History CreatorBreakdown / Literature

30th Oct '17 6:22:46 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, Creator/RobertMunsch wrote his book ''Love You Forever'' after he and his wife had given birth to two stillborn babies.

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* According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, Creator/RobertMunsch wrote his book ''Love ''Literature/{{Love You Forever'' Forever}}'' after he and his wife had given birth to two stillborn babies.
30th Aug '17 12:49:40 PM RedScharlach
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* In Creator/JDSalinger's "The Laughing Man" (part of 9 Stories), a bus driver who regularly tells children a story about a Robin Hood like character known as "The Laughing Man" goes through serious relationship problems and responds by killing off all the main characters of his story prompting many of the children to break down and cry.

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* In Creator/JDSalinger's "The Laughing Man" (part of 9 Stories), ''9 Stories''), a bus driver who regularly tells children a story about a Robin Hood like character known as "The Laughing Man" goes through serious relationship problems and responds by killing off all the main characters of his story prompting many of the children to break down and cry.



* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe married his 13-year-old-second-cousin at age 26. Her death greatly affected him, and the premature death of a beautiful woman was the basis for quite a few of his stories. He even stated that it is the most poetical topic in the world. However, the trope was pretty common for his day. Poe was certainly not a very stable person.

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* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe married his 13-year-old-second-cousin 13-year-old second-cousin at age 26. Her death greatly affected him, and the premature death of a beautiful woman was the basis for quite a few of his stories. He even stated that it is the most poetical topic in the world. However, the trope was pretty common for his day. Poe was certainly not a very stable person.



* Reportedly, this is behind the derailment of the ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' character and series from the sarcastic, flippant and chaste heroine and detective noir mystery novels of the first few books to the HornyDevils and, as Publishers Weekly put it, "a case to solve between wild orgies with wereanimals" of recent books: the writer, Laurell K. Hamillton, was going through a bad divorce at the time of the initial breakdown.
** More specifically, the character of Richard is said to be loosely based on Hamilton's now ex husband. The character goes off the rails very abruptly in the book being written right around the time of the divorce. It's only after another half-dozen entries that he's begun to shift back even slightly. Conversely, the character of Micah is allegedly a stand-in for her new boyfriend.

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* Reportedly, this is behind the derailment of the ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' character and series from the sarcastic, flippant and chaste heroine and detective noir mystery novels of the first few books to the HornyDevils and, as Publishers Weekly put it, "a case to solve between wild orgies with wereanimals" of recent books: the writer, Laurell K. Hamillton, Hamilton, was going through a bad divorce at the time of the initial breakdown.
** More specifically, the character of Richard is said to be loosely based on Hamilton's now ex husband.ex-husband. The character goes off the rails very abruptly in the book being written right around the time of the divorce. It's only after another half-dozen entries that he's begun to shift back even slightly. Conversely, the character of Micah is allegedly a stand-in for her new boyfriend.



* Many literary historians consider the monster's creation scene in ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' to be an allegory on childbirth. Months before writing the book, Creator/MaryShelley had given birth to a 2-months premature baby daughter who lived only two weeks. Victor Frankenstein's misshapen, partly-formed 'monster' is created in 'filth' and when first brought to life is jaundiced, as most premature newborns are. This allegory may be less obvious to us because most movie adaptations don't follow Shelley's text that closely and turn the creation of the monster into a more scientific and less earthy event than Shelley imagined.

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* Many literary historians consider the monster's creation scene in ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' to be an allegory on of childbirth. Months before writing the book, Creator/MaryShelley had given birth to a 2-months premature baby daughter who lived only two weeks. Victor Frankenstein's misshapen, partly-formed 'monster' is created in 'filth' and when first brought to life is jaundiced, as most premature newborns are. This allegory may be less obvious to us because most movie adaptations don't follow Shelley's text that closely and turn the creation of the monster into a more scientific and less earthy event than Shelley imagined.



* Nosaka Akiyuki wrote ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' out of guilt he was unable to save his younger sister from malnutrition during World War II. His alter-ego Seita dies in September 1945 as a vagrant teen in a subway.

