This answer got me thinking. Is it a legitimate answer to a worldbuilding question of the "how could X be true?" variety to say that it's not really true and certain characters who provide the viewpoint for a particular work of fiction incorrectly perceive it to be true?
It's a perfectly legitimate narrative technique and if this were writing.se I wouldn't question it. Here on worldbuilding.se though it seems like a trivial non-answer that could be applied to any "How could X be true?" question.
This is specifically about answers that say that what the question wants isn't true, but appears incorrectly to be true but not to:
- Answers to questions that are about appearance or perception.
- Answers using incorrect perception to explain real behavior.
- Answers positing internally consistent virtual/simulated/embedded worlds.
Potentially the answer not a simple yes or no but depends on specifics like how widespread the delusion is.