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YMMV / Brave New World

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  • Accidental Innuendo: At one point, in discussing Bernard, Lenina and Fanny comment that he is "so small" (emphasis in original). Of course, in context, it is clear that they are discussing his short stature; however, to some readers, it can appear that they are talking about a different kind of size.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The sheer soul-crushing hopelessness of the story combined with the utter depravity of the Crapsack World it portrays has been known to cause severe bouts of depression in readers. In fact, the novel was chastised by critics for precisely this reason upon its initial publication in 1932.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The worship of Henry Ford looks even sillier given the direction of his namesake company and the U.S. car industry as a whole.
    • The description of in-vitro fertilization years before the world's first test-tube baby was born.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The painful conditioning of Delta babies against books and flowers.
  • Squick: In the casually promiscuous society in which the book takes place, it is considered healthy - even endearing - for young children to sexually experiment with each other. There is also a memorable passage pointing out the more Freudian aspects of breastfeeding, and the descriptions of John's mother.
  • Values Resonance: One of the newer printings says this on the back cover.
    • If you want further proof, just look at this (illustrated version of part of the introduction to Amusing Ourselves To Death by Neil Postman, which can be read here in full).
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: The novel might have been written as a Take That! against the excesses of 1920s hedonism.
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  • The Woobie: Poor, poor John "The Savage". As if growing up bullied and ostracized by everyone was bad enough, he ends up despising the very world he thought would be his one salvation. And after being ostracized there too and paraded around like a circus animal, he chooses exile. After the curiosity seekers chase him even there, and after betraying his beliefs in a drug-induced stupor, he is finally Driven to Suicide.


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