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* Nosaka Akiyuki wrote ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' out of guilt that he was unable to save his younger sister from malnutrition during World War II. His alter-ego Seita dies in September 1945 as a vagrant teen in a subway.



* This trope is OlderThanFeudalism: 1st-century-B.C. Roman poet Catullus began his career writing love poems to his girlfriend "[[HaveAGayOldTime Lesbia]]," and, after she left him for another man, many of his poems had as their subject "Lesbia is a slut."
** It gets better. Some scholars have theorized that the poems for Lesbia were written by a group of likeminded poets, which would make this a Creator Group Breakdown.

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* This trope is OlderThanFeudalism: 1st-century-B.OlderThanFeudalism. 1st century B.C. Roman poet Catullus began his career writing love poems to his girlfriend "[[HaveAGayOldTime Lesbia]]," and, after she left him for another man, many of his poems had as their subject "Lesbia is a slut."
** It gets better. Some scholars have theorized that the poems for Lesbia were written by a group of likeminded like-minded poets, which would make this a Creator Group Breakdown.



* The great 19th century novelist Thomas Hardy wrote increasingly fatalistic novels, to the point that the last two (''Literature/TessOfTheDUrbervilles'' and ''Jude the Obscure'') thoroughly burned him out; combined with the scandalous response the novels provoked in the country at large, it was enough to cause him to quit writing novels for the remaining 28 years of his life (turning his hand to plays and poetry instead).

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* The great 19th century 19th-century novelist Thomas Hardy wrote increasingly fatalistic novels, to the point that the last two (''Literature/TessOfTheDUrbervilles'' and ''Jude the Obscure'') thoroughly burned him out; combined with the scandalous response the novels provoked in the country at large, it was enough to cause him to quit writing novels for the remaining 28 years of his life (turning his hand to plays and poetry instead).



* Allegedly, Creator/LewisCarroll's ''Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There'' emerged after he came out of a massive depression following the death of his father. Not many people know that the sudden disappearance of Carroll from his usual habitat was because he had shut himself off into his home. His reputedly accurate and meticulous diaries contain no reference to this particular period: what is known is that he came out of the depression with the story fully written. Note that it is heavier than the original Alice in Wonderland and is plagued with a general feeling/expression of futility.

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* Allegedly, Creator/LewisCarroll's ''Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There'' emerged after he came out of a massive depression following the death of his father. Not many people know that the sudden disappearance of Carroll from his usual habitat was because he had shut himself off into his home. His reputedly accurate and meticulous diaries contain no reference to this particular period: what is known is that he came out of the depression with the story fully written. Note that it is heavier than the original Alice ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Wonderland'' and is plagued with a general feeling/expression of futility.
8th Aug '17 8:22:46 AM xcountryguy
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* Creator/DouglasAdams himself admitted that he let his own mood affect the fifth ''[[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]]'' book. While the fourth (''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish '') had been a giddily happy entry in which Adams brought back Earth and let Arthur Dent fall in love and have a lot of sex, the fifth (''Literature/MostlyHarmless'') was a dark and morbid affair where [[spoiler:Adams destroyed Earth again, made Arthur's girlfriend disappear from the universe in a bizarre misunderstanding of the nature of space-time, devised two different realities in which Trillian is a miserable cynic, and eventually killed all the main characters in ''every possible universe'']]. Adams later regretted this book and was thinking of fixing everything in a sixth, but [[AuthorExistenceFailure his death prevented this]].

