YMMV Lone Wolf Discussion

Collapse/Expand Topics

07:17:45 AM Dec 1st 2017
edited by starofjusticev21
"Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The books don't shy away from showing how much a medieval world can suck, such as with a mention of infant mortality rates. Yet any attempt to fix things is shown to be inherently misguided; the Moonstone eliminates the scourge of disease and infant mortality, and this is presented as a bad thing, the Shianti were told to keep their paws off of humanity even though they were just being helpful, and the one Shianti who disobeyed this rule ended up being driven insane when his magic Sunstone exploded because mere mortals meddled with it."

The message from what I can figure is that the good gods are generally hands-off because they think mankind should guide their own destiny, and all-powerful beings like the Shianti having personal contact with them, no matter how well-intentioned, takes that away. But surely anything about divine beings having face-to-face contact with their worshipers is a Fantastic Aesop at best. And I at least find it ridiculous to think Dever was trying to say that the impoverished and their children need to just die and get it over with. I don't know, that doesn't sound anything like an actual attempt at a moral message (the description for this trope itself says "Not everything has or needs an Aesop" does it not?). And thus this entry sounds more like just something the person who wrote that found as a seemingly appropriate way they could frame a criticism of the books.
09:53:39 PM Jun 23rd 2014
"Gary Stu: Lone Wolf is this, and it's EXTREMELY obnoxious to female readers."

Some context for this would be good.
Collapse/Expand Topics