History Analysis / Anvilicious

20th Feb '18 1:13:12 PM mister-bittersweet
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Another issue that can lead to this is FollowTheLeader. If a popular work handled an aesop in a nuanced, objective way, then works that come after it [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny might try to preach the same aesop]] to cash in on the success of that work. These imitators can have a negative effect on the message in question because they can turn it into a trend, and come across as disingenuous. They might not care about getting the message across so much as wanting their work to be popular.
* Adding onto this, viewers or readers of a story run the risk of feeling patronized if they keep hearing the same message over and over again, and accuse the writers and executives responsible for these stories of thinking ViewersAreMorons due to beating the same message down their throats.

to:

* Another issue that can lead to this is FollowTheLeader. If a popular work handled an aesop in a nuanced, objective way, then works that come after it [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny might try to preach the same aesop]] to cash in on the success of that work. These imitators can have a negative effect on the message in question because they can turn it into a trend, and come across as disingenuous. They might not care about getting the message they're getting across so much as wanting their to succeed like the original work to be popular.
they're following.
* Adding onto this, viewers or readers of a story run the risk of feeling patronized if they keep hearing the same message over and over again, and accuse the writers and executives responsible for these stories of thinking ViewersAreMorons due to beating the same message down their throats. SocietyMarchesOn, so [[FairForItsDay a message that may have been progressive at one point in time]] can come across as a CaptainObviousAesop in the future.
! '''Message Over Characters'''
* When people judge a story, they generally care about the plot and characters before the message or theme, and want the latter two to compliment the former two. A good story requires good characters after all. However, an {{Anvilicious}} work can be so focused on the message that the characters of the story are either preachy and self-righteous, or ObviouslyEvil {{Straw Character}}s, neither of which are easy for the audience to relate to.
17th Feb '18 9:46:33 AM mister-bittersweet
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

! '''NeverHeardThatOneBefore'''
* A problem that can make a story {{Anvilicious}} is if the moral in question is common. Even if the moral in question [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped is an important one]], people will become desensitized or annoyed with the aesop that the writer is trying to get across if they've heard it often enough, and the message will ring hollow because the story is preaching to deaf ears.
* Another issue that can lead to this is FollowTheLeader. If a popular work handled an aesop in a nuanced, objective way, then works that come after it [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny might try to preach the same aesop]] to cash in on the success of that work. These imitators can have a negative effect on the message in question because they can turn it into a trend, and come across as disingenuous. They might not care about getting the message across so much as wanting their work to be popular.
* Adding onto this, viewers or readers of a story run the risk of feeling patronized if they keep hearing the same message over and over again, and accuse the writers and executives responsible for these stories of thinking ViewersAreMorons due to beating the same message down their throats.
This list shows the last 2 events of 2. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Analysis.Anvilicious