History ItsAllAboutMe / Literature

2nd Apr '16 4:21:41 PM Kid
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*** To put a finer point on it: One book introduces a torture device called the Total Perspective Vortex, which drives the victim insane by showing them just how tiny and insignificant they are compared to the rest of existence. Zaphod walks away from it just fine because, as he sees it, what it showed him was that the universe really '''does''' revolve around him. On the other hand, at the moment he was in a miniature Universe designed to completely envelop him, so the fully-functional Vortex ''did'' work perfectly-in the worst way imaginable.

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*** To put a finer point on it: One book introduces a torture device called the Total Perspective Vortex, which drives the victim insane by showing them just how tiny and insignificant they are compared to the rest of existence. Zaphod walks away from it just fine because, as he sees it, what it showed him was that the universe really '''does''' revolve around him. On the other hand, at the moment he was in a miniature Universe designed to completely envelop him, so the fully-functional Vortex ''did'' work perfectly-in perfectly--in the worst way imaginable.
27th Mar '16 9:34:13 AM Discar
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* 'Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'':

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* 'Franchise/StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'':
27th Mar '16 9:33:59 AM Discar
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* The {{novelization}} of ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' gives Count Dooku this characterization. He views all beings in two categories: assets and threats. Everyone who is not of use to him falls into the latter category.

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* The {{novelization}} of ''Franchise/StarWars 'Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' Film/RevengeOfTheSith'':
** [[Literature/RevengeOfTheSith The novelization]]
gives Count Dooku this characterization. He views all beings in two categories: assets and threats. Everyone who is not of use to him falls into the latter category.



--> You killed her because, finally, when you ''could'' have saved her, when you could have gone ''away'' with her, when you could have been thinking about ''her'', you were thinking about ''[[ItsAllAboutMe yourself]]''...
--> It is in this blazing moment that you finally understand the trap of TheDarkSide, [[BeingEvilSucks the final cruelty of the Sith]] --
--> Because [[WeCanRebuildHim now]] your ''self'' [[FateWorseThanDeath is all you will ever have]].

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--> ---> You killed her because, finally, when you ''could'' have saved her, when you could have gone ''away'' with her, when you could have been thinking about ''her'', you were thinking about ''[[ItsAllAboutMe yourself]]''...
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yourself]]''...\\
It is in this blazing moment that you finally understand the trap of TheDarkSide, [[BeingEvilSucks the final cruelty of the Sith]] --
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--\\
Because [[WeCanRebuildHim now]] your ''self'' [[FateWorseThanDeath is all you will ever have]].
18th Jan '16 2:19:31 PM eowynjedi
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Pucci Lavish. It would be inaccurate to say that she confesses [[spoiler:at the climax]] -- "confessing" implies admitting to doing ''wrong''. She's considerably closer to bragging.
** Tiffany Aching of ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' is a heroic example. TheFairFolk kidnapped ''her'' obnoxious baby brother and are invading ''her'' country, and now ItsPersonal. It's hinted that "turning selfishness into a weapon" like this is a major source of power for witches: whatever they claim as theirs, do ''not'' mess with it.



* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Pucci Lavish. It would be inaccurate to say that she confesses [[spoiler:at the climax]] -- "confessing" implies admitting to doing ''wrong''. She's considerably closer to bragging.
** Tiffany Aching of ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' is a heroic example. TheFairFolk kidnapped ''her'' obnoxious baby brother and are invading ''her'' country, and now ItsPersonal. It's hinted that "turning selfishness into a weapon" like this is a major source of power for witches.
16th Nov '15 2:58:17 PM catmuto
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* Christian Grey from the ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' books comes across as this. He's a very selfish lover, particularly to his subs, and only cares about his own pleasure, often ignoring discomfort about certain aspects during 'scenes'. Even things that he seems to do for the sake of other people, like sending food supplies to Darfur, is all done because ''he'' used to go hungry as a toddler. ''He'' is the one in control of his life, and of those closely associated with him, including his subs and eventual wife, Anastasia Steele. ''His'' pleasure, ''his'' job, ''his'' personal life, is what he focuses on first and foremost.
28th Aug '15 11:30:03 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheBlackSun'', Brekan is completely self-centred, but thinks that he's self-sacrificing, long-suffering, and unappreciated. He goes on about his efforts on behalf of other people, but his motivation is never just "it would make them happy" it's about how they'll be grateful and he'll seem important. If anyone points out that his efforts have had negative, stupid repercussions for the group, his only response is bitterness that he didn't get the outcome he wanted and that people are "as usual" all against him [[NeverMyFault for no reason]].
28th Aug '15 9:08:23 AM emeraldgreentrad
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* Evie O'Neill's [[FatalFlaw]] in Libba Bray's ''Diviners'' series. Evie is a self-absorbed glory hound who frequently puts fame above the feelings and desires of her friends.

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* Evie O'Neill's [[FatalFlaw]] FatalFlaw in Libba Bray's ''Diviners'' series. Evie is a self-absorbed glory hound who frequently puts fame above the feelings and desires of her friends.
28th Aug '15 9:07:45 AM emeraldgreentrad
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* Evie O'Neill's [[FatalFlaw] in Libba Bray's ''Diviners'' series. Evie is a self-absorbed glory hound who frequently puts fame above the feelings and desires of her friends.

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* Evie O'Neill's [[FatalFlaw] [[FatalFlaw]] in Libba Bray's ''Diviners'' series. Evie is a self-absorbed glory hound who frequently puts fame above the feelings and desires of her friends.
28th Aug '15 9:07:09 AM emeraldgreentrad
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* Evie O'Neill's [[FatalFlaw] in Libba Bray's ''Diviners'' series. Evie is a self-absorbed glory hound who frequently puts fame above the feelings and desires of her friends.
27th Jul '15 7:14:39 PM Antigone3
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* The BigBad of Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Jinx High'' understands the magical law of karma ... specifically she understands that when others do wrong, it leaves them open for her to harm them. The idea that ''she'' might be subject to this same law doesn't even occur to her.

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* The BigBad of Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Jinx High'' ''[[Literature/DianaTregarde Jinx High]]'' understands the magical law of karma ... specifically she understands that when others do wrong, it leaves them open for her to harm them. The idea that ''she'' might be subject to this same law doesn't even occur to her.
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