YMMV: The Leatherstocking Tales

  • Acceptable Targets: The French.
  • Fair for Its Day: The book is highly controversial in the Native community for popularizing the concept of "noble savages" who were loyal to the English and Americans versus "ignoble savages" who weren't (in the book, Magua was a drunk). On the other hand, it did popularize the romantic notion of Indians as culturally superior and better adapted to the natural environment. The 1992 film skirts this by showing Indians on an equal footing with whites at a time when they were just fighting to keep their land. That and hiring Russell Means to play Chingachgook (he was well-known for activism on behalf of Native Americans) made the film much more well-received in the Native community.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Cooper was the first American author to achieve not just recognition, but also bestselling commercial success in Europe. He was lionized while he lived in France - The Last of the Mohicans was written in Paris - and influenced not just a number of French, German and British writers who would write (proto-)Westerns modeled on the Leatherstocking Tales, but also for instance Balzac's novel Les Chouans and Alexandre Dumas père's Les Mohicans de Paris. And Cooper occupies a to American eyes astonishing amount of room in the Soviet and later Russian English Literature syllabus.
  • Snark Bait: Mark Twain's essay on Cooper's writing style.
  • Values Dissonance: Comes up a lot.