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Playing With: What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?
Basic Trope: The work in question is really bizarre, bizarre enough that the audience suspects that the creator was writing under the influence of some substance. The creator wasn't using anything at all, or at least denies it.
  • Straight: Alice is the creator of a strange TV series that Bob insists had to be made while high. Alice proves not to do any drugs at all; her mind just works that way.
  • Exaggerated: Alice made a work that seems straight out of an acid trip/Zardoz (is there a difference?). She is a devout and observant Mormon.
  • Downplayed: Alice was drunk when coming up with the premise, but sober during the actual creation.
  • Justified:
    • Alice has Schizophrenia.
    • The references Alice used, such as random thoughts that she got or her (self-admittedly) strange fetishes, were all able to be twisted and intertwined carefully into the media that causes the question to be asked.
    • Alice thinks of things differently is all.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice is constantly high, yet her work is completely mundane and ridiculously easy to understand.
    • The trippy show was made after getting sober/getting off some prescription drugs.
  • Subverted: Alice wasn't high while making the show...which isn't to say she doesn't partake.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...But she was high for that one episode Bob is asking about.
    • Yes, she is on drugs: they calm her down and help her focus on her work. Which is truly crazy stuff.
  • Parodied: Alice's work is an incredibly obvious Author Tract about the benefits of mind-altering drugs, down to the disjointed, psychotic narrator calling it LS...C. She still insists she doesn't do drugs.
  • Zig Zagged: The TV show is weird from the start, but initially Alice doesn't use drugs. She goes a bit insane from her fame and starts taking drugs to cope with the insanity. Ironically, the show gets a little more normal. She gets better and quits drugs, but the show gets crazier when she quits.
  • Averted: Alice isn't on drugs, and her TV show isn't weird at all.
  • Enforced: Alice has been commissioned to create a family-friendly Widget Series. Her bosses keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn't do drugs, since that might taint the franchise with scandal.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked:
    • Alice works just to get the feeling that the creation was an acceptable alternative to hallucinogens.
    • Alice is a fan of Lewis Carroll's style, as well as her parents apparently, but has a/many reasons not to use drugs so instead finds alternate ways to provoke oddness into ideas.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The show is mostly normal, despite the fact that Alice uses mental exercises to get strangeness into her ideas.
  • Discussed: In an interview, the creator says, "You know, this whole, 'was my work made on drugs' type thing is really nothing more than a way to punish creativity by saying my mind must have been under the influence of something."
  • Conversed: "Hold on, you're telling me that that Dali never did anything stronger than Camembert cheese? Get outta here!"
  • Deconstructed: Moral Guardians start saying the series is a bad influence on children (since lots of kids watch it)), because they think the creator uses drugs, and thus the show promotes drug use as risk-free and consequence-free.
  • Reconstructed: Alice states in interviews with with entertainment news sources like Entertainment Weekly that she doesn't use drugs; her mind just works that way. Moral Guardians catch wind of these interviews and now knowing the truth, they shut up.

As bizarre as it might seem, What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs? was not, in fact, made on drugs. Mostly.

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