History HarsherInHindsight / Literature

5th Sep '17 11:32:59 PM jamespolk
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* The tragic book ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' is this to anyone who knows the story. Throughout the entire book, the two main characters talk about owning a farm. Of course, tragic events overtake them and at the end [[spoiler:Lennie, the [[GentleGiant Gentle Giant]] accidentally kills someone and a lynch mob goes after him. To avoid him getting hurt more than he has to, George shoots him in the back of the head.]]
5th Sep '17 11:32:20 PM jamespolk
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* In the semi-autobiographical ''The Provincial Lady in Wartime'', published serially in late 1939, a tactless neighbor asks the narrator if her son is still too young to be drafted. (He is in his final year at school.) The following year, when he ''was'' drafted, the authorís real-life son killed himself during basic training.

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* In the semi-autobiographical ''The Provincial Lady in Wartime'', published serially in late 1939, a tactless neighbor asks the narrator if her son is still too young to be drafted. (He is in his final year at school.) The following year, when he ''was'' drafted, the authorís real-life son killed himself during basic training.training.
* ''Literature/SoBig'' is about Selina, a DeterminedWidow who makes a success out of her late husband's far and sends her son Dirk off to school. Selina is eventually disappointed when Dirk abandons a career in architecture, which Selina regards as noble and artistic, and settles for money-grubbing as a bond trader. Dirk achieves financial success but realizes that he's essentially wasted his life. What makes this Harsher In Hindsight? The novel was written in 1924. All of Dirk's soulless money-grubbing would have resulted in him very likely being ruined five years later in the crash of 1929.
24th Aug '17 4:57:00 PM theladyfromplanetx
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* There's a book called ''[[https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1185622_615319465157584_849300856_n.jpg Final Exam]]'' that came out in 1990, 9 years before the Columbine shooting. (Look at the cover.)
16th Jul '17 10:36:37 AM nombretomado
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** When it finally was published (in 1914), it included a story called ''Beyond the Spectrum'' which featured [[WW2 a Japanese sneak attack and a secret weapon that blinded and burned its victims]].

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** When it finally was published (in 1914), it included a story called ''Beyond the Spectrum'' which featured [[WW2 [[UsefulNotes/WW2 a Japanese sneak attack and a secret weapon that blinded and burned its victims]].
1st Jun '17 1:52:46 PM Amberlu
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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': Jayfeather says "great, let's round up all the useless cats and hope a tree falls on them." regarding Brightheart and Longtail. [[spoiler: This happens to Longtail 7 books later.]]
30th May '17 6:33:56 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', Jake is shown a BadFuture in which the Yeerks have taken over Earth. The only part of the New York skyline left standing? The World Trade Center.

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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
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Jake is shown a BadFuture in which the Yeerks have taken over Earth. The only part of the New York skyline left standing? The World Trade Center.



* A rare {{in-universe}} example in ''Triggers'' by RobertJSawyer, where a character wonders whether an {{Expy}} of {{The West Wing}} will continue to be set in the White House even though the real building was recently destroyed by terrorists.

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* A rare {{in-universe}} example in ''Triggers'' by RobertJSawyer, where a character wonders whether an {{Expy}} of {{The West Wing}} ''Series/TheWestWing'' will continue to be set in the White House even though the real building was recently destroyed by terrorists.
17th Apr '17 5:05:46 PM nombretomado
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* StephenBaxter's ''Literature/{{Titan}}'' (written in 1997) opens with the Shuttle ''Columbia'' suffering an accident on re-entry, which causes the death of an astronaut and the loss of the orbiter. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_disaster Cue 2003]].

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* StephenBaxter's Creator/StephenBaxter's ''Literature/{{Titan}}'' (written in 1997) opens with the Shuttle ''Columbia'' suffering an accident on re-entry, which causes the death of an astronaut and the loss of the orbiter. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_disaster Cue 2003]].
13th Apr '17 6:30:18 AM erforce
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* In Dame Creator/AgathaChristie's ''{{Murder on the Orient Express}}'', the German Lady's-Maid comments on the kidnapping and murder of a child, then adds: "We are not so wicked as that in Germany." The novel was written in 1933.

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* In Dame Creator/AgathaChristie's ''{{Murder on the Orient Express}}'', ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', the German Lady's-Maid comments on the kidnapping and murder of a child, then adds: "We are not so wicked as that in Germany." The novel was written in 1933.
31st Mar '17 3:59:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': Since the beginning of his career as a writer, Verne has being accused by critics of being [[ScifiGhetto "only" a HardScifi writer that paid little heed to the social ramifications of technology]]. But with ''Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea'' Verne wrote in 1869 about Captain Nemo, a man from an oppressed country who [[MajoredInWesternHypocrisy had training in the west]], and has [[{{Fiction500}} money enough to pay a countryís national debt,]] who decides to create an [[NGOSuperpower organization strong enough]] to [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters fight ]] an [[TheEmpire entire Western country]] [[MoralEventHorizon through terrible acts of violence]], [[TheWarOnTerror and therefore is chased as a menace by all established countries in the West.]] After OsamaBinLaden, 9/11 and TheWarOnTerror, we must admit that Verne really knew much more than anyone ever suspected about how the world will turn in the next 130 years!

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* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': Since the beginning of his career as a writer, Verne has being accused by critics of being [[ScifiGhetto "only" a HardScifi writer that paid little heed to the social ramifications of technology]]. But with ''Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea'' Verne wrote in 1869 about Captain Nemo, a man from an oppressed country who [[MajoredInWesternHypocrisy had training in the west]], and has [[{{Fiction500}} money enough to pay a countryís national debt,]] who decides to create an [[NGOSuperpower organization strong enough]] to [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters fight ]] an [[TheEmpire entire Western country]] [[MoralEventHorizon through terrible acts of violence]], [[TheWarOnTerror and therefore is chased as a menace by all established countries in the West.]] After OsamaBinLaden, UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden, 9/11 and TheWarOnTerror, we must admit that Verne really knew much more than anyone ever suspected about how the world will turn in the next 130 years!
25th Feb '17 1:28:57 PM nombretomado
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* InUniverse in the DaleBrown novel ''Shadows of Steel'': [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] is chastened for taking a risk that gets him hurt by a ZSU-23 antiaircraft gun. Guess how he dies, several books later?
** Another DaleBrown novel, ''Storming Heaven'',[[note]]published in 1994[[/note]] concerns a terrorist group using cargo planes to attack American airports and other targets. Eventually, they attempt to crash a 747 into the White House.

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* InUniverse in the DaleBrown Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Shadows of Steel'': [[spoiler: Hal Briggs]] is chastened for taking a risk that gets him hurt by a ZSU-23 antiaircraft gun. Guess how he dies, several books later?
** Another DaleBrown Creator/DaleBrown novel, ''Storming Heaven'',[[note]]published in 1994[[/note]] concerns a terrorist group using cargo planes to attack American airports and other targets. Eventually, they attempt to crash a 747 into the White House.
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