Re: Frank Miller completely loses the plot
And the message of the 300 was? The underdog can win in certain circumstances if he's brave enough. Is that a fascist concept in a fictional world?
I think Brin nicely outlined the ways in which 300
, as a narrative, showed contempt for the idea of non-militarism and non-hierarchical social structures, and in which it supported authoritarianism -- both by portraying the militarism of Spartan society as a good thing and by ignoring those aspects of Spartan society that modern liberal democracy would tend to find objectionable, such as slavery and institutional sexual abuse of children.
"Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism, as I understand it." - George Orwell, 1946