History Film / StrangerThanFiction

4th Dec '17 8:19:56 PM XenialRupicaprine
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** In the context of the book Karen is writing about Harold, it's a straight example of WritersCannotDoMath. In the larger frame of the movie the fact that Harold is better at math than Karen casts some early doubt on the whole "fictional character vs. real author" relationship. Consider as well that he gave his answer before Karen's narration.

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** In the context of the book Karen is writing about Harold, it's a straight example of WritersCannotDoMath. In the larger frame of the movie the fact that Harold is better at math than Karen casts some early doubt on the whole "fictional character vs. real author" relationship. Consider as well that he gave his answer before Karen's narration.
18th Nov '17 8:36:17 PM ickypolliwog
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** [[spoiler: When Harold Crick reads the ending Karen Eiffel finally decided on: that he is [[TakingTheBullet killed by a bus after pushing a child out of the way]]: he decides that it's a sacrifice worth making, and goes through with it with full knowledge of the consequences]].

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** [[spoiler: When Harold Crick reads the ending Karen Eiffel finally decided on: that he is [[TakingTheBullet killed by a bus after pushing a child out of the way]]: he decides that it's preserving the plot of the novel and continuing to knowingly be a part of this literary masterpiece is a sacrifice worth making, and goes through with it with full knowledge of the consequences]].
10th Jun '17 9:30:29 AM nombretomado
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* TheWindyCity: Although the story quite clearly takes place in Chicago (a man is seen reading the Tribune on the bus, the Dearborn Street subway station sign is seen, as is "Illinois Lottery" at the bodega where Karen buys the apple) there is strangely no specific mention of such, even though the buses that go throughout the movie are obviously CTA buses with the logos hidden.
25th May '17 12:20:01 PM AnotherGuy
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* TrueArtIsAngsty: Invoked by Karen, who believes this and why all of her novels have the protagonist being offed.
1st Jan '17 6:23:33 PM PaulA
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* NoFourthWall: Only between the author and her protagonist, though. The fourth wall of the movie is very much intact.

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* NoFourthWall: Only NoInnerFourthWall: There is no fourth wall between the author and her protagonist, though. The but the fourth wall between them and the audience of the movie is very much intact.
20th Dec '16 11:16:28 PM KingClark
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20th Dec '16 11:13:28 PM KingClark
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* ChekhovsGun: The watch. Repeatedly pointed out as such -- in fact, treated by the narrator like an entirely separate character.

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* ChekhovsGun: The watch. Repeatedly pointed out as such -- in such--in fact, treated by the narrator like an entirely separate character.



** Both the novel and the film itself treat [[spoiler:Harold's watch as its own character. When the bus slams into Harold, the first thing it hits is his watch -- which is destroyed, but a part of it becomes embedded permanently in his arm and slows down the hemorrhage that would have killed him otherwise. So just like Harold [[TakingTheBullet stepped in front of a bus to save a child]], his watch took the brunt of the hit for him]].

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** Both the novel and the film itself treat [[spoiler:Harold's watch as its own character. When the bus slams into Harold, the first thing it hits is his watch -- which watch--which is destroyed, but a part of it becomes embedded permanently in his arm and slows down the hemorrhage that would have killed him otherwise. So just like Harold [[TakingTheBullet stepped in front of a bus to save a child]], his watch took the brunt of the hit for him]].



* InformedAbility: Karen's writing ability. We only see (and hear) snippets of it - both Harold and Hilbert think the full manuscript is a brilliant masterpiece, but we only see quick snatches as they read through it.

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* InformedAbility: Karen's writing ability. We only see (and hear) snippets of it - both it--both Harold and Hilbert think the full manuscript is a brilliant masterpiece, but we only see quick snatches as they read through it.



* JerkassHasAPoint: As incredibly brusque and seemingly uncaring Hilbert is about the inevitable death of Harold, people DO have their lives changed for the better from literary works - [[spoiler:and he knew about Harold saving the child in the end, too.]]

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* JerkassHasAPoint: As incredibly brusque and seemingly uncaring Hilbert is about the inevitable death of Harold, people DO have their lives changed for the better from literary works - [[spoiler:and works--[[spoiler:and he knew about Harold saving the child in the end, too.]]too]].



* ShootTheShaggyDog: According to Professor Hilbert, all of Karen Eiffel's previous novels have ended with the protagonist dying just short of accomplishing something, and the rough draft of Harold Crick's story is no different. [[spoiler:It later becomes part of the reason as to why Karen rewrites the ending - she tells Hilbert the dramatic irony and poignancy of Harold's death would have been nullified by someone who willingly went to die for a noble cause.]]

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: According to Professor Hilbert, all of Karen Eiffel's previous novels have ended with the protagonist dying just short of accomplishing something, and the rough draft of Harold Crick's story is no different. [[spoiler:It later becomes part of the reason as to why Karen rewrites the ending - she ending--she tells Hilbert the dramatic irony and poignancy of Harold's death would have been nullified by someone who willingly went to die for a noble cause.]]



* TakeOurWordForIt: The brilliance of Eiffel's original ending. It's hard to tell from watching the film where the poetry was in [[spoiler:Harold dying from a confluence of three different storylines -- his own, the boy on the bike's, and that of the bus driver]].

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* TakeOurWordForIt: The brilliance of Eiffel's original ending. It's hard to tell from watching the film where the poetry was in [[spoiler:Harold dying from a confluence of three different storylines -- his storylines--his own, the boy on the bike's, and that of the bus driver]].



* WhatIsOneMansLifeInComparison: The idea is batted about that maybe [[spoiler: the possible contribution to world literature and the greater meaning of his planned death mean that Harold should accept his death as it was written. Hilbert's speech about the original ending comes off as pretty damn cold concerning his implied utter disregard for Harold's life]].

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* WhatIsOneMansLifeInComparison: The idea is batted about that maybe [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the possible contribution to world literature and the greater meaning of his planned death mean that Harold should accept his death as it was written. Hilbert's speech about the original ending comes off as pretty damn cold concerning his implied utter disregard for Harold's life]].
22nd Sep '16 2:56:06 AM MadSpy
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* RealityWritingBook: Presumably, any book Eiffle writes a story in could affect reality. It's definitely happening to Harold, and Eiffle is shaken that it could have happened to her previous characters
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Considering everything that Eiffle writes in her story ends up happening, she very well could put things in the book that would help the world. It's justified because she has no idea she can do this. Though she never seems to get such an idea after finding out.

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* RealityWritingBook: Presumably, any book Eiffle Eiffel writes a story in could affect reality. It's definitely happening to Harold, and Eiffle Eiffel is shaken that it could have happened to her previous characters
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Considering everything that Eiffle Eiffel writes in her story ends up happening, she very well could put things in the book that would help the world. It's justified because she has no idea she can do this. Though she never seems to get such an idea after finding out.
25th May '16 4:23:21 PM nombretomado
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* {{Slipstream}}: Genre-wise, it's more this than MagicalRealism, both in terms of the movie itself and possibly in Karen's book, what with the watch being portrayed as vaguely sentient.

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* {{Slipstream}}: Genre-wise, it's SlipstreamGenre: It's more this than MagicalRealism, both in terms of the movie itself and possibly in Karen's book, what with the watch being portrayed as vaguely sentient.
21st Feb '16 5:27:31 PM Arawn999
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* FailedASpotCheck: The construction crew who demolishes Harold's apartment under the assumption it was a condemned building.
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