History BrokenAesop / Literature

13th Dec '17 8:38:54 PM Unicorndance
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* ''Literature/DirtyBertie'': In the first book, Bertie learns that NatureTinkling is not allowed, however, in "Twitter!" when he has to pee while birdwatching, he's allowed to pee in the woods.
3rd Dec '17 9:10:49 AM hyphz
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* ''Literature/HalfwayAcrossTheGalaxyAndTurnLeft'' finishes with the curious alien family deciding that life on Earth is preferable to the life they lived before on an alien planet. Well, yes, life on Earth is great.. if your entire family has PsychicPowers and includes two [[ChildProdigy Child Prodigies]] and a ProudBeauty.

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* ''Literature/HalfwayAcrossTheGalaxyAndTurnLeft'' finishes with the curious alien family deciding that life on Earth is preferable to the life they lived before on an alien planet. Well, yes, life on Earth is great.. if your entire family has PsychicPowers and includes two [[ChildProdigy Child Prodigies]] and a ProudBeauty.ProudBeauty (none of which would be unusual on Zyrgon).
3rd Dec '17 9:07:10 AM hyphz
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* ''Literature/HalfwayAcrossTheGalaxyAndTurnLeft'' finishes with the curious alien family deciding that life on Earth is preferable to the life they lived before on an alien planet. Well, yes, life on Earth is great.. if your entire family has PsychicPowers and includes two [[ChildProdigy Child Prodigies]] and a ProudBeauty.
13th Oct '17 1:09:35 AM PaulA
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* In-universe example: In ''Literature/TheBarsoomProject'', sequel to ''Literature/DreamPark'', a live-action adventure about Inuit mythology is re-staged as a "Fat Ripper", in which players are psychologically conditioned to overcome their eating disorders and other dependencies while completing their mission. This could've been a real coup for the Park's operators, if one of the game's challenges hadn't required them to ''smoke cigarettes'' as part of a magical ritual. So we're training Gamers to trade one unhealthy habit for another, are we?

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* In-universe example: In ''Literature/TheBarsoomProject'', sequel to ''Literature/DreamPark'', a live-action adventure about Inuit mythology is re-staged as a "Fat Ripper", in which players are psychologically conditioned to overcome their eating disorders and other dependencies while completing their mission. This could've been a real coup for the Park's operators, if one of the game's challenges hadn't required them to ''smoke cigarettes'' as part of a magical ritual. So we're training Gamers to trade one unhealthy habit for another, are we?
30th Aug '17 11:36:10 AM MrMediaGuy2
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* The first ''Literature/{{Arthur}}'' book, titled "Arthur's Nose" was about the titular aardvark not liking his nose and wanting to get plastic surgery to change it, before deciding he's proud of his appearance. This didn't stop author Marc Brown from eventually [[ArtEvolution redesigning him]] so that his nose shrinks to the point where he no [[InformedSpecies longer resembles an aardvark]].
2nd Aug '17 3:26:29 PM vifetoile
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* OlderThanPrint: Chaucer [[TheParody parodies]] this trope in ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'', by having the despicable, avaricious pardoner's tale turn out to be a Broken Aesop about how terrible greed is.

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* OlderThanPrint: Chaucer [[TheParody parodies]] this trope in ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'', by having the despicable, avaricious pardoner's Pardoner tell a tale turn out to be a Broken Aesop about how terrible greed is.the evils of greed... and then close the story with a sales pitch for all his crummy fake relics, because the Pardoner himself loves money above all else.
16th Jul '17 10:36:57 AM nombretomado
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** Next, Rowling [[WordOfGod claimed]] that she intended Dumbledore to be gay, and it was supposed to "teach children tolerance". However, nearly all heterosexual romances in the series (even Snape's unrequited love for Lily Evans) played a positive role, and Dumbledore's allegedly homosexual feelings for Grindelwald were decidedly calamitous, resulting in the rise of the magical variant of fascism, many deaths (including the death of Ariana), and, to some extent, even WW2. Some homophobic people even praised this plot point, seeing it as confirmation for their idea that "homosexuality is evil".

