KKdragonlord wrote:While Dorothy being summoned to Erfworld is supposedly an indication that others had come to Erfworld before Parson, which would mean that Erf is at least as real as Parson's reality is, in our world she is nothing but a character in a story, just like in Parson's world. So either in Parson's reality Dorothy had been a movie based on a true story (somehow) or it is just another clue that Parson is really dreaming this whole thing up from a hospital bed.
agree, but adding some stuff:
There are at least 4 worlds here, and at least 3 descriptions of worlds here:
1-This comic, a subset of our reality. This comic does not exist, since it is simply a complex series of descriptors within our reality.
2-The Wizard of Oz movie, which includes a fictional version of Kansas that is not actually our reality. Like the comic, this is a subset of our reality, and does not exist except as a group of complex descriptions.
3-The Wizard of Oz movie that Parson knows about, which obviously appeared in Stupidworld at some point. This is a series of descriptors within Stupidworld.
4-The "actual" Land of Oz. This world's "value" with respect to our own is unknown.
5-The "actual" Erfworld. ditto
6-The "actual" Stupidworld, which Parson originates from. ditto
7-Our reality, which is not the same as Stupidworld.
I've always assumed that (the Erfworld comic) is implying that realities 4-6 exist, and have equal value, and reality 7 might be just as real as 4-6. This would mean that there would be endless number of other 'real' worlds, like Erfworld and Oz. My justification for this belief is that Parson was pulled across realities from Stupidworld to Erfworld, while Judy moved from Oz to Erfworld.
And it means that, as you said, the Stupidworld version of the Wizard of Oz was based on actions within an equivalent reality. It's strange that we reached the conclusion that the movie (nested within Stupidworld) was an EFFECT of real actions. Here in our reality, storytellers tend to overlook the possibility that more than one story can originate from a single series of actual events.