History Literature / AdrianMole

19th Feb '17 11:02:19 AM nombretomado
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* {{Interquel}}: ''The Lost Diaries''... sort of. Falling between the ''The Cappuccino Years'' and ''The Weapons of Mass Destruction'' they were originally published as a weekly column in the ''[[BritishNewspapers Guardian]]'' between 1999 and 2001 and were only published in book form in 2008. The chapters remained in limbo in so long most fans assumed they had become a case of CanonDiscontinuity, especially because very little in them is mentioned in the later books.

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* {{Interquel}}: ''The Lost Diaries''... sort of. Falling between the ''The Cappuccino Years'' and ''The Weapons of Mass Destruction'' they were originally published as a weekly column in the ''[[BritishNewspapers ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Guardian]]'' between 1999 and 2001 and were only published in book form in 2008. The chapters remained in limbo in so long most fans assumed they had become a case of CanonDiscontinuity, especially because very little in them is mentioned in the later books.
4th Jan '17 11:36:22 AM LarryMullen
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Sue Townsend died in April 2014 with [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26982680 another book unreleased]]. Whether it was completed or not is unknown.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Though they were not intentionally political, the early books feel like a comment on Britain under MargaretThatcher's rule. The political angle is more deliberately played up in later books.
2nd Oct '16 7:42:36 AM talltalltree
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** Adrian and Jo Jo's marriage also counts. It lasted only a few years, due to them having too many social and cultural differences to be sustainable.
19th Sep '16 10:14:10 AM CynicalBastardo
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* FollowTheLeader: Adrian tries this twice: Once by writing in the style of ''Literature/BridgetJones'' and once by renaming his novel ''Birdwatching'' to try and capitalise on the success of ''{{Trainspotting}}''.

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* FollowTheLeader: In universe Adrian tries this twice: Once by writing in the style of ''Literature/BridgetJones'' and once by renaming his novel ''Birdwatching'' to try and capitalise on the success of ''{{Trainspotting}}''.
11th Jul '16 4:17:03 PM Ravenclawed
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Though they were not intentionally political, the early books feel like a comment on Britain under MargaretThatcher's rule. The political angle is more deliberately played up in later books.
6th Jun '16 11:39:21 AM Doug86
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** A newspaper proclaims Barry Kent's 45 year old father as a burly UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 veteran. Considering that this happens in the early [[TheEighties eighties]], [[CriticalResearchFailure it's completely impossible]]. However, as someone who grew up in Leicester, this could be a poke at the local newspaper which has a habit of getting these things wrong. In the second book, a newspaper gives Adrian's age as 5, her mother's age as 58, and mispells their surname as "Vole".

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** A newspaper proclaims Barry Kent's 45 year old father as a burly UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veteran. Considering that this happens in the early [[TheEighties eighties]], [[CriticalResearchFailure it's completely impossible]]. However, as someone who grew up in Leicester, this could be a poke at the local newspaper which has a habit of getting these things wrong. In the second book, a newspaper gives Adrian's age as 5, her mother's age as 58, and mispells their surname as "Vole".
21st May '16 6:50:59 AM RNew
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** This happens again between ''The Weapons of Mass Destruction'' and ''The Prostrate Years'': at the end of the former, Adrian is married to Daisy, they have a baby daughter and he seemingly gives up diary-writing because 'happy people don't keep a diary'. At the beginning of the latter, their marriage is unhappy (and falls apart over the course of the book) and Adrian is displaying the first signs of his prostate cancer.
3rd Apr '16 11:37:08 AM CynicalBastardo
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* BeardOfSorrow: Adrian has a beard during ''The Wilderness Years'', a notable emotional low point for him.
3rd Apr '16 11:32:09 AM CynicalBastardo
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* TextualCelebrityResemblance: In ''Growing Pains'', Nigel tells Adrian that he looks like Dustin Hoffman, to which Adrian's mother scoffs "You should be so lucky, dearie." In ''The Wilderness Years'', random passers-by mock him for looking like John Major.
3rd Apr '16 11:03:58 AM CynicalBastardo
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* DearJohnLetter: During ''Growing Pains'', Pandora dumps Adrian twice this way, once because he wanted to see one of her nipples, the other because he started hanging out with Barry Kent.



* HormoneAddledTeenager: Adrian's acne is a source of angst for him in the earlier books and, even into his thirties, he still gets spots. ''Growing Pains'' portrays his sexual frustration, especially when Pandora makes him wait, even dumping him when he feels he can no longer do so.



* InnocentlyInsensitive: There are times when Adrian displays a complete lack of tact. When introducing Bianca to his mother, she notes that she has a degree in engineering. Adrian quips that she has not so much as built a LEGO tower since leaving college, which brings her to tears.



* ObliviousToLove: Adrian is pretty dense when women are making the move on him. Notably, Bianca drops several huge hints towards him before they get together and he is called out for his not picking up on this by both his mother and his landlord. He's partly also afraid to make the first move himself being afraid of misjudging the situation.



* PutOnABus: Several characters. The most prominent is probably Adrian's younger son William, who moves to Nigeria to be raised by his mother and is never seen again.

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* PutOnABus: Several characters. The most prominent is probably Adrian's younger son William, who moves to Nigeria to be raised by his mother and is never seen again. Sue Townsend justified this in an author's note a the end of ''The Prostrate Years'' by stating that William restricted the storylines she could do with him.


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* StatuesqueStunner: Adrian's first wife, Jo Jo is almost six feet tall and noted as being way out of Adrian's league. Part of the reason that his marriage with her breaks down is that he's insecure of the fact that she's taller than him.
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