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6th May '16 5:10:10 AM Jeduthun
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** The episode starring Creator/NeilGaiman provided a rare example of an {{Aesop}} in favor of reading graphic novels: they inspire Sue Ellen to be creative and try her hand at writing and illustrating her own work.
21st Mar '16 4:02:46 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Literature/TheNeverEndingStory'' fits the second type; Bastian is drawn into the story and becomes a character as he reads.
** Ironically, the movie is more {{Anvilicious}} than the original book. In the book the emphasis is on imagination, no matter what the source, and Bastian is considered amazing because he can make up new stories on the fly. In the movie this is reduced to a basic "reading is good, TV is bad"-{{Aesop}}.

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* ''Literature/TheNeverEndingStory'' fits the second type; Bastian is drawn into the story and becomes a character as he reads. \n** Ironically, the movie is more {{Anvilicious}} than the original book. In the book the emphasis is on imagination, no matter what the source, and Bastian is considered amazing because he can make up new stories on the fly. In the movie this is reduced to a basic "reading is good, TV is bad"-{{Aesop}}.



** ''Creator/RoaldDahl'' gets into this trope even further with "Matilda", where the titular protagonist gains PsychicPowers thanks to her love of reading and learning, not to mention that her TV-loving parents are shown as quite callous.

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** * ''Creator/RoaldDahl'' gets into this trope even further with "Matilda", "Literature/{{Matilda}}", where the titular protagonist gains PsychicPowers thanks to her love of reading and learning, not to mention that her TV-loving parents are shown as quite callous.



* Similarly, ''Series/{{Wishbone}}'' is all about a Jack Russell Terrier that loves to read classic novels.

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* Similarly, ''Series/{{Wishbone}}'' is all about a Jack Russell Terrier that loves to read classic novels.



* There's a song in the musical episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' in which the refrain goes "Having fun isn't hard/When you've got a library card."

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There's a song in the musical episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' in which the refrain goes "Having fun isn't hard/When you've got a library card."



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had an early episode with Merlin's diary. Everyone was thinking it would be Merlin's spellbooks, Macbeth was particularly disappointed [[spoiler:partly because he already has a copy of Merlin's diary]]. Broadway and Hudson start learning how to read.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
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an early episode with Merlin's diary. Everyone was thinking it would be Merlin's spellbooks, Macbeth was particularly disappointed [[spoiler:partly because he already has a copy of Merlin's diary]]. Broadway and Hudson start learning how to read.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' loves this aesop. The series has no less than two episodes dedicated to it and Ba Nee loves to read, which created an issue when she started to go blind (though an operation fixed that). One of the episodes is one of the most remembered episodes in the series since it's [[ADayInTheLimelight Roxy centered]]. Roxy never learned to read and when she botched an appearance on live TV her bandmates (excluding Stormer) make fun of her. She leaves, coincidentally finds a winning lottery ticket, and decides to permanently leave the band. In the end she [[StatusQuoIsGod loses the cash and The Misfits drag her back]], partially due to her inability to read contracts. Ba Nee gives Roxy a book for beginner readers and we're shown Roxy to begin learning to read. This is given s reference in the season finale when [[spoiler:The Misfits come to Ba Nee's going away party]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' loves this aesop. The series has no less than two episodes dedicated to it and Ba Nee loves to read, which created an issue when she started to go blind (though an operation fixed that). One of the episodes is one of the most remembered episodes in the series since it's [[ADayInTheLimelight [[VillainEpisode Roxy centered]]. Roxy never learned to read and when she botched an appearance on live TV her bandmates (excluding Stormer) make made fun of her. She leaves, coincidentally finds a winning lottery ticket, and decides to permanently leave the band. In the end she [[StatusQuoIsGod loses the cash and The Misfits drag her back]], partially due to her inability to read contracts. Ba Nee gives Roxy a book for beginner readers and we're shown Roxy to begin learning to read. This is given s a reference in the season finale when [[spoiler:The Misfits come to Ba Nee's going away party]].



* This is TruthInTelevision; lots of children's libraries promote reading as a way to find new adventures.
** During the 90's, this became a little on the {{Anvilicious}} side. Many (ironically!) televised PSA's were heavily pushing this aesop, and more often than not, they had a NewMediaAreEvil slant.

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* This is TruthInTelevision; lots of children's libraries promote reading as a way to find new adventures.
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adventures. During the 90's, this became a little on the {{Anvilicious}} side. Many (ironically!) televised PSA's were heavily pushing this aesop, and more often than not, they had a NewMediaAreEvil slant.
14th Mar '16 6:08:26 PM Prfnoff
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* This is ''the'' main point being driven home by the shows ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' and ''{{Wilbur}}'', whose slogan is that "Books are moovelous!"

