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I'm looking for the very common SF sub-trope of this one where earth races are transposed to planets, such that the 'hat' in 'planet of hats' is of some racial type, with all the usual stereotypes thereof.
It's a common enough one that I can think of a dozen examples without even trying hard, but I can't find a specific trope for it. Any ideas?
I think we have that trope, but I don't remember the name. You may want to ask in the Trope Finder.
Was there ever a writer that justified The Planet of Hats by simply arguing the protagonists were dealing with the planet's *dominant* culture instead of the planet's *single* culture? I've been thinking all along that the "dominant culture" idea is the only justification for The Planet of Hats- throughout history, Earth has had several examples of one culture or people that dominated over the others, so it's reasonable to think the same thing would happen in alien societies, and it's this "dominant culture" the protagonists actually deal with. I also think that, in many cases, the writers intend the viewer to think the planet's other societies are "in the background" and thus aren't mentioned since they're not relevant to the plot.
I'd put this in the article myself but I have no sources for it regarding an author actually using this justification.
Perhaps Star Trek and possibly Star Wars should be given their own folders considering the lengths of each franchises' entries and the unlikelihood that they could be reasonably simplified and shortened. I'd do it myself, but I lack both wherewithal and self-confidence.
I can't believe this article doesn't do the obvious "planet of Hutts" pun, even when in goes in lenght about Star Wars. Is that intentional?
I wonder if it wouldn't be worth mentioning that Aliens may all seem alike because we focus on what distinguishes them from us and not them from each other. Or alternately that what distinguishes them is obvious to them but nigh invisible to us due to differing sensory and mental capacities.
Who keeps putting these stupid walls of text onto pages? I'm not sure if there's anything useful in there, but if any braver souls than I want to make sense of it, go ahead.
It seems to me that in some sense a Planet of Hats is reasonable. If you assume that there's a wide range of possible personality types, then it seems possible that humans sort of "clump" around an average, though there are always outliers who have rather unusual personality types. An alien race could plausibly form a clump somewhere else in the space of possible personality types. So they'd have as much variety of humans, but virtually all of them would be wild outliers in the same direction by human standards. For example, they might be normally much more enamored of jokes than we are, so that only the very most humorless by their standards are normal by human standards...
Agreed, and many of the examples here seem to be implying that a Planet of Hats is inherently illogical when it is VERY frequently a Justified Trope.
Case in point: Tattooine. Of COURSE there are many skilled pilots from Tattooine; they use hovercraft constantly because they live on a desert world where things are far apart. It would be like saying that Earth's hat is driver's licenses.
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