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Playing With: What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?
Basic Trope: The audience finds meaning in a story which was written for its own sake.
  • Straight: The reader sees all sorts of symbols, motifs, and aesops
  • Exaggerated: The story's sole purpose is Rule of Cool, and yet is regarded and treated as deep and meaningful.
  • Downplayed: The reader finds a hidden moral in what is nothing else more than a generic story.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: The story is didactic (maybe even to the point of being Anvilicious), but treated as though written Just for Fun.
  • Subverted: The story seems to be Just for Fun, nothing more than Acceptable Breaks from Reality
  • Double Subverted: But there are some instances of Faux Symbolism, which gets the audience thinking
  • Parodied: A badly-written Porn Without Plot Fanfiction is the subject of an English assignment and has its own Spark Notes.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • The audience treats the story as it was written: Just for Fun.
    • The story in question is meant to be didactic and treated as such.
  • Enforced: Wild Mass Guessing, Epileptic Trees, Faux Symbolism
  • Lampshaded: "This story means nothing...unless you want it to."
  • Invoked: Ms. Troper gives her English class a reading assignment.
  • Exploited: Ms. Troper gives her English class a reading assignment which they'll think is deep and symbolic to keep them busy so they'll shut up.
  • Defied: The audience takes the story in question completely at face value.
  • Discussed: "I want you to notice..."
  • Conversed: "This story doesn't mean anything!"
  • Deconstructed: The Death of the Author. Authorial intent has absolutely no bearing on what the story conveys. The story can only be considered on its own elements through outside non-authorial analysis. A simple work someone finds deeper meaning in is complex, regardless of the way the author saw it.
  • Reconstructed: While stories can take on meaning beyond what the author intended, that they emerge from the writing is due to conscious or subconscious effort from the writer. Someone can create a simple work and intend it to be simple, and it could have deeper meaning, and they can both be right.
  • Played For Drama:

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