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Case ([personal profile] case) wrote in [community profile] fandomsecrets2017-08-06 04:17 pm

[ SECRET POST #3868 ]

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(Anonymous) 2017-08-06 08:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Eh, I wouldn't even say it's a bad plot device.

It's just bad when people use it in a way that lacks moral seriousness, in contexts that require moral seriousness.

(Anonymous) 2017-08-06 08:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Not OP but for me it's not the seriousness, it's the unrealistic ease.

Bad people don't become not-bad people that easily, even if they want to change. It's hard to change thought patterns and emotions even if you know they're wrong.

If it were that easy, we'd all be rid of our pesky habits the first time we tried.

(Anonymous) 2017-08-06 08:30 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd include that in "moral seriousness" honestly - part of taking morality seriously is that this stuff is hard for human beings to do and to learn. but it's definitely a great point that you're making and I agree.

(Anonymous) 2017-08-07 12:19 am (UTC)(link)
Plenty of people kick really bad habits cold turkey. I hate narratives where villains realize they're wrong and immediately and seamlessly become part of the heroes' team, but I can easily accept villains realizing they were wrong, and immediately taking some sot of action (be it actually effective or half-baked and desperate) to rectify their mistakes.