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YMMV / Captive Prince

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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: A large, muscular, dark-skinned man is sold into slavery and given as a gift to a blue-eyed, blond-haired, light-skinned prince. The master tortures his slave but the two eventually fall in love.
  • Critical Research Failure: 'Lykaios’ is a female slave but the name is masculine because no feminine Greek names end in "-os"
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Nicaise is one of the fandom's most beloved characters despite only having a side role in one book, probably because he's the first person we see with a positive relationship with Laurent.
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  • Fandom-Specific Plot: The most common story type in the fandom is the "Auguste Doesn't Die" plot, which takes cues from Damen's own fantasies about what could have been. In these stories, which are often very fluffy, the battle at Marlas either doesn't happen or is resolved peacefully, Auguste and Damen become close friends, and Damen falls for a less antagonistic Laurent once he's old enough. Another very common one is the role-swap fics, where the Regent sends Laurent to be Damen's slave.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Laurent shows up drunk in Damen's cell after their first meeting and has him roughed up, with threats of worse. Damen dismisses him as a dissolute sadist at the time. Much later, it's revealed by degrees that Laurent is usually The Teetotaler, that he had immediately recognized Damen as his brother's killer, and that he expected the Regent to use Damen's identity as a weapon against him, suggesting just how much strain he was under in that scene.
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  • Hype Backlash: As one of the most popular pieces of gay literature in 2016, it was inevitable. Especially when concerning the subject matter.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Laurent, Nicaise, and Aimeric all qualify.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Due to the Audience-Alienating Premise of the story, it has generated controversy for it's racialized dynamics and slavery fetishism.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Jokaste is very important to Damen's backstory and hyped up to be as smart as Laurent, but is given very little to do on-page.


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