History Franchise / TheDarkTower

9th Nov '17 3:16:02 PM slvstrChung
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* {{AKA47}}: Roland's revolvers go by a handful of generic names like Sandalwood Guns, and the text never specifies which real-world firearm they're supposed to represent. Based on the details given, they're a nearly perfect match for the Colt New Service.

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* {{AKA47}}: Roland's revolvers go by a handful of generic names like Sandalwood Guns, and are presumably analogous to some Earth-originating firearm, but the text never specifies which real-world firearm they're supposed to represent. Based on anything beyond their having sandalwood grips and firing .45-cal cartridges. (That presumption may not be accurate anyhow, given that they are literally made from the details given, they're a nearly perfect match for steel of Arthur Eld's sword Excalibur, implying they were handcrafted and may be unique not just in our world but in Mid-world too.) In the Colt film, they are "played" by Remington 1858 New Service. Army revolvers.
9th Nov '17 2:33:01 PM slvstrChung
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* WritersCannotDoMath: It's inconsistent what year Susannah came from. In the second book, it's stated that it's been three months since the assassination of [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy JFK]]; that means it's February 1964. Not much later, it's stated that August 19, 1959 (when she lost her legs) was five and a half years before; that means it's February 1965. In the third book, the year is several times said to be 1963. In the following books, it's consistently stated to be 1964. However, in the sixth book, she reminiscences about the murders of Civil Rights activists James Cheney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, which happened in June 1964. It might be a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] on this that Susannah thinks in the seventh book that she lived in America until 1964 "or was it '65?".

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* WritersCannotDoMath: It's inconsistent what year Susannah came from. In the second book, it's stated that it's been three months since the assassination of [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy JFK]]; that means it's February 1964. Not much later, it's stated that August 19, 1959 (when she lost her legs) was five and a half years before; that means it's February 1965. In the third book, the year is several times said to be 1963. In the following books, it's consistently stated to be 1964. However, in the sixth book, she reminiscences about the murders of Civil Rights activists James Cheney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, which happened in June 1964. It might be a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] on this that Susannah thinks in the seventh book that she lived in America until 1964 "or was it '65?". Since TimeyWimeyBall is an explicit side effect of the Dark Tower's slow weakening, it may also just be the past sliding out from under her.


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* YouCantFightFate: a central tenet of the entire concept of ''ka'', which means not just "fate" but also "personality." There are certain things that will always be true for, or of, certain people, because that is just their nature.
7th Sep '17 9:10:49 PM Ghidra15
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So begins ''The Dark Tower'', Creator/StephenKing's epic long-runner, a series of seven books published over nearly thirty years. The series is frequently regarded as King's defining work. It is a long and complex MixAndMatch of SpeculativeFiction, fantasy, horror, PostModernism and [[TheWestern Westerns]].

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So begins ''The Dark Tower'', Creator/StephenKing's epic long-runner, a series of seven books published over nearly thirty years. The series is frequently regarded as King's defining work. It is a long and complex MixAndMatch of SpeculativeFiction, fantasy, HighFantasy, horror, PostModernism and [[TheWestern Westerns]].
4th Aug '17 3:44:40 PM Saveelich
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The series had been in DevelopmentHell for over a decade trying to get it to screen/television, with Creator/RonHoward being involved at one point. As of November 2016, Creator/IdrisElba and Creator/MatthewMcConaughey have been cast as The Gunslinger and The Man In Black respectively, endorsed by King. The page for the film, which is now in post-production, can be found [[Film/TheDarkTower2017 here]].

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The series had been in DevelopmentHell for over a decade trying to get it to screen/television, with Creator/RonHoward being involved at one point. As of November 2016, Creator/IdrisElba and Creator/MatthewMcConaughey have been cast as The Gunslinger and The Man In Black respectively, endorsed by King. The page for the film, which is now in post-production, film can be found [[Film/TheDarkTower2017 here]].
26th Jul '17 9:18:32 PM ProfessorDetective
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Prequel comics, initially adaptions of flashbacks in the novels and now original stories, are ongoing from Marvel.

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Prequel A series of prequel comics, initially adaptions of flashbacks in the novels and now original stories, are ongoing from Marvel.



The story begins in a ScavengerWorld AfterTheEnd. Roland Deschain, Gunslinger of Gilead in the barony of New Canaan, is pursuing a mysterious man across the desert, to get information about the eponymous tower. Roland himself begins as an enigma -- for about the first third of the first book, he's referred to in the narration only as "TheGunslinger". As the series goes on, we learn more about him, his world, and what drives him on his quest.

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The story begins in a ScavengerWorld AfterTheEnd. Roland Deschain, Gunslinger of Gilead in the barony Barony of New Canaan, is pursuing a mysterious man across the desert, to get information about the eponymous tower. Roland himself begins as an enigma -- for about the first third of the first book, he's referred to in the narration only as "TheGunslinger". As the series goes on, we learn more about him, his world, and what drives him on his quest.



