History GenreSavvy / Literature

4th Aug '17 6:31:18 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Peter Pevensie demonstrates a degree of GenreSavvy in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' when -- after Edmund suggests the robin they are following might be leading them into a trap -- he observes that in all of the stories he has read, robins are creatures of good.
** Edmund also has a GenreSavvy moment or two near the beginning of ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', drawing upon his knowledge of adventure stories for ideas on how he and his siblings can get by after they find themselves in an unpopulated wilderness.

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** Peter Pevensie demonstrates a degree of GenreSavvy Genre Savvy in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' when -- after Edmund suggests the robin they are following might be leading them into a trap -- he observes that in all of the stories he has read, robins are creatures of good.
** Edmund also has a GenreSavvy Genre Savvy moment or two near the beginning of ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', drawing upon his knowledge of adventure stories for ideas on how he and his siblings can get by after they find themselves in an unpopulated wilderness.



** Eustace, [[{{Foil}} by contrast]], has his initial ''[[GenreBlindness lack]]'' of GenreSavvy pointed out multiple times -- he's said in the narration to have "read none of the right books." In his diary, when the ship is becalmed and drinking water is at a premium, he recounts how Caspian warned that anyone caught stealing water will "get two dozen" and that he didn't know what that meant until Edmund explained it to him. "It comes of the sort of books those Pevensie kids read." (Even the Pevensies have their lapses, like when they first arrive back in Narnia in ''Prince Caspian'' and think they might have to live off the land. They think they remember reading about people eating roots, but they're not sure what kind; Lucy "always thought it meant roots of trees.")

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** Eustace, [[{{Foil}} by contrast]], has his initial ''[[GenreBlindness lack]]'' of GenreSavvy Genre Savvy pointed out multiple times -- he's said in the narration to have "read none of the right books." In his diary, when the ship is becalmed and drinking water is at a premium, he recounts how Caspian warned that anyone caught stealing water will "get two dozen" and that he didn't know what that meant until Edmund explained it to him. "It comes of the sort of books those Pevensie kids read." (Even the Pevensies have their lapses, like when they first arrive back in Narnia in ''Prince Caspian'' and think they might have to live off the land. They think they remember reading about people eating roots, but they're not sure what kind; Lucy "always thought it meant roots of trees.")



* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', most of the good guys are pretty GenreSavvy, since legends are a major form of entertainment in Middle Earth. In "The Stairs of Cirith Ungol," Sam wonders if he and Frodo have reached a part of the story that the audience won't want to hear. Frodo, however, rightly points out that it's the dark, scary parts that keep people interested.

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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', most of the good guys are pretty GenreSavvy, Genre Savvy, since legends are a major form of entertainment in Middle Earth. In "The Stairs of Cirith Ungol," Sam wonders if he and Frodo have reached a part of the story that the audience won't want to hear. Frodo, however, rightly points out that it's the dark, scary parts that keep people interested.



** All of them are at least somewhat GenreSavvy, as Tobias, Jake and Marco are all fans of science fiction and comic books, Ax [[AlienArtsAreAppreciated loves soap operas]] and Rachel at least watches ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', but they're much more likely to assert that ThisIsReality and just use it for jokes.

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** All of them are at least somewhat GenreSavvy, Genre Savvy, as Tobias, Jake and Marco are all fans of science fiction and comic books, Ax [[AlienArtsAreAppreciated loves soap operas]] and Rachel at least watches ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', but they're much more likely to assert that ThisIsReality and just use it for jokes.



* The online blogiform novel ''[[http://toothycat.net/~hologram/UltimateDream/ Ultimate Dream]]'' is pretty much defined by its GenreSavvy DeadpanSnarker narrator, who relentlessly mocks the cliched RolePlayingGame of the title, which plays like a catalogue of Website/TheGrandListOfConsoleRolePlayingGameCliches. She continues mocking the clichés even after she and her friends get [[TrappedInTVLand sucked into the gameworld]]. The subsequent discussions with the game characters attempts, in several cases, to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] several of the cliches. The BigBad is Genre Savvy, while TheManBehindTheMan is [[ContractualGenreBlindness aware of the genre's limitations]] and indeed tries to enforce them.

