History BrokenAesop / Literature

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.
14th Jul '17 8:13:34 AM Arivne
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* Peter F. Hamilton's ''Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy'' is most infamous for its Deus ex Machina ending, but the story (particularly the third book) also attempts to promote an anti-racism message, with the Possessed as a metaphor for victims of bigotry. Unfortunately, this message is sort of lost when the victims of oppression are body-snatching ghosts who use rape and torture to increase their numbers.

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* Peter F. Hamilton's ''Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy'' is most infamous for its Deus ex Machina DeusExMachina ending, but the story (particularly the third book) also attempts to promote an anti-racism message, with the Possessed as a metaphor for victims of bigotry. Unfortunately, this message is sort of lost when the victims of oppression are body-snatching ghosts who use rape and torture to increase their numbers.
14th Jul '17 8:09:35 AM Arivne
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*** The point about AmbitionIsEvil leading to bad fates for Dumbledore, Snape, Voldemort and others, and happy fates for the HumbleHero Harry Potter falls flat since TheHero's success comes down to having a lot of convenient PlotCoupon handed down to him, alongside huge doses of luck and PlotArmor. In addition, Harry Potter is the inheritor of wealth and fame thanks to the actions of his parents and ancestors, so he doesn't really have a lot to be ambitious about unlike Dumbledore, Riddle and Snape (products of troubled low-income homes).

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*** The point about AmbitionIsEvil leading to bad fates for Dumbledore, Snape, Voldemort and others, and happy fates for the HumbleHero Harry Potter falls flat since TheHero's success comes down to having a lot of convenient PlotCoupon {{Plot Coupon}}s handed down to him, alongside huge doses of luck and PlotArmor. In addition, Harry Potter is the inheritor of wealth and fame thanks to the actions of his parents and ancestors, so he doesn't really have a lot to be ambitious about unlike Dumbledore, Riddle and Snape (products of troubled low-income homes).
14th Jul '17 8:03:58 AM Arivne
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** The series is largely centered around the message of unity and tolerance. Specifically, unity and tolerance between pure-blood and half-blood wizards. Discrimination and segregation between them are always depicted as wrong. It also has the bad guys seeking to kill or enslave non-wizard people (aka Muggles) as an analogue to Nazism. This would all be fine and dandy, if it weren't for the fact that wizards ―even the good ones― are highly guilty of separatism and segregation by hiding themselves and their society from Muggles and rejecting their culture (the reason wizards are still stuck with medieval technology is that they're largely ignorant of modern technology and science due to their rejection of anything "Muggle"), and the books never portray this behavior as being wrong. Okay, being fair, many wizards believe in Muggles' rights, and some have an interest in Muggle culture, and they have a study called Muggle Studies dedicated to it. But in those cases, this is done in an incredibly condescending manner, almost as if dealing with an animal species, and it's never done with the objective of integration. In other words, being a promoter of Muggle rights practically makes you the wizard of equivalent a PETA activist. Consider how Ron's father's job is specifically to study Muggle culture but still has to ask Harry what the point of a rubber duck is and that the existence of wizards with fully Muggle parents means that they don't even need to leave their veil to get most of the info they could ever need to see how seriously they honestly take it.

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** The series is largely centered around the message of unity and tolerance. Specifically, unity and tolerance between pure-blood and half-blood wizards. Discrimination and segregation between them are always depicted as wrong. It also has the bad guys seeking to kill or enslave non-wizard people (aka Muggles) as an analogue to Nazism. This would all be fine and dandy, if it weren't for the fact that wizards ―even the good ones― are highly guilty of separatism and segregation by hiding themselves and their society from Muggles and rejecting their culture (the reason wizards are still stuck with medieval technology is that they're largely ignorant of modern technology and science due to their rejection of anything "Muggle"), and the books never portray this behavior as being wrong. Okay, being fair, many wizards believe in Muggles' rights, and some have an interest in Muggle culture, and they have a study called Muggle Studies dedicated to it. But in those cases, this is done in an incredibly condescending manner, almost as if dealing with an animal species, and it's never done with the objective of integration. In other words, being a promoter of Muggle rights practically makes you the wizard of equivalent of a PETA activist. Consider how Ron's father's job is specifically to study Muggle culture but still has to ask Harry what the point of a rubber duck is and that the existence of wizards with fully Muggle parents means that they don't even need to leave their veil to get most of the info they could ever need to see how seriously they honestly take it.
14th Jul '17 7:56:59 AM Arivne
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* The Dutch book ''Literature/TheChatroomTrap'' tries to convey the Aesop that Chatrooms are dangerous place for underage users, by having Floor and Marcia, two 15 years old girls, doing a lot of dumb things in chatroom, culminating in Marcia posing naked for various persons. The catch is, all of this has no negative consequences whatsoever (even Marcia's naked photos are kept in private). Instead, the reason the girls are targeted by the criminals (which leads to them being molested) is that they post their profile on a (legit) site for aspiring models, with the entire baiting process happening via E-Mails.

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* The Dutch book ''Literature/TheChatroomTrap'' tries to convey the Aesop that Chatrooms chatrooms are dangerous place for underage users, by having Floor and Marcia, two 15 years old girls, doing a lot of dumb things in chatroom, culminating in Marcia posing naked for various persons. The catch is, all of this has no negative consequences whatsoever (even Marcia's naked photos are kept in private). Instead, the reason the girls are targeted by the criminals (which leads to them being molested) is that they post their profile on a (legit) site for aspiring models, with the entire baiting process happening via E-Mails.e-mails.
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