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"Mass media have a terrible impact on people who lack guidance."
—Folklorist Linda Degh
"If the story of your heroism were a movie script, nobody would believe it."
"I didn't think it was very realistic in the movie and it turns out it's pretty realistic."
Dwight Schrute, The Office, "Stress Relief"
Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
—Niels Bohr
"Man, reality sucks!"
The Cat, Red Dwarf
"Reality makes a crappy special effects crew."
—Adam Savage, Myth Busters
Truth of course must of necessity be stranger than fiction, for we have made fiction to suit ourselves.

House: I was not wrong. Everything I said was true. It fit. It was elegant.

Dr. Wilson: So reality was wrong?

House: Reality is almost always wrong.
The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.

'Tis strange -- but true; for truth is always strange;

Stranger than fiction; if it could be told,
A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. The story should never be made up of improbable incidents; there should be nothing of the sort in it.
You call this reality? My VIDEO GAMES are more realistic!
"Few people have the imagination for reality."
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"That's the difference between truth and fiction. Fiction has to make sense."
"Do you want to know the greatest and also the worst device that humans ever invented? It's television. Television controls people by bombarding them with information until they lose their sense of reality. [snip] Television has created a people who believe instantly in dramatic fantasies who can be controlled by little dots of light."
Dr. Londes, Cowboy Bebop
It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.
The problem with fiction, it has to be plausible. That's not true with non-fiction.
Tom Wolfe, Advice to Writers
For example, few novels contain plot twists like the ones in the news story about a band of thieves posing as police officers who were forced by circumstances to try to arrest a group of policemen disguised as a gang of thieves. The real police were — you guessed it — on the trail of the thieves who were posing as police. If a novelist were to submit such a plot to a publisher, it would probably be rejected as incredible or unrealistic.
W. Lance Bennet, News: The Politics of Illusion
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