it is commonly reputed as true that Sherlock Holmes lived in London. It is also considered true that Samuel Pepys lived in London. Yet Sherlock Holmes never lived anywhere at all; he is a fictional character. Samuel Pepys, contrarily, is judged to have been a real person. Contemporary interest in Holmes and in Pepys share strong similarities; the only reason why anyone knows either of their names is that of an abiding interest in reading about their alleged deeds and words.
What I’m getting at is Aerith’s death is still iconic. People believe it should be common knowledge to know of her death. Even if you’ve never played the game (which I personally think is wrong).
Even more so, Aerith’s theme has been receiving attention in the classical music world. The slum girl would then propel into high social status. Classical music may spoil Aerith’s death in the future.
But when classical music accepts movie and video game scores, more will hear this beautiful theme. Then they’ll think of the character behind it.
And thousands of years from now, humans may see Final Fantasy as a continuation of the ancient myths.
We might legitimately see Aerith as a savior figure of some sort. Aerith may one day be a household name humans pray to.
But 1000 years later into the future, might people confuse the details?
Will people think someone like Aerith as being a real person living in the slums of New York City?
Killed by a war hero?