerDaves are complex, political works that deal with institutions, violence, racism and ethnic conflicts while revisionist westerns by Leone, Peckinpah and later films rarely deal with politics and Native American displacement. It was Ford who cast actual Navajo as extras and paid them on union scale in a time of discrimination while the revisionist Westerns focused as they were on being GenreKiller Last Western, ended up drying up the parts for Native Americans on the American screen.
* While many of the movies in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon are [[PragmaticAdaptation Pragmatic Adaptations]], they are often seen as Theme Park Versions of their sources due to PublicMediumIgnorance. It doesn't help that most people are generally familiar with the ''actual'' Theme Park Versions, from the literal theme parks, spin-offs/sequels, crossovers, or merchandise. Considering the popularity of those Theme Park Versions however, the company obviously has no intention of correcting this mindset towards the original films, much to the vexation of fans.

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* ''Film/{{Westworld}}'' contains what is ''literally'' the theme park version of TheWildWest, TheMiddleAges, and AncientGrome, inhabited by realistic robots that are there primarily so park visitors can "kill" them or [[{{Sexbot}} have sex with them]]. All three are YeGoodeOldeDays for the park visitors, but [[DoAndroidsDream less pleasant]] pleasant for [[RobotRebellion the androids]]...
* Of course TheWildWest as codified in TheWestern is itself a theme park distortion to begin with. Creator/SamuelFuller lamented as such:
-->''"I love the West. I read a lot about the West, and I'm shocked, I'm ashamed that in pictures they have not made the true story of the winning of the West--comprising 90 percent foreigners, 100 percent laborers, nothing to do with guns. Streets, mountains, roads, bridges, streams, forests--that's the winning of the West to me. Hard! Tremendous, tremendous fight. But [instead] we have, as you know, cowboys and Indians and all that."''
** Film history's idea of TheWestern genre divides classical westerns from revisionist westerns and spaghetti westerns where the latter is seen as truer because RealIsBrown and its DarkerAndEdgier. This idea is itself a theme park reduction since many classical westerns such as those made by Creator/JohnFord and Creator/DelmerDaves are complex, political works that deal with institutions, violence, racism and ethnic conflicts while revisionist westerns by Leone, Peckinpah and later films rarely deal with politics and Native American displacement. It was Ford who cast actual Navajo as extras and paid them on union scale in a time of discrimination while the revisionist Westerns focused as they were on being GenreKiller Last Western, ended up drying up the parts for Native Americans on the American screen.
* While many of the movies in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon are [[PragmaticAdaptation Pragmatic Adaptations]], they are often seen as Theme Park Versions of their sources due to PublicMediumIgnorance. It doesn't help that most people are generally familiar with the ''actual'' Theme Park Versions, from the literal theme parks, spin-offs/sequels, crossovers, or merchandise. Considering the popularity of those Theme Park Versions however, the company obviously has no intention of correcting this mindset towards the original films, much to the vexation of fans.
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* Pretty much ''every'' college-themed movie ever made depicts TheThemeParkVersion of college life. HighSchool life, on the other hand, has actually managed to avert this since the early-'80s.



* CosmicHorror stories are, [[SarcasmMode as we all know]], all about [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow forbidden knowledge]] (usually acquired from [[TomeOfEldritchLore blasphemous books]]) and [[GoMadFromTheRevelation sanity-blasting]] [[EldritchAbomination tentacled god-monsters]] that are just ''waiting'' to exterminate (and [[ImAHumanitarian optionally eat]]) all of humanity [[WhenThePlanetsAlign once the stars are right]]. Never mind that the actual story canon of Creator/HPLovecraft alone is a good bit more varied and nuanced than that...

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* CosmicHorror stories are, [[SarcasmMode as we all know]], are all about [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow forbidden knowledge]] (usually acquired from [[TomeOfEldritchLore blasphemous books]]) and [[GoMadFromTheRevelation sanity-blasting]] [[EldritchAbomination tentacled god-monsters]] that are just ''waiting'' to exterminate (and [[ImAHumanitarian optionally eat]]) all of humanity [[WhenThePlanetsAlign once the stars are right]]. Never mind that the actual story canon of Creator/HPLovecraft alone is a good bit more varied and nuanced than that...



* Pretty much any KidCom featuring high school students will depict TheThemeParkVersion of [[HighSchoolRocks high school life]].



* Music/SteelyDan's song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocfR3CIPFJo Aja]]" is a parody of this approach to Asian culture.

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"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocfR3CIPFJo Aja]]" is a parody of this approach to Asian culture.



