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Is there a word for speaking of something made-up as if it were real? Like a character from a novel or movie?

  • Maybe fantize or dream up? – SovereignSun Oct 2 '17 at 20:03
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This could be speaking in character

Idioms

26. in character

b. in accordance with the role or personality assumed in a performance

  • That seems to be a satisfactory answer. Thank You. – TheGamerPlayz Feb 23 '17 at 14:33
  • Or you could use speculatively. We speculated about life with today's technology, but without air travel. – Davo Feb 23 '17 at 15:40
  • @Davo Sounds like another good answer. (One of the great things about English: there is usually more than one valid answer to this sort of question.) – Ghotir Feb 23 '17 at 16:30
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Speaking "in character" works when it's an actor speaking, or a role-playing gamer speaking in game terms.

The more general term you want is "in universe". A common example would be any Star-Trek fan discussing issues as if Star Trek were real. This would include discussions of starship combat tactics, analysis of warp-physics, aspects of various alien races, or all of the different starship designs.

They were having an in-universe physics debate.

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