AndreaTx on Nov 27th 2017 at 11:39:36 AM
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AndreaTx on Jun 3rd 2018 at 11:34:12 AM
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An In-Universe character-author refuses to admit that the fictional characters in the work they created are expys of the people around them.
It's difficult to create good, entertaining fiction. A common piece of advice is to write what you know. But some authors take this advice a bit too close to heart and create works that are no more than lightly fictionalized accounts of their own lives and the people around them. In real life, this might actually be entertaining if the writer has a super cool, death-defying job or has lived a very unique life, but when TV or movie characters do this, it tends to lead to farsical parodies in which the author avitar is super cool and every one around them behaves absurdly or perhaps even offensively. This leads to the author either constantly insisting all the characters are completely made up or flat-out refusing to acknowledge the parallels between the expys and their real life.
May overlap with Muse Abuse.
- In "Cannot Be Unseen" (a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic), Rainbow Dash is an erotica author who doesn't even realize she's writing about thinly-veiled versions of her friends and neighbors. Her subconscious mind picks up on everything around her whenever she's flying, then interprets what she sees in the lewdest possible way, and it bubbles up to her conscious mind as "sudden inspiration".
- Bones: Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan writes a book series about forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs and her FBI partner, Agent Andy Lister. She insists that the couple is not based on herself and her FBI partner/ husband, Seely Booth. The plot of her book often serves as an entertaining C-plot as her co-workers are amused and titillated by the explicit love scenes between Reichs and Lister and at one point, angered, when Bones intends to kill off Agent Lister. It's a bit of a mind screw as in real life Temperance Brennan is a fictional character created by real-life forensic anthropologist/ author, Kathy Reichs.
- An Elementary episode revolved around finding out Watson finding out that her step-father had written a supposedly fictional book that was clearly about her and Sherlock without her permission.
- NCIS: Under the pen name Thom E. Gemcity (an anagram), Special Agent Timothy McGee writes the mystery/crime series Deep Six featuring characters such as LJ Tibbs (his boss, Leroy Jethro Gibbs), Tommy (his coworker, Tony), Lisa (fellow agent, Ziva), Amy Sutton (lab tech, Abby Sciutto), Pimmy Jalmer (morgue tech, Jimmy Palmer), and himself as McGregor. He keeps the series secret until a suspect begins murdering people based on his unreleased manuscripts. When his coworkers taken umbrage to their in-novel characterizations, he insists that the characters are complete figments of his imaginations. His coworkers don't buy it.
- Star Trek: Voyager: When the holographic doctor writes a holo-novel about a holographic person with his exact same job but serving in a prejudiced crew, he admits to having based the characters' appearance on the crew but refuses to say he believes they represent the actual crew, despite their similar names (e.g. the guy who looked like Tom Paris was called Lieutenant Marce.)
- Supernatural: When Sam and Dean find out someone has been writing out exact accounts of their lives couched as fiction, they go in search of the author, Carver Edlund. They find him, real name Chuck Shurley, but he insists that he made up Sam and Dean Winchester. It turns out, he's a prophet of the Lord and has been writing their lives as it's destined to happen. He apologizes for some of the crappier novels he's written, which in reality are episodes unpopular with the fans, saying he wouldn't have written them if he knew someone had to live them.
- Mass Effect 3: Blasto is a multi-installment direct-to-video movie franchise based loosely on Shepard's exploits, except Commander Shepard has been replaced in the story by Blasto, a monotone, laconic Hanar. The director of the movie refuses to acknowledge that the story line is based on Shepard.
- The Witcher 3: Dandelion writes plays based on Geralt's adventures, but tweaks them to make himself the hyper competent sidekick. He doesn't use names, but anybody who meets Geralt instantly recognizes him as Dandelion's nameless Witcher. Nevertheless, Dandelion pretends that his works are pure fiction and any similarities are pure coincidence.
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