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* This is ''the'' main point being driven home by the shows ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' and ''{{Wilbur}}'', ''Series/{{Wilbur}}'', whose slogan is that "Books are moovelous!"
6th Mar '16 4:37:39 AM JulianLapostat
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* During the RedScare, Joe [=McCarthy=] and Roy Cohn started mounting a campaign against subversive literature and mounted a campaign to ban books across various libraries and burn them. President Eisenhower, criticized this campaign with a simple exhortation:
--> '''Eisenhower''': "Don't join the book burners. ... Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book."
20th Feb '16 9:50:17 PM Seanette
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'' ''tried'' to do this, but as many people pointed out, it doesn't really encourage reading, instead name-dropping a few literary classics and using loose approximations of their plots and characters for action scenes.
* This is probably the second biggest aesop in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', after the moral about learning to love someone for who they are inside. The main character is a girl who loves reading for recreation, even though everyone else around her in her "poor, provincial town" other than father thinks her odd for it. The "Human Again" sequence from the stage musical (and adapted for the film's special edition) goes further, with Belle teaching The Beast to read and him admitting that he never knew books could be so powerful - by making him forget, if only for a moment, who and what he is. The theme continues in the follow-up films.
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'' ''tried'' to do this, but as many people pointed out, it doesn't really encourage reading, instead name-dropping a few literary classics and using loose approximations of their plots and characters for action scenes.
* This is probably the second biggest aesop in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', after the moral about learning to love someone for who they are inside. The main character is a girl who loves reading for recreation, even though everyone else around her in her "poor, provincial town" other than father thinks her odd for it. The "Human Again" sequence from the stage musical (and adapted for the film's special edition) goes further, with Belle teaching The Beast to read and him admitting that he never knew books could be so powerful - by making him forget, if only for a moment, who and what he is. The theme continues in the follow-up films.
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8th Dec '15 12:49:12 AM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Subverted in ''Bones, Son of Cyrano'', where Mr. Boynton breaks a date with Miss Brooks to read the rest of ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac''. Miss Brooks had advised Mr. Boynton to read it in the first place in the hope it would make him less ObliviousToLove.

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Subverted in ''Bones, "Bones, Son of Cyrano'', Cyrano", where Mr. Boynton breaks a date with Miss Brooks to read the rest of ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac''. Miss Brooks had advised Mr. Boynton to read it in the first place in the hope it would make him less ObliviousToLove.
18th Sep '15 9:53:58 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' loves this aesop. The series has no less than two episodes dedicated to it and Ba Nee loves to read, which created an issue when she started to go blind (though an operation fixed that). One of the episodes is one of the most remembered episodes in the series since it's [[ADayInTheLimelight Roxy centered]]. Roxy never learned to read and when she botched an appearance on live TV her bandmates (excluding Stormer) make fun of her. She leaves, coincidentally finds a winning lottery ticket, and decides to permanently leave the band. In the end she [[StatusQuoIsGod loses the cash and The Misfits drag her back]], partially due to her inability to read contracts. Ba Nee gives Roxy a book for beginner readers and we're shown Roxy to begin learning to read. This is given s reference in the season finale when [[spoiler:The Misfits come to Ba Nee's going away party]].
8th Sep '15 8:45:00 PM kchishol
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It's worth noting that a show can be just as likely to promote the opposite Aesop, that too much reading can be just as bad as too little, and encourage kids to go out and play or make friends. The idea of reading as being good for you is actually a [[NewerThanTheyThink fairly new concept]] that came with the advent of television. Prior to that, recreational reading was viewed in pretty much the same sense as watching television is today. For instance, the books of the Stratemeyer Syndicate like ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' and ''Literature/NancyDrew'' series were regarded as worthless garbage in the 1920s and 1930s that ruined kids' appreciation of the classics, which was what most of those literary snobs thought of PulpMagazine stories as well. Of course, by the time the properties' most successful adaptation, ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'', came out in UsefulNotes/TheSeventies, it was greeted by some parents with some hope that their kids watching it might like to read the novels next.

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It's worth noting that a show can be just as likely to promote the opposite Aesop, that too much reading can be just as bad as too little, and encourage kids to go out and play or make friends. The idea of reading as being good for you is actually a [[NewerThanTheyThink fairly new concept]] that came with the advent of television. Prior to that, recreational reading was viewed in pretty much the same sense as watching television is today. For instance, the books of the Stratemeyer Syndicate like ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' and ''Literature/NancyDrew'' series were regarded as worthless garbage in the 1920s and 1930s that ruined kids' appreciation of the classics, which was what most of those literary snobs thought of PulpMagazine stories as well.classics. Of course, by the time the properties' most successful adaptation, ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'', came out in UsefulNotes/TheSeventies, it was greeted by some parents with some hope that their kids watching it might like to read the novels next.
8th Sep '15 8:43:42 PM kchishol
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It's worth noting that a show can be just as likely to promote the opposite Aesop, that too much reading can be just as bad as too little, and encourage kids to go out and play or make friends. The idea of reading as being good for you is actually a [[NewerThanTheyThink fairly new concept]] that came with the advent of television. Prior to that, recreational reading was viewed in pretty much the same sense as watching television is today. For instance, the books of the Stratemeyer Syndicate like ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' and ''Literature/NancyDrew'' series were regarded as worthless garbage in the 1920s and 1930s that ruined kids' appreciation of the classics, which was what most of those literary snobs thought of PulpMagazine stories as well.

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It's worth noting that a show can be just as likely to promote the opposite Aesop, that too much reading can be just as bad as too little, and encourage kids to go out and play or make friends. The idea of reading as being good for you is actually a [[NewerThanTheyThink fairly new concept]] that came with the advent of television. Prior to that, recreational reading was viewed in pretty much the same sense as watching television is today. For instance, the books of the Stratemeyer Syndicate like ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' and ''Literature/NancyDrew'' series were regarded as worthless garbage in the 1920s and 1930s that ruined kids' appreciation of the classics, which was what most of those literary snobs thought of PulpMagazine stories as well. \n Of course, by the time the properties' most successful adaptation, ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'', came out in UsefulNotes/TheSeventies, it was greeted by some parents with some hope that their kids watching it might like to read the novels next.
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