History Literature / AdrianMole

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.
3rd Apr '16 10:50:01 AM CynicalBastardo
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* CordonBleughChef: Adrian becomes this in ''The Cappuccino Years'', as Savage instructs him to cook basic dishes. He gets an abysmal review in ''The Sunday Times''. He becomes a celebrity chef specialising in offal. By the next book, he's reduced to working in a [[BurgerFool roadside burger van]].

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* CordonBleughChef: Adrian becomes this in ''The Cappuccino Years'', as Savage instructs him to only cook basic dishes. He gets an abysmal review in ''The Sunday Times''. He becomes a celebrity chef specialising in offal.offal, even though he admits to being unable to cook. By the next book, he's reduced to working in a [[BurgerFool roadside burger van]].


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** ''The Wilderness Years'' is set in 1991, during which time Adrian moves to London from Oxford thanks to a change in career and a new girlfriend. He's also established to have only passed one of his A Levels; English. In ''The Cappucino Years'', he mentions in 1997 that he's been living in London for the past eight years. He also mentions that he has two A Levels, both of which took him three attempts to pass, though it is possible that he attempted Biology again in the intervening years.
28th Mar '16 7:15:45 PM RossN
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* DeniedParody: One publisher mistakes ''Lo! The Flat Hills Of My Homeland'' as a parody of English literature.

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* DeniedParody: One publisher mistakes ''Lo! The Flat Hills Of My Homeland'' as a parody of English literature. Ironically it is by far the best reception ''Lo!'' recieves.


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* SeriesFauxnale: ''The Wilderness Years'' wraps up many long running plot threads from the first half of the series. Notably [[spoiler: both Bert Baxter and Adrian's grandmother are killed off]], Adrian goes through severe CharacterDevelopment and ''finally'' gets over Pandora and finds love with someone else [[spoiler: first Bianca, then Jo Jo]]. There is even a suggestion that he just ''might'' have some talent at writing after all when [[spoiler: Angela Hacker, after rubbishing his prose admits that that at least one of ideas is brilliant.]] The gap between ''The Wilderness Years'' and the following book is also the longest in the series.
28th Mar '16 12:14:01 PM CynicalBastardo
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* ShoutOut: Literature/BridgetJones makes a brief appearance as a character in ''The Cappuccino Years'', when Adrian hears of her diaries being published and later sees her out on a lunch date in the trendy London restaurant where he works. He then tries imitating her writing style in his own diary but very soon decides that [[TakeThat it's irritating]] and reverts.

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Literature/BridgetJones makes a brief appearance as a character in ''The Cappuccino Years'', when Adrian hears of her diaries being published and later sees her out on a lunch date in the trendy London restaurant where he works. He then tries imitating her writing style in his own diary but very soon decides that [[TakeThat it's irritating]] and reverts.reverts.
** When Adrian incorporates his work at Savage's restaurant into his book, he creates an {{Expy}} for his co-worker Luigi named [[Franchise/SuperMarioBrothers Mario]].
28th Mar '16 11:14:04 AM CynicalBastardo
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* BadBoss: Brown, Adrian's boss at the Department Of The Environment, is a petty bureaucrat who makes hell for Adrian (and, to a lesser extent, everyone else). He's obsessed with nailing Adrian for stealing postage stamps and doesn't even give him his statutory rights when Adrian's resignation letter (which he wasn't going to submit, having got cold feet) somehow finds its way to him. Adrian suspects that he cares more about the Newport Pagnell newts than he does about his subordinates.



* GenderScoff: When George goes to Stick Insect and their newly born son, Brett, Tania drives Adrian and Pauline back to Leicester from Skegness. When they get back, she tells Paulines that "''All'' men are bastards" and shoots a dirty look at Adrian, who takes major offense to this.



* GranolaGirl: The entire Flowers family (except Daisy)

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* GranolaGirl: The entire Flowers family (except Daisy)Daisy).
** Brown has his moments. For example, when driving to Newport Pagnell with Adrian to obtain an update on the newt situation, he drives stupidly close to a large truck so as to remain in its slipsteam to conserve fuel.


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* WomenDrivers: Tania Braithwaite is a mild example in that she refuses to drive above 30 mph.
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