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There's a specific, somewhat uncommon word I have in mind. I came across it some time ago, but I can't remember it and can't find it back. It perfectly, succinctly represents what I'm about to describe. Also, it's not edutainment.

The word is one you would use to describe a novel/game/movie/whatever which, as an accessory to its primary goal of entertaining the audience, also seeks to educate the audience about specific topics.

For example, imagine a political thriller where the audience comes away with some understanding of the inner workings of the U.S. senate. Or imagine a work of historical fiction that greatly deepens the audience's understanding of a particular aspect of the Korean War. Or a novel where the protagonist is a sumo wrestler, and the audience comes to learn a great deal about sumo culture as a byproduct of the storytelling.

  • I can picture exactly what you're taking about, but I don't think there's a specific word for it. I did a quick check of TVTropes, starting at Edutainment, and came up dry. The best they offer is "informative" or the label "E/I" (educational/informative). – Dan Bron Mar 10 '17 at 22:39
  • It's been about a year or two since I encountered the word, but I think there was a Wikipedia article about the word that explained the idea and provided some examples of works that fell into the category. – Josh1billion Mar 10 '17 at 22:49
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    @Dan Bron: ... a quick check of TVTropes? Isn't that the ultimate oxymoron? Or is your browser running some kind of "anti-Tardis" extension? (to prevent time ceasing to exist once you enter the site! :) – FumbleFingers Mar 11 '17 at 0:44
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Could the word you are looking for be didactic?

From Merriam-Webster didactic

a : designed or intended to teach

b : intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment - didactic poetry

  • This is pretty good! A little broader than what I think OP is seeking, but helpful. +1. – Dan Bron Mar 10 '17 at 22:56
  • Thanks, I think that's the exact one! My description is slightly different, but that's likely due to my poor memory. I believe this is the Wikipedia article I mentioned in my other comment: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didacticism – Josh1billion Mar 10 '17 at 23:20
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    +1 I've never met the sense licensed as 'b'. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 11 '17 at 0:42
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You can use the term educational with the connotation of:

tending or intended to educate, instruct, or inform:

  • an educational show on television.

(Dictionary.com)

  • But you wouldn't really call a political thriller which is only incidentally informative an "educational film", would you? – Dan Bron Mar 10 '17 at 22:42
  • @DanBron - I'd probably use educational fiction in that case. – user66974 Mar 10 '17 at 22:44

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