History HilariousInHindsight / Literature

23rd Apr '17 9:52:41 AM nombretomado
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* In ''AWrinkleInTime'', Meg Murry's father's mathematically-based nickname for her has a ''slightly'' different meaning to those who read the book after, say, 1984: "[[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron]]". The term "[[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse tesseract]]" does too.
* In the SweetValleyHigh book ''Sweet Valley Saga'' Alice (the twins' mother) was engaged to Hank Patman (Bruce's father). When ''Sweet Valley Confidential'' comes out, guess who become a couple at the end of the book? [[spoiler: Bruce and Elizabeth, that's who.]]

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* In ''AWrinkleInTime'', ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'', Meg Murry's father's mathematically-based nickname for her has a ''slightly'' different meaning to those who read the book after, say, 1984: "[[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron]]". The term "[[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse tesseract]]" does too.
* In the SweetValleyHigh Literature/SweetValleyHigh book ''Sweet Valley Saga'' Alice (the twins' mother) was engaged to Hank Patman (Bruce's father). When ''Sweet Valley Confidential'' comes out, guess who become a couple at the end of the book? [[spoiler: Bruce and Elizabeth, that's who.]]
13th Apr '17 6:59:07 PM MasterFuzzy
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** In Book 6, Harry comments that the Half-Blood Prince is a much better teacher than Snape. [[spoiler: Then he finds out who the Half-Blood Prince is...]]
9th Apr '17 10:04:26 AM nombretomado
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* During the climax of ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'', an old woman rambles on about [[spoiler: Jim's escape from the Phelps' farm]], [[RozenMaiden ending every sentence with 'says I'.]]

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* During the climax of ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'', an old woman rambles on about [[spoiler: Jim's escape from the Phelps' farm]], [[RozenMaiden [[Manga/RozenMaiden ending every sentence with 'says I'.]]
31st Mar '17 3:58:55 PM nombretomado
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* In Charles Stross' ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchives'', written in 1999, the author was looking for an obscure terrorist who was none the less likely to strike on American soil. In the book this terrorist gets his occult weapon mass destruction from Saddam, and is based in Afghanistan. Originally the terrorist in question was, you guessed right, OsamaBinLaden. The book was published in late 2001 and his publisher suggested he change this to some other terrorist who is still obscure, which Stross did.

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* In Charles Stross' ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchives'', written in 1999, the author was looking for an obscure terrorist who was none the less likely to strike on American soil. In the book this terrorist gets his occult weapon mass destruction from Saddam, and is based in Afghanistan. Originally the terrorist in question was, you guessed right, OsamaBinLaden.UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden. The book was published in late 2001 and his publisher suggested he change this to some other terrorist who is still obscure, which Stross did.
28th Feb '17 12:16:55 PM GeraldFnord
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*** Though, it should be noted, ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' preceded ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'' by about three years' time, and ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' by about nine.
16th Feb '17 11:45:22 AM rjd1922
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** For years, various well-meaning parents have demanded that the Harry Potter books be banned because of the books' [[SarcasmMode obvious Satanic undertones]]. ''MyImmortal'' makes all of this hilarious.
** From ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'': "... the Weasley twins were punished for bewitching several snowballs so that they followed Quirrell around, bouncing off the back of his turban." Remember how this book ended? [[spoiler: Fred and George were ''repeatedly hitting Voldemort in the goddamn face this entire time!'']]
** At the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, Snape flies into a rage and the Minister of Magic says to Dumbledore - "''Fellow seems quite unbalanced...I'd watch out for him if I were you, Dumbledore''" Possibly the only time Cornelius Fudge displayed sound judgment.

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** For years, various well-meaning parents have demanded that the Harry Potter books be banned because of the books' [[SarcasmMode obvious Satanic undertones]]. ''MyImmortal'' ''FanFic/MyImmortal'' makes all of this hilarious.
** From ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'': "... the Weasley twins were punished for bewitching several snowballs so that they followed Quirrell around, bouncing off the back of his turban." Remember how this book ended? [[spoiler: Fred and George were ''repeatedly ''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu repeatedly hitting Voldemort in the goddamn face this entire time!'']]
time!]]'']]
** At the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Snape flies into a rage and the Minister of Magic says to Dumbledore - "''Fellow seems quite unbalanced...I'd watch out for him if I were you, Dumbledore''" Possibly the only time Cornelius Fudge displayed sound judgment.
9th Feb '17 5:13:47 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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*** [[spoiler: In ''Discworld/MakingMoney' a man goes through a [[HeroicBSOD crisis of faith]] he follows his ancestors large footsteps, strangles a minor character is a rather loud manner, there's a trial, he honks, and stops being homicidal. This book was written about two years before Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} and about four before Gamzee's freak out.]]

