Subject: So... it's fiction, right?
Posted on: 2021-06-08 08:58:48 UTC

By which I mean, it's being written as fiction, not because the authors believe that they have actually experienced the events of the journals? (Note that this doesn't rule out other people believing it's true.)

If so, it's like you said: a specialised form of first-person self-insert, just the same as the old Girl-Falls-Into-Middle-Earth. Having a common backstory doesn't make them any different.

The biggest problem would be if they're explicitly saying that they can change the world when they enter. You can't charge for 'making Legolas fall in love with you' if they literally have a 'make Legolas fall in love with me' button! It's character abuse, but it's not against the logic of the story. (Though in this case you could send a message to the Interdimensional Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Elves.)

If they're not written as fiction, or if it's unclear whether the authors believe they're reporting actual events, it's probably best to leave it alone.


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