History BlessedWithSuck / Literature

3rd Apr '18 7:15:16 PM nombretomado
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*** One Yeerk was angered enough by his actor host's constant monologuing from HenryV that, during a trip to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight, he stopped at the Battle of Agincourt to ruin the inspiration.

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*** One Yeerk was angered enough by his actor host's constant monologuing from HenryV ''Theatre/HenryV'' that, during a trip to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight, he stopped at the Battle of Agincourt to ruin the inspiration.
26th Mar '18 8:37:06 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* ''Gislaug'', titular character of the the narrative poem cycle ''Haugtussa'' (''Fairy mound girl'', written by Norwegian writer Arne Garborg), is given the "sight" (not unlike Danny´s powers in ''Literature/TheShining''). This is a mixed blessing at best, because it alienates her from her community, destroys her possibilities for love, and she is essentially haunted by every secondary world being in her home area. She ends up as a mix of MysteriousWaif, WaifProphet and downright CloudCuckoolander, but in a moment of clarity, she actually chooses this over the alternative - not seeing anything at all. This messy situation is eventually solved, and she ends up as a wise, caring woman in the end.

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* ''Gislaug'', titular character of the the narrative poem cycle ''Haugtussa'' ''Literature/{{Haugtussa}}'' (''Fairy mound girl'', written by Norwegian writer Arne Garborg), is given the "sight" (not unlike Danny´s powers in ''Literature/TheShining''). This is a mixed blessing at best, because it alienates her from her community, destroys her possibilities for love, and she is essentially haunted by every secondary world being in her home area. She ends up as a mix of MysteriousWaif, WaifProphet and downright CloudCuckoolander, but in a moment of clarity, she actually chooses this over the alternative - not seeing anything at all. This messy situation is eventually solved, and she ends up as a wise, caring woman in the end.
18th Jan '18 5:50:52 AM Derkhan
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* [[FromNobodyToNightmare Rhulad Sengar]] in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has a magical sword that brings him back to life any time he dies, as well as granting supernatural strength and other magical abilities. Unfortunately, the sword was a gift from [[BigBad the Crippled God]], who never does a good turn for anyone without cost; Rhulad can't physically put the sword ''down'', his resurrections are incredibly physically and mentally agonizing (leading to SanitySlippage), and the first time around he was dead for several days and had already been dressed for burial before he came back - which, in his culture, involves having gold coins ritually sealed with hot wax across the entire body. When Rhulad resurrects, the coins [[BodyHorror stay attached]], with the exception of the ones on his eyelids. Add in the TraumaCongaLine that ensues after Rhulad gets the sword, and its small wonder he ends up half-mad and completely miserable, immortality or no.

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* [[FromNobodyToNightmare Rhulad Sengar]] in from the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has a [[ArtifactOfDoom magical sword sword]] that brings him back to life any time he dies, as well as granting supernatural strength and other magical abilities. Unfortunately, the sword was a gift from [[BigBad the Crippled God]], who never [[DealWithTheDevil does a good turn turn]] for anyone without cost; Rhulad can't physically put the sword ''down'', his resurrections are incredibly physically and mentally agonizing (leading to SanitySlippage), and the first time around he was dead for several days and had already been dressed for burial before he came back - -- which, in his culture, involves having searing-hot [[GoldMakesEverythingShiny gold coins coins]] ritually sealed with hot wax across burned into the flesh to cover the entire body. When Rhulad resurrects, resurrected, the coins [[BodyHorror stay attached]], with the exception of the ones on his eyelids. stayed attached]]. Add in the TraumaCongaLine that ensues after Rhulad gets becomes the sword, Emperor of the Tiste Edur, and its small wonder he ends up half-mad and completely miserable, [[ImmortalityHurts immortality or no. no]].
3rd Jan '18 1:27:51 PM N8han11
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** In a later book, after Bink marries Chameleon, it mentions that while she always has qualities he finds attractive no matter what stage she's in, he prefers when she's in her "Dee" stage because she's attractive enough to still be a physical turn on, but smart enough that he's not turned off by the fact that she can't tie her shoelaces without a map to find her ass. Still a bit sexist, but surely better than [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders the obvious answer]].
*** It does mention this alongside pointing out that he's trying to keep his head down at the moment because right now she's A) Fanchon, B) pregnant, and therefore C) excessively aggressive and moody, and chewing the walls of their cottage cheese.
*** Actually, it's much, much worse than that. In the first book, it's revealed that without periodic invasions from the outside world, humanity will grow more and more mutated by magical radiation (and the effects of love springs...) into subhuman forms. A rule in the early books is that a living thing can be inherently magical, have a magical power, or be sentient: pick two at most. Chameleon, like Bink (supposedly) does not have a magical talent: she's an inherently magical mutation. She has no talent: can't be BlessedWithSuck if you're not blessed. Since she marries Bink, who is also intensely magical [[FridgeLogic the kids would have been in danger]] of being stuck with her mutation or something even worse if it weren't for the series' ReverseCerebusSyndrome.
*** The one part of it that might qualify as a blessing is that it makes her not just meet every possible one of Bink's ideal woman criteria, but makes it fairly impossible for him to even think of straying. She ends up with the series' most powerful character entirely devoted to her, and dialogue in the sixth book implies that Fanchon (currently acting ruler of Xanth) knows this and is taking advantage of it in her strategy for ensuring that her side wins the war.
3rd Jan '18 1:26:46 PM N8han11
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* You would think that an item that made every woman in the world want to tear off your clothes and have you take them would be a blessing. Read the beginning of ''The Woad to Wuin'', the second book in the ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing'' trilogy, and disavow yourself of that notion.
** That depends... can you turn it off? If not, that would be the Midas curse.
** A far better example is the main plot to the second half of the book, where Apropos gains a gem in his chest that makes him indestructible... and gives him delusions of grandeur that turns him from an AntiHero to a full-blown BigBad.

