History DarkerAndEdgier / Literature

19th Mar '16 8:04:35 PM Josef5678
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** Notably, the series features a Muslim as a main character. Post-9/11. And it's set in ''the United States'', ''[[UpToEleven with all of the implications and lampshade hangings played up to their fullest]]''. How many children's book authors are capable of doing such a daring attempt?
19th Mar '16 7:49:14 PM Dimas28
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* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' series, continuing the trend from the original series.

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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and its sequel, ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' take a darker turn with every book released. The first indication of a dark turn is during the third book, ''The Titan's Curse'', which sees [[spoiler: a 12-year-old suffering a CruelAndUnusualDeath.]] And it's ''almost'' swept aside, with only minor repercussions that got resolved in the next book. The sequel series, continuing though, takes the trend cake, what with featuring DysfunctionJunction plaguing the ''entire'' main cast, with the exception of Percy himself, who's really a lucky bastard among the demigods by having GoodParents who take care of him, and even he has to endure being separated from his friends for half a year. The ninth book, ''The House of Hades'', in particular, features what might be an extreme taboo to be featured in a children's book: [[spoiler: homosexuality.]] It's ''not'' PlayedForLaughs.
* Creator/RickRiordan's other series, ''Literature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard'' is much, much darker than his standard fantasy fare, including
the original series.aforementioned PJO and THO series. While those series and ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'', even with their darker stories, mostly keep low on profanities, MCGA isn't shy from having curses and (mild) profanities from being thrown, including "damn", "hell", "gosh", etc. Then there's the fact that, [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascension]] aside, the main protagonist is disposed in a heavily horrific manner ([[spoiler: being ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, with a gaping hole in his abdomen]]) And it's still a certifiably ''children's'' series.
** Notably, the series features a Muslim as a main character. Post-9/11. And it's set in ''the United States'', ''[[UpToEleven with all of the implications and lampshade hangings played up to their fullest]]''. How many children's book authors are capable of doing such a daring attempt?
21st Feb '16 1:10:51 PM Kakai
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* ''Literature/ShamanBlues'': while its [[Literature/DoraWilkSeries progenitor series]] takes place in WorldOfBadass and the heroine has a whole lot of allies, this books starts with the villain targeting newborn children and the hero having very little know-how regarding the supernatural and a much bleaker outlook on life.
30th Jan '16 8:46:28 AM Josef5678
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** [[http://s3.amazonaws.com/kym-assets/photos/images/original/000/156/899/OaA6X.jpg?1318992465 Quite literally too.]]
30th Jan '16 8:45:35 AM Josef5678
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* ''TheBerenstainBears'' books normally come in the form of small short books that deal with small family issues like being afraid of the dark at night and way too much junk food. But they also had mini-chapter books that dealt with slightly darker themes like shoplifting, friendships going sour, political controversy, and the destruction of natural habitats.

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* ''TheBerenstainBears'' ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' books normally come in the form of small short books that deal with small family issues like being afraid of the dark at night and way too much junk food. But they also had mini-chapter books that dealt with slightly darker themes like shoplifting, friendships going sour, political controversy, and the destruction of natural habitats.



* Being a Warhammer40k series, GauntsGhosts was never sunshine and rainbows, but starting with ''The Guns of Tanith'' things got noticeably more brutal and grim, with beloved characters dying off, the battles getting even more desperate. Compare series starter ''First & Only'' with book 8, ''Traitor General'', and you could almost be forgiven for thinking you were reading two entirely different series.

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* Being a Warhammer40k ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' series, GauntsGhosts ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' was never sunshine and rainbows, but starting with ''The Guns of Tanith'' things got noticeably more brutal and grim, with beloved characters dying off, the battles getting even more desperate. Compare series starter ''First & Only'' with book 8, ''Traitor General'', and you could almost be forgiven for thinking you were reading two entirely different series.



* The ''Literature/RedRoom'' series to the Series/TheXFiles as Word of God says, "Because we've moved from being the kind of country where we seek to uncover the truth to making it disappear." The protagonists are a pair of agents who exist as TheMenInBlack. Played with as the series has some RefugeInAudacity and SnarkToSnarkCombat and PopCulturedBadass moments to go along with the depressing setting.

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* The ''Literature/RedRoom'' series to the Series/TheXFiles ''Series/TheXFiles'', as Word of God says, says "Because we've moved from being the kind of country where we seek to uncover the truth to making it disappear." The protagonists are a pair of agents who exist as TheMenInBlack. Played with as the series has some RefugeInAudacity and SnarkToSnarkCombat and PopCulturedBadass moments to go along with the depressing setting.
5th Jan '16 7:31:19 AM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/TheKharkanasTrilogy'': Due to the much reduced amount of comedic relief compared to its main series, the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', and the per WordOfGod intentional Shakespearean slant of the story, the prequel trilogy's heavy themes and horrible things that happen leave no time to catch a breath. It also dials up the UnreliableNarrator and use of InMediasRes compared to the main series, which already is known for both.
29th Nov '15 3:25:45 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': The whole series is pretty dark to begin with, but the series finale, ''Mockingjay'', is much [[BlackAndGrayMorality more hopeless]] than even the first two.
17th Nov '15 11:51:47 AM lalalei2001
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* Some books in ''Literature/TheFairyChronicles'' have darker subject matter than others, going from a mission to restore laughter to a mission to stop every creature on Earth from becoming extinct.
6th Sep '15 5:38:21 PM nombretomado
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** NeilGaiman gave Snow White a similar treatment in his short story "Snow, Glass, Apples."

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** NeilGaiman Creator/NeilGaiman gave Snow White a similar treatment in his short story "Snow, Glass, Apples."
21st Jul '15 11:48:40 PM CharlesPhipps
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* The ''Literature/RedRoom'' series to the Series/XFiles as Word of God says, "Because we've moved from being the kind of country where we seek to uncover the truth to making it disappear." The protagonists are a pair of agents who exist as TheMenInBlack. Played with as the series has some RefugeInAudacity and SnarkToSnarkCombat and PopCulturedBadass moments to go along with the depressing setting.

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* The ''Literature/RedRoom'' series to the Series/XFiles Series/TheXFiles as Word of God says, "Because we've moved from being the kind of country where we seek to uncover the truth to making it disappear." The protagonists are a pair of agents who exist as TheMenInBlack. Played with as the series has some RefugeInAudacity and SnarkToSnarkCombat and PopCulturedBadass moments to go along with the depressing setting.
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