Created By: BlackMedusa on March 23, 2011

remembering things that weren't there

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Is there already a trope page for when modern characters reminisce about things that they actually wouldn't have had? For instance, if a woman who was 32 years old in a current (2011) work set in the current day made mention of her little brother pulling the head off of her Bratz doll, it wouldn't make much sense, as she would have been college age by the time Bratz hit the market.

I notice this from time to time... the writers use a fad or product that's only a few years old (or at least wouldn't have been invented at the time of the memory) because it's recognizable to the audience, but they don't think to match up timelines to see if the character would have actually had access to it. I wouldn't know what to call it, so I wouldn't know how to check if there's already a page for it.
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  • March 23, 2011
    In one Harry Potter book (which is cannonically set in 1995) Harry mentions Dudley destroying his Play Station in a temper tantrum. The PS 1 wouldn't have been available in PAL regions by that point.
  • March 23, 2011
    That was the fourth book, so it was.
  • March 23, 2011
    No it wasn't -- this happens in the summer, and the European release of the PS 1 was in late September.

    I seem to recall some Fan Wank to the effect that Vernon might have gotten Dudley a Japanese version, but that seems a bit far-fetched.
  • March 23, 2011
    Actually, Goblet of Fire takes place in 1994-1995, and the specific event of Dudley destroying his PS 1 took place in July 1994, so it can't have been imported either because PS 1 was released in Japan in December 1994. [/nitpick]
  • March 23, 2011
    Present Day Past. It even includes the PS 1 example already.
  • March 23, 2011
    Present Day Past is very similar to what I mean, but I'm talking specifically about when a character is reminiscing. For instance, Cory and Topanga from "Boy Meets World" being in love since they were in Pull-Ups would be weird because they would have probably been around the first grade by the time Pull-Ups came out, thus potty trained. The PDP trope seems to focus on items (or styles) that show up in the work but shouldn't be there, I'm talking about the characters recalling things they wouldn't have had. The Harry Potter example fits though. I take it there's no specific trope for anachronistic memories then?
  • March 23, 2011
    This is actually used as a plot point in an episode of Get Smart, when a Applied Phlebetonium something or other causes CONTROL agents to revert to childhood. Max and 99 spot The Mole responsible because, when faking that she has been affected as well, she claims to like watching Captain Kangaroo, which wasn't created when she would have been a child.
  • March 23, 2011