History Creator / RobinMcKinley

26th Sep '17 1:33:08 AM PaulA
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* AllGirlsLikePonies: Most of the (usually female) protagonists have an appreciation for horses, and often have one as a companion.

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* AllGirlsLikePonies: Most of the (usually female) protagonists have an appreciation for horses, and often have one as a companion.



* CoolHorse: ''All'' of them, but pegasi especially.

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* CoolHorse: ''All'' of them, but pegasi especially.Pegasi.



* DeathByChildbirth: Several instances, including ''Literature/{{Beauty|ARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast}}'' and "Literature/TheTwelveDancingPrincesses" in ''The Door in the Hedge''.

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* DeathByChildbirth: Several instances, including ''Literature/{{Beauty|ARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast}}'' and "Literature/TheTwelveDancingPrincesses" in ''The Door in the Hedge''.



* EasingIntoTheAdventure: Common in her works. ''Literature/TheBlueSword,'' for example, begins with Harry's efforts at adjusting to life on the desert frontier of the Homelander Empire.



* SomethingAboutARose: ''Literature/{{Beauty|ARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast}}'' and ''Rose Daughter'', inevitably.

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* SomethingAboutARose: ''Literature/{{Beauty|ARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast}}'' and ''Rose Daughter'', inevitably.



* TaughtByExperience: Unless Luthe is in the story, most of her protagonists have to find their way by improvising madly and fumbling for anything that looks like it might work. Sometimes even when Luthe ''is'' in the story.
* TwiceToldTale: A large number of her works--see individual pages for specifics.



* WizardsLiveLonger: Various works, including ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'' and Luthe in ''Literature/TheHeroAndTheCrown'' and ''Literature/TheBlueSword''.
26th Sep '17 1:28:19 AM PaulA
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* UnwillinglyGirlyTomboy: In ''Spindle's End'', peasant-raised princess Rosie is an utter tomboy who always wears trousers, keeps her hair short, and only wears a dress with great reluctance for her foster-cousin Katriona's wedding. When she learns she's a princess, she's distraught not only because her whole life as she's known it is a lie, but because a future of wearing nothing but elegant dresses and having to be a proper royal lady horrifies her. This is part of the reason why [[spoiler:she chooses to stay a peasant in the end, while her GirlyGirl friend Peony assumes her identity as the princess.]]
12th Sep '17 6:23:45 AM XFllo
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* AuthorAppeal: MayDecemberRomance.



* MayDecemberRomance: A common element; see AuthorAppeal.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: ''Sunshine'', sort of. See also ''The Hero and the Crown''.
13th Oct '15 4:28:24 PM EllaV
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* TaughtByExperience: Unless Luthe is in the story, most of her protagonists have to find their way by improvising madly and fumbling for anything that looks like it might work. Sometimes even when Luthe ''is'' in the story.
29th Jan '15 6:37:43 AM JoieDeCombat
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* DiscreetDrinkDisposal: "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" .

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* DiscreetDrinkDisposal: In "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" .Princesses," the soldier disposes of the drugged wine the oldest princess gives him by surreptitiously pouring it into the thick velvet cloaks he's been given to wear.



* EvilUncle: The Regent in "The Stagman" is Ruen's.

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* EvilUncle: The Regent in "The Stagman" is Ruen's.



* SlippingAMickey: "The Twelve Dancing Princesses".

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* SlippingAMickey: One of the pieces of advice given to the soldier in "The Twelve Dancing Princesses".Princesses" is not to drink anything the princesses give him. The old woman giving this advice remarks that she's surprised none of the other men before him have thought of it on their own.
29th Jan '15 6:31:50 AM JoieDeCombat
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* MortonsFork: ''Chalice''.



* SpeaksFluentAnimal: ''Spindle's End''.

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28th Jan '15 8:05:06 AM JoieDeCombat
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* RecurringCharacter: Luthe, the immortal mage featured most prominently in ''The Hero and the Crown'', turns up in a lot of [=McKinley's=] stories whenever an enigmatic mentor figure is called for.
28th Jan '15 7:58:49 AM JoieDeCombat
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* PortentOfDoom: Invoked by the Regent in "The Stagman," who goes to considerable pains to conjure up unseasonable thunderstorms which he can claim as a bad omen over his niece's upcoming ascension to the throne. Luthe is distinctly unimpressed with his sloppiness.
28th Jan '15 7:49:22 AM JoieDeCombat
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* EvilUncle: The Regent in "The Stagman" is Ruen's.


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* RightfulKingReturns: In "The Stagman" in ''A Knot in the Grain''... very reluctantly on the part of Princess Ruen, the rightful ruler in question, who has to be pushed into it by Luthe.
28th Jan '15 7:42:09 AM JoieDeCombat
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* [[AllGirlsLikePonies All Girls Like Ponies (and/or dogs or dragons)]] - almost all of her protagonists (even the one boy) have a horse, dog, or exotic animal as a best friend.

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* [[AllGirlsLikePonies All Girls Like Ponies (and/or dogs or dragons)]] - almost all AllGirlsLikePonies: Most of her the (usually female) protagonists (even the one boy) have a horse, dog, or exotic animal an appreciation for horses, and often have one as a best friend. companion.



* [[CoolHorse Cool Horse]] - ALL of them, but pegasi especially.

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* [[CoolHorse Cool Horse]] - ALL CoolHorse: ''All'' of them, but pegasi especially.especially.
* CuteMute: Lily in "The Healer" in ''A Knot in the Grain'' can't speak. She and her teacher Jolin work out a form of communication via whistling, but it's very limited.


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* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: Courtesy of Luthe in "The Healer." [[spoiler:Sahath believes that his power as a mage is gone, but it's actually more that he cut himself off from it out of trauma and self-loathing. Luthe points out that Sahath has in fact been unconsciously using his magic to help him repair and build things for Lily and Jolin, and dryly teases him a little for assuming that someone with no training or previous experience in carpentry could be as good at it as Sahath has been without ''some'' kind of supernatural help.]]
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