History Literature / IfOnAWintersNightATraveler

7th Oct '17 8:56:58 AM DoctorNemesis
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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. She has nothing but contempt for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to literature and her desire to read just for entertainment and escapism, but the novel suggests that for all her political awareness ultimately Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually the much more narrow-minded and limited one. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge or appreciate anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.

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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. She has nothing but contempt for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to literature and her desire to read just for entertainment and escapism, but the novel suggests that for all her political awareness and progressiveness ultimately Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually the much more narrow-minded and limited one. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge or appreciate anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.
7th Oct '17 8:56:29 AM DoctorNemesis
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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge or appreciate anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.

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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The She has nothing but contempt for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to literature and her desire to read just for entertainment and escapism, but the novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, ultimately Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually the much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla.one. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge or appreciate anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.
7th Oct '17 8:49:31 AM DoctorNemesis
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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.

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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge or appreciate anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.
15th Jun '17 3:59:35 PM Anddrix
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* GenreSavvy



* GenreSavvy: The narrator of "Around an Empty Grave." See below.
* [[HisNameIs Her Name Is]]: The protagonist of "Around an Empty Grave" [[GenreSavvy sees this coming]] with his father's death, but is unable to keep the trope from being played absolutely straight.

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* GenreSavvy: The narrator of "Around an Empty Grave." See below.
* [[HisNameIs Her Name Is]]: The protagonist of "Around an Empty Grave" [[GenreSavvy sees this coming]] coming with his father's death, but is unable to keep the trope from being played absolutely straight.
3rd Jun '17 9:23:24 AM nombretomado
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3rd Feb '17 9:29:16 AM GoblinCipher
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* AlwaysFemale: the LoveInterests.
* AlwaysMale: the narrators.
18th Dec '16 2:36:48 PM DoctorNemesis
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* PyrrhicVictory: Implied to be the case for the mastermind behind events (if indeed there is one). [[spoiler: Ermes Marana (apparently) manages to stage a massive scale fraud / conspiracy / undermining of the entire publishing and reading world... but it's suggested that he only did any of it in order to get Ludmilla to fall for him, which failed.]]
23rd Nov '16 5:37:23 AM DoctorNemesis
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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria doesn't see anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.

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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't see acknowledge anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.
19th Oct '16 3:58:14 AM DoctorNemesis
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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria doesn't see anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.



* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. For all that she disdains her sister's preference to read for entertainment and escapism, the novel suggests that for all her political awareness Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla, since Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria doesn't see anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.
19th Oct '16 3:54:40 AM DoctorNemesis
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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. For all that she disdains her sister's preference to read for entertainment and escapism, the novel suggests that for all her political awareness Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla, since Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria doesn't see anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.
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