YMMV / Aesop's Fables

  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: During the fable "The Wolf and the Lamb", a wolf lures a lamb in by distracting it with false accusations, until the wolf eats the lamb. The original moral was that lies destroy the innocent or that a tyrant will use any excuse, truth be hung, but to modern readers getting lured in and eaten by false accusations rather than ignoring them may sound familiar.
    • The Man and the Satyr: Don't befriend satyrs, they overreact.
    • The Boy Who Cried Wolf: Never tell the same lie twice.
      • Don't trust something valuable to a liar.
  • Unpleasable Fanbase: "The Man, the Boy, and the Ass" illustrate it perfectly. A man and a boy are taking their donkey to market, but various people on the side of the road all have suggestions about what should be done (Do you walk with the donkey or ride it? Is it better for the man or the child to be riding it, or both?). Eventually, the man and the boy end up trying to carry the donkey, who kicks free and drowns. The lesson is phrased as "please all, please none," but the pun in the English translation can be stated "trying to please everyone will make you lose your ass."
  • Values Dissonance: Some of Aesop's morals have not really survived the transitioning of centuries in cultural mores and standards. For example, in "The Fox and the Hyena", the fox rejecting the hyena's love simply because she will spend some time as a male, something she can't help undergoing as it's just her nature, was a lot more acceptable then than it generally is now.