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* ''Film/TheSecretOfKells'' is based on the actual Abbey of Kells, which was raided by Vikings (several times). There is even a Book of Kells, which doesn't exactly look like the one in the movie, but has mostly survived the raids for unknown reasons, but probably doesn't involve a fairy.
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** Even his rank was wrong. Cronauer was an Air Force sergeant, not an Airman First Class (Private) as portrayed.

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** Even his rank was wrong. Cronauer was an Air Force sergeant, sergeant (E-5), not an Airman First Class (Private) (E-3) as portrayed.
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* Takashi Yanase's two most well-known stories are this. On one end, there is ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'' which he created when Japan was starving after WWII. And then there is ''Anime/RingingBell'' which is about his experiences as a soldier in China during WWII. Interestingly, the first is oddly happy and crazy, given the inspiration. [[SugarApocalypse Ringing Bell on the other hand...]]

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* Takashi Yanase's two most well-known stories are this. On one end, there is ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'' which he created when Japan was starving after WWII. And then there is ''Anime/RingingBell'' which is about his experiences as a soldier in China during WWII. Interestingly, the first is oddly happy and crazy, given the inspiration. ''Ringing Bell'', [[SugarApocalypse Ringing Bell on the other hand...]]



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* Creator/AlanMoore's ''Comicbook/FromHell'' was based primarily on an earlier book entitled ''Jack The Ripper: The Final Solution'', which was later largely discredited. Moore, in the book's lengthy annotations, freely admits he doesn't believe a word of it, but was never one to let facts get in the way of a good story. Despite this, the actual history portrayed in the book was [[ShownTheirWork vigorously researched]], more so than some scholarly works on the Ripper. [[Film/FromHell The movie]], however, plays fast & loose with both the conspiracy theory & the real history.
** The book used, as part of its "evidence," the long-discredited ''Literature/TheProtocolsOfTheEldersOfZion'', though mercifully taking it as anti-Masonic (the "Zion" in their interpretation being allegorical rather than literal) instead of anti-Semitic. This would be a good trick, as the "Protocols" weren't written until a decade or two after the Ripper murders, in Russia, intended for the eyes of Czar Nicholas II only, and weren't heavily publicized worldwide until well after WorldWarOne. However, they were based (word-for-word in parts) on a French anti-Masonic tract.
** Hell, one of the cited sources is the ''Illuminatus! Trilogy''. It's pretty obvious Moore wasn't being entirely serious about accuracy.

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* Creator/AlanMoore's ''Comicbook/FromHell'' was based primarily on an earlier book entitled ''Jack The Ripper: The Final Solution'', which was later largely discredited. Moore, in the book's lengthy annotations, freely admits he doesn't believe a word of it, but was never one to let facts get in the way of a good story. Despite this, the actual history portrayed in the book was [[ShownTheirWork vigorously researched]], more so than some scholarly works on the Ripper. [[Film/FromHell The movie]], however, plays fast & and loose with both the conspiracy theory & and the real history.
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The book used, as part of its "evidence," the long-discredited ''Literature/TheProtocolsOfTheEldersOfZion'', though mercifully taking it as anti-Masonic (the "Zion" in their interpretation being allegorical rather than literal) instead of anti-Semitic. This would be a good trick, as the "Protocols" weren't written until a decade or two after the Ripper murders, in Russia, intended for the eyes of Czar Nicholas II only, and weren't heavily publicized worldwide until well after WorldWarOne. UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. However, they were based (word-for-word in parts) on a French anti-Masonic tract.
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tract. Hell, one of the cited sources is the ''Illuminatus! Trilogy''. It's pretty obvious Moore wasn't being entirely serious about accuracy.



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* In-universe example in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'': Peyo's creation of ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' is this trope in action that came from a certain artifact that Empath and Handy have created in the past in "Days Of Future Smurfed".

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* In-universe example in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'': Peyo's creation of ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' is this trope in action that came from a certain artifact that Empath and Handy have created in the past in "Days Of of Future Smurfed".