* AfterTheEnd: Far after. Though time has little meaning on All-World, thousands of years have passed since the devastating war of the Old Ones. And the world is still trying to heal. If that weren't bad enough, it's implied that All-World is running out of gas, the laws of physics is breaking down is localized areas, and the whole world might just go kaput in another few thousand years.

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* AfterTheEnd: Far after. Though time has little meaning on All-World, thousands of years have passed since the devastating war of the Old Ones. And the world is still trying to heal. If that weren't bad enough, it's implied that All-World is running out of gas, the laws of physics is are breaking down is in localized areas, and that the whole world might just go kaput in another few thousand years.



* IJustKnew: Insights driven by "''ka''", or destiny. It's a central tenet to gunslinger philosophy, and spirituality in Roland's world in general.

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* IJustKnew: Insights driven by "''ka''", or destiny. It's a central tenet to of gunslinger philosophy, philosophy and spirituality in Roland's world in general.



* SweetTooth: Strangely averted for Roland. After gong through a HeroicBSOD the first time he takes a sip of cola, due to the rarity of sugar on his own world, he never once expresses any desire to eat anything sweet while in America. Even when they discover Nozz-a-la while traveling through Mid-World, there is not description of Roland's reaction. By contrast, he does request tunafish later on.

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* SweetTooth: Strangely averted for Roland. After gong going through a HeroicBSOD the first time he takes a sip of cola, due to the rarity of sugar on in his own world, he never once expresses any desire to eat anything sweet while in America. Even when they discover Nozz-a-la while traveling through Mid-World, there is not no description of Roland's reaction. By contrast, he does request tunafish later on.
5th Jul '17 7:37:26 PM Yozzy
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* AfterTheEnd: Far after. Though time has little meaning on All-World, thousands of years have passed since the devastating war of the Old Ones. And the world is still trying to heal.

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* AdvancedAncientHumans: The Old Ones. While they managed to make some pretty amazing things, they eventually wiped themselves out with what appeared to be a nuclear war, though it's hinted that they used weapons that are far more arcane. The descendants of the survivors eventually became what little civilization All-World has left.
* AfterTheEnd: Far after. Though time has little meaning on All-World, thousands of years have passed since the devastating war of the Old Ones. And the world is still trying to heal. If that weren't bad enough, it's implied that All-World is running out of gas, the laws of physics is breaking down is localized areas, and the whole world might just go kaput in another few thousand years.



* AncestralWeapon: The ancient revolvers. Apparently forged from Excalibur.

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* AncestralWeapon: The ancient revolvers. Apparently revolvers, forged from Excalibur.Excalibur no less.



* ArcSymbol: The rose, which was associated with both [[Myth/KingArthur Arthur]] and the Dark Tower. This becomes a plot point as the series progresses.



%%* BigBad: The Crimson King.

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%%* * BigBad: The Initially, it appears to the readers to be the Man in Black. Though later he's it becomes known that he's just a minion of [[SatanicArchetype the Crimson King.King]].



* CanonWelding: ''The Dark Tower'' draws in characters, plot-lines, and themes from about two dozen other King novels.

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* CanonWelding: ''The Dark Tower'' draws in characters, plot-lines, and themes from about two dozen other King novels.novels, including Literature/{{It}}, Literature/SalemsLot, Literature/TheStand, Literature/{{Insomnia}}, Literature/TheMist...



%%* MixAndMatchCritters

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%%* MixAndMatchCritters* MixAndMatchCritters: Billy-Bumblers, small creatures described as having a gray and black striped coat and a cross between raccoons, woodchucks, and dachshunds. Smart ones could also talk like parrots.



* NeglectfulPrecursors: [[AdvancedAncientHumans The Old Ones]], who were technologically advanced, yet managed to wipe out their entire civilization. They made advanced robots, portals to other worlds, even some {{magitek}} to go with it. It was also stated that they ended up destroying themselves and [[spoiler: set the stage to undermine the Dark Tower]] due to overconfidence, which was brought about since [[Myth/{{Merlin}} Maerlyn]] was advising from the shadows to do things that were, in the long run, against their best interests.



* ProtectiveCharm: The "skoldpadda" ("turtle", literally "shield-toad" in Swedish), a brooch representing the Turtle, one of the Beam Guardians. Its powers are left somewhat vague, but anyone holding it tends to come out unscathed during fights.

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* ProtectiveCharm: The "skoldpadda" ("turtle", literally "shield-toad" in Swedish), a brooch representing the Turtle, one of the Beam Guardians. Its Guardians, and possibly molded after an entity that appears to be a benevolent metaforce in the verse. The brooch's powers are left somewhat vague, but anyone holding it tends to come out unscathed during fights.



** ''The Drawing of Three'': Roland spends the book racing to draw his three before the lobstrocity poison can work it's way into his heart.

