Created By: BeinSane on June 21, 2008
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Most Writers Are Californians

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America is a large country of stunning diversity, but the film and television industries are largely confined to one little corner of it. Writers tend to write what they know, and since they know Southern California, the rest of the country will often be inaccurately portrayed as being just like L.A. (And it'll look just like L.A., too.)

Compare Eagleland Osmosis, in which the rest of the world is assumed to be just like America.

Examples:
  • Lots of details of law and government specific to California. For example:
    • The death penalty. Often sought in California, but rare in practice due to the drawn-out process of appeals. In other states, can range from nonexistent (New York, Michigan) to used so often it's no big deal at all (Texas, Virginia).
    • California cops have 48 hours to charge a suspect with a crime before they have to release him. The standard under federal law is actually 72 hours, but You Have 72 Hours isn't a trope.
    • Speaking of cops, "To protect and to serve" isn't a general police slogan, just the LAPD's.
  • Metropolitan areas are large, sprawling, and separated by hundreds of miles of countryside. (Nothing at all like the relatively compact and closely spaced cities of the Northeast and Midwest.)
  • Carbonated soft drinks are always "soda", never "pop" or "coke". Compare.
Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • June 21, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    You sometimes hear California slang on the East Coast as a result of this trope.
  • June 21, 2008
    Glenn Magus Harvey
    Also applies to New York City. Though I think that trope is already listed.
  • June 21, 2008
    HeartBurnKid
    The New York City one is Big Applesauce.

    And note the prevalence of terms like "187" and "5150" in hip-hop/gangsta themed works. Those are California penal codes (187 = murder, 5150 = psychiatric evaluation).
  • June 21, 2008
    AndrewLeprich
    I noticed that on TV, it's always soda, regardless of location. Where I am in Illinois, for example, everyone says "pop."
  • June 21, 2008
    nlpnt
    "Pop" subversion; it shows up in Freaks And Geeks (set in the Detroit 'burbs). Faygo brand, even!
  • June 21, 2008
    SomeGuy
    The death penalty part might merit its own trope. Something that's Just Bugs Me about Phoenix Wright is the fact that the we know of at least one criminal who was executed- even though in Japan the application of the death penalty is virtually non-existent. Heck, in Japan even sentences exceeding ten years are virtually non-existent.
  • June 21, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    I think Japan does have a death penalty, even if they barely use it.
  • June 21, 2008
    BeinSane
    Oh, by the way, this one's Up For Grabs.
  • June 21, 2008
    arekuru
    Considering if you don't solve the case in three days your client goes to jail in PW, I don't think it's really based on the Japanese court system... Although Japan does definitely have the death penalty, since they just hanged the infamous "otaku murder" this week.

    It rarely seems to snow on TV, since it doesn't occur to Californian writers to include weather unless it's needed for the plot.
  • June 21, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    The last shot of the aliens moving into position in Independence Day is over the Hollywood sign.
  • June 21, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Nothing new about that - several shots of the flying hubcaps saucers in Plan Nine From Outer Space were matted into stock footage of Los Angeles.
  • June 24, 2008
    Kaybor
    If this launches, it should totally be called Californication.
  • June 24, 2008
    BobbyG
    This is may be equivalent to Britain Is Only London, since the majority of British TV seems to originate there.
  • June 24, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    The avoidance of "coke" for carbonated beverages is probably to avoid trademark infringement, although I don't think that necessarily invalidates the observation here.

    Suggest SoCalization as title, Just For Pun?
  • June 24, 2008
    Bailey
    I like Californication. Most Writers Are Californians suffers from being factually untrue. Most screenwriters, maybe...
  • June 25, 2008
    MasterKnight
    Agreed with So Calization. *is an actual San Francisco Bay Area resident here but embarrassed about the behavior of others in the Bay Area*
  • June 25, 2008
    HeartBurnKid
    I vote for Californication.
  • June 25, 2008
    BobbyG
    Note that there is also a TV show named Californication (not that that's likely to be a problem).
  • June 25, 2008
    AndrewLeprich
    I vote for Californication.
  • June 25, 2008
    JethroQWalrustitty
    I vote for Californication, but ok with So Calization as well.
  • November 15, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    This explains why people dress in spring and summer appropriate clothes in shows ostensibly set in CT, OH, etc.
  • November 15, 2008
    EtherealMutation
    Don't forget to mention the related trope of California Doubling.
  • November 15, 2008
    Nasrudith
    Callaforniacation perhaps to disambiguate? Although it disrupts the pun a bit.
  • November 16, 2008
    Sen
    Bobby G: Note that there's a Red Hot Chili Peppers album named Californication.

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