How are you guys? I just accidentally posted this while only having written one line because I must have pressed some shortcut or something that made it post, so that gave me a wee giggle. Anyway, I know Tuesday isn’t my normal day to post but I just got out of class and we were discussion some hard-hitting questions about literature, genre, authors and everything else bookish. And me being the awkward and socially-reclusive person that I am in these classes I realised I had quite a few opinions on these topics that I didn’t feel like I could say in class or that didn’t fully pertain to the conversation and so this idea for a post was born. I am going to pick a topic and tell you my opinions on it. I want you guys to tell me what your opinions on it is in the comments and we can have a wee discussion about it. I know this is not the most original idea but it’s a little different to other things I normally put up here, which is why I have given it a hefty intro.
I also feel like I have to preface this by saying that these are just my opinions, you don’t have to agree or disagree with them but you do have to be respectful both my opinions and anyone else’s in the comments. With that out of the way, let’s get into today’s topic: Special Snowflake Syndrome.
In case you don’t know what Special Snowflake Syndrome is, it is defined as: The conviction that one (or occasionally more) is, in some way, special and should therefore be treated differently from others.
They are almost always the protagonist. This is extremely prevalent in Young Adult fiction, especially fantasy or urban fantasy, with an obvious example being Harry Potter who is literally known as the chosen one or the Boy who Lived. The whole plot revolves around the fact that these people are the only ones who can solve the problem because they are special. Sometimes, the people always know that they’re special and destined for greatness while others have no clue and suddenly all the pressure of the end of the world are thrust upon them.
This is often a topic that divides people. One side hates the use of “special people” because it’s unrealistic, cliche and predictable. The other side doesn’t mind this trope because without it the plot would remain stagnant, and slow moving. My opinion is that I can see things from both sides. The reader in me hates how predictable it is and how the characters always seem to get over this life-changing discovery in a matter of seconds. If this was real-life it would take months to adjust and then years to master whatever skill they have. However, the writer in me acknowledges that without something to denote or clarify why their protagonist is the one living through all of this, things seem slow or unbelievable. There is no happy medium because either your protagonist is special or they are not.
An other example that it at the forefront of my mind is from the TV show The Umbrella Academy because it just came out on UK Netflix on Saturday and I finished it on Sunday so if that doesn’t tell you I loved it then I don’t know what will. But the one draw back for me was the predictability. It was’t even 5 minutes into the first episode and I already knew how the show would end. Special Snowflake Syndrome can destroy enjoyment and yet without it plots can loose their drive or their resolution. What do you guys think? Are you on the fence like me or do you know what you want?
I hope you liked this, because I loved this and I can feel many of these coming in the future because it is so rambly to write and it’s some of my favourite things to read. I hope you liked it and I will see you next time.