* Creator/LinManuelMiranda's ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' has been criticized in more than a few quarters for trafficking in "[[https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2003/09/founders-chic/302773/ Founders' Chic]]", repackaging familiar stereotypes about the founders (UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington the HumbleHero[[note]]He was considerably ambitious personally and well aware of how famous he was but it was mainly decorum at the time that compelled him to put on a humble personality and airs of non-partisanship when he was in fact a major wheeler-dealer property owner[[/note]], UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson the Hypocrite[[note]]Which is accurate but it's an accusation that few held against him at the time, and one which everyone was equally guilty of[[/note]], Aaron Burr, an usurping and ambitious man without loyalty[[note]]A portrayal that owes itself to slander printed against Burr by Hamilton and Jefferson, eliminating the fact that he played a key role in abolishing slavery in New York State, was the most pro-women's rights among the founders and founded a bank to help the immigrant and new settler cheap loans to get a start[[/note]]) that was criticized by historians [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/03/30/liberals-love-alexander-hamilton-but-aaron-burr-was-a-real-progressive-hero/ Nancy Isenberg]], [[https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/11/theater/hamilton-and-history-are-they-in-sync.html Sean Willentz]] among others. Most notably, the show cultivates sympathy for its protagonist, UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton, [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/04/a_hamilton_critic_on_why_the_musical_isn_t_so_revolutionary.html by arguing that he was an abolitionist based on highly selective interpretation of loose facts]], and prominently ignoring parts of history that belie that claim.
--> '''[[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/04/a_hamilton_critic_on_why_the_musical_isn_t_so_revolutionary.html Lyra Monteiro]]''': ''This is a way that writers of [[HollywoodHistory popular history]] ([[NotSoDifferent and some academic historians]]) represent the founders as [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority relatable, cool guys]]. Founders Chic tends to really downplay the involvement of the Founding Fathers in slavery, and this play does that 100 percent...So the 12th line of the play where itís mentioned, ďhe struggled and kept his guard upĒ is the line right after talking about slaves being slaughtered and carted away. But we have [[RiddleForTheAges no idea what Alexander Hamiltonís attitude]] toward slavery was when he was a boy growing up in the Caribbean. He worked on a slave ship. I mean, chances are probably pretty high that he was in favor of it; that was his livelihood. So few white people were opposed to slavery, especially white people in the Caribbean. Itís kind of bonkers to suggest that he was somehow suffering and feeling like slavery was an injustice at that time. ''

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* Creator/LinManuelMiranda's ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' has been criticized in more than a few quarters for trafficking in "[[https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2003/09/founders-chic/302773/ Founders' Chic]]", repackaging familiar stereotypes about the founders (UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington the HumbleHero[[note]]He was considerably ambitious personally and well aware of how famous he was but it was mainly decorum at the time that compelled him to put on a humble personality and airs of non-partisanship when he was in fact a major wheeler-dealer property owner[[/note]], UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson the Hypocrite[[note]]Which is accurate but it's an accusation that few held against him at the time, and one which everyone was equally guilty of[[/note]], Aaron Burr, an usurping and ambitious man without loyalty[[note]]A portrayal that owes itself to slander printed against Burr by Hamilton and Jefferson, eliminating the fact that he played a key role in abolishing slavery in New York State, was the most pro-women's rights among the founders and founded a bank to help the immigrant immigrants and new settler settlers get cheap loans to get a start[[/note]]) that was criticized by historians [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/03/30/liberals-love-alexander-hamilton-but-aaron-burr-was-a-real-progressive-hero/ Nancy Isenberg]], and [[https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/11/theater/hamilton-and-history-are-they-in-sync.html Sean Willentz]] among others. Most notably, the show cultivates sympathy for its protagonist, UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton, [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/04/a_hamilton_critic_on_why_the_musical_isn_t_so_revolutionary.html by arguing that he was an abolitionist based on highly selective interpretation of loose facts]], and prominently ignoring parts of history that belie that claim.
--> '''[[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/04/a_hamilton_critic_on_why_the_musical_isn_t_so_revolutionary.html Lyra Monteiro]]''': ''This is a way that writers of [[HollywoodHistory popular history]] ([[NotSoDifferent and some academic historians]]) represent the founders as [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority relatable, relate-able, cool guys]]. Founders Chic tends to really downplay the involvement of the Founding Fathers in slavery, and this play does that 100 percent...So the 12th line of the play where itís mentioned, ďhe struggled and kept his guard upĒ is the line right after talking about slaves being slaughtered and carted away. But we have [[RiddleForTheAges no idea what Alexander Hamiltonís attitude]] toward slavery was when he was a boy growing up in the Caribbean. He worked on a slave ship. I mean, chances are probably pretty high that he was in favor of it; that was his livelihood. So few white people were opposed to slavery, especially white people in the Caribbean. Itís kind of bonkers to suggest that he was somehow suffering and feeling like slavery was an injustice at that time. ''
16th Apr '17 4:02:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Spore}}'' does likewise for the cycle of life. And civilization... and, umm, ''[[StandardSciFiSetting Dune]].''

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* ''{{Spore}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' does likewise for the cycle of life. And civilization... and, umm, ''[[StandardSciFiSetting Dune]].''
16th Apr '17 7:57:38 AM WarriorsGate
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* ''ComicBook/XMen'': There's a hashtag, #80sXmen, based around "reimagining" X-Men characters in 80s fashions. As if they weren't already around in the 80s, wearing genuine 80s fashions. Many of the art pieces submitted under the hashtag end up being the popular 80s throwback fashions palatable to modern audiences. Crack open some authentic '80s X-Men and feel your eyes bleed at the things people wore back then.
8th Apr '17 9:55:48 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/QuestForCamelot'' fits the trope description perfectly; pretty much everything that happens in the movie, happens because it happens in this sort of movie. The fact that it doesn't make sense for that particular thing to happen didn't stop the writers from putting it in anyway.

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* ''Film/QuestForCamelot'' ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' fits the trope description perfectly; pretty much everything that happens in the movie, happens because it happens in this sort of movie. The fact that it doesn't make sense for that particular thing to happen didn't stop the writers from putting it in anyway.
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