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When a notion mentioned in passing in one work becomes the full story of another work by the same author. Most often a book trope.
Examples of Sidenote Full Story include:
- Terry Pratchett - The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (started out as a passing reference in Reaper Man)
- Douglas Adams - Starship Titanic (started out as a passing reference in one of the The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy books)
- The Star Wars expanded universe does this kind of all the time. Not only is a backstory provided for every character who appeared onscreen in the movies (and even some of the Faceless Goons), but you also get stories that explain exactly what a "nerf herder" is.
- Nevada - Courtesy The Other Wiki : "The origin of the character is to be found in a Howard the Duck story that contained a "mandatory fight scene" between a Las Vegas chorus girl, an ostrich and a standing lamp. Neil Gaiman said he'd like to see that story. So when Gerber was asked to come with something original by Vertigo editor Karen Berger, he created Nevada."
- China Mieville's Bas-Lag Cycle is full of these. Among a great many other things, the protagonist of The Scar is mentioned in one line of Perdido Street Station as being Isaac's last girlfriend.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is an expansion of the prologue detailed in A Link to the Past's intro cutscene. There is one deviation from the prologue, though: in Ocarina of Time, Link lives.
- Sauron was briefly alluded to in The Hobbit.
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