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QUACKCAST 560 - When Fiction Meets Reality

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Dec. 7, 2021

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We all know that fiction and reality are separate things, but fiction mirrors reality and we suspend disbelief to ignore the parts that are unrealistic so that we often treat fiction the same way AS reality. But there are many tropes and aspects of fiction that ONLY work in fiction and can't work in reality. I was inspired to examine this idea because of our Fetish-cast with Fallopian Crusader and his idea that certain fetishes can only exist in comics.

An obvious example of this is superheroes and their costumes. Of course there are many stories that try and make more “realistic” versions of superheroes (Kickass etc), but that's beside the point. The vast majority of superhero stories create their OWN reality that we just accept- amazing superpowers, magic, horrific acts, feats of amazing heroism, and super amazing costumes. It's possible to have heroic vigilantes in reality, without powers, but classic superhero costumes just never work, even though marvel has shown better than anyone else that they can work amazingly in live action movies.

A lot of fiction sets us up with unrealistic expectations- raunchy comedies about university life all gave us a very unreal idea of what goes on there (this was parodied in the Simpsons), and romantic comedies and romances give us a terrible idea of how to court a person! If we were to do a lot of these things in reality they'd be regarded as criminal acts; assault, stalking, theft, or just plain creepy, unethical, crazed and horrible.

What were some of the unrealistic expectations you had about reality from fiction? What are some of the things that only work in fiction but don't really exist in reality?

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Ferda Boys - The sounds of the crowd ebbing and flowing, Ice hockey sticks clacking, a whistle blows and the action is on! Heavy piano, light drums and soaring distorted guitar burn through this 70s sports power ballad, singing the plays while the match progresses. The music fades and the crowd roars in appreciation as the puck strikes the back of the net!
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FetishCast, Fallopian Crusader tells us about how some fetishes ONLY exist in comics -

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Ferda Boys - - by Hockey Webcomics, rated E.

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Ozoneocean at 7:38AM, Dec. 9, 2021

Awesome :D

plymayer at 7:01AM, Dec. 9, 2021

Sure was. Lucky to be alive.

Ozoneocean at 8:55PM, Dec. 7, 2021

Hahaha, well that took the completely opposite track! XD Plymayer I expect life in the US Navy to be exactly like a cross between Mchale's Navy and South Pacific. You're saying it's even more fun and crazy than that?

plymayer at 4:38PM, Dec. 7, 2021

Many of the things I experienced in my navy days coul never be made into movies because no one who believe them.

plymayer at 4:36PM, Dec. 7, 2021

Furwerk, General Eisenhower had the troops who liberated the concentration camps take pictures of everything no matter how bad and upsetting. He was afraid people would never believe those things happened.

Gunwallace at 12:25PM, Dec. 7, 2021

@Funwerk studio: good point. The Singing Detective comes to mind (The TV series, not the awful movie). They toned down the skin disease the main character had, (Psoriasis) which the author, Dennis Potter actually did have. They considered the actual levels of suffering Potter went through to be too unbelievable for the audience.

Furwerk studio at 7:37AM, Dec. 7, 2021

There is the opposite end of "fiction/reality" too, where reality is so out there, so bizarre that people can't believe it in fiction. Like in Schindler's List where Spielberg had to tone down the Nazi's evil from reality because no one would had believed it.

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