|Reviews for A Bluer Shade of White|
| H. Automata chapter 6 . 1/27
Ok, holy crap, let's try to tackle this bad boy... A Bluer Shade of White is a cold narration on the exponential growth of an artificial intelligence hidden within a Frozen fanfiction. I call it a "cold" narration because there's little concern with the day to day actions and thoughts of characters, with the story focusing on key moments and dialogs and then quick-jumping days, weeks, months or even years ahead to reach the next momentous occasion, less like a full fledged world and more like a journalistic report of sorts.
As for the artificial intelligence bit, that's an approach seen often in futuristic Utopia narratives featuring benevolent robots capable of learning and self improving, like Olaf did throughout the story. Dude's basically Prime Intellect, but made of snow and with a carrot for a nose lol.
This is a strange story, permeated with a certain atmosphere of dread despite its seemingly happy ending, but it's definitely entering my hall of favorites! Thanks for the material!
| JoeEngland chapter 6 . 12/16/2017
Haunting. Singularity stories always leave me shaken, especially when applied to cartoons. I've read My Little Pony fics along the same lines.
It occurs to me that, ultimately, this isn't a story of Olaf going out of control with unlimited power so much as a tale of Elsa allowing her powers to go out of control because of the limitations she put upon herself. She really seemed to concede defeat a little too easily. Her magic is infinitely versatile, and I find myself imagining numerous ways she could have "defeated" Olaf even as she met him on the mountain.
For example, she knew that attacking the "mind buffet" of the Olaf on the mountain would have been pointless due to the multitude of clones. But nothing suggests that she couldn't still add to his psyche. She might have projected her natural revulsion to his proposed regime, "upgrading" his emotional store to compensate for his expanded intellect, granting him a more mature level of humility and empathy to move beyond his simplistic "good/bad" perspective. Even her innate fear of her own power carries with it a crucial moral underpinning. Once the Olaf on the mountain had been modified with a greater understanding of her feelings on the matter, she could have then left him to solve the problem of the other Olafs himself, trusting that his more complex understanding of human nature would provide him with an edge which the other Olafs wouldn't be able to anticipate.
Since the Olaf of this story is an analogy for artificial intelligence, he's basically a computer. And as Doctor Who once said, the thing about computers is that they're "very sophisticated idiots." They can move Heaven and Earth to achieve their goals, but their goals are often dictated by extremely limited parameters. This creates a large blind spot which can be exploited. In the case of Olaf, he has a childlike notion that the ends justify the means. Arguably the most crucial aspect of growing up is learning to respect the boundaries which limit the power we have over one another. This wisdom would have made all the difference with Olaf, and it's a lesson that Anna would have been perfectly suited to bring to his and Elsa's attention.
It's noteworthy that the connection between the sisters is underplayed in this story, which I think ties into Elsa's fatal weakness. Anna has always provided crucial perspective, inspiring Elsa through emotional conviction rather than pragmatic intelligence. For all of Olaf's mental power in this story, his lack of understanding regarding the horror of his campaign suggests that there are strategies he wouldn't have been able to anticipate. So for another example, if Anna had earlier gone with Elsa to confront him (before he became the Borg) then her straightforward appeal to his basic emotions may have turned the tide. Hell, it's a Disney world. Of course it would have.
To put it in appropriately saccharine terms, his heart had to grow along with his head. All Olaf truly needed was an understanding of the line between altruism and tyranny. Elsa could have explained it to him, but Anna would have sung it to him. Hurt feelings and the prospect of never again getting a warm hug would have shaken the tower of logic built over the earnest snowman.
Incidentally, where would an army of Olafs get carrots, coal, and sticks for all of them?
Point is, Olaf became a monster because he fell into an inflexible line of reasoning. And Elsa let it happen because she never allowed herself the flexibility she needed. Not the flexibility to begin experimenting with her power to create life, but the versatility to see around a problem rather than looking directly at it. She always surrendered too easily to feelings of doom, forgetting that while ice is rigid snow is infinitely malleable.
| The Polyethylene Man chapter 6 . 8/20/2017
It would have unsettled me far had olaf killed everyone.
Perhaps oneday soon the human race will become something else entirely, and the sad part is that we'll be better for it.
| EmeraldTyphoon47 chapter 6 . 7/23/2017
This is perhaps one of the most complex and thought-provoking-if not THE most complex and thought-provoking-fanfic I've ever read. The entire concept of Elsa maintaining popularity and sovereignty by using her ice powers to improve Arendelle's economy and QOL was interesting on its own but the ethical questions addressed in the fic and the inevitability of Elsa's eventual death that would destroy the system being discussed really made me think about the implications of Elsa's powers. The overall melancholic ending was also incredibly well-written and the concept of Olaf becoming a god was unexpected yet makes a lot of sense given the story. I also applaud you for writing the first Jelsa fic that I can actually appreciate.
| morion87 chapter 1 . 6/21/2017
There's always been thr question of when Disney films take place. Unless its painfully obvious. I'd always actually wondered where they took place exactly.
Is there something in here for where Anna is?
| Where the gras is greener chapter 6 . 5/25/2017
This was a frightening read, but a good one. I also found this a very interesting extrapolation of the magics and canon (and necessary foundations thereof). Thank you.
| Fiction-stalker supreme chapter 6 . 5/17/2017
This was one of the scarier stories I'very read, more to do with the fact that I came from the Terminator fanfic and there the AI was...crapshoot. I was just expecting the bad to hit. Also more beautiful because Olaf was good, just that he was pushing progress far quicker than is comfortable.
Though this story has caused me to question my feelings in regard to the singularity.
| Falcon's Jade chapter 6 . 3/23/2017
This story came recommended to me by a fan of HPMOR, and wow, I am startled and amazed at how this story turned out. The originality and potential of this story is amazing, and while my heart aches at how Elsa's and Olaf's relationship turned out the whole idea that they (probably) won't kill each other and intend to make the other the best version as they could was sweet in its own way. The name Jack Frost, and Olaf going into the moon, that almost seems like a shout-out to Rise of the Guardians...which makes me wonder just how far Olaf will go to make humanity better or how he managed to mess up enough to create the equivalent of Pitch. Excellent work!
| HeirOfVoid chapter 6 . 1/18/2017
An utterly fascinating allegory for A.I. and human augmentation. The only point of difference is the lack of permanency in Elsa's constructs, as opposed to an A.I. or artificial limb that can be serviced by anyone with the proper training.
Makes me wonder what would happen if she ran into a geomancer who could work stone the same way she works ice.
| timmy1022 chapter 6 . 11/16/2016
| timmy1022 chapter 5 . 11/16/2016
Pandora's box. Free will is scary!
| timmy1022 chapter 2 . 11/16/2016
Ohhhh prediction: Olaf will slowly transform into Elsa's 'perfect mate!'
| kabs9000 chapter 6 . 10/16/2016
| Enigma infinite chapter 6 . 8/12/2016
Creepy yet wow!
| Lliono chapter 6 . 8/5/2016
Wow, that was... interesting. Not what I had imagined when I started reading a frozen fanfic. Either way, good ideas and I like how you expand on easily missed concepts such as AI in a disney movie.