I have just tried to refute another "Edward is hot" type fallacy. I've had enough, I'm ready to puke - pardon the language - in link
if I see another one. In the foreseeable future, I shall either not bother with such fallacies but instead ignore and ridicule or point to this article. This applies to both sides
because some Twilight fans and some new Harry Potter fans here are frequently inferring it.
I point to my previous article: link
for the introduction.
I shall here only point out Number Six:
What is a Non Sequitur and a fallacy: I shall again refer to Oxford English Dictionary because some just does not get it:
non sequitur(non sequi|tur)
a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement
Latin, literally 'it does not follow'
noun (plural fallacies)
a mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound arguments:
the notion that the camera never lies is a fallacy
Logic a failure in reasoning which renders an argument invalid
[mass noun] faulty reasoning:
the potential for fallacy which lies behind the notion of self-esteem
late 15th century (in the sense ‘deception, guile’; gradually superseding Middle English fallace): from Latin fallacia, from fallax, fallac- 'deceiving', from fallere 'deceive'
Edward (substitute character for taste) is hot, therefore the series he/she's belonging in has quality.
Reasonably now, these two link
are not related to one another; therefore one cannot use one to prove the other. It would be like me trying to prove the existence of the Andromeda Galaxy by saying that it snows, for an extreme example. For a simpler example I quote Wikipedia:
"The term [Non sequitur] is often used in everyday speech and reasoning to describe a statement in which premise and conclusion are totally unrelated but which is used as if they were.
An example might be: "If I buy this cell phone, all people will love me." However, there is no actual relation between buying a cell phone and the love of all people." - link
Do you see the unreasonable argment yet? If not... in plain English:
The Edward Fallacy is
Incorrectly assuming that one thing is the cause of another.
Assuming that part of the examined series is representative for the entire series.
And ad nauseam, it has been so repeated as the holy truth that people give up on it and it wins by fiat.
Summa Summarum: I've had enough. If you use it one more time I shall force you to digest this article under pain of torture or detention, whichever that will amuse me.