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A term for the sensation felt by audiences while watching films or television shows with poorly written plots. The "Make-Believe" Effect creates the feeling that, rather than being developed by a professional writing team, a film's storyline was thought up on the spot by children playing make believe (likely during school recess).

The effect has a variety of causes, such as plot holes, use of cliches, unconvincing acting, obvoius plot armor surrounding important characters, or events in the storyline that seem too convenient. This effect is most commonly experienced by individuals viewing blockbuster action, sci-fi, and superhero films.

Longterm exposure to the "Make-Believe" Effect can lead to a variety of symptoms, including:

- Sudden rise in blood pressure.
- Profound depression upon realizing that the American film industry has gone creatively bankrupt.
- Loss of balance.

- Deeply held resentment towards the actors, directors, and companies profiting from the creation of such poorly

written films.
- A sense of isolation among individuals who lack the ability to critically evaluate what they're watching.

Unsurprisingly, researchers have discovered that dumb people possess a natural immunity to the "Make-Believe" effect.

If you think you are experiencing longterm symptoms of the "Make-Believe" effect, experts recommend abstaining from films belonging to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, going outside, or reading books for a change you stupid oaf.
Poe Dameron: "We've decoded the intel from the First Order spy, and it confirms the worst. Somehow Palpatine returned."

Innocent Moviegoer: "Oh REALLY?!! Ok.... SURE. Great writing JJ Abrams. Unfuckingbelievable." *collapses from shock*

(3 days later)

Moviegoer (waking up): "Where am I?"

Doctor: "You're in a hospital. You nearly died 3 days ago after experiencing The "Make-Believe" Effect."

Moviegoer: Damn it JJ!
by mynameisbucket June 8, 2022
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