The Stirling/Drake novel:
- Values Dissonance: Nobody seems to have much of a problem with looting, rape and enslavement. Well, a couple of female characters are saved from rape, but those are the exception not the rule.
- It's supposed to be roughly equivalent to the 6th century in the Mediterranean and Near East. Why should anyone have any problem with those things? It would be grossly anachronistic.
The Buster Keaton Movie
- Values Dissonance: It can feel pretty odd being asked to root for the Confederate army over the Union, plus the way that Annabelle becomes The Load on the return trip.
- Vindicated by History: A flop upon release, it is now considered a classic and one of the best films of the silent era.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: The train crash on the bridge. It's still impressive today for the simple reason that they crashed an actual train.