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* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' deserves special mention here, the movie is the first Disney animated story that is claimed to be "based on a true story", and by that of course, that Colonial Virginia had talking trees, magical Native Americans, numerous cliffs and nature scenes that are no where to be found in coastal Virginia and to beat a language barrier, one only need to "listen with their heart". The creators made a point of [[DidTheResearch doing the research]] -- to the point of including detailed cultural advice from Russell Means (Lakhota) and Irene Bedard (Inupiat) -- and then ignoring it in order to make the story seem more of a ''legend'', so to speak. (And that's not even touching on other inaccuracies, such as the ages of Pocahontas and John Smith, and whether the whole "save Smith from execution" story was actually true or not.)
** Russ Means did say some of the magical elements are consistent with Native spiritual beliefs.
** Also notable is that the film ends on a bitter-sweet, but ultimately hopeful note, suggesting that the heroes' actions will ensure that the native people and the Europeans will live in harmony. In the real world? Not so much.
** The {{Mockbuster}} ''WesternAnimation/PocahontasGoldenFilms'' was this as well. It even added a living canoe for seemingly no reason.

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* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' deserves special mention here, here: the movie is the first Disney animated story that is claimed to be "based on a true story", and by that of course, that Colonial Virginia had talking trees, magical Native Americans, numerous cliffs and nature scenes that are no where nowhere to be found in coastal Virginia and to beat a language barrier, one only need to "listen with their heart". The creators made a point of [[DidTheResearch doing the research]] -- to the point of including detailed cultural advice from Russell Means (Lakhota) and Irene Bedard (Inupiat) -- and then ignoring it in order to make the story seem more of a ''legend'', so to speak. (And that's not even touching on other inaccuracies, such as the ages of Pocahontas and John Smith, and whether the whole "save Smith from execution" story was actually true or not.)
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) Russ Means did say some of the magical elements are consistent with Native spiritual beliefs.
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beliefs. Also notable is that the film ends on a bitter-sweet, but ultimately hopeful note, suggesting that the heroes' actions will ensure that the native people and the Europeans will live in harmony. In the real world? Not so much.
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The {{Mockbuster}} ''WesternAnimation/PocahontasGoldenFilms'' was this as well. It even added a living canoe for seemingly no reason.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'' and its sequel ''In Search Of The Titanic'' (aka. ''Tentacolino''). The fact that the [=RMS=] Titanic incident is even referred to as a [[AluminumChristmasTrees legend]] is the least of these two films' problems. The first film actually has the audacity to have ''[[EverybodyLives everyone survive the shipwreck]]'', resulting in a rare [[TropesAreNotGood negative instance]] of HappilyEverAfter. And that's not even going into the subplots involving whaling, evil sharks teaming up with a whale-hunter to plan the shipwreck of the Titanic, talking dolphins, and a baby-faced octopus. (The last of whom being duped by the villains into placing the iceberg in the Titanic's way in the first place.) The second film drops any sense of relation to the actual incident left and brings Atlantis into the mess.
* ''Film/SpaceJam'' is based on UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan's very much real TenMinuteRetirement from basketball. It can be safely assumed. however, that the real events did ''not'' involve him getting kidnapped by WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes to win their freedom from alien slavers.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'' and its sequel ''In Search Of The of the Titanic'' (aka. ''Tentacolino''). The fact that the [=RMS=] Titanic incident is even referred to as a [[AluminumChristmasTrees legend]] is the least of these two films' problems. The first film actually has the audacity to have ''[[EverybodyLives everyone survive the shipwreck]]'', resulting in a rare [[TropesAreNotGood negative instance]] of HappilyEverAfter. And that's not even going into the subplots involving whaling, evil sharks teaming up with a whale-hunter to plan the shipwreck of the Titanic, talking dolphins, and a baby-faced octopus. (The last of whom being duped by the villains into placing the iceberg in the Titanic's way in the first place.) The second film drops any sense of relation to the actual incident left and brings Atlantis into the mess.
* ''Film/SpaceJam'' is based on UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan's very much real TenMinuteRetirement from basketball. It can be safely assumed. assumed, however, that the real events did ''not'' involve him getting kidnapped by WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes to win their freedom from alien slavers.