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* The online blogiform novel ''[[http://toothycat.net/~hologram/UltimateDream/ Ultimate Dream]]'' is pretty much defined by its GenreSavvy Genre Savvy DeadpanSnarker narrator, who relentlessly mocks the cliched RolePlayingGame of the title, which plays like a catalogue of Website/TheGrandListOfConsoleRolePlayingGameCliches. She continues mocking the clichés even after she and her friends get [[TrappedInTVLand sucked into the gameworld]]. The subsequent discussions with the game characters attempts, in several cases, to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] several of the cliches. The BigBad is Genre Savvy, while TheManBehindTheMan is [[ContractualGenreBlindness aware of the genre's limitations]] and indeed tries to enforce them.



* The whole point of Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Jennifer Morgue]]''. The villain, a Genre Savvy billionaire trying to take over the world, recognizes he's a living trope and creates a EvilPlan by creating a magic spell that turns everything around him into a Literature/JamesBond adventure, so that only a British agent conforming to the Bond stereotype would be in a position to stop him and save the world last the last moment. The plan is to then end the spell, making the agent an ordinary person again and so easily contained and killed, with no one else able to get there in time. Unfortunately for him, the British are even more GenreSavvy [[spoiler:when the agent they send isn't really the Hero, he's the Bond Babe, acting as an initially oblivious decoy for his girlfriend who is the real Hero sweeping in at the last minute with commandos to save the day]].

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* The whole point of Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Jennifer Morgue]]''. The villain, a Genre Savvy billionaire trying to take over the world, recognizes he's a living trope and creates a EvilPlan by creating a magic spell that turns everything around him into a Literature/JamesBond adventure, so that only a British agent conforming to the Bond stereotype would be in a position to stop him and save the world last the last moment. The plan is to then end the spell, making the agent an ordinary person again and so easily contained and killed, with no one else able to get there in time. Unfortunately for him, the British are even more GenreSavvy Genre Savvy [[spoiler:when the agent they send isn't really the Hero, he's the Bond Babe, acting as an initially oblivious decoy for his girlfriend who is the real Hero sweeping in at the last minute with commandos to save the day]].



* In Creator/JasperFforde's ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' and ''Literature/NurseryCrime'' novels, the lead characters are successful because of their GenreSavvy. Thursday works in the Literary Crime division, making sure that novels stick to the conventions of their genre and using her GenreSavvy to get out of many sticky situations. The main problems come when she has trouble identifying the genre she has stepped into. Jack Sprat, in the Nursery Crime novels, is an interesting character because he not only investigates crimes committed by NurseryRhyme characters, but he also has a strange empathy for the genre-driven urges that make them commit the crimes.

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* In Creator/JasperFforde's ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' and ''Literature/NurseryCrime'' novels, the lead characters are successful because of their GenreSavvy. Genre Savvy. Thursday works in the Literary Crime division, making sure that novels stick to the conventions of their genre and using her GenreSavvy Genre Savvy to get out of many sticky situations. The main problems come when she has trouble identifying the genre she has stepped into. Jack Sprat, in the Nursery Crime novels, is an interesting character because he not only investigates crimes committed by NurseryRhyme characters, but he also has a strange empathy for the genre-driven urges that make them commit the crimes.



** A failure of GenreSavvy is lampshaded later in the book. When [[spoiler:Sue, the reanimated T. Rex]] eats a ghoul, the ghoul does nothing but scream and throw up its hands to shield itself. Butters points out that never did any good [[Film/JurassicPark in the movie]], and Harry notes he must not have seen it.

