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Yo, everyone. Not sure if this has been brought up/resolved and if it has I apologize to the mods for making more work for them.
So from what I can tell from the description, Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped is supposed to be a trope for when the lack of subtlety of a work's overall message doesn't detract from or actually improves the quality of the work. However, I only ever see it being used for "the work had a good moral" or "the work has a moral that I agree with." I recognize that it is supposed to a subjective trope, but only subjective insofar as the quality of the work (and how the moral affects it) is. The quality of the moral isn't what the trope is about.
I feel like the name of the trope is part of the problem. It gives the impression that the point of the trope is that "X work had an important moral that needs to be put forth without subtlety." A new name ought to reflect that the quality of the work is at issue, not the quality of the "anvil."
The second issue: Is this trope even necessary? The idea is that this is when an Anvilicious work doesn't sacrifice quality for its message, but that just seems like a well-done Anvilicious work. Tropes Are Tools, after all.
Opening and clocking.
I'd be down for cutting it entirely. It's a huge magnet for misuse, and "the work is anvilicious, but it's a good moral" distinct from anvilicious since by definition someone had to think it was a good moral or it wouldn't be in there. At best that would be a duplicate of Don't Shoot the Message, which... well, is still a duplicate.
But the actual definition "work is improved by being anvilicious" is so rarely used and the misuse is so common that a rename is the least we can do.
12,661 inbounds will be a bar to renames never mind cutting.
So then what can we do? Change the definition to match the misuse? Clean up? Even the on-page examples are misuse, which is always a bad sign.
High inbounds to a broken-ass trope is not a good thing, in my eyes. It's more eyes on an embarrassment.
I don't believe that the name contributes to the misuse. I think this trope is just Anvilicious but done well. While I like the concept, I'm not certain that it needs a separate page and even if it did, I don't believe examples assist in comprehending the trope.
I'd be down redirecting it to Anvilicious.
edited 6th Jan '17 3:01:20 PM by N1KF
I always interpreted the trope as meaning that the moral is not one commonly dealt with (or at least dealt with in a less conventional manner); i.e. "Someone has to say it", which is how I interpreted "Some anvils need to be dropped".
& Those are varying (subjective) shades of 'but done well'.
I don't think it needs a new name. I think that the description focuses on Anvilicious in the first paragraph rather than on Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped, and that this leads to some level of confusion. The first paragraph alone makes the trope come off as Anvilicious but done effectively. Next thing the reader knows, this trope is that the anvil was done unambiguously in a particular historical context.
Going from the examples in the description, it looks like historical context does play a part in this as well. So, Uncle Tom's Cabin is not an example just because the anvil was "Slavery is bad" and that's important, but also because (1) slavery still existed and was strongly supported in parts of the country and (2) the anvil was unambiguous.
tl;dr: I think it's the description, not the name. Also, I don't think it's the same as Anvilicious but more specific. I think the historical context is or should be a requirement that makes it stand out from Anvilicious. It's not just that the author or the target audience agree with the anvil but "the times" or zeitgeist.
edited 14th Jan '17 5:39:01 PM by WaterBlap
I don't like this page or Anvilicious. The only difference between the two is Anvilicious has more complaining. I think they should be merged into a neutral trope about unsubtle messages.
Honestly, the name is fine. It's not perfect, but it's fine especially given the inbounds. I think there is a distinction between this and Anvilicious, but the description on this doesn't make it clear. This is how I see the difference:
Obviously, both are subjective. However maybe the best example of this trope I can think of off the top of my head is in Zootopia. The race/discrimination anvil is there, but it occurs naturally in the plot, is felt by the main characters, and viewers are told(Gazelle's line) and shown (the train discrimination scene) this is bad. Is it subtle, no. But is it effective and integrates into the plot, I think so.
Put that way, the distinction between those two tropes is whether the integration of the morals are done well (Anvils Need To Be Dropped), or not (Anvilicious).
The thing is, nothing in the description of Anvilicious says that the moral depicted in the work have to be out of place from the rest of the story (since the paragraph that mentions that particular description begins with "Bonus points if...", so it's not the a necessary requirement), just that it's not presented subtly. In fact, the fact that the suffix of the name can be derived from either delicious or vicious kinda shows that the trope should be neutral.
After skimming through the subpages, I noticed Anvilicious is also a huge Natter magnet.
Anvilicious is simply heavy handed. To condense that to "done well" is a bit inexact.
I think there needs to be a better distinction between Anvilicious and Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped. Both tropes are about unsubtle aesops, however the former is used to complain about them while the latter is used to gush about them. As mentioned above I believe Anvilicious should be redefined to be about when the aesop feels shoehorned and out of place in the work while Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped should be about when the aesop feels natural and fits the work well.
That's a Distinction Without a Difference. Redefining like that would still make Anvilicious a complaining magnet and Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped a gushing magnet.
Also, has anyone done a Wick Check yet to show there is misuse?
edited 15th Feb '17 12:19:25 PM by Gosicrystal
I still think that Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped would work better including "historical context." I think that would effectively make it trivia, but it would preserve inbounds and make it distinct from Anvilicious. It looks like most people here, myself included, think of Anvilicious as being "heavy handed" or "done well" or something along those lines. So, keeping it YMMV.
I mean that the SANTBD article doesn't need to be YMMV if it has something objective like historical context of the work.
edited 15th Mar '17 10:34:14 AM by WaterBlap
So like "Anvilicious but ultimately being on the right side of history"?
That would still be YMMV anyway. I meant more like the examples already in the description of Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped. "Slavery is bad," for example, could be an anvil made in America today, but since slavery isn't around in America anymore, it wouldn't be SANTBD.
edited 15th Mar '17 11:27:06 AM by WaterBlap
This trope is for when he message being heavy-handed works because IT NEEDED TO BE DELIVERED and coming down like a tone of bricks with no subtlety or mincing words drove the point home effectively.
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