History Literature / ASoundOfThunder

6th Nov '16 9:57:28 PM t209
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* ForWantOfANail: The seemingly inconsequential death of a prehistoric butterfly manages to result in a political victory of ANaziByOtherName in the modern day and possibly mainstream society's embrace of Fascism, while changing the basics of English grammar and graphemes.

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* ForWantOfANail: The seemingly inconsequential death of a prehistoric butterfly manages to result in a political victory of ANaziByOtherName ANaziByAnyOtherName in the modern day and possibly mainstream society's embrace of Fascism, while changing the basics of English grammar and graphemes.
6th Nov '16 9:56:01 PM t209
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* ForWantOfANail: The seemingly inconsequential death of a prehistoric butterfly manages to result in a political victory in the modern day, while changing the basics of English grammar and graphemes.

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* ForWantOfANail: The seemingly inconsequential death of a prehistoric butterfly manages to result in a political victory of ANaziByOtherName in the modern day, day and possibly mainstream society's embrace of Fascism, while changing the basics of English grammar and graphemes.
2nd Nov '16 6:54:36 AM Morgenthaler
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First written by Creator/RayBradbury as a short story for ''Collier's'' magazine in 1952, "A Sound of Thunder" has become the most republished science-fiction story of all time. Its influence can be seen all over the fictional world, particularly due to its [[TropeCodifier introduction of]] the TimeTravel plot in which "[[ButterflyOfDoom small changes in the past snowball into the future]]". It is one of the TropeNamers for ButterflyOfDoom, which is... well, exactly what it stated above. This story has also led to the creation of numerous other works, including a spin-off novel series and the short story series ''Rivers of Time''. Oh, and a movie, released by Creator/WarnerBros in 2005, starring Edward Burns, Creator/BenKingsley and Catherine [=McCormack=], and directed by Peter Hyams. But [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/A_Sound_of_Thunder_2005.aspx someone else]] can walk you through that better than we can.

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First written by Creator/RayBradbury as a short story for ''Collier's'' magazine in 1952, "A Sound of Thunder" has become the most republished science-fiction story of all time. Its influence can be seen all over the fictional world, particularly due to its [[TropeCodifier introduction of]] the TimeTravel plot in which "[[ButterflyOfDoom small changes in the past snowball into the future]]". It is one of the TropeNamers for ButterflyOfDoom, which is... well, exactly what it stated above. This story has also led to the creation of numerous other works, including a spin-off novel series and the short story series ''Rivers of Time''. Oh, and [[Film/ASoundOfThunder a movie, movie]], released by Creator/WarnerBros in 2005, starring Edward Burns, Creator/BenKingsley and Catherine [=McCormack=], and directed by Peter Hyams. But [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/A_Sound_of_Thunder_2005.aspx someone else]] can walk you through that better than we can.



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!!The movie contains examples of:
* AdaptationExpansion: Turning a short story into a feature film might be a good cause for the awfulness.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Where do we ''start''!
** [[{{Whateversaurus}} Baboonasaurs]], that's where. Alternately "Baboonizards." There's also the flying "Batboonizards," and "miscellaneous underwater shark-eel-thing."
** And we continue with the claim that lions are descended from Allosaurs. Congratulations.
** The claim that humans were "the last species to evolve." That's... nowhere NEAR how evolution works.
* CuttingCorners: The whole situation started because of a "perfect storm" of 1) somebody panicking and stepping off the path and 2) Haddon shutting down the time machine's bio-filter (which ''would'' have prevented this) in order to save money on electricity.
* DelayedRippleEffect: Taken to ridiculous extremes. Translucent blasts called ''timewaves'' come out of nowhere and start knocking people around. And each time they do more species become "devolved".
* DullSurprise: [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/A_Sound_of_Thunder_2005.aspx "Pierce Brosnan was originally slated to star. Unfortunately, he was replaced by a wooden marionette that looks a lot like Edward Burns."]] (It's a running gag on the recap seeing how his facial expressions are the same for most of the film.)
* SexyManInstantHarem: Ryer bangs a client.
* ShoutOut: Haddon kiss-assingly compares his clients to "[[FamousFamousFictional Columbus discovering America. Armstrong stepping on the moon. Brubaker landing on Mars]]". The latter is a reference to ''Film/CapricornOne'', Hyams' debut film, where Brubaker was the captain of a faked Mars landing.
* {{Tagline}}: "Evolve or die" and "Some rules should never be broken".
* VoodooShark: Apparently the reason big-game hunters are so eager to go back in time to hunt dinosaurs is because... wait for it... ''all animals are extinct'' in 2055. This is mentioned in one scene and then never referenced again, and doesn't explain why people wouldn't be willing to pay to use time travel for more peaceful sightseeing purposes.
** PlotHole: If the time waves cause existing organisms to de-evolve (we know this because that one female character turns into a white lemur thing at the last wave), and all animals were extinct by 2055 then where did the originals come from?
* YouGetWhatYouPayFor: The boss of the safari company shutting down a key component of the time machine to save power contributed to the catastrophe at hand.
21st Oct '16 12:38:00 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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* ScienceMarchesOn: Numerous facts about dinosaur biology, particularly about them having two brains.
8th Aug '16 5:40:03 PM ErikModi
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* InSpiteOfANail: Despite changing the political landscape just enough to ensure the rise of Fascism and the basic tenets of the English language, nothing else of major importance seems to have changed in the modern day.

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* InSpiteOfANail: Despite changing the political landscape just enough to ensure the rise of Fascism and the basic tenets of the English language, nothing else of major importance seems to have changed in the modern day. Then again, we only see a few of the changes to the modern timeline before the end of the story. . . given the obvious changes already shown, who the hell knows what else is different?
29th Jul '16 2:15:25 AM PaulA
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* AStormIsComing: The phrase "a sound of thunder" occurs a couple of times in the story, each time prefiguring danger.
26th Jun '16 8:53:20 PM Shishkahuben
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* AsYouKnow



* ForWantOfANail

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* ForWantOfANailForWantOfANail: The seemingly inconsequential death of a prehistoric butterfly manages to result in a political victory in the modern day, while changing the basics of English grammar and graphemes.



* InSpiteOfANail
* RippleEffectProofMemory

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* InSpiteOfANail
InSpiteOfANail: Despite changing the political landscape just enough to ensure the rise of Fascism and the basic tenets of the English language, nothing else of major importance seems to have changed in the modern day.
* RippleEffectProofMemoryRippleEffectProofMemory: The travelers and their tour guides are the only ones who seem aware of the changed BadFuture.



* StayOnThePath

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* StayOnThePathStayOnThePath: Or else!



* TyrannosaurusRex
10th Apr '16 1:30:00 PM Dancedom
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* MoneyDearBoy: Ben Kingsley.
4th Feb '16 8:47:47 AM Salkafar
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** But also awesomely majestic.
27th Dec '15 5:27:45 AM Raptorslash
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* DumbDinos: The ''T. rex'' is described as monstrous and devoid of emotion.
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