YMMV: The Tale of Genji

  • Marty Stu: Genji, though he's possibly a deconstruction of the type of person the author would have known from her life at the palace.
    • Lampshaded in the narrative as early as chapter 1; the narrator, when describing his various talents, notes that if she fully described all of them, she'd only make him sound absurd.
  • Squick: Reading the interactions between little Murasaki and Genji, when you know that he's flat out grooming her to be his perfect woman, can often be hard to stomach.
  • Values Dissonance: Aspects of the story (Genji having multiple affairs, sneaking around, etc.) may seem odd to modern readers, but back then were expected parts of the life of a Heian nobleman. Well, in moderation; Genji pulls a lot of heinous stuff that was considered outrageous even back then. Like seducing and siring a son on his father's wife...or making plans for Murasaki when she's much too young even by medieval standards.

Alternative Title(s):

Tale Of Genji