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05:24:53 AM Dec 30th 2014
It seems like some of these examples need to be cleaned up a bit — many of them are less "the text directly confronts the reader with the moral implications of the story" and more "the characters feel a bit guilty about something, and so the readers might as well, I guess, possibly".
11:29:33 PM May 16th 2013
Just wanted to write that this is one of the most well-written trope descriptions on the site. Kudos to whoever was involved!
12:19:28 AM Oct 9th 2012
How is this an example of the trope? Lady Snowblood: there's a bit of exposition on the scientific theories of the late 18th century, where one guy suggests that the Japanese should start having children with Europeans and generally open up to the Western world. The narration goes on to ponder on if this had happened, maybe Japan wouldn't have become the jingoistic nation uit was, avoiding its expansionist policies and involvement in WWII... and you, the reader, wouldn't be holding this book right now.

That basically amounts to "If history had been different then you wouldn't be able to read about those particular events in a historical novel". It's not as if the reader has any influence over 18th C Japanese immigration policies.
10:20:48 AM Nov 29th 2012
It would double as a You Bastard if you had belonged to a Uyoku Dantai.
02:20:09 PM Oct 30th 2011
What would be the out-of-universe equivalent to this trope, where you call someone out for watching/doing anything amoral?
11:38:49 PM Jan 29th 2011
Saw an ad recently for some kind of secondhand smoke prevention campaign showing a baby captioned "I gave you love. You gave me athsma." Is it this trope?
12:51:37 PM Sep 8th 2012
I think that doesn't count because it is adressing the cigarettes rather than the viewer, and it's not suggested that you're enjoying his asthma.
10:21:38 AM Nov 29th 2012
Unless if you're one of those Abusive Parents, of course...
03:20:56 AM Aug 20th 2010
Random, unnecessary, poorly arranged spoiler about Discworld in there. I'm taking out the tag and the text.
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