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Basic Trope: A statement made about a particular work by someone who isn't the creator(s) of that work, but had a close relationship of some kind with the creator(s).

  • Straight: Bob writes Long Runner, and his wife Alice appears on his behalf at a Fan Convention when he is unable (or too dead) to answer fans' questions about the series.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is Running the Asylum, and basically takes over the franchise.
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  • Downplayed: Writer couple Alice and Bob appear at a fan convention. They mostly talk about their own stories, but will occasionally remark about each other's.
  • Justified: As Bob's wife, Alice probably got to witness Bob creating his work from start to finish. Perhaps she was even asked to "beta-read" the unpublished script/novel/comic/song/whatever. So she probably has a better idea behind the meaning and symbolism (or lack thereof) of a particular work than any random person on the street.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice and Bob appear at FanCon together, but Alice does not speak at the panel.
  • Double Subverted: Alice writes on her blog about the work.
  • Parodied: Alice will keep on yelling about spoilers and important pieces of backstory as loudly as possible, either physically at a con or by having a very high profile blog that she will write the spoilers on.
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice makes no statements about Bob's work.
  • Enforced:
    • "Hey, Alice, Fan Con and Geek Con both want me to do a panel about Long Runner. Since I can't be in two places at once, would you please do the panel at Geek Con?"
    • Bob dies, and everyone keeps coming to his widow with questions.
  • Lampshaded: "I think my husband meant to say..."
  • Invoked: See "Enforced"
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice doesn't want to confuse fans (or incite fan wars), so she keeps quiet and lets fans come up with their own conclusions.
  • Discussed: "Alice, what do you think when Bob said _______?"
  • Conversed: "It might be better to ask Bob himself."
  • Deconstructed: It's very possible Alice might have part or all of it wrong (particularly if she has lost some/all contact with Bob, and/or Bob was very mysterious and secretive about his work.
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  • Reconstructed: Alice checks her facts and opinions about the work with Bob, who (being its creator) likely knows the nuances of that work better than anyone else.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice takes over Bob's Long Runner blog as an April Fool's Day joke.
  • Played For Drama: Alice's statements cause confusion and/or conflict with Bob.

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