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6th Feb '16 2:46:32 PM jormis29
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* Convincing people that [[Series/BostonLegal Alan Shore]] represents [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]] is [[WilliamShatner easy]]. Convincing them that [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Christine Daaé]] is [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]]... * Parodied in an episode of ''{{Frasier}}'', where Frasier and Niles read the manuscript to the second ever novel of a famous author, then tell him how much they enjoyed how it was evocative of Dante's Divine Comedy. The author states that he didn't intend such imagery, and bitterly concludes that he must have "drawn the whole thing from Dante", before angrily destroying the manuscript. Frasier and Niles console themselves by claiming that the critics would have picked up on the Dante allegory and torn the novel apart.
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* Convincing people that [[Series/BostonLegal Alan Shore]] represents [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]] is [[WilliamShatner [[Creator/WilliamShatner easy]]. Convincing them that [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Christine Daaé]] is [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]]... * Parodied in an episode of ''{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', where Frasier and Niles read the manuscript to the second ever novel of a famous author, then tell him how much they enjoyed how it was evocative of Dante's Divine Comedy. The author states that he didn't intend such imagery, and bitterly concludes that he must have "drawn the whole thing from Dante", before angrily destroying the manuscript. Frasier and Niles console themselves by claiming that the critics would have picked up on the Dante allegory and torn the novel apart.

* Parodied many many times in ''{{Cheers}}'' in which the barflies would do it as their version of a mental exercise. For example, this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c28J_xqGlkQ examination]] of ''WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner'', with Norm later huffing at Cliff, "I suppose that proves that the Coyote's the Antichrist? Come on!"
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* Parodied many many times in ''{{Cheers}}'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' in which the barflies would do it as their version of a mental exercise. For example, this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c28J_xqGlkQ examination]] of ''WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner'', ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner'', with Norm later huffing at Cliff, "I suppose that proves that the Coyote's the Antichrist? Come on!"
30th Jan '16 9:12:32 AM 1Thunderfire
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* Good old ''Literature/Dracula''! This book's probably been analysed more than there are vampires. Fear of the foreign and foreigners, capitalism and Jewish stereotypes, maternity and acceptance of motherhood (is Mina a strong or weak character?), Christian and Holy Communion, political repression, homosexuality, you name it; it's been analysed. And of course, blood-drinking equals symbolic sex and/or rape. That's a staple of every vampire book now.
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* Good old ''Literature/Dracula''! ''{{Literature/Dracula}}''! This book's probably been analysed more than there are vampires. Fear of the foreign and foreigners, capitalism and Jewish stereotypes, maternity and acceptance of motherhood (is Mina a strong or weak character?), Christian and Holy Communion, political repression, homosexuality, you name it; it's been analysed. And of course, blood-drinking equals symbolic sex and/or rape. That's a staple of every vampire book now.
30th Jan '16 8:54:28 AM 1Thunderfire
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* Good old ''Literature/Dracula''! This book's probably been analysed more than there are vampires. Fear of the foreign and foreigners, capitalism and Jewish stereotypes, maternity and acceptance of motherhood (is Mina a strong or weak character?), Christian and Holy Communion, political repression, homosexuality, you name it; it's been analysed. And of course, blood-drinking equals symbolic sex and/or rape. That's a staple of every vampire book now.
30th Jan '16 8:35:40 AM 1Thunderfire
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* You'd be amazed at the amount of serious academic (and non-academic) works out there that analyse [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory]] as one big, religious metaphor with [[TheWonka Willy Wonka]] as God (although one does suggest that [[https://kaotikrevelations.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/charlie/ Wonka actually represents Satan instead.]]) In ''Critical Approaches To Food in Children's Literature'', which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin critically analyses the use of food and food symbolism in children's books,]] there is an essay that discusses candy and socio-religious identity formation in Charlie, with references to many other works also proposing that Wonka is God. It's... pretty intriguing stuff.
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* You'd be amazed at the amount of serious academic (and non-academic) works out there that analyse [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory]] ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' as one big, religious metaphor with [[TheWonka Willy Wonka]] as God (although one does suggest that [[https://kaotikrevelations.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/charlie/ Wonka actually represents Satan instead.]]) In ''Critical Approaches To Food in Children's Literature'', which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin critically analyses the use of food and food symbolism in children's books,]] there is an essay that discusses candy and socio-religious identity formation in Charlie, ''Charlie'', with references to many other works also proposing that Wonka is God. It's... pretty intriguing stuff.
30th Jan '16 8:31:10 AM 1Thunderfire
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* You'd be amazed at the amount of serious academic (and non-academic) works out there that analyse [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory]] as one big, religious metaphor with [[TheWonka Willy Wonka]] as God (although one does suggest that [[https://kaotikrevelations.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/charlie/ Wonka actually represents Satan instead.]]) In ''Critical Approaches To Food in Children's Literature'', which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin critically analyses the use of food and food symbolism in children's books,]] there is an essay that discusses candy and socio-religious identity formation in Charlie, with references to many other works also proposing that Wonka is God. It's... pretty intriguing stuff.
