Rose Tinted Narrative

"Rose tint my world. Keep me safe from my trouble and pain."
- "Rose Tint My World", The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Romantic movement of the 19th century was a style of art that stirred the emotions, like sadness, joy and nostalgia. Later, some people used that style to put things they favor in an idealized manner, even if such things were already seen as positive.

The subjects of these works could be people, places, events, ideologies or other things. Although these are only occasionally accurate to the facts, they can still make for great stories. If taken too far, on the other hand, they can make their subjects into Mary Sues or Mary Suetopias.

Note that this isn't about just trying to make something look good, or make it look exciting. It's about stirring the emotions, not just pumping the adrenaline.

May lead to The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything if part of the romanticizing requires the people to not do the evil parts of the job.

Compare The Theme Park Version, Politically Correct History, Historical Hero Upgrade, Historical Villain Upgrade.

Contrast Demonization.

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Space Battleship Yamato does this for Imperial Japan, with the interesting workaround that it takes place in The Future where the protagonists must fight against hostile aliens, because no decent person could ever do a rose-tinted narative about the actual WWII-era Japan. Co-creator Leiji Matsumoto is admittedly heavily influenced by the 19th century Romantic writers & artists.

    Film 
  • Braveheart, portraying William Wallace and the Scots as strong earthly noble types, and the English as monsters who all have perms.
  • The Godfather has often been accused of romanticizing the Mafia (not the violent parts, but other parts of the movies).
  • 300: the Spartans are beatified as ultimate badasses and the Persians are vilified as subhuman monsters, because the story is told by a Spartan as morale booster to his army. Word of God is that a lot of that is in-universe propaganda, due to the Unreliable Narrator. In other words, the rose tinting is happening in-universe.

    Literature