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09:30:50 AM Oct 29th 2013
Looking at this page, it seems that there are a lot of examples of works that were never really intended to be seen as factual. Two different things are being conflated here: legitimate Based on a Great Big Lie examples wherein works are billed as being factual accounts, and works where they aren't really being billed as factual, but instead are being called such satirically or as Literary Agent Hypothesis. It seems like this trope as written should be about works that are really purported to be true stories. I am cleaning out examples.
09:37:44 AM Oct 29th 2013
Removed some more examples where the "this is a true story" claim was used ironically or satirically and was never expected to be taken seriously. This may require a TRS thread, but there's no room at the moment.
11:15:02 PM Jun 25th 2013
The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter should be on here...
02:53:57 PM Feb 7th 2013
One TV example is cited as a Dragnet parody, in my opinion Dragnet itself is this. Inpsite of it's famous declaration of "Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent' many episodes, especially the drug related ones, where pure Urban Legends.
05:29:50 PM Feb 4th 2013
What exactly does "no real life examples" mean here? If it means no examples of actual works that are claimed by their creators to be based on a true story but are in fact not, restricting the examples to Show Within a Show type things, then most of the examples on the page should be deleted. On the other hand, it could just mean "no works that are presented as being things that happened to the creators themselves, in which case there are still a few examples that should be deleted.
08:19:57 AM Mar 6th 2011
I'm wondering if the example about Amadeus really counts. Did the creator ever try to present it as factual? I know a lot of people have challenged it for being essentially made up, but I'm pretty sure Peter Shaffer never tried to put it out there as 'a true story,' as it were, which he would need to do for it to fit this trope.
11:46:55 AM Apr 29th 2013
That seems to be a lot of problems with these examples. Some people seem to think any work set in or around a historical period or event are automatically attempting to be accurate and faithful... which sort of sits at odds with the fact that this wiki has an entire section for Historical Fiction.

It seems that this trope should really be limited to works that are specifically labeled "Based on the true story" or which are claimed to be accurate tellings by their creators.
07:28:11 PM Mar 25th 2010
How about Dave Pelzer's "A Child Called It" series? Even his brother called him out on it.
08:59:05 AM May 27th 2010
Umptyscope — Mel Brook's Silent Movie — a film chock-full of impossible slapstick sight gags — had the "based on a true story" tag at the end.
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