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Old 10-01-2016, 10:11 AM   #150
Johan Larson
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Toronto, Canada
Default Re: bending stereotypes

Originally Posted by Flyndaran View Post
Who need work ethic, time, or skill when fate will just make everything happen for you?
At least older fiction gave us a short training montage even if that would of course be woefully inadequate. Now we just get some confidence epiphany and sudden explosion of ability not once hinted at.
"You too can be extraordinary, but it will require a dramatic investment of time and effort, and probably the support of your parents to pay for the expensive training you will require."

How the heck does one tell an appealing story with that as its theme? Emphasize the personal effort, I suppose, and of course the reward at the end. Acknowledge but don't dwell on the family support and the sacrifices on the way there.
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