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Is this problematic?:

 1 Eventua, Wed, 1st May '13 2:38:28 PM from Dumundi Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
Lord of the Citadel
Hello! So, I'm writing a novel at the moment and I've gotten to a bit that I'm worried might be problematic. So, I put it out for the tropers!

Essentially, the protagonist discovers that humanity is divided across multiple 'worlds'. She is brought to a sort of 'neutral hub' inhabited by people from various worlds.

She meets a nervous, dark-skinned woman who appears to be in some sort of brightly coloured, slightly fantasticaly tribal get-up (or at least she assumes that, based on the fact it's 'weird' by the standards of her own world).

The woman asks her about her tablet computer, and the protagonist assumes the woman is thus ignorant of technology and so explains it in a greatly simplified manner before learning the woman meant specifically what make of computer.

The protagonist, I'll mention, is not white - 3rd generation Nepali American. I don't know whether that makes any difference to how problematic this may or may not be.
The Signature Of Me
 2 chihuahua 0, Wed, 1st May '13 3:00:43 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
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There's nothing inherently problematic with the situation. It's likely that your audience will see that your protagonist has made an embarrassing mistake, and as long as you write the scene with that in mind, you'll be fine.

In fact, it's fine for this scene to be near the beginning of the story, since it can reflect on your protagonist's Character Development, depending on which direction she goes.

 3 Eventua, Wed, 1st May '13 3:03:04 PM from Dumundi Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
Lord of the Citadel
I should've specified - yes, it occurs fairly early (chapter three) and the protagonist has already established to be a somewhat selfish person overall (even committing a fairly heinous act in a desperate bid to survive a dangerous situation).
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 4 resetlocksley, Wed, 1st May '13 3:53:20 PM from Alone in the dark Relationship Status: Only knew I loved her when I let her go
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I think it will be fine, as long as it remains obvious to the reader that the protagonist is making a mistake and being a little bit arrogant. Any chance of us Tropers ever reading this novel, by the way? From what I've read about your various ideas they seem pretty interesting.
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 5 wheezy, Wed, 1st May '13 6:18:38 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
No. It isn't.

(Problematic, not interesting.)

edited 1st May '13 6:19:56 PM by wheezy

Phinatic
As the others have said, it shouldn't be that problematic, especially if you establish that it's DELIBERATE Values Dissonance, e.g:

"So, about that tablet-" "Oh, well basically it's [blah blah blah]" "No, I mean, what make is it?" "Oh... well, now I feel like a jerk."

(EDIT: How do I force a linebreak?)

edited 1st May '13 6:51:34 PM by TheThnikkaman

 7 Madrugada, Wed, 1st May '13 7:35:33 PM Relationship Status: In season
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End your line with double backslashes (two of these \ with no space between them) and a return

edited 1st May '13 7:36:56 PM by Madrugada

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It's relatively Unfortunate Implications-free, so I don't see a problem here.

 9 Eventua, Thu, 2nd May '13 12:42:25 AM from Dumundi Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
Lord of the Citadel
Good to hear - just wanted to check. And I will maybe post this novel soon, for further feedback or summat. Then again, I hope to get it published eventually, so, eh, I dunno...

No. It isn't.

(Problematic, not interesting.)

I'm curious what you mean? You mean the set-up doesn't seem problematic, just boring?
The Signature Of Me
Um...
I think wheezy means that it isn't problematic, not that it isn't interesting.

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