History SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped / Literature

29th Jul '17 2:36:49 AM Piterpicher
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* ''JenniferGovernment'' is set in a world where the government has very little power at all, but it's as {{dystopi|a}}c as ''1984'' and ''Brave New World'': a girl gets killed in order to increase the street cred for some new shoes, 911 won't send an ambulance unless they can confirm whether the girl can afford it, and the government can barely afford to bring those responsible to justice. Basically, "unchecked capitalism is very bad."

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* ''JenniferGovernment'' ''Literature/JenniferGovernment'' is set in a world where the government has very little power at all, but it's as {{dystopi|a}}c as ''1984'' and ''Brave New World'': a girl gets killed in order to increase the street cred for some new shoes, 911 won't send an ambulance unless they can confirm whether the girl can afford it, and the government can barely afford to bring those responsible to justice. Basically, "unchecked capitalism is very bad."
17th Jun '17 10:11:26 AM nombretomado
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* ''SlaughterhouseFive'' by KurtVonnegut drops the WarIsHell anvil about once a page or so. It also really, really wants to the reader to know that [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing enjoying (even vicariously) or glorifying war is foolish and wrong]]:

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* ''SlaughterhouseFive'' ''Literature/SlaughterhouseFive'' by KurtVonnegut Creator/KurtVonnegut drops the WarIsHell anvil about once a page or so. It also really, really wants to the reader to know that [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing enjoying (even vicariously) or glorifying war is foolish and wrong]]:
27th May '17 12:04:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'': War is insane. And the only people crazy enough to willingly participate in a war are the people far too crazy to be trusted to make their own decisions. Ostensibly about UsefumNotes/WorldWarII, but there's a reason it was immensely popular during TheVietnamWar.

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* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'': War is insane. And the only people crazy enough to willingly participate in a war are the people far too crazy to be trusted to make their own decisions. Ostensibly about UsefumNotes/WorldWarII, but there's a reason it was immensely popular during TheVietnamWar.UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
26th May '17 7:50:34 PM otemple700
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* ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'': Don't EVER laugh at the misfortune of others.
9th May '17 3:12:02 PM Golondrina
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* ''Literature/OnTheBeach'', by Nevil Shute. ''{{Threads}}'' and other films that depict horrors of nuclear holocaust are noted in the film section of this page as demanding strong nerves from the viewer... but compared to this book (and the films of it), they are ''downright optimistic''. As one critic said: "Most novels of apocalypse posit at least a group of survivors and the semblance of hope. ''On the Beach'' allows nothing of the kind." You don't get any less subtle in telling exactly what an all-out nuclear war might mean for humanity.

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* ''Literature/OnTheBeach'', by Nevil Shute. ''{{Threads}}'' ''Film/{{Threads}}'' and other films that depict horrors of nuclear holocaust are noted in the film section of this page as demanding strong nerves from the viewer... but compared to this book (and the films of it), they are ''downright optimistic''. As one critic said: "Most novels of apocalypse posit at least a group of survivors and the semblance of hope. ''On the Beach'' allows nothing of the kind." You don't get any less subtle in telling exactly what an all-out nuclear war might mean for humanity.
16th Feb '17 8:17:07 PM laurasophie
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* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'': War is insane. Furthermore, the only way to survive in war is to let yourself go crazy too (not that that's a guarantee of survival for the various characters in the novel). Ostensibly about UsefumNotes/WorldWarII, but there's a reason it was immensely popular during TheVietnamWar.

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* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'': War is insane. Furthermore, And the only way to survive in war is to let yourself go people crazy enough to willingly participate in a war are the people far too (not that that's a guarantee of survival for the various characters in the novel). crazy to be trusted to make their own decisions. Ostensibly about UsefumNotes/WorldWarII, but there's a reason it was immensely popular during TheVietnamWar.
16th Feb '17 8:10:14 PM laurasophie
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* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'': War makes you crazy. Ostensibly about UsefumNotes/WorldWarII, but there's a reason it was immensely popular during TheVietnamWar.

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* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'': War makes you crazy.is insane. Furthermore, the only way to survive in war is to let yourself go crazy too (not that that's a guarantee of survival for the various characters in the novel). Ostensibly about UsefumNotes/WorldWarII, but there's a reason it was immensely popular during TheVietnamWar.
7th Jan '17 4:41:41 PM nombretomado
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* The ''WickedLovely'' series -- "There are always choices."

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* The ''WickedLovely'' ''Literature/WickedLovely'' series -- "There are always choices."
27th Oct '16 10:54:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' has many examples of these. The best may be the lines '"Bread!" boomed a man behind her. "We want bread, bastard!" In a heartbeat, a thousand voices took up the chant. King Joffrey and King Robb and King Stannis were forgotten, and King Bread ruled alone.'

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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has many examples of these. The best may be the lines '"Bread!" boomed a man behind her. "We want bread, bastard!" In a heartbeat, a thousand voices took up the chant. King Joffrey and King Robb and King Stannis were forgotten, and King Bread ruled alone.'
8th Oct '16 8:47:50 PM Hadjorim
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* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' and ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', both by Creator/GeorgeOrwell, with an anvil of "Totalitarianism is bad." You have the villains doing the horrible things they do ''literally'' ForTheEvulz. The thing is, like all examples on this page, ''it works.'' The world of 1984 is insanely horrifying and bleak, and yet disturbingly credible at the same time, with parallels that we all can drawn in the real world. Which means while the world is ridiculous, we're too scared to laugh.

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* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' and ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', both by Creator/GeorgeOrwell, with an anvil of "Totalitarianism is bad." You have the villains doing the horrible things they do ''literally'' ForTheEvulz. The thing is, like all examples on this page, ''it works.'' The world of 1984 is insanely horrifying and bleak, and yet disturbingly credible at the same time, with parallels that we all can drawn draw in the real world. Which means while the world is ridiculous, we're too scared to laugh.
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