I'm coining a new lit crit term: "cozy revolution."— Gwen C. Katz (@gwenckatz) May 29, 2020
You know cozy romances, where someone gets murdered but it's carefully presented in a way that's soothing to the target audience? It's like that, but with books and movies where people overthrow the government.
Hallmarks of a cozy revolution:— Gwen C. Katz (@gwenckatz) May 29, 2020
It's set in a fictional society, and the oppression they're fighting against is something that doesn't exist in the real world. pic.twitter.com/WcllsDle1p
Violence, especially violence committed by the protagonists, is abstract and sanitized. pic.twitter.com/EVTKI0QUKK— Gwen C. Katz (@gwenckatz) May 29, 2020
The Man, regardless of what he officially represents, is generalized enough that you can apply him to anything. pic.twitter.com/RFyPS2L5YD— Gwen C. Katz (@gwenckatz) May 29, 2020
The members of the resistance are chummy, quippy, and hot. They have cool clothes, gestures, and slogans. They're organized enough that they feel official. pic.twitter.com/6LOg3AIcTv— Gwen C. Katz (@gwenckatz) May 29, 2020
Last but not least, it stars white people. pic.twitter.com/91oucrTyQ5— Gwen C. Katz (@gwenckatz) May 29, 2020
Cozy revolutions are generic enough that they don't point anyone towards any specific real-life path of action, and anyone can claim them for any cause.— Gwen C. Katz (@gwenckatz) May 29, 2020
If your metaphor gets co-opted by friggin' Men's Rights Activists, your metaphor is not clear enough.
It's notable that Morpheus specifically says that the Matrix can be a metaphor for anything. It's religion, it's the government, it's your boss, it's the media. He directly grants the viewer permission to apply it to whatever they feel like.https://t.co/x9s7RSbpZb— Gwen C. Katz (@gwenckatz) June 1, 2020