YMMV / Green Eggs and Ham

  • Accidental Aesop: "If you harass someone enough, they'll eventually do what you want them to do just to get you to leave them alone!"
  • Accidental Innuendo: The animated short is popular for Youtube Poop for this very reason. For example:
    • "Could you, would you, with a goat?", "I would not, could not, with a goat!"
    • "In the dark? Here in the dark? Would you, could you, in the dark?", "I would not, could not in the dark!"
  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Always give in to peer pressure. "No" means "yes."
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is the Guy-Who-Is-Not-Sam-I-Am reluctant to eat the titular dish based on its appearance/color alone, or is his refusal based on his self-proclaimed dislike of Sam-I-Am and the subsequent desire to not give Sam the satisfaction of having got him to do something?
    • Is Sam-I-Am just someone who wants to share food? Or is he a stalker who won't relent until he gets his way? Is he persistent? Or is he an example of how not to market products?
  • Fan Nickname: Sam-I'm-Not for the nameless character Sam-I-Am keeps pestering.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Sam-I-Am is basically harassing the grumpy character, refusing to take a clear "no" for an answer. Regardless of his (presumably) good intentions that is really not behavior that should be demonstrated to children. Really, is it unfair of the guy to be wary of green eggs and ham?
  • Memetic Mutation: The animated adaption is frequently used in Youtube Poop, with special mention going to the opening sequence where The Cat in the Hat sings about "EGGS! EGGS!! E-DOUBLE-G-S EGGS!!!"
  • Ho Yay: It's possible to see the book as having a gay subtext. Sam-I-Am is offering something at once familiar and yet with an initially-unappealing aspect to it to Sam-I'm-Not ... like same-sex relations. He is convinced that Sam-I'm-Not really, really, deep down inside likes it and he knows this. Sam-I'm-Not resists this doggedly, which has to make Sam-I-Am even more convinced that he understands Sam-I'm-Not better than he himself does.
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