History Creator / ChristopherPike

11th Apr '18 12:30:38 AM SarcasmKid
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* ContrivedCoincidence: Things consistently work out for Mark and Jessa in ''Magic Fire'', starting from Mark easily destroying a security system to burn down a house, to stealing a fuel truck to create a massive fire that would destroy Pacific Palisades, to [[spoiler: hijacking two alien bodies, stealing a military ship, and heading back to Earth. Lampshaded when Mark realizes there's no way everything could've worked out ''that'' easily for both of them, and this allows him to remember the two of them are in a LotusEaterMachine.]]



* {{Deconstruction}}: ''Magic Fire'' comes across as Pike deconstructing many of the reoccurring elements in his novels by adding them all together in one book before the end reveals [[spoiler: everything that occurred was in the fantasy world of a dying drug addict.]]



* DownerEnding:
** ''Magic Fire'': [[spoiler: Jessa refuses to leave her dreamworld and Mark's poor attempt at saving her only caused them both suffering.]]



** ''Weekend''. %%details?
** ''Last Act''. %%details?
** ''The Midnight Club''. %%details?
** ''Whisper of Death''. %%details?
** ''Remember Me 3''. %%details?
** ''Master of Murder''. %%details?
** ''Road to Nowhere''. %%details?

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** ''Weekend''. %%details?
Robin shares a folk tale about three birds and a snake, which is disturbingly reminiscent of the conflict between Robin, Lena, [[spoiler: Flynn, and whoever poisoned Robin.]]
** ''Last Act''. %%details?
There's the "Final Chance" script Melanie and the rest of the characters act out.
** ''The Midnight Club''. %%details?
Several stories are shared in detail during the club's meetings.
** ''Whisper of Death''. %%details?
Roxanne and the others read out four odd short stories written by Betty-Sue, and soon they begin to die as the characters in the tales do.
** ''Remember Me 3''. %%details?
Only the story turns out to be none other than ''The Starlight Crystal''.
** ''Master of Murder''. %%details?
There are brief snippets of Marvin's novels shown.
** ''Road to Nowhere''. %%details?Freedom Jack and Poppy Corn share with Teresa the tragic tale of John and Candy, [[spoiler: a.k.a. their life story.]]



* {{Yandere}}: Jessa in ''Magic Fire''. She's consistently trying to make sure it is only Mark and herself with no one else getting in the way. [[spoiler: It turns out the entire novel up until the epilogue has been Jessa's prolonged dream thanks to a LotusEaterMachine. Mark was trying to get her to come back to the waking world but along the way he completely forgot his purpose. It was only after he realized how simplistic Jessa's dreamworld was and the subsequent pattern of it being just the two of them that he remembered his true purpose. Only Jessa wouldn't go with him.]]

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* {{Yandere}}: Jessa in ''Magic Fire''. She's consistently trying to make sure it is only keep Mark all to herself, and herself with presses Mark to ensure no one else getting in the way.gets between their attempts to be together. [[spoiler: It turns out the entire novel up until the epilogue has been Jessa's prolonged dream thanks to a LotusEaterMachine. Mark was trying to get her to come back to the waking world but along the way he completely forgot world, only to have his purpose.memories rewritten by Jessa's subconscious and forgetting what he was supposed to be doing. It was only after he realized how simplistic Jessa's dreamworld was and the subsequent pattern of it being just the two of them that he remembered his true purpose. Only Jessa wouldn't go with him.]]
23rd Jun '17 11:06:42 PM JadeEyes1
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* NewAge: A lot of Pike's science fiction and fantasy novels have very New Age feels toward them in terms of their discussions of spirituality and religion.

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* NewAge: A lot Many of Pike's science fiction and fantasy novels have very are based on (or take cues from) New Age feels toward them in terms of their discussions of spirituality concepts and religion.beliefs. A number of plots center around [[AncientEgypt Ancient Egyptian]] and [[{{UsefulNotes/Hinduism}} Eastern]] mysticism, [[AncientAliens extraterrestrials]], [[{{Reincarnation}} transmigration of the soul]], and [[GodOfHumanOrigin humans evolving into gods]] (or [[GodInHumanForm gods taking human form]]).
28th Feb '17 10:40:23 AM FuzzyBoots
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* ''[[{{Literature/Witch}} Witch]]''

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* ''[[{{Literature/Witch}} Witch]]''
''Literature/{{Witch}}''
* ''Literature/ChainLetter''



* ClingyMacGuffin: In the ''Chain Letter'' books, the titular chain letter. Once the letter is sent to you and you are on the list, the only way to free yourself from eternally being commanded to perform tasks (each task progressively becoming more malicious and difficult) is death.

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* ClingyMacGuffin: In the ''Chain Letter'' ''Literature/ChainLetter'' books, the titular chain letter. Once the letter is sent to you and you are on the list, the only way to free yourself from eternally being commanded to perform tasks (each task progressively becoming more malicious and difficult) is death.



** [[spoiler:''Chain Letter'' (Neal)]]. %%details?

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** [[spoiler:''Chain Letter'' (Neal)]]. %%details?''Literature/ChainLetter'': [[spoiler:Neal]] fakes their death via The Caretaker to throw the others off the scent.
8th Feb '17 3:36:45 PM TheNerfGuy
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Sati'' and ''The Starlight Crystal''. The connections lie in the use of mankind interacting with God or a higher force which talks about the path to enlightenment and the struggles of daily life. Both books use the term "Alosha", and while the phrase "starlight crystal" is never used in the novel, Sati refers to herself as such.
8th Feb '17 10:40:37 AM crazysamaritan
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* SpiritualSequel: ''Sati'' and ''The Starlight Crystal''. The connections lie in the use of mankind interacting with God or a higher force which talks about the path to enlightenment and the struggles of daily life. Both books use the term "Alosha", and while the phrase "starlight crystal" is never used in the novel, Sati refers to herself as such.

