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Imagine it’s the 1980s and you’re working in a video store. You’re not just a movie fanatic, but a true student of cinema. You write a script that gets made into a movie directed by Tony Scott called True Romance, and have the wherewithal to link one of the characters in that script (Alabama) with a character from another script you have,  Reservoir Dogs (Mr. White). You also lay out plans for the next script, and the script after that, and even work out connections for five scripts down the line. You plan to expertly intertwine characters and create alternate universes where these characters exist. Then you have to sit, wait, and hope someone notices your elaborate plans. Welcome to the world of Quentin Tarantino. 

Fan theories about Tarantino's films are all over the internet. Such theories begin with the (now confirmed) interconnected universe idea and expand from there. Not all these theories have been proven, and some are pretty far fetched, such as one claiming Bill from Kill Bill survived the five-point-palm-exploding-heart technique.

Regardless of whether a theory proves true, perusing these wildly imaginative works of fan fiction is a bloody good time for Tarantino fans, film buffs, and casual moviegoers alike. 
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All Tarantino's Movies Are Connected


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The Tarantino universe is a well known fan theory confirmed by Tarantino. As per this theory, all of Tarantino's movies take place in the same universe, which is a unique to his films. For example, Vince Vega from Pulp Fiction and Vic Vega from Reservoir Dogs are brothers. Sleazy film producer Lee Donowitz from True Romance is the son of the Bear Jew Sgt. Donny Donowitz from Inglourious Basterds. The Tarantino universe extends beyond just characters, incorporating nonexistent products and cultural references such as Red Apple cigarettes and Big Kahuna Burger.

This Tarantino universe is called "the realer than real world universe" by QT himself. It's essentially an alternate reality similar to our world. The following films take place in this universe: Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight. What about Kill Bill, you might be asking yourself. Well, read on. 
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Bad Things Happen When Vincent Goes to the Bathroom in Pulp Fiction


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You may remember that Vincent goes to the bathroom after dinner with Mia, in order to figure out how he's gonna get out of her house without being rude. During that pit stop, Mia overdoses on heroin she finds in Vincent's coat.

At the diner, Vincent goes to bathroom while Honey Bunny and Pumpkin hold up the restaurant. Finally, Vincent gets shot by Butch with Marsellus's gun (Marsellus went to get donuts; he's on his way back when Butch runs into him) during yet another trip to the bathroom.

Vincent does take a really long time in the restroom. It seems that he's really into reading Modesty Blaise, which is his literature of choice for lavatory visits.
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Jackie Brown Inhabits Its Own Universe


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Okay, so far there's the "realer than real world universe" and the movie movie universe. Where does that leave Jackie Brown? The 1997 crime thriller starring Pam Grier is said to exist in the Elmore Leonard universe, which is totally separate from Tarantino's universes. Elmore Leonard was a renowned crime novelist. Several of his works were adapted into movies, including Rum Punch, which Tarantino turned into Jackie Brown. None of Tarantino's characters inhabit this universe, though the character of Ray Nicolette is played by Michael Keaton in both Jackie Brown and Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight, also adapted from Leonard. 
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The Violence in Tarantino's Films Is Perfectly Justified


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According to this theory, Americans are desensitized to extreme violence because of their history. Imagine a world in which the Nazis weren't beat by methodically-fought campaigns but a group of savage guerilla warriors who scalped and slaughtered enemy soldiers before burning hundreds of people to death in a movie theater. Because such extreme and brutal violence won the war, it is both justified and accepted in the Tarantino universe.