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* Creator/DouglasAdams himself admitted that he let his own mood affect the fifth ''[[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]]'' book. While the fourth (''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish '') (''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'') had been a giddily happy entry in which Adams brought back Earth and let Arthur Dent fall in love and have a lot of sex, the fifth (''Literature/MostlyHarmless'') was a dark and morbid affair where [[spoiler:Adams destroyed Earth again, made Arthur's girlfriend disappear from the universe in a bizarre misunderstanding of the nature of space-time, devised two different realities in which Trillian is a miserable cynic, and eventually killed all the main characters in ''every possible universe'']]. Adams later regretted this book and was thinking of fixing everything in a sixth, but [[AuthorExistenceFailure his death prevented this]].
8th Aug '17 8:22:10 AM xcountryguy
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** In King's later books, his characters have gone through horrible accidents and have suffered a long and painful recovery process, which are described in vivid detail. Might have had something to do with King having been run over by a Dodge Caravan in the summer of 1999. Which [[spoiler: he recounted in the final Dark Tower book, staging it so the characters saved his life. And one died in the process, which King states he didn't intend to happen. It's a little confusing.]]

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** In King's later books, his characters have gone through horrible accidents and have suffered a long and painful recovery process, which are described in vivid detail. Might have had something to do with King having been run over by a Dodge Caravan in the summer of 1999. Which [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he recounted in the final Dark Tower book, staging it so the characters saved his life. And one died in the process, which King states he didn't intend to happen. It's a little confusing.]]



* Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' was composed shortly after the death of his mother, whose family had been accused of incest in much the same way as Hester was accused of adultery. Hence the slew of mother-imagery associated with Hester, especially of Hester when with [[spoiler: Dimmesdale]].

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* Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' was composed shortly after the death of his mother, whose family had been accused of incest in much the same way as Hester was accused of adultery. Hence the slew of mother-imagery associated with Hester, especially of Hester when with [[spoiler: Dimmesdale]].[[spoiler:Dimmesdale]].



Bond shared his creator's love of smoking and drinking, however remained perfectly strong and healthy despite the odd hangover here and there throughout the first half of the series. This changed in ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' (1961) which opens with Bond failing a medical (a thinly veiled copy of Fleming's own) and being sent to a health farm (something that Fleming himself was ordered by his doctor to do). There is also the line he gives to Moneypenny ''I would rather die of drink than of thirst'' which was reputedly a favorite line of Fleming's to anyone who told him to stop drinking. By ''Literature/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' (1963) Bond admits that he ''needs'' three drinks for every one that Bond girl Tracy drinks, and confesses to having tried and failed multiple times to quit the mountainous amount of cigarettes that he gets through (according to friends, this was a fair piece of self-reflection by Fleming). In ''Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' (1964) which was the last book to be released during his lifetime, Bond is a depressed, drunken shadow of a man due to [[spoiler: Tracy's death]]. Is it hard to say if this was another piece of realisation by Fleming, but it is certainly possible.

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Bond shared his creator's love of smoking and drinking, however remained perfectly strong and healthy despite the odd hangover here and there throughout the first half of the series. This changed in ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' (1961) which opens with Bond failing a medical (a thinly veiled copy of Fleming's own) and being sent to a health farm (something that Fleming himself was ordered by his doctor to do). There is also the line he gives to Moneypenny ''I would rather die of drink than of thirst'' which was reputedly a favorite line of Fleming's to anyone who told him to stop drinking. By ''Literature/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' (1963) Bond admits that he ''needs'' three drinks for every one that Bond girl Tracy drinks, and confesses to having tried and failed multiple times to quit the mountainous amount of cigarettes that he gets through (according to friends, this was a fair piece of self-reflection by Fleming). In ''Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' (1964) which was the last book to be released during his lifetime, Bond is a depressed, drunken shadow of a man due to [[spoiler: Tracy's [[spoiler:Tracy's death]]. Is it It is hard to say if this was another piece of realisation by Fleming, but it is certainly possible.
13th Jul '17 12:31:11 AM Doug86
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* Originally, ''Literature/DeadSouls'' was supposed to have three parts (like Dante's ''Literature/DivineComedy'', standing for Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise respectively). But then Gogol went through a religious crisis, mixed with paranoid schizophrenia, destroyed the third book and also parts of the second. Until his death, he wouldn't restore them. He also stated that he felt that VillainProtagonist Chichikov and other characters couldn't be redeemed.