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* SpiritualSequel: SpiritualSuccessor: ''Sati'' and ''The Starlight Crystal''. The connections lie in the use of mankind interacting with God or a higher force which talks about the path to enlightenment and the struggles of daily life. Both books use the term "Alosha", and while the phrase "starlight crystal" is never used in the novel, Sati refers to herself as such.
20th Apr '16 3:02:40 AM StFan
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** Lara in ''Slumber Party'' starts to believe someone in their group is either pyrokinetic or if it's the case of SpontaneousCombustion, in order to explain how these fires keep occurring. [[spoiler: It turns out she's wrong on both accounts, and Nell was secretly goading her beliefs just to screw with her.]]

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** Lara in ''Slumber Party'' starts to believe someone in their group is either pyrokinetic or if it's the case of SpontaneousCombustion, SpontaneousHumanCombustion, in order to explain how these fires keep occurring. [[spoiler: It turns out she's wrong on both accounts, and Nell was secretly goading her beliefs just to screw with her.]]
30th Jan '16 11:50:23 AM movie007
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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In ''The Season of Passage'' and ''Monster'' the [[spoiler:vampires originate from Mars, people on Earth being infected by a virus from that planet.]]

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In ''The Season of Passage'' and ''Monster'' the [[spoiler:vampires originate from Mars, people on Earth being infected by a virus from that planet.]]planet]] -- thereby suggesting that either they are not set in the same universe as ''Literature/TheLastVampire'' series, or that the two types of vampires are simply unaware of each other's existence (as they never seem to cross paths).
18th Jan '16 6:48:12 PM jormis29
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** Lara in ''Slumber Party'' starts to believe someone in their group is either pyrokinetic or if it's the case of spontaneous combustion, in order to explain how these fires keep occurring. [[spoiler: It turns out she's wrong on both accounts, and Nell was secretly goading her beliefs just to screw with her.]]

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** Lara in ''Slumber Party'' starts to believe someone in their group is either pyrokinetic or if it's the case of spontaneous combustion, SpontaneousCombustion, in order to explain how these fires keep occurring. [[spoiler: It turns out she's wrong on both accounts, and Nell was secretly goading her beliefs just to screw with her.]]
1st Dec '15 3:37:36 PM PaulA
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* OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs:
** In ''Master of Murder'', an author names his characters after his friends, and then the fanfics become canon (i.e., they happen in RealLife). Hilarity doesn't exactly ensue, being a Pike novel.
** In ''Whisper of Death'', the main characters discover that a dead classmate had written stories about them using different names, and each one dies as the characters in the story.



* Really700YearsOld: The crews of ''The Traveler'' and ''The Pandora'' in ''The Starlight Crystal'', by means of traveling at the speed of light and cryogenic freezing respectively, live so long into the future that the Earth is rendered a lifeless, radioactive wasteland, and by the time they return the radiation has since abated. [[spoiler: Paige Christian, however, lives so long that she witnesses all life in the universe die out, then its rebirth. She then returns to Earth under a different identity, right at the same time her previous self was planning on leaving Earth to become a member of ''The Traveler''.]]
** This is a subversion, though, as the reason the crew of ''The Traveler'' remains so young isn't because of extended immortality, but because of how fast the ship is travelling, they don't age inside at the same rate as the universe outside is. A week to those in the ship is really two hundred years outside.



* RewritingReality:
** In ''Master of Murder'', an author names his characters after his friends, and then the fanfics become canon (i.e., they happen in RealLife). Hilarity doesn't exactly ensue, being a Pike novel.
** In ''Whisper of Death'', the main characters discover that a dead classmate had written stories about them using slightly different names, and each one dies as the characters in the story.



* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Not prophecy per say, but the events that occur in ''The Starlight Crystal'' are revealed to have been set up by none other than [[spoiler: Paige Christian herself, who lives past the death of the universe and well into its rebirth. She discovers upon experience that she was really the woman who convinced her to visit a nearby park, where she would meet the love of her life, and was also responsible for creating the alien race that would wipe out all life on Earth, on purpose.]]


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* StableTimeLoop: The events that occur in ''The Starlight Crystal'' are revealed to have been set up by none other than [[spoiler:Paige Christian herself, who lives past the death of the universe and well into its rebirth. She discovers upon experience that she was really the woman who convinced her to visit a nearby park, where she would meet the love of her life, and was also responsible for creating the alien race that would wipe out all life on Earth, on purpose.]]


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* TimeDilation: The crews of ''The Traveler'' and ''The Pandora'' in ''The Starlight Crystal'', by means of traveling at the speed of light and cryogenic freezing respectively, live so long into the future that the Earth is rendered a lifeless, radioactive wasteland, and by the time they return the radiation has since abated. [[spoiler:Paige Christian, however, lives so long that she witnesses all life in the universe die out, then its rebirth. She then returns to Earth under a different identity, right at the same time her previous self was planning on leaving Earth to become a member of ''The Traveler''.]]
1st Dec '15 3:32:33 PM PaulA
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* WhatTheHellHero: While she never gets called on it, Ilonka in ''The Midnight Club'' breaks up Kevin and his girlfriend Kathy by making it clear to her that Kevin is in a ''hospice'', not a ''hospital'', and is not going to get better. The girl leaves the hospice in tears without seeing Kevin. In all honesty, this was out of wanting Kevin for herself. This later gets subverted, as Ilonka feels conflicting emotions of guilt towards her cruelty towards Kathy and her love towards Kevin. Everyone who knows about what happened felt Kathy deserved to be set straight sooner than later.
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