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** Next, Rowling [[WordOfGod claimed]] that she intended Dumbledore to be gay, and it was supposed to "teach children tolerance". However, nearly all heterosexual romances in the series (even Snape's unrequited love for Lily Evans) played a positive role, and Dumbledore's allegedly homosexual feelings for Grindelwald were decidedly calamitous, resulting in the rise of the magical variant of fascism, many deaths (including the death of Ariana), and, to some extent, even WW2.[=WW2=]. Some homophobic people even praised this plot point, seeing it as confirmation for their idea that "homosexuality is evil".
14th Jul '17 8:23:26 AM Arivne
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* The Creator/RobertHeinlein novel ''Literature/FarnhamsFreehold'': it's supposed to be an anti-racism novel, but given that Heinlein was an upper-class white man from pre-Civil Rights Era California, he really didn't have a great handle on what race issues actually were so he just flipped things around so that the protagonists ended up in a society where black people (who were [[IAmAHumanitarian also cannibals]]) were now the masters of enslaved white people, so the Aesop came across as something along the lines of "given half a chance, black people will turn around and be even worse to white people than white people currently are to them." Or as one review put it, it was "an anti-racism novel only a Klansman could love."

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* The Creator/RobertHeinlein novel ''Literature/FarnhamsFreehold'': it's ''Literature/FarnhamsFreehold''. It's supposed to be an anti-racism novel, but given that Heinlein was an upper-class white man from pre-Civil Rights Era California, he really didn't have a great handle on what race issues actually were so he were. He just flipped things around so that the protagonists ended up in a society where black people (who were [[IAmAHumanitarian also cannibals]]) were now the masters of enslaved white people, so the Aesop came across as something along the lines of "given half a chance, black people will turn around and be even worse to white people than white people currently are to them." Or as one review put it, it was "an anti-racism novel only a Klansman could love."
14th Jul '17 8:17:31 AM Arivne
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* ''Literature/SaveThePearls'' is a [[{{Understatement}} somewhat controversial]] novel that is -- ''ostensibly'' -- a fable about the foolishness of racism, set in a world where [[PersecutionFlip an environmental catastrophe has left melanin content as a prized thing, with blacks on top and whites on the bottom, with an interracial romance to drive home the point]]. What it ''is'', however, is a novel where white people are called "Pearls" and blacks are called "Coals," the white female lead starts off severely uncomfortable around black people (to the point of using slurs like "haughty Coal" in inner monologue), white people often wear blackface to "pass," the white lead is threatened with rape at the hands of a giant black man, and the love story is described as a "Beauty and the Beast" fable (and the black love interest ''turns into a beast'' thanks to genetic engineering).

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* ''Literature/SaveThePearls'' is a [[{{Understatement}} somewhat controversial]] novel that is -- ''ostensibly'' -- a fable about the foolishness of racism, set in a world where [[PersecutionFlip an environmental catastrophe has left melanin content as a prized thing, with blacks on top and whites on the bottom, with an interracial romance to drive home the point]]. What it ''is'', however, is a novel where white people are called "Pearls" and blacks are called "Coals," the white female lead starts off severely uncomfortable around black people (to the point of using slurs like "haughty Coal" in inner monologue), white people often wear blackface to "pass," the white lead is threatened with rape at the hands of a giant black man, ScaryBlackMan, and the love story is described as a "Beauty and the Beast" fable (and the black love interest ''turns into a beast'' thanks to genetic engineering).
14th Jul '17 8:14:38 AM Arivne
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* The ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' series runs on this. One of it's protagonists, Jane Rizzoli, relentlessly complains about how she's dismissed or ignored because of her plain looks, especially in favor of an attractive woman. Fair enough. . .except she does ''the exact same thing'' by taking an instant dislike to every beautiful woman that she meets, automatically assuming that she's a bitch or an idiot, and treating her as such. She also has nothing but contempt for the men who fall in love with these women, believing them to be shallow. Aside from being a grossly unfair and stereotypical assumption, she herself spends all of the first book lusting after her handsome partner and in the next book, falls for (and eventually marries) an equally handsome FBI agent. Apparently it's only shallow when beautiful people fall in love with beautiful people. When unattractive people do, it's just fine.

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* The ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' series runs on this. One of it's its protagonists, Jane Rizzoli, relentlessly complains about how she's dismissed or ignored because of her plain looks, especially in favor of an attractive woman. Fair enough. . .except she does ''the exact same thing'' by taking an instant dislike to every beautiful woman that she meets, automatically assuming that she's a bitch or an idiot, and treating her as such. She also has nothing but contempt for the men who fall in love with these women, believing them to be shallow. Aside from being a grossly unfair and stereotypical assumption, she herself spends all of the first book lusting after her handsome partner and in the next book, falls for (and eventually marries) an equally handsome FBI agent. Apparently it's only shallow when beautiful people fall in love with beautiful people. When unattractive people do, it's just fine.
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