(25-08-2012 03:43 PM)ClydeLee Wrote: I have no problem when they say, "based on a true story."
A lot of things are, all lot of those crime detective TV shows are as well. That's where they get the ideas; but of course, they will make things drastically different from reality to add up suspense.
The issue with Fargo wasn't that they said based or inspired, the film had the phony line saying, "THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred."
Things like that line I assume it's a psychological-like ploy by the writers. I did something in a story I wrote once just to put readers in a certain mindset--just because the story would seem better under that thinking. If people think it's true, they may be willing to "overlook" some things, or just be more horrified by things depending on the situation.