The real world sometimes intrudes into the world of storytelling. That's okay, though. Storytellers have got a fix for that. Several fixes, actually. This is usually known as "[[BlatantLies artistic license]]".
Listed are some of the methods used to massage factual events into ... something interesting.
See also the IgnoredIndex, InfauxmationDesk, InformationDesk, & TruthAndLies.
!!Going from most-factual to most-fanciful:
* As close to the truth as possible with available resources and information
++ NewsBroadcast (in theory)
* Minor aspects have been changed[[note]] Usually due to [[RealLifeWritesThePlot budget constraints or for legal reasons]], to allow for the RuleOfPerception, or to add minor amounts of drama[[/note]] but the important facts are unaltered.
* Major aspects have been altered or invented, but the core events and situation are true.
** BasedOnATrueStory (the typical usage of the term)
* Possess passing connection to reality
* Not [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial completely]] untrue
* Completely made up story featuring true things
* [[BlatantLies Allegedly true]]