Fans are Slans?
June 14, 2014 10:17 AM Subscribe
Who was it that spoke out against works of fiction with characters and plots similar to 'Slan,' in which the sympathetic protagonist is innately, biologically, invisibly superior or special for some reason, and is persecuted or otherwise struggles because of it?
posted by Verg to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I recall reading, years ago, an essay or blog post (perhaps written by a novelist or other writer) that criticized works of fiction with "Slan-like" plots: In which the protagonist is invisibly "special" for some reason, not through any effort of their own, but instead by birth. Examples cited in the essay included Paul Atreides in 'Dune' and Luke Skywalker in 'Star Wars.'
The author was worried by how common such works are, and thought they inspired poor attitudes amongst readers. It included a sentence that said something to the effect of "I am always wary of stories that show 'Slan-like' qualities."
Ring any bells? I thought it was an interesting piece of criticism, and I would like to find it again. (One would think this would be easy to find using Google because of the specific keywords, there are a hell of a lot of highly-ranked pages out there reference common science fiction titles. Google's silent fuzziness is not helping, either.)