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** A failure of GenreSavvy Genre Savvy is lampshaded later in the book. When [[spoiler:Sue, the reanimated T. Rex]] eats a ghoul, the ghoul does nothing but scream and throw up its hands to shield itself. Butters points out that never did any good [[Film/JurassicPark in the movie]], and Harry notes he must not have seen it.
19th Jul '17 4:42:38 AM crazysamaritan
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* ''Literature/TheLynburnLegacy'': Kami {{defie|dTrope}}s ItWasHereISwear, by her actions when she finds the aftermath of an animal sacrifice. Despite being freaked out, she makes sure to get a picture of it, then runs and calls the police, ''then'' publishes the picture in her paper.
18th Jul '17 5:41:54 PM Malady
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* ''Literature/TheLynburnLegacy'': Kami {{defie|dTrope}}s ItWasHereISwear, by her actions when she finds the aftermath of an animal sacrifice. Despite being freaked out, she makes sure to get a picture of it, then runs and calls the police, ''then'' publishes the picture in her paper.
17th Jun '17 12:49:33 AM LummoxJR
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* Brenish and Gareth in ''Literature/{{Below}}'' both grew up hungering for tales of the [[DungeonCrawling underground ruins]]. They know so much about how adventurers survived or came to bad ends that they're both regarded as masters or the lore.

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* Brenish and Gareth in ''Literature/{{Below}}'' both grew up hungering for tales of the [[DungeonCrawling underground ruins]]. They know so much about how adventurers survived or came to bad ends that they're both regarded as masters or of the lore.
9th Jun '17 2:05:30 PM LummoxJR
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* Brenish and Gareth in ''Literature/{{Below}}'' both grew up hungering for tales of the [[DungeonCrawling underground ruins]]. They know so much about how adventurers survived or came to bad ends that they're both regarded as masters or the lore.
26th May '17 11:42:48 AM john_e
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* Anne Beddingfield, the heroine of Christie's ''The Man in the Brown Suit'', has a thorough grounding in romance novels and cliffhanger serials, which comes in very useful when she finds herself mixed up in an adventure involving murder, missing heirs, jewel robbery and multiple suitors.
26th May '17 11:08:02 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* ''Literature/FoxAndOHare'': Nick's seen enough television shows to be able to predict the outcome of any given situation, and considering he favors sitcom character names (e.g. [[Series/{{Cheers}} Cliff Clavin]] and [[Series/ThhBeverlyHillbillies Jethro Clampett]]) for aliases, it shows.

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* ''Literature/FoxAndOHare'': Nick's seen enough television shows to be able to predict the outcome of any given situation, and considering he favors sitcom character names (e.g. [[Series/{{Cheers}} Cliff Clavin]] and [[Series/ThhBeverlyHillbillies [[Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies Jethro Clampett]]) for aliases, it shows.
26th May '17 11:07:25 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* ''Literature/FoxAndOHare'': Nick's seen enough television shows to be able to predict the outcome of any given situation, and considering he favors sitcom character names (e.g. Cliff Clavin and Jethro Clampett) for aliases, it shows.

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* ''Literature/FoxAndOHare'': Nick's seen enough television shows to be able to predict the outcome of any given situation, and considering he favors sitcom character names (e.g. [[Series/{{Cheers}} Cliff Clavin Clavin]] and [[Series/ThhBeverlyHillbillies Jethro Clampett) Clampett]]) for aliases, it shows.
26th May '17 11:06:54 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* ''Literature/FoxAndOHare'': Nick's seen enough television shows to be able to predict the outcome of any given situation, and considering he favors sitcom character names (e.g. Cliff Clavin and Jethro Clampett) for aliases, it shows.
6th Feb '17 4:39:41 AM starlight9
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* GenreSavvy: * ''Literature/NightfallSeries'': Prince Vladimir. He even lampshades this after Myra’s ScheherezadeGambit:

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* GenreSavvy: * ''Literature/NightfallSeries'': Prince Vladimir. He even lampshades this after Myra’s ScheherezadeGambit:
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