* The 2005 film ''Film/{{Supervolcano}}'' is based, interestingly enough, on a story that may very well happen someday, only no one knows when. It deals with the possible consequences of the 'overdue' eruption of the volcano underneath Yellowstone National Park. The tagline actually reads 'This is a true story. It just hasn't happened yet.'

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* The 2005 film ''Film/{{Supervolcano}}'' is based, interestingly enough, on a story that may very well happen someday, only no one no-one knows when. It deals with the possible consequences of the 'overdue' "overdue" eruption of the volcano underneath Yellowstone National Park. The tagline actually reads 'This "This is a true story. It just hasn't happened yet.'"



* ''{{Film/Thunderheart}}'': The film is based on actual incidents on and around the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota during the 1970s, which John Trudell (Jimmy Looks Twice) participated in personally (he was chairman of AIM). His character also bears a great resemblance to his friend Leonard Peltier, who was controversially convicted in the murders of two FBI agents (Peltier remains imprisoned, and a documentary about this came out in the same year, entitled ''Incident at Oglala''). The Aboriginal Rights Movements clearly represents the American Indian Movement as well, which both Trudell and Peltier were prominent members of. Jack Milton (Fred Ward) is pretty clearly an {{expy}} of pro-government tribal council president Dick Wilson, whose followers are alleged to have murdered numerous dissidents. The Guardians of the Oglala Nation ([=GOONs=]) appear much as they're reported to have behaved. The schoolteacher Maggie Eagle Bear is based on Anna Mae Pictou Aquash (Mi'kmaq), the highest ranking woman in AIM -- [[spoiler: including her rape and murder, which remains officially unsolved although Russell Means and others believe it was an inside job by AIM members who believed she was an FBI informant]].

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* ''{{Film/Thunderheart}}'': ''Film/{{Thunderheart}}'': The film is based on actual incidents on and around the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota during the 1970s, which John Trudell (Jimmy Looks Twice) participated in personally (he was chairman of AIM). His character also bears a great resemblance to his friend Leonard Peltier, who was controversially convicted in the murders of two FBI agents (Peltier remains imprisoned, and a documentary about this came out in the same year, entitled ''Incident at Oglala''). The Aboriginal Rights Movements clearly represents the American Indian Movement as well, which both Trudell and Peltier were prominent members of. Jack Milton (Fred Ward) is pretty clearly an {{expy}} of pro-government tribal council president Dick Wilson, whose followers are alleged to have murdered numerous dissidents. The Guardians of the Oglala Nation ([=GOONs=]) appear much as they're reported to have behaved. The schoolteacher Maggie Eagle Bear is based on Anna Mae Pictou Aquash (Mi'kmaq), the highest ranking woman in AIM -- [[spoiler: including her rape and murder, which remains officially unsolved although Russell Means and others believe it was an inside job by AIM members who believed she was an FBI informant]].



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* ''{{TabletopGame/Eon}}'' has an in-universe example when it comes to Dwarven historic writings: Dwarves make a strong distinction between ''Chronicle'' and ''History''. A Chronicle is a piece of historic fiction, intended to glorify the participants in a particular event, whereas a History is a bare-bones account of the facts surrounding a place or an event, and there are often both Histories and Chronicles describing the same events. For example, the Kharzim Chronicle stated that Kharzim drove back a Tirak horde so large that "grass no longer grew where it marched" from the gates of Hazr at the cost of his own life. The History of Hazr describes the same event as follows: "Skirmish with Tiraks at Hazr, Kharzim and 68 others dead. Enemy dead uncounted, but number does not exceed 200. Supplies running low, negotiations with humans concerning construction of trading post at Hazr in progress." The fun begins when well-meaning but clueless scholars from other cultures start taking Chronicles at face value.