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** ''The Drawing of Three'': Roland spends the book racing to draw his three before the infection from lobstrocity poison wounds can work it's way into his heart.



* RagnarokProofing: Played with. While some of the Great Old Ones' technology continues to function thousands of years later, most of it is breaking down, ranging from their trains to the Beams holding up the Tower.

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* RagnarokProofing: Played with. While some of the Great Old Ones' technology continues to function thousands of years later, later (including the city of Lud, which is still standing), most of it is breaking down, ranging from their trains to the Beams holding up the Tower.



* ReplacementGoldfish: Invoked somewhat with Jake, who dies in the first book, but comes back when Roland later prevents his death and causes a paradox; granted, he carries the same thoughts and is effectively the same person, but the fact remains he's not the same entity that Roland left to die.

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* ReplacementGoldfish: Invoked somewhat with Jake, who serves as ''his own replacement.'' He wakes up in Mid-World after he dies in the first book, but comes back on Earth, and he dies again when Roland abandon's him to chase the Man in Black. Later, Roland telepathically visits Earth in the head of Jake's killer, and overrides him from murdering Jake, causing a later prevents his death and causes a paradox; granted, he carries the same thoughts and is effectively the same person, but the fact remains he's not the same entity that Roland left to die.



* TranslatorMicrobes: At the Tet Corporation lobby, there is a sign which always appears in the readers native language, Roland immeadiately realizes this because his language has been dead for thousands of years. Also, it's implied a few times that Roland hears his companions in his own language, and has great difficulty using words that don't exist in Gilead's language, such as "aspirin" and "tuna fish".

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* TranslatorMicrobes: At the Tet Corporation lobby, there is a sign which always appears in the readers native language, Roland immeadiately realizes this because his language has been dead for thousands of years. Also, it's implied a few times that Roland hears his companions in his own language, and has great difficulty using words that don't exist in Gilead's language, such as "aspirin" and "tuna fish". His ka-tet also realize that they can understand the high tongue, though it should sound like gibberish to them.



%%* WalkingTheEarth
%%* WelcomeToTheRealWorld

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%%* WalkingTheEarth
%%* WelcomeToTheRealWorld
* WalkingTheEarth: Roland decided to take up this path as a youth as a quest to seek out the Dark Tower. He's often alone until he starts to form a ka-tet, and he sometimes suffers physically as a consequence, nearly costing him his life in ''The Gunslinger''.
* WelcomeToTheRealWorld: Roland visits the Earth at a few points through the latter 20th century, first to bring Susannah, Eddie, and later Jake to Mid-World. Then again at a few later points.


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* WorldOfWeirdness: The metaplot plays out like a mystical Arthurian legend, with old west gunslingers instead of knights, set to a WeirdWest backdrop setting similar to that of VideoGame/{{Fallout}}. All-World is set AfterTheEnd after the mind-bendingly advanced Old Ones wiped out their civilization, leaving much of the world an irradiated wreck populated by mutants and ruins and now-ancient artifacts, and occasionally the functional piece of high-tech. And then the world contains magic, demons, spirits, and all sorts of supernatural phenomena, including the Dark Tower, which the Old Ones were aware of as being a CosmicKeystone. ''And then'' the world is plagued by a strange set of physics that are worn down and variable; time is noted as being "soft" and inconsistent, compasses and clocks don't consistently work, distances seem to be variable, [[NegativeSpaceWedgie thinnies and todashes]] appear without rhyme or reason, and the sun doesn't always rise in the east though it always sets in the west.
10th Jun '17 9:15:11 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ArchEnemy: The Man in Black and Roland, the Gunslinger. In a more one-sided way, the Crimson King to Roland.



* ArchEnemy: The Man in Black and Roland, the Gunslinger. In a more one-sided way, the Crimson King to Roland.
8th May '17 10:46:46 PM Discar
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The series had been in DevelopmentHell for over a decade trying to get it to screen/television, with Creator/RonHoward being involved at one point. As of November 2016, Creator/IdrisElba and Creator/MatthewMcConaughey have been cast as The Gunslinger and The Man In Black respectively, endorsed by King. The page for the film, which is now in post-production, can be found [[Film/TheDarkTower here]].

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The series had been in DevelopmentHell for over a decade trying to get it to screen/television, with Creator/RonHoward being involved at one point. As of November 2016, Creator/IdrisElba and Creator/MatthewMcConaughey have been cast as The Gunslinger and The Man In Black respectively, endorsed by King. The page for the film, which is now in post-production, can be found [[Film/TheDarkTower [[Film/TheDarkTower2017 here]].
6th May '17 8:06:31 PM Mdumas43073
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-->''The Man In Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.''

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15th Mar '17 7:51:08 AM morenohijazo
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* ThinDimensionalBarrier: "Thinnies" show up throughout the works of Creator/StephenKing. Here they're explained to be a symptom of the ongoing collapse of the multiverse.
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