Follow TV Tropes


Real Life Writes the Plot

Go To

"Fundamentally, a Red Dwarf script is a battle plan for making a TV show, and as Napoleon Bonaparte once remarked, 'No battle plan ever survived contact with the enemy'. In Red Dwarf's case the enemy is what's possible, given a tight budget, a short production period, and the physical laws of the natural universe."
Grant Naylor, Red Dwarf: The Least Worst Scripts

This covers a number of areas where real life circumstances alter the plot of an episode, e.g. the lack of suitable locations, timing when filming, the pregnancy of a lead actress (which happens a lot). Occurs often in Professional Wrestling.


Not to be confused with Very Loosely Based on a True Story, Roman à Clef, or Ripped from the Headlines, where real-life events merely provide inspiration for a plot.

Specific instances:


Example of: