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07:45:26 PM Aug 12th 2010
I removed Real Life Writes the Plot as no example is specified — if anyone wants to add it back in with details, please do so.
10:28:15 AM Aug 13th 2010
Seems like a lot of works pages have tropes with no particular description. I'm guessing it's based on the general "The story you are about to see is true. The names were changed to protect the innocent" spiel. (Which apparently did have a lot of truth to it, though I doubt ALL of the stories were based on specific incidents. But Webb apparently did seek out and pay LAPD officers for good true stories he could use.)
11:42:24 AM Aug 13th 2010
edited by RobinZimm
Except that "Real Life Writes the Plot" means "something happened to one of the cast or crew and we had to work around it". When the plot is written to copy something that happened, that's "Roman Clef" — which is already on the list.

If real life did write the plot — if, say, they were referring to the death of Barton Yarborough — it can be added back in with the specifics.

Edit for clarity: I wouldn't have removed the line if I didn't think it was a mistake — that's why I left the rest of it.
12:12:39 PM Aug 13th 2010
Ah, that'll teach me to guess what the trope is without reading it. I was indeed thinking of Roman Clef, and Real Life Writes the Plot certainly isn't self-explanatory here.
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