Usually, a sequel shows what happened next in the world of the original work. This trope is when a sequel or spinoff shows what happened next in a world where the original work is only fiction. A common aspect is that although the sequel is generally constrained to be the same genre as the original (otherwise, why make it a sequel?), setting it in a different world allows the creators to go as Broad Strokes as they like, and play with things not working according to the rules viewers would expect from the original. May include an invocation of The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You, especially if it's in the horror genre. Compare Recursive Canon, where an earlier work in the series is real but also has a fictional work based on it.
- Wes Craven's New Nightmare: A Nightmare on Elm Street is only a movie. The actress who played the Final Girl starts experiencing supernatural phenomena similar to those her character had to deal with.
- Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2: The Blair Witch Project is only a movie. A group of fans go to visit the locations where the movie was shot, and have a horrifying possibly-supernatural experience.
- The Human Centipede II: The Human Centipede is only a movie. An obsessed fan of the movie decides to make his own human centipede.
- Bewitched (2005 film): Bewitched is only a TV series. The part of Samantha in a remake goes to a real witch-passing-as-normal; Hilarity Ensues.
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