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* ''{{TabletopGame/Eon}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Eon}}'' has an in-universe example when it comes to Dwarven historic writings: Dwarves make a strong distinction between ''Chronicle'' and ''History''. A Chronicle is a piece of historic fiction, intended to glorify the participants in a particular event, whereas a History is a bare-bones account of the facts surrounding a place or an event, and there are often both Histories and Chronicles describing the same events. For example, the Kharzim Chronicle stated that Kharzim drove back a Tirak horde so large that "grass no longer grew where it marched" from the gates of Hazr at the cost of his own life. The History of Hazr describes the same event as follows: "Skirmish with Tiraks at Hazr, Kharzim and 68 others dead. Enemy dead uncounted, but number does not exceed 200. Supplies running low, negotiations with humans concerning construction of trading post at Hazr in progress." The fun begins when well-meaning but clueless scholars from other cultures start taking Chronicles at face value.



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* When DavidHenryHwang heard over the radio of the incident that formed the basis of ''Theatre/MButterfly'', he deliberately didn't do any more research, because he wanted an original artistic creation, not something RippedFromTheHeadlines. He openly admitted this, however, and changed the names of those involved, so he probably shouldn't be ripped on as much as certain individuals above.

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* When DavidHenryHwang Creator/DavidHenryHwang heard over the radio of the incident that formed the basis of ''Theatre/MButterfly'', he deliberately didn't do any more research, because he wanted an original artistic creation, not something RippedFromTheHeadlines. He openly admitted this, however, and changed the names of those involved, so he probably shouldn't be ripped on as much as certain individuals above.






** The biggest of all: [[spoiler:Nixon *did not* confess to being part of a cover-up during the interviews, though he did admit to and apologize for disappointing the American people]].

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** The biggest of all: [[spoiler:Nixon *did not* '''did not''' confess to being part of a cover-up during the interviews, though he did admit to and apologize for disappointing the American people]].



* Theatre/TheDevilsDisciple: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the closing narration.

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* Theatre/TheDevilsDisciple: ''Theatre/TheDevilsDisciple'': [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the closing narration.



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* The Playstation 2 game ''FatalFrame'' fits this trope, at least as it was advertised outside of Japan. The cover of the game-box proudly says "Based on a true story" on the American and European version, and the tale that follows has a young Japanese girl searching a haunted mansion for her missing brother, battling ghosts with a magical camera, and slowly uncovering a mystery that stretches back hundreds of years and involves vengeful ghosts, dozens of innocent victims, sacrificial rites, star-crossed lovers, creepy dolls and trying to hold shut the gate to hell. To much confusion as to whether Himuro Mansion was real or not. There was a debate going on about it for awhile until it was revealed the inspiration for the setting of the game was in fact many places and Himuro Mansion did not, in fact, exist for real. Unsurprisingly, the Japanese version makes no pretense of being based on anything but urban legends.
* Parodied in the ''Videogame/DeathSpank'' games, where the intro starts off stating that it's "Based on a True Story". This being a game about a Justice-obsessed moron fighting and questing for a piece of bacon.

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* The Playstation 2 game ''FatalFrame'' ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' fits this trope, at least as it was advertised outside of Japan. The cover of the game-box proudly says "Based on a true story" on the American and European version, and the tale that follows has a young Japanese girl searching a haunted mansion for her missing brother, battling ghosts with a magical camera, and slowly uncovering a mystery that stretches back hundreds of years and involves vengeful ghosts, dozens of innocent victims, sacrificial rites, star-crossed lovers, creepy dolls and trying to hold shut the gate to hell. To much confusion as to whether Himuro Mansion was real or not. There was a debate going on about it for awhile until it was revealed the inspiration for the setting of the game was in fact many places and Himuro Mansion did not, in fact, exist for real. Unsurprisingly, the Japanese version makes no pretense of being based on anything but urban legends.
* Parodied in the ''Videogame/DeathSpank'' ''VideoGame/DeathSpank'' games, where the intro starts off stating that it's "Based on a True Story". This being a game about a Justice-obsessed moron fighting and questing for a piece of bacon.