23rd Jan '16 9:33:14 PM nombretomado
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* Everyone has a high school English teacher who thinks every word of every book is ''dripping'' with meaning. The best is when the story actually does have an [[{{Anvilicious}} obvious moral]], but the teacher is so busy hunting for [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation some other theme]] in insignificant bits of imagery that he/she misses the point. Like, deciding that the main theme of ''TheStranger'' is something about nature.
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* Everyone has a high school English teacher who thinks every word of every book is ''dripping'' with meaning. The best is when the story actually does have an [[{{Anvilicious}} obvious moral]], but the teacher is so busy hunting for [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation some other theme]] in insignificant bits of imagery that he/she misses the point. Like, deciding that the main theme of ''TheStranger'' ''Literature/TheStranger'' is something about nature.
23rd Jan '16 9:59:12 AM nombretomado
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* Bill Denbrough, one of the primary protagonists in StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'', addresses this ("can't you guys just let a story be a ''story?''") Being laughed at by his incredulous writing course instructor, said protagonist leaves the university to become a successful horror novelist.
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* Bill Denbrough, one of the primary protagonists in StephenKing's Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'', addresses this ("can't you guys just let a story be a ''story?''") Being laughed at by his incredulous writing course instructor, said protagonist leaves the university to become a successful horror novelist.
11th Jan '16 7:52:42 AM erforce
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* Frequent with theatrical re-releases of classic movies. The 2012 re-release of ''LawrenceOfArabia'', for instance, was introduced with a ten minute appreciation from Creator/MartinScorsese... which managed to spoil every single plot point and iconic shot/edit ''Lawrence'' had to offer. Presumably the studios operate from the assumption that everyone watching [[ItWasHisSled has already seen the movie]].
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* Frequent with theatrical re-releases of classic movies. The 2012 re-release of ''LawrenceOfArabia'', ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'', for instance, was introduced with a ten minute appreciation from Creator/MartinScorsese... which managed to spoil every single plot point and iconic shot/edit ''Lawrence'' had to offer. Presumably the studios operate from the assumption that everyone watching [[ItWasHisSled has already seen the movie]].
10th Jan '16 7:22:44 AM InfoPunkie
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** It's ''specifically'' features religious references all over the place. Heck, even the main theme is ''Gregorian chanting''.
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** It's It ''specifically'' features religious references all over the place. Heck, even the main theme is ''Gregorian chanting''.
30th Dec '15 2:51:21 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Literature/TheConfidenceMan''. [[note]]Most authorities trace the origin of All Fools' Day to a Hindu vernal celebration, a masquerade called Huli... The avatars of the Confidence man are quite literally avatara, that is, successive incarnations of the Hindu god of salvation, Vishnu. The first major avatar of Vishnu is as a fish who recovers the lost sacred books; the first avatar of the Confidence man is an "Odd fish!" who brings to the world injuctions from The Bible. The second avatar is a tortoise who upholds the world; the second avatar of the Confidence man is a "grotesque" man who slowly stumps around, lives "all 'long shore" and holds his symbolic "coal-sifter of a tambourine" high above his head. After this comes eight other major avatars and innumerable minor ones; the Guinea avatar lists eight other men and innumerable minor ones... The teachings of Buddha aimed for nirvana, which means literally the extinguishing of a flame or lamp. According to Hindus, Buddha was Vishnu incarnate as a deceiver, leading his enemies into spiritual darkness. The last avatar of the Confidence man, the Cosmpolitan, finally extinguishes the solar lamp and leads man into ensuing darkness.[[/note]] The story is a social satire by Creator/HermanMelville, but it's so complex with his opinions on {{morality|Tropes}}, {{religion|Tropes}} and the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism that entire other books are written on the analysis of all the symbolism. The man didn't even put a pun into the book without a deeper meaning, apparently.
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* ''Literature/TheConfidenceMan''. [[note]]Most authorities trace the origin of All Fools' Day to a Hindu vernal celebration, a masquerade called Huli... The avatars of the Confidence man are quite literally avatara, that is, successive incarnations of the Hindu god of salvation, Vishnu. The first major avatar of Vishnu is as a fish who recovers the lost sacred books; the first avatar of the Confidence man is an "Odd fish!" who brings to the world injuctions from The Bible.Literature/TheBible. The second avatar is a tortoise who upholds the world; the second avatar of the Confidence man is a "grotesque" man who slowly stumps around, lives "all 'long shore" and holds his symbolic "coal-sifter of a tambourine" high above his head. After this comes eight other major avatars and innumerable minor ones; the Guinea avatar lists eight other men and innumerable minor ones... The teachings of Buddha aimed for nirvana, which means literally the extinguishing of a flame or lamp. According to Hindus, Buddha was Vishnu incarnate as a deceiver, leading his enemies into spiritual darkness. The last avatar of the Confidence man, the Cosmpolitan, finally extinguishes the solar lamp and leads man into ensuing darkness.[[/note]] The story is a social satire by Creator/HermanMelville, but it's so complex with his opinions on {{morality|Tropes}}, {{religion|Tropes}} and the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism that entire other books are written on the analysis of all the symbolism. The man didn't even put a pun into the book without a deeper meaning, apparently.
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