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YMMV: Arabian Nights
  • Archive Panic: Hey, I've always wanted to read Arabian Nights! Wait, there's 1001 of these stories?!
    • And more than 30 versions of the book.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Aladdin and Ali Baba are the most famous stories from Nights even though they are not in the original source material; in fact their oldest documented versions aren't even in Arabic, but come from the French translation of Antoine Galland.
    • Sinbad the Sailor, who's probably second best known after Aladdin.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: According to The Other Wiki, the Nights to this day aren't particularly well-regarded in the Arabic world to anyone beyond certain writers and scholars, and it was even less popular back whenever it first was written (as Medieval Arabs thought that True Art Is Poetry). It's entirely possible that the Nights have had more influence on European literature than they did on Arabian.
  • Ho Yay: The old man and the beautiful boys.
  • Holy Shit Quotient: One story has on android pop up out of nowhere. Really unexpected for a story this old.
  • Shocking Swerve: "Adi Bin Zayd and the Princess Hind" seems like a typical romance with the Happy Ending where Adi marries the princess. Then out of nowhere at the very end Scherezade says "after which time the King was wroth with Adi and slew him".
  • Values Dissonance: Like crazy.
    • One notable instance is in the fourth voyage of Sinbad, in which he murders and robs innocent people for their food and jewelry to survive a little while longer in a pit. He apparently didn't even bother to look for an escape, seeing as he easily finds one later, just by following a wild animal that was snacking on all the corpses.
    • Another one being the story of a King discovering his wife was cheating on him with what later translations claim to be the ugliest man on earth. Apparently more accurate translations were simply that she was cheating on him with a black slave.
    • At times it is (or was at least) a convention for Islamic storytellers to use, as preliminary decorations to their stories, phrases like "'Tis said-but Allah alone knows." While this comes across mostly as flourish to a Westerner, to a Moslem it was a way to avoid annoyance from religious authorities as the habitual distinction between lying and storytelling wasn't always taken for granted. If Allah alone knows, The Storyteller couldn't be held to be dishonest as he was theoretically reporting what was said, and of course "Allah alone knows."
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The book is known for its violence, sexual, and racist content. Thanks to Values Dissonance, it borders on Black Comedy at times.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: (In the 2010 musical) The male genie and Aladdin take back Djinninia and Jasmina in spite of all the wrong they've done.
    • More commonly, why would anyone want to marry a man so vengeful and cruel that he enacted a plan to marry a new woman every day, sleep with her at night, and then kill her in the morning — in some versions, for three whole years? A man that vicious should be put down, nevermind the fact that he rules a country.

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