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Basic Trope: Living in the real world is preferable to watching too much escapist fiction.

  • Straight: Bob learns An Aesop that escapism isn't good for him and leaves behind his dream world to return to reality.
  • Exaggerated: Just about everyone learns that reality is far better than fiction.
  • Downplayed: Bob learns not to have too much escapism.
  • Justified:
    • Bob realizes that escapism doesn't make his issues go away.
    • Bob's dream world is actually destroying reality, especially his loved ones.
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    • Staying in the dream world will cause Bob to die of starvation.
    • Bob comes from a culture where avoiding an unpleasant reality is deemed as cowardly and immature.
  • Inverted: Escapism is preferable to reality.
  • Subverted: Bob learns that he shouldn't spend too much time watching TV... because it will mess up his eyesight.
  • Double Subverted: And because "Come on, Bob, you have a life to live away from the idiot box."
  • Parodied: Alice runs around yelling at anyone who enjoys any sort of media.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob constantly goes back and forth on the goods and harms of escapism.
  • Averted: There is no lesson, or if there is, it focuses on neither the good nor the bad of escapism.
  • Enforced: "People are too hooked on their own worlds. I'll give out this lesson that escapism is bad just to get them back to reality."
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  • Lampshaded: Bob says that his life has improved dramatically since he left his escapist dream world.
  • Invoked: Bob's friends head to the dream world to convince Bob to come back to reality.
  • Exploited: Therapists begin lucrative programs to help people leave escapism and face reality.
  • Defied: "Fuck reality! They're just saying escapism is wrong because they want me stuck in this cesspool called life."
  • Discussed: Alice talks about how much better her life with Bob has become since he stopped obsessing over his escapist world of choice.
  • Conversed: "Do these writers truly think they'll convince us that escapism is bad even though they're doing this on a escapist-based work?"
  • Implied: Various opinions on escapism are delivered in a balanced way, so it's not clear what the author's position is. However, in the end, the strongest arguments are against escapism.
  • Deconstructed:
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    • Bob chooses reality, but after spending enough time in his perfect escapist world, the dreary hardships of reality makes him absolutely miserable. He spends the rest of his life wishing he had stayed.
    • Bob chooses reality, but then things go From Bad to Worse. This leads Bob to question how could anyone consider reality better than fiction when the former is filled with such evils such as suffering, war, corruption, poverty, and disease.
    • Fiction brought some genuine benefits to Bob's life, and he's not as happy without it.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob learns how to make reality better, acts on his knowledge, and thereby helps make reality better.
    • Fiction is fine in moderation. Bob is able to gain all of the benefits of escapism with none of the problems by living a balanced life.
  • Played for Laughs: Bob is a geeky neckbeard virgin who's constantly glued to his computer/television screen, and his unsocial personality is exploited for all the mockery it's worth.
  • Played for Drama: Bob is a sad, pathetic loser suffering from depression, absorbing himself in fiction and daydreams in a desperate attempt at distracting himself from his problems.

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