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30th May '16 12:42:34 AM Doug86
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' has dropped some heavy hints that Britta was molested as a child by a man in a dinosaur costume, with [[AllInTheManual her online character bios outright confirming it.]]

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' has dropped some heavy hints that Britta was molested as a child by a man in a dinosaur costume, with [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual her online character bios outright confirming it.]]
12th Mar '16 9:23:34 AM BrendanRizzo
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* At no point is it ever actually stated that ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is set in the author's hometown of Nishinomiya. [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed It is just very strongly implied.]]

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* At no point is it ever actually stated that ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is set in the author's hometown of Nishinomiya. [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed It is just very strongly implied.]]implied]], thanks to the animators going out of their way to [[RealPlaceBackground faithfully replicate real locations]] in the area.
7th Mar '16 8:12:19 AM JulianLapostat
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* ''Film/BenHur'' had a famous example in the case of the Ben-Hur and Messala rivalry. Creator/GoreVidal admitted that he and William Wyler when considering what backstory to provide that might justify Messala's sudden and inexplicable betrayal of Ben-Hur settled on the idea that the two were male lovers in their youth but drifted apart and Messala persecuted Ben-Hur because he believes he has been rebuffed. Wyler instructed Vidal to tell actor Stephen Boyd but not Charlton Heston, which is why much later Heston innocently denied this claim and tried to downplay Vidal's contribution to the film.
7th Mar '16 7:59:23 AM JulianLapostat
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* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' has long implied that Martin Landau's character is attracted to James Mason's Van Damm, Landau is jealous of Eva Marie Saint's FemmeFatale character and expresses his suspicion by calling it "my woman's intuition". Years later, screenwriter Ernest Lehman confirmed that yes, he and Hitchcock, hinted that Landau and Mason were gay and lovers.
** Hitchcock's ''Film/{{Rope}}'' is an adaptation of a play written by a gay author (Arthur Laurents), starring a gay lead actor (Farley Granger) and based on the Leopold and Loeb case of thrill-seeking homosexual dandies. The film doesn't mention homosexuality once anywhere in the film (thanks to UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode) but it's incredibly obvious from the setting, the context and the dialogue.
7th Mar '16 7:54:17 AM JulianLapostat
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Of course, there are alternate explanations for both of these situations, but really only one that explains them both, and the show has already hinted at it repeatedly.

This is where writers want to include an idea -- any element contributing to the plot or a character -- in canon, but don't want to explicitely state it. As a work-around, the writers hint at the idea until it's [[{{Fanon}} accepted by most of the fandom]].

These hints are usually strong enough that most of the fandom gets the right idea fairly quickly, but not so strong that they can't be ignored or attributed to something else if the viewer dislikes the idea being hinted at. The point is, after all, getting the idea across to a large portion of the fandom while offering a less convenient, but still plausible, alternate explanation for those viewers who don't want to believe.

This tactic is most often employed when writers want to include an element such as mental illness, rape, in older shows, homosexuality, or another sensitive topic in a plotline or a character's backstory as a means of plot or character development, but don't want to explicitly state it to avoid controversy or alienating certain viewers.

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Of course, there are alternate explanations for both of these situations, but really only one that explains them both, and the show has already hinted at it repeatedly.

repeatedly. This is where writers want to include an idea -- any element contributing to the plot or a character -- in canon, but don't want to explicitely explicitly state it. As a work-around, the writers hint at the idea until it's [[{{Fanon}} accepted by most of the fandom]].

fandom]]. These hints are usually strong enough that most of the fandom gets the right idea fairly quickly, but not so strong that they can't be ignored or attributed to something else if the viewer dislikes the idea being hinted at. The point is, after all, getting the idea across to a large portion of the fandom while offering a less convenient, but still plausible, alternate alternative explanation for those viewers who don't want to believe.

This tactic is most often employed when writers want to include an element such as mental illness, rape, in older shows, homosexuality, or another sensitive topic in a plotline or a character's backstory as a means of plot or character development, but don't want to explicitly state it to avoid controversy or alienating certain viewers.
viewers, and also to subvert censorship. The artistic reasons for doing this is ShowDontTell, it's more interesting to tempt readers to figure this out for themselves than explicitly spell it out. Likewise, the information in question is merely backstory and subtext to the plot in question. If a plot is an adventure/crime/heist/romance story, potentially disturbing and traumatic details might overpower the drama of the genre setting, so for a writer, it's better to put this in the background and leave it for the specially involved reader and viewer.



For when this happens with a ship, see ShipTease. Can result from intentional CanonFodder. Contrast with WildMassGuessing.

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For when this happens with a ship, see ShipTease. Can result from intentional CanonFodder. Contrast with WildMassGuessing.WildMassGuessing and also {{Applicability}} where a given work is deliberately written so as to be open to multiple interpretations rather than a single one.



* ''Film/RebelWithoutACause'' by Creator/NicholasRay has Sal Mineo's character Plato harbour a visibly obvious crush on Creator/JamesDean's Jim Stark. The film's bisexual love triangle had long been canon before outright admitted by Nick Ray in a TV interview where he admitted that he, James Dean and Sal Mineo (who was himself gay) established the subtext and joked about how "this is for the movie buffs in France".



* Film/TaxiDriver has Travis Bickle as a Vietnam War veteran. In the film this is casually hinted and not specified. Scorsese and Schrader discuss the subtext as if it had always been part of the film.

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* Film/TaxiDriver ''Film/TaxiDriver'' has Travis Bickle as a Vietnam War veteran. In the film this is casually hinted and not specified. Scorsese and Schrader discuss the subtext as if it had always been part of the film.
28th Feb '16 11:50:53 AM JulianLapostat
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* Creator/JohnFord's ''Film/TheSearchers'' hints heavily that Ethan and Martha were lovers in their youth and that Martha had to SettleForSibling, the film has a lengthy private movement with the two actors alone and Ethan slowly kissing her on the head. Years later when Peter Bogdanovich asked Ford if he had intended to suggest a romance between them, Ford noted that he couldn't be more obvious if he tried.
* Film/TaxiDriver has Travis Bickle as a Vietnam War veteran. In the film this is casually hinted and not specified. Scorsese and Schrader discuss the subtext as if it had always been part of the film.
13th Feb '16 7:41:25 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' has dropped some heavy hints that Britta was molested as a child by a man in a dinosaur costume, with [[AllInTheManual her online character bios outright confirming it.]]
2nd Feb '16 2:22:55 AM Zennistrad
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** Likewise, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' it is strongly implied but never outright stated that [[spoiler: Shadow is Relm's father.]]

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** Likewise, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' it is strongly implied but it's never outright stated that [[spoiler: Shadow is Relm's father.]]
father,]] but it's implied strongly enough that it's regarded as canon.
2nd Feb '16 2:14:16 AM Zennistrad
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** Likewise, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' it is strongly implied but never outright stated that [[spoiler: Shadow is Relm's father.]]
8th Jan '16 1:24:00 AM nemui10pm
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* ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' heavily implies that Dave was raped as a kid, but he refuses to talk about it. All he's willing to disclose is that he was held down by a group of bullies who did something awful to him.
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