07:11:39 AM Apr 19th 2010
03:56:57 AM Apr 18th 2010
edited by DoktorvonEurotrash
edited by DoktorvonEurotrash
Doktor von Eurotrash: Some of these works are definitely misplaced. The Simpsons is not slice of life: it's a Sitcom. Each of its episodes is driven by a plot. Suzumiya Haruhi is not slice of life (though, arguably, that episode where nothing happens is): it's a supernatural series with mystery elements. Harry freakin' Potter... need I go on? The thing is, while you may have a sliding continuum between certain genres, Slice of Life does not work that way. Most works, unless extremely action-packed, have sections where you just follow the protagonists in their daily life, going about their job etc. A Slice of Life work should be something that is nothing but the characters' daily, drama-less life, or very little else. (Anne of Green Gables, Adrian Mole, Azumanga Daioh etc.) If a work alternates between daily school kid tribulations and fighting the Dark Lord of the prophecy, it's probably not Slice of Life.
11:49:14 AM May 31st 2013
Created a forum topic for this matter. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13700255350A27920100&page=1
01:56:34 PM May 31st 2013
In order to ascertain consensus about which examples do and don't belong, I'm going to list them all here and cover all the ones I know about.
- Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane - listed because romance
- Archie Comics - listed because romance
- Scott Pilgrim - listed because romance
- Justice League International - listed because romance
- Napoleon Dynamite - does not use slice of life techniques at all
- Clerks - same
- Dogtooth - same
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - clue in the title...
- Ulysses - FINALLY something that's unquestionably slice of life. You know how you can tell? Because it focuses on the small, insignificant moments IN AND OF THEMSELVES!!!
- children's books - no, that's just mixing up personal stories with slice of life.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid - no... I'm starting to repeat myself: "personal life" stories are not necessarily "slice of life" stories; in fact they rarely are.
- Most sitcoms tend to be this. - NO! Sitcoms precisely DON'T examine the moments in and of themselves, sitcoms use moments as jokes or setups for jokes etc. This could possibly be the polar opposite of slice of life, it's disregarding the moment and just using it as a joke vehicle.
- The Wonder Years - journal again
- Friends - sitcom again
- The Office - ...
- Seinfeld - ...
- Rollercoaster Tycoon - wat is this I don't even
- Arthur - almost every episode has a very clear message and all of the events in the episode build towards this message. This is not slice of life.
- Clifford the Big Red Dog - same.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - this one's interesting because I've seen this called slice of life so many times I doubt I could ever successfully remove it from the page, but even the person who added this admits that it's not slice of life yet still tries to force it. The oft-cited episode about a sleepover is not a slice of life episode... it's an episode about resolving the conflict between two friends...
- Beavis And Butthead - There is definitely a lot of focus on little moments in this show, but it's clearly satire, meant to put these moments in a mocking light, not meant to depict them in and of themselves.