History Literature / Chrestomanci

5th Jan '18 3:28:09 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler:The Goddess]] renames herself Millie.

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* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler:The Goddess]] renames herself Millie.Millie, after the main character from a series of English boarding-school novels with which she becomes obsessed, when she moves to Christopher's world for good.
5th Jan '18 3:24:20 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* NobleSavage: Subverted with the people of Series Eleven. They come off as this, wearing furs and living in a forest with no apparent infrastructure, but are in fact such advanced magic-users that they have no need of houses or any form of technology.


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* PrettyInMink: The inhabitants of Series Eleven wear furs (and [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry jewellery]]) to indicate social status. Christopher dresses up in a tiger-skin rug in the hope to impress them when he has to travel to their dimension.
26th Oct '17 2:01:18 AM PaulA
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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: In ''Charmed Life'', several of the magical practicioners who live on Coven Street are referred to by their job descriptions, such as the Accredited Witch or the Willing Warlock, because Cat, the viewpoint character, doesn't know their actual names. The Willing Warlock later gets a short story, "Warlock at the Wheel", in which he's the protagonist/viewpoint character/ButtMonkey, and the narrator still spends the entire thing calling him the Willing Warlock.


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* PickACard: "Warlock at the Wheel" has a variation; a shady magician claims to be able to help criminals evade justice by transporting them to other worlds, and offers his clients a fan of cards and tells them to pick one to determine which world they will be transported to. The protagonist, after picking his card, notices that it's one of those trick decks where the cards are all the same, and it's confirmed at the end of the story that the magician actually only knows one world-transport spell, and sends all his clients to the same place (where they're generally picked up by one of Chrestomanci's agents more or less immediately).
23rd Aug '17 6:46:02 PM PaulA
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* AdultsAreUseless: Let's say played with in ''The Magicians of Caprona'', as Jones discussed in several lectures how she hated the trope in children's literature, and was very careful to give the characters good reasons. The adult Montanas and Petrochis are fairly unhelpful, yes, but it's because their prejudice against each other blinds them to any other possible explanation, not just because they are adults (the children start off with the same perspective). They don't so much ignore what's happen as go very determinedly in the wrong direction, and only get their act together at the very end. Marco and Rosa meanwhile are rather too aware for the children's comfort, the Duke turns out to be quite canny--despite childish qualities which at first made even the actual children dismiss him--and Chrestomanci was on the right track the whole time, but just too busy to be helpful until the end.

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* AdultsAreUseless: AdultsAreUseless:
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Let's say played with in ''The Magicians of Caprona'', as Jones discussed in several lectures how she hated the trope in children's literature, and was very careful to give the characters good reasons. The adult Montanas and Petrochis are fairly unhelpful, yes, but it's because their prejudice against each other blinds them to any other possible explanation, not just because they are adults (the children start off with the same perspective). They don't so much ignore what's happen as go very determinedly in the wrong direction, and only get their act together at the very end. Marco and Rosa meanwhile are rather too aware for the children's comfort, the Duke turns out to be quite canny--despite childish qualities which at first made even the actual children dismiss him--and Chrestomanci was on the right track the whole time, but just too busy to be helpful until the end.end.
** The adults seem unaware of what's going on through most of ''Charmed Life'', leaving Cat and Janet to try and deal with their problems alone.
23rd Aug '17 6:39:35 PM PaulA
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* CorporalPunishment: Chrestomanci has Michael spank Gwendolen with a boot after she plays a particularly nasty magical prank, and boxes Cat's ears for not stopping her
DeadpanSnarker: Tacroy and Christopher both. Wonder who the latter learned it from?

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* CorporalPunishment: Chrestomanci has Michael spank Gwendolen with a boot after she plays a particularly nasty magical prank, and boxes Cat's ears for not stopping her
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DeadpanSnarker: Tacroy and Christopher both. Wonder who the latter learned it from?
23rd Aug '17 9:32:16 AM empressyerdua
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* DeadpanSnarker: Tacroy and Christopher both. Wonder who the latter learned it from?

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* CorporalPunishment: Chrestomanci has Michael spank Gwendolen with a boot