Ideas for art come from strange and unexpected places. Look, we're writers, and we're not above admitting that we've been carrying around grudges from elementary school, scary images of unwieldy trees we saw whilst hiking in a forest in Norway, and maybe the memory of seeing a drawing of a terrifying, bipedal and be-fanged mythical creature in a book when we weren't quite old enough, and turning all of that into a revenge horror movie screenplay. Everyone does that. Right guys? (looks around staffroom) WE ALL DO THIS, RIGHT GUYS?

So we're very interested in the where inspiration for some of our favorite movies and TV shows comes from. These are people who took their weird hangups and actually got the greenlight to make a movie. Multimillion dollar franchises are sometimes launched by, say, a bad dice roll in a D&D game, or the creator’s house burning down. Just check out these 15 examples of that kind of thing happening:

Pokemon was inspired by Satoshi Tajiri's bug collecting hobby. As a kid, he loved collecting bugs, but by the time he grew up, bug collecting became pretty hard for kids because urbanization was happening so fast. So, once he became a game designer, he made a game based on bug

Source: TIME

Pac-Man gobbles up stuff because its creator thought women were totally into eating. Arcades at the time were filled with violent sci-fi games that mostly attracted boys, and Toru lwatani wanted to attract more women, so he began designing a game for them. First he thought fashion or romance themes

Source: CNN

The sims couldn't have happened without Will Wright losing his home. After it burned down, he had to rebuild it from scratch, which also meant he'd have to learn the fundamentals of architecture and to figure out what he could and couldn't buy later on. So he got the idea

Source: GamesRadar

The Dark Crystal was hugely influenced by a Scientology -esque spiritual text. A SETH BOOK SETH SPEAKS DESK Serhdictates hiks hHe startling of the universe through channeler lane Roberts RKX KSTGAL JANE ROBERTS Creator Jim Henson was really into Seth Speaks, a book by sci-fi writer Jane Jacobs who claimed that Seth,

Source: Gizmodo

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