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9th Dec '16 8:13:42 AM Leporidae
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* The play ''My Sister Eileen'', which later became the musical ''Wonderful Town'', is based on a couple of autobiographical stories (namely, "Mr. Spitzer and the Fungus" and "Beware the Brazilian Navy") by Ruth [=McKenney=] published under the same title. All the names were changed, except for Eileen and Ruth's first names, and many details of the stories were altered or simply made up.

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* The play ''My Sister Eileen'', which later became the musical ''Wonderful Town'', Theatre/WonderfulTown, is based on a couple of autobiographical stories (namely, "Mr. Spitzer and the Fungus" and "Beware the Brazilian Navy") by Ruth [=McKenney=] published under the same title. All the names were changed, except for Eileen and Ruth's first names, and many details of the stories were altered or simply made up.
6th Dec '16 11:07:55 AM lucy24
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* ''Call the Midwife'' and its two sequels profess to be the memoirs of author Jennifer Worth. In fact, large sections of the text relate events where the author was not present and nobody can possibly have been taking notes. Much of the second book takes place ''in a different century''.

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* ''Call the Midwife'' (leading to the [[Series/CallTheMidwife TV series of the same name]]) and its two sequels profess to be the memoirs of author Jennifer Worth. In fact, large sections of the text relate events where the author was not present and nobody can possibly have been taking notes. Much of the second book takes place ''in a different century''.
6th Dec '16 11:06:38 AM lucy24
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* ''Call the Midwife'' and its two sequels profess to be the memoirs of author Jennifer Worth. In fact, large sections of the text relate events where the author was not present and nobody can possibly have been taking notes. Much of the second book takes place ''in a different century''.
2nd Dec '16 11:01:17 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'': Beyond the significant HistoricalHeroUpgrade it gives the titular OutlawCouple and the equally significant HistoricalVillainUpgrade it gives to Frank Hamer, many things in the film were flatly made up. The film's C.W. Moss is a CompositeCharacter of two actual gang members, W.D. Jones and Henry Methvin, and omits many other gang members. Clyde is portrayed in the film as impotent, though there's no basis for this in reality. A nasty car accident that left Bonnie with a permanently lame leg is not in the film, nor is the frequent visits they made to their families. Clyde's motivation for the gang's crime spree is portrayed as anger at the banks for their role in TheGreatDepression, but in reality it was over his abuses at the hands of both guards and inmates during his two-year imprisonment at [[HellholePrison Eastham Prison Farm]], and the gang often targeted small stores and gas stations over banks.
25th Nov '16 5:32:46 AM CalicoJack
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** ''DynastyWarriors'' in particular is based on Chinese history in much the same way ''AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter'' is based on American history.
13th Nov '16 12:37:57 AM Random888
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* Practically any story based on Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia, who was killed by the Bolsheviks with the rest of her immediate family. Practically every film based on her takes the approach that one of the many claimants to being Anastasia (usually Anna Anderson, or a made up person) really ''was'' the Princess/Grand Duchess. Considering that [[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/01/world/europe/01russia.html?ref=science&pagewanted=print the bodies of the last two missing Romanovs have now been discovered]], anything and everything that suggests Anastasia lived is now firmly in Jurisfiction.

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* Practically any story based on Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia, who was killed by the Bolsheviks with the rest of her immediate family. Practically every film based on her takes the approach that one of the many claimants to being Anastasia (usually Anna Anderson, or a made up person) really ''was'' the Princess/Grand Duchess. Considering that [[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/01/world/europe/01russia.html?ref=science&pagewanted=print the bodies of the last two missing Romanovs have now been discovered]], anything and everything that suggests Anastasia lived is now firmly in Jurisfiction. See DidAnastasiaSurvive.
30th Sep '16 8:06:53 AM megarotic
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* Theatre/TheDevilsDisciple: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the closing narration.
-->'''Dick Dudgeon:''' The rest of this story is pure fiction. Rest assured, you can believe every word of it.
18th Sep '16 3:50:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Oh where to begin on the historical inaccuracies in both TheTudors and ''Series/{{Rome}}''.
** And TheBorgias.

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* Oh where to begin on the historical inaccuracies in both TheTudors ''Series/TheTudors'' and ''Series/{{Rome}}''.
** And TheBorgias.Series/TheBorgias.



* ''Roots'' and ''RootsTheNextGeneration'' both take some great liberties with the reporting of supposed true events of the lives of Alex Haley and his ancestors. Much of what happens in the original mini-series is taken directly from ''TheAfrican'', a fictional book about a slave who is brought to the states.

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* ''Roots'' ''Series/{{Roots}}'' and ''RootsTheNextGeneration'' ''Series/RootsTheNextGeneration'' both take some great liberties with the reporting of supposed true events of the lives of Alex Haley and his ancestors. Much of what happens in the original mini-series is taken directly from ''TheAfrican'', a fictional book about a slave who is brought to the states.
8th Sep '16 9:25:05 AM drwhom
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This entire point can be lost on viewers. In particular, it is common for viewers outside of the United States to accept without question any depiction of the events in the United States in the popular entertainment media. This is why, for example, so many viewers outside of the United States praised Film/RememberTheTitans as unflinchingly accurate, when it was anything but.
7th Sep '16 7:55:52 AM Hossmeister
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* ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' is based on the Salem Witch Trials; while all of the characters who died in the play died in real life, and the girls who made the accusations in the play made the accusations in real life, all of the girls were older in the play. The real girls ranged from about 8 to 12; the characters went from 12 to 17. Basically all of the motivations in the play were fictional; John Proctor was not a particularly important man, and he and Abigail Williams never even spoke before the trials. The real, 60-something man most certainly did not have an affair with the 12 year old girl.

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* ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' by Creator/ArthurMiller is based on the Salem Witch Trials; while all of the characters who died in the play died in real life, and the girls who made the accusations in the play made the accusations in real life, all of the girls were older in the play. The real girls ranged from about 8 to 12; the characters went from 12 to 17. Basically all of the motivations in the play were fictional; John Proctor was not a particularly important man, and he and Abigail Williams never even spoke before the trials. The real, 60-something man most certainly did not have an affair with the 12 year old girl.
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