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Satire And Switch

(permanent link) added: 2010-06-16 03:50:42 sponsor: Silace (last reply: 2010-06-16 03:50:42)

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A parody/satire and switch is where there is a shift in the story from being a parody/satire, to becoming a straight form of the subject of the parody/satire. The work may have begun humorously subverting tropes before playing them straight later on. This could have been intended from the beginning (which would make it a bait and switch) or it may have developed as the story continued.

This could be a result of the story being an Indecisive Parody, where the line between parody and notparody was not very clear from the start.

This can also naturally result in a misaimed fandom as well as a Broken Base, due to fans having differing opinions on whether the shift was for the better. If the parody/satire initially served the purpose of making and intellectual point via critiquing and criticizing the subject of its parody/satire, the parody/satire shift can also result in a broken aesop

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  • Discworld began as a parody of the Fantasy Kitchen Sink and fantasy in general, and then evolved into a whole universe with it's own mythology. For example, in The Color Of Magic Rincewind meets some Cthulhu-look-alike as a passing joke. Two books later, the tentacled creatures of the dungeon dimensions are treated as a serious threat.
  • Enchanted
  • Hot Fuzz is a great example. Although it remains funny throughout
  • Cerebus began as a parody/pastiche of Conan the Barbarian
  • No Need for Bushido began as a spoof of action-adventure comics, but quickly morphed into a generally straight but very tongue-in-cheek example. This was for the better.

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