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* %%* You would think that an item that made every woman in the world want to tear off your clothes and have you take them would be a blessing. Read the beginning of ''The Woad to Wuin'', the second book in the ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing'' trilogy, and disavow yourself of that notion.
** That depends... can you turn it off? If not, that would be the Midas curse.
** A far better example is the main plot to the second half of the book, where Apropos gains a gem in his chest that makes him indestructible... and gives him delusions of grandeur that turns him from an AntiHero to a full-blown BigBad.
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3rd Jan '18 9:46:01 AM CerebusKnight
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* Casper of {{Literature/Touch}} is a powerful [[TheEmpath empath]], to the degree that he spends every day almost drowning in the feelings of those around him.
22nd Sep '17 11:08:37 AM bfunc
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* Protectors in ''Literature/KnownSpace'' are stronger than humans, tougher than humans, ''smarter'' than humans, and apparently never die of old age. They're ''fanatically'' devoted to protecting their descendants, because if their line of descendants dies out, they instinctively stop eating and die unless they're one of the ''very'' few that can transfer their gene-loyalty to the species as a whole. So ... no problem, just protect your great-great-great-grandkids, right? Except that one of the things you have to protect them against is ''other'' immortal superhumans who are also trying to win the zero-sum game for their ''own'' descendants. Oh, also: you instinctively ''have'' to take the best option to protect your descendants, and you're too smart to lie to yourself about what that option is, so free will is no longer a thing for you.
9th Sep '17 7:58:31 AM SS13
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** And it goes FromBadToWorse for [[spoiler: Zhegorz, who has similar abilities, but was declared insane and spent decades in mental institutions because of "hearing voices"]]
** Sandry inherited a huge tract of land and a title of ''Clehame'' (Countess) in Namorn. However, since she is also female and unmarried, this makes her a target for multiple attempts at [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe forced marriage]], as well as unwanted attention from the Namorn Empress. [[spoiler: In the end she has no other options but to sign away her Namorn land '''and''' her title to her (male) cousin]]
28th Aug '17 10:31:00 PM PaulA
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* A story in Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Changing Planes'' describes a race of humanoid aliens called the Gyr in which about one in every thousand sprouts wings in young adulthood, which carries several disadvantages. Firstly, the wing-growth process takes a year and is very painful and incapacitating. Secondly, winged people develop lightweight hollow bones which make them more vulnerable to injury. Worst of all, those who attempt flight have a tendency to suddenly lose control of their wings and crash -- if it isn't fatal, they're stuck with useless, cumbersome wings. And trying to remove the wings surgically causes slow, painful death. Hence, most winged people don't even try flying, and those who do are considered eccentric and foolish.
** Another story in the same book mentions the immortals of Aya, an island in the world of Yendi. Being bitten by a fly renders them immortal--but while they can't get sick, they can be horribly burnt and disfigured in accidents. [[spoiler: And they often end up buried alive and turning into sentient diamonds.]] It's a horrible blend of WhoWantsToLiveForever and Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream.

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* A story in Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Changing Planes'' ''Literature/ChangingPlanes'':
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describes a race of humanoid aliens called the Gyr in which about one in every thousand sprouts wings in young adulthood, which carries several disadvantages. Firstly, the wing-growth process takes a year and is very painful and incapacitating. Secondly, winged people develop lightweight hollow bones which make them more vulnerable to injury. Worst of all, those who attempt flight have a tendency to suddenly lose control of their wings and crash -- if it isn't fatal, they're stuck with useless, cumbersome wings. And trying to remove the wings surgically causes slow, painful death. Hence, most winged people don't even try flying, and those who do are considered eccentric and foolish.
** Another story in the same book mentions the immortals of Aya, an island in the world of Yendi. Being bitten by a fly renders them immortal--but while they can't get sick, they can be horribly burnt and disfigured in accidents. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And they often end up buried alive and turning into sentient diamonds.]] It's a horrible blend of WhoWantsToLiveForever and Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream.AndIMustScream.
20th Aug '17 9:08:36 AM akanesarumara
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* Creator/RickRiordan's ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'': A good portion of the main cast has to deal with powers that can be either crappy or awesome, depending on the situation.

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* Creator/RickRiordan's ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'': A good portion of the main cast has to deal with powers that can be either crappy or awesome, depending on the situation. Starting with the fact that all of them have a smell that entices monsters to them- the stronger they (and their godly parents) are, the more they smell like a five course dinner, and the more they are together, the stronger the signal. Using electronics like cellphones and the internet makes it stronger too. Oh and their heightened battle instincts manifest in the form of ADHD, while their innate ability to understand/learn Greek and Latin comes out as dyslexia.
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