is inauthentic, manufactured folklore
presented as if it were genuinely traditional
. The term can refer to new stories or songs made up, or to folklore that is reworked and modified for modern tastes. The element of misrepresentation is central; artists who draw on traditional stories in their work are not producing fakelore unless they claim that their creations are real folklore. Over the last several decades the term has generally fallen out of favor in folklore studies
because it places an emphasis on origin instead of ongoing practice to determine authenticity.