“Where do you get your ideas?” is a question many artists of various types get throughout their career, whether they made a painting, a movie, a television show, a song, a book, or even just a joke. Writers, musicians, filmmakers, and other artists create amazing worlds that are straight out of their imaginations. As it turns out, though, sometimes they build imaginary worlds based on their own realities. As a result, iconic works of art are just filled with subtle (and not-so-subtle) references to their creators' own lives. After all, a common suggestion for creatives is “write what you know.”

Who would have thought that a bestselling horror novel was inspired by a school janitor seeing a tampon machine. Or that an imaginary friend of a director would spark a sci-fi classic? Or that a film franchise was born when a writer wondered if he'd be friends with his dad in high school?

Thanks to Cracked readers, especially Burritomouth, we can know learn about how some of your favorite creators were able to craft such worlds in their work.

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Sir Ridley Scott once attended an art school near an industrial park, where he could watch the smokestacks and steel mills while walking home in the e

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Goosebumps author R. L. Stine found inspiration for one of his most popular stories, The Haunted Mask, when his son's face got stuck inside his Hallow

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At age 40, James Grant was fired from the job he'd held for 18 years by insensitive new management eager to quash the labor union. INTRODUCING JACK RE

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