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YMMV / The Problem of Susan

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Greta posits at the end that Susan was an Action Survivor, rather than a Fallen Princess, having survived an arbitrary god.
    • Is Professor Hastings going Never My Fault to the God that deserted her? If she is really Susan from The Chronicles of Narnia then Susan was the first one who deserted her siblings - since she's not there at the Friends of Narnia meeting and wasn't on the train with them when they died. On the other hand, as Professor Hastings points out, it's Disproportionate Retribution to make her have to identify her brother's body when he was decapitated, with flies buzzing around the corpses.
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    • One has to wonder if Professor Hastings is just claiming she was punished as a result of "finding sex" as a way to avoid confronting what she really did in her past.
    • If Professor Hastings isn't Susan, then was her turning to children's literature a means to cope with the trauma of losing her entire family, and the Narnia Books hit too close to home? Meanwhile, the professor just looks back on her life with contentment during her Dying Dream.
  • Narm: Greta’s nightmare is so over the top with its dark imagery it is hard to take seriously.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Professor Hastings calmly describing that a train crash causes a lot of damage to a body. She had to go and identify her entire family, where the bodies were taken to a nearby school; flies were flitting about, and her brother "Ed" was decapitated in the crash. The professor was half-fearing, half-hoping, that the body she identified wasn't Ed's.
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    • If you aren’t put off by how gratuitous it is, Greta's nightmare of Aslan and Jadis killing the children. Aslan eats her whole body but just leaves her head!
  • Ron the Death Eater: Probably the biggest criticism of the story is how much it goes out of its way to demonize Aslan.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: After a decade of revisionist fairy tales like Wicked, Once Upon a Time and especially Maleficent, Neil Gaiman's efforts here seem pretty cliched and arbitrarily dark. Especially with how Ron the Death Eater is applied to Aslan.
  • Squick:
    • The opening paragraph has Professor Hastings dreaming of a dead centaur, looking at his penis and wondering how they mate.
    • Greta's nightmare has Aslan and Jadis having sex after killing her and her siblings.

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