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*** [[spoiler: In ''Discworld/MakingMoney' ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' a man goes through a [[HeroicBSOD crisis of faith]] he follows his ancestors large footsteps, strangles a minor character is a rather loud manner, there's a trial, he honks, and stops being homicidal. This book was written about two years before Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} and about four before Gamzee's freak out.]]
7th Feb '17 10:28:37 PM Dawnwing
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* In the back of each book of the original ''Literature/WitchAndWizard'' trilogy by Creator/JamesPatterson, there is a list of books, celebrities, etc. banned by the New Order, which are all parodies of real-life books and people. There is one parodying the ''[[Literature/WarriorCats Warriors]]'' series by Creator/ErinHunter: ''"THE BRAWLERS: The story of a pack of sentient dogs - some stray, some pets - seeking to fulfull a 'prophecy'."'' Several years later, there actually ''was'' an [[Literature/SurvivorDogs Erin Hunter series about a pack of sentient dogs]].
23rd Jan '17 9:42:12 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', there are three rings for the elven kings under the sky, seven for the dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, nine for mortal men doomed to die, and one for the dark lord on his dark throne. These four numbers in reverse order comprise the year that author J.R.R. Tolkein died.

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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', there are three rings for the elven kings under the sky, seven for the dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, nine for mortal men doomed to die, and one for the dark lord on his dark throne. These four numbers in reverse order comprise the year that author J.R.R. Tolkein Tolkien died.



* Speaking of Creator/CSLewis, a few examples appear in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** The {{prequel}} ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' reveals Jadis the White Witch to be the [[LastOfHisKind last surviving member]] of an ancient, decadent species of {{Sufficiently Advanced|Aliens}} HumanAliens, the rest of whom she wiped from existence to prevent a war from ending unfavorably. Fast-forward about half a century, and a similar revelation was made about [[Series/DoctorWho another iconic British children's character]]. This parallel makes the scene in London, where Jadis is unfamiliar with our world and ends up causing a commotion, all the funnier, since that kind of situation happens to the Doctor ''all the freaking time'' - and usually in London too! And in ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', the Witch's tactic of charming Edmund with sugary jelly candies becomes funny because it's essentially the Fourth Doctor's ''modus operandi'' for making new friends.
** In ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', when the ship is trapped in a fog of nightmares, Eustace says: "Do you hear a noise like...like a huge pair of scissors opening and shutting...over there?" Forty-six years later, giant scissors (representing the threat of a GroinAttack) appeared during ''another'' NightmareSequence in [[Film/TheBigLebowski a certain famous movie]].



* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** The {{prequel}} ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' reveals Jadis the White Witch to be the [[LastOfHisKind last surviving member]] of an ancient, decadent species of {{Sufficiently Advanced|Aliens}} HumanAliens, the rest of whom she wiped from existence to prevent a war from ending unfavorably. Fast-forward about half a century, and a similar revelation was made about [[Series/DoctorWho another iconic British children's character]]. This parallel makes the scene in London, where Jadis is unfamiliar with our world and ends up causing a commotion, all the funnier, since that kind of situation happens to the Doctor ''all the freaking time'' - and usually in London too! And in ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', the Witch's tactic of charming Edmund with sugary jelly candies becomes funny because it's essentially the Fourth Doctor's ''modus operandi'' for making new friends.
** In ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', when the ship is trapped in a fog of nightmares, Eustace says: "Do you hear a noise like...like a huge pair of scissors opening and shutting...over there?" Forty-six years later, giant scissors (representing the threat of a GroinAttack) appeared during ''another'' NightmareSequence in [[Film/TheBigLebowski a certain famous movie]].
6th Jan '17 7:09:02 PM nombretomado
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** Also in that book is Tiffany rescuing someone from a dream [[spoiler:by killing him]], and being informed by said individual that they might still be trapped in a dream and be unable to tell the difference. The dream is populated by stuff from the dreamer's memories. Oh, and Tiffany was in said dream because she and the WFM [[{{Inception}} wanted to steal something]]. Date of publication: 2003.

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** Also in that book is Tiffany rescuing someone from a dream [[spoiler:by killing him]], and being informed by said individual that they might still be trapped in a dream and be unable to tell the difference. The dream is populated by stuff from the dreamer's memories. Oh, and Tiffany was in said dream because she and the WFM [[{{Inception}} [[Film/{{Inception}} wanted to steal something]]. Date of publication: 2003.
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