History YMMV / HPLovecraft

4th May '16 9:50:25 AM aye_amber
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24th Apr '16 2:29:11 PM CaptEquinox
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* ScienceMarchesOn: At the time Lovecraft was writing based on the latest science of the day, and strove for accuracy. Nevertheless, scientific progress has since overtaken him:
** Lovecraft identified the Semitic god Dagon with his Deep Ones, based on a then-widely-accepted etymological link to the Hebrew word for "fish". Modern anthropologists consider this a coincidence, and the historical Dagon is now believed to have been a god of agriculture.
** The stories "The Colour Out of Space" and ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' are also heavily affected by eighty years or so of progress since they focus on scientific investigations of strange phenomena. Most notably the fact that there are no AlienGeometries mountains or giant, albino penguins in Antarctica - darn it.
** Whenever referring to human evolution, one of the first hominids to be mentioned is Piltdown man, which, of course, turned out to be a hoax.
** On the other hand, progress has sometimes backed Lovecraft up on matters that were mere speculation in his day: For example he supported and included the Continental Drift Theory in his stories, which is of course widely accepted nowadays but was then rejected by most scientists. Also, he wrote about a ninth planet in our solar system mere months before Pluto was discovered.
24th Apr '16 1:50:46 PM CaptEquinox
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* AuthorPhobia: Much of what Lovecraft wrote was motivated by his own nightmares and personal phobias. Among the ones less likely to evoke similar feelings in readers nowadays were his fears of [[ValuesDissonance non-white Anglo-Saxon people and miscegenation]]. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And fish.]]


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* BasedOnADream: Not only were many of Lovecraft's stories based on dreams he had, but the characters within his works often created art or writing based on ''their'' dreams.


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* HeAlsoDid: Most of his fans would be surprised to learn Lovecraft tossed off a few light comedic pieces, including parodies of hack {{Melodrama}}s and heavy-handed [[ScareEmStraight anti-drinking screeds]].
** His sendup of Creator/TSEliot in "[[http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/poetry/p228.aspx Waste Paper]]" is almost Joycean, and a delight to anyone who has had ''Literature/TheWasteLand'' inflicted on them in school.


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* RealitySubtext: Many of the stories have hidden dimensions if you know something about the author's life, but most disturbingly in "Literature/TheDunwichHorror".
* Creator/StephenKing has said that ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'' derives part of its premise from "Colour;" the story's protagonist, Gardner, shares his name with the hapless farmer of the earlier story.
7th Apr '16 9:42:01 AM WanderingBrowser
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** This is also why it's almost impossible to find copies of his short story "The Street", which follows the development of a street from a Colonial country lane to a crowded slum and [[EsotericHappyEnding treats the slum spontaneously collapsing on itself and killing everyone in it as a "happy ending"]] because... it's full of [[EvilForeigner non-WASP immigrants]] who [[TakeOurWordForIt we're told are plotting anti-American revolutions]].
26th Mar '16 5:49:36 PM KingClark
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* HarsherInHindsight: While the racism in his work (see Values Dissonance below) would have already have been harsh to some contemporaries, but considering that this line of thinking lead to, The Holocaust (and for that matter Lovecraft had also offered some praise to Hitler ("The crazy thing is not what Adolf wants, but the way he sees it & starts out to get it. I know he’s a clown, but by God, I like the boy!" –Letter from Lovecraft to Donald Wandrei, November 1936), it makes many protagonists, who tended to be {{AuthorAvatar}}s for Lovecraft (who died well before the worst horrors of the Nazis' genocidal campaign would be known to the world), in his stories far less sympathetic.

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* HarsherInHindsight: While the racism in his work (see Values Dissonance below) would have already have been harsh to some contemporaries, but considering that this line of thinking lead to, The to the Holocaust (and for that matter Lovecraft had also offered some praise to Hitler ("The crazy thing is not what Adolf wants, but the way he sees it & starts out to get it. I know he’s a clown, but by God, I like the boy!" –Letter from Lovecraft to Donald Wandrei, November 1936), it makes many protagonists, who tended to be {{AuthorAvatar}}s {{Author Avatar}}s for Lovecraft (who died well before the worst horrors of the Nazis' genocidal campaign would be known to the world), in his stories far less sympathetic.sympathetic).
23rd Feb '16 5:52:33 AM Sharlee
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** The narrator of "Pickman's Model" is ''floored'' by how the weird artist's ghoul-paintings depict the creatures with the aesthetics of realism. To modern SpeculativeFiction fans, who grew up reading scifi, fantasy, and horror novels with more realistically-styled artwork on the covers, his sheer amazement is more puzzling than Pickman's aesthetics.
27th Jan '16 12:06:19 AM Eagal
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* WhiteGuilt: The VillainProtagonist of "In the Walls of Eryx" is a stereotypical arrogant exploiter of "inferior" races, and stealer of their resources (who is well punished for his arrogance). As he dies, he comes to think that these "primitives" aren't half so primitive as they look, and that Man would do better to just leave them alone. It doesn't fit Lovecraft's usual image as a racist xenophobe, but fits well with anti-colonialism and guilt over white treatment of the Red Man.
22nd Oct '15 3:33:55 PM Wanderwolf
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*** Which, in many cases, the text explicitly says they're not. You WriteWhatYouKnow, after all, and both of Lovecraft's parents died in an asylum.
1st Oct '15 6:38:59 AM spydre
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* AllGermansAreNazis: The U-boat captain in "The Temple" is portrayed as a heartless racist monster, so extreme he considers Rhinelanders too soft to serve the Fatherland properly, and he violates the Law of War just as any caricaturish movie Nazi would do. (He is also well punished for his heartless killing of a Greek ''untermensch''; those who read Lovecraft as a simple crude Nazi-type himself would do well to read this story.)

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* AllGermansAreNazis: The U-boat captain in "The Temple" is portrayed as a heartless racist monster, so extreme he considers Rhinelanders too soft to serve the Fatherland properly, and he violates the Law of War just as any caricaturish movie Nazi would do. (He is also well punished for his heartless killing of a Greek ''untermensch''; those who read Lovecraft as a simple crude Nazi-type himself would do well to read this story. It should also be noted that "The Temple" was written in 1920, before anyone knew who Hitler was, and that Lovecraft died in 1937, only four years after Hitler came to power.)
20th Sep '15 10:25:32 PM Silverblade2
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* FairForItsDay: Pretty much [[AvertedTrope averted]] with Lovecraft. Even if his xenophobia did come from [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation a pathological fear of the unknown]], and even if he was briefly married to Sonia Greene (who was half Jewish), he was a racist and white supremacist, ''even'' by the standards of the 1930s.

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* FairForItsDay: Pretty much [[AvertedTrope averted]] Averted]] with Lovecraft. Even if his xenophobia did come from [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation a pathological fear of the unknown]], and even if he was briefly married to Sonia Greene (who was half Jewish), he was a racist and white supremacist, ''even'' by the standards of the 1930s.
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