** ''DynastyWarriors'' in particular is based on Chinese history in much the same way ''AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter'' is based on American history.

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** ''DynastyWarriors'' * ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' in particular is based on Chinese history in much the same way ''AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter'' ''Literature/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter'' is based on American history.



* [[MemeticMutation Infamously]], during ''{{Genji}} 2: Days of the Blade'''s E3 2006 show:

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* [[MemeticMutation Infamously]], during ''{{Genji}} ''VideoGame/{{Genji}} 2: Days of the Blade'''s E3 2006 show:



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4th Mar '17 4:34:45 PM Prometheus117
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* ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc'' is based loosely on the events of the Hundred Years' War, with the ''dramatis personae'', many historical events (such as the siege of Orleans, the assault on Les Tourelles), and the circumstances of [[JoanOfArc Jeanne d'Arc's]] capture all corresponding with the true history. It also happens to add in a few...interesting details such as how the English army was lead by an EvilOverlord possessing Henry VI and his LegionsOfHell, the hidden war between the forces of humanity and the Netherworld, the fact that Jeanne d'Arc was a MagicalGirl [[spoiler:and ''wasn't'' the girl captured and burned at the stake]].

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* ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc'' is based loosely on the events of the Hundred Years' War, with the ''dramatis personae'', many historical events (such as the siege of Orleans, the assault on Les Tourelles), and the circumstances of [[JoanOfArc Jeanne d'Arc's]] capture all corresponding with the true history. It also happens to add in a few...interesting details such as how the English army was lead by an EvilOverlord possessing Henry VI and his LegionsOfHell, the hidden war between the forces of humanity and the Netherworld, the fact that Jeanne d'Arc was a MagicalGirl MagicalGirlWarrior [[spoiler:and ''wasn't'' the girl captured and burned at the stake]].
3rd Mar '17 6:31:08 PM Prometheus117
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* ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc'' is based loosely on the events of the Hundred Years' War, with the ''dramatis personae'', many historical events (such as the siege of Orleans, the assault on Les Tourelles), and the circumstances of [[JoanOfArc Jeanne d'Arc's]] capture all corresponding with the true history. It also happens to add in a few...interesting details such as how the English army was lead by an EvilOverlord possessing Henry VI and his LegionsOfHell, the hidden war between the forces of humanity and the Netherworld, the fact that Jeanne d'Arc was a MagicalGirl [[spoiler:and ''wasn't'' the girl captured and burned at the stake]].
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* Takashi Yanase's two most well-known stories are this. On one end, there is ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'' which he created when Japan was starving after WWII. And then there is ''Anime/RingingBell'' which is about his experiences as a soldier in China during WWII. Interestingly, the first is oddly happy and crazy, given the inspiration. [[SugarApocalypse Ringing Bell on the other hand...]]
31st Dec '16 6:37:27 AM Doug86
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* In general Japanese game developers tend to have extreme liberties with their own Sengoku era and China's Three Kingdoms era, even more than the example of ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' above. Listing these games would be suicidal mission, but let's say the only exceptions are the strategy adaptations such as ''NobunagasAmbition'' or ''VideoGame/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''.

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* In general Japanese game developers tend to have extreme liberties with their own Sengoku era and China's Three Kingdoms era, even more than the example of ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' above. Listing these games would be suicidal mission, but let's say the only exceptions are the strategy adaptations such as ''NobunagasAmbition'' ''VideoGame/NobunagasAmbition'' or ''VideoGame/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''.
28th Dec '16 7:02:13 PM Solicitr
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* ''Film/RememberTheTitans'': The film's entire premise is undermined if one is aware that in reality (1) T C Williams high school had been desegregated since 1959, and (2) the school was already a football powerhouse, having won the state championship (under Yoast) the previous season.
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''.
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