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* Originally, ''Literature/DeadSouls'' was supposed to have three parts (like Dante's ''Literature/DivineComedy'', ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', standing for Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise respectively). But then Gogol went through a religious crisis, mixed with paranoid schizophrenia, destroyed the third book and also parts of the second. Until his death, he wouldn't restore them. He also stated that he felt that VillainProtagonist Chichikov and other characters couldn't be redeemed.
2nd Jul '17 11:21:24 AM nombretomado
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* According to TheOtherWiki, Creator/RobertMunsch wrote his book ''Love You Forever'' after he and his wife had given birth to two stillborn babies.

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* According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, Creator/RobertMunsch wrote his book ''Love You Forever'' after he and his wife had given birth to two stillborn babies.
27th May '17 11:44:21 AM nombretomado
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** Stieg Larsson's career went in a similar direction; the reason the ''[[TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo Girl with the Dragon Tattoo]]'' trilogy deals so much with sexual violence was because Larsson felt lingering guilt for failing to stop his friends from committing a gang rape when he was young.

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** Stieg Larsson's career went in a similar direction; the reason the ''[[TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy Girl with the Dragon Tattoo]]'' trilogy deals so much with sexual violence was because Larsson felt lingering guilt for failing to stop his friends from committing a gang rape when he was young.
17th May '17 8:45:05 AM WillBGood
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* At first, Cornelia Funke, author of ''Literature/TheInkworldTrilogy'', was planning to name the third book "Inkdeath" (for reasons associated with the plot), but she soon changed her mind and decided to name it "Inkdawn" instead. However, she later changed her mind again, and the book's official name turned out to be "Inkdeath" after all. This and [[spoiler:the trilogy's tragic ending, despite earlier promises that all ends well]] can easily be explained if one takes into consideration that ''Funke's husband, Rolf - also the inspiration for the character Dustfinger - died of cancer in 2006'', after the publication of the second volume, ''Inkspell'', but before ''Inkdeath'' was released. (This is strongly suggested in the third book's dedications, most of which mention "dark days" and/or Rolf's death.)

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* At first, Cornelia Funke, author of ''Literature/TheInkworldTrilogy'', was planning to name the third book "Inkdeath" (for reasons associated with the plot), but she soon changed her mind and decided to name it "Inkdawn" instead. However, she later changed her mind again, and the book's official name turned out to be "Inkdeath" after all. This and [[spoiler:the trilogy's tragic ending, despite earlier promises that all ends well]] can easily be explained if one takes into consideration that ''Funke's Funke's husband, Rolf - also the inspiration for the character Dustfinger - died of cancer in 2006'', 2006, after the publication of the second volume, ''Inkspell'', volume ''Inkspell'' but before ''Inkdeath'' was released. (This is strongly suggested in the third book's dedications, most of which mention "dark days" and/or Rolf's death.)
23rd Nov '16 6:34:44 AM Morgenthaler
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** Rice very vocally disowned the ''Vampire Chronicles'' after a (re-)conversion to Roman Catholicism. She shocked pretty much everyone with her next series of novels: ''Christ the Lord''. Yes, from the author of ''InterviewWithTheVampire''.
*** That didn't hold long, now she's off religion again.

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** Rice very vocally disowned the ''Vampire Chronicles'' after a (re-)conversion to Roman Catholicism. She shocked pretty much everyone with her next series of novels: ''Christ the Lord''. Yes, from the author of ''InterviewWithTheVampire''.
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''Interview With the Vampire''. That didn't hold long, now she's off religion again.
23rd Nov '16 6:34:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* The character of Claudia the vampire child in AnneRice's ''TheVampireChronicles'' was originally written as a response to Rice's young daughter's death from leukemia. Rice explained in an interview that she had not realized she was doing that. She did not notice the connection between the character and her daughter until someone else pointed it out to her.

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* Creator/AnneRice's ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'':
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The character of Claudia the vampire child in AnneRice's ''TheVampireChronicles'' was originally written as a response to Rice's young daughter's death from leukemia. Rice explained in an interview that she had not realized she was doing that. She did not notice the connection between the character and her daughter until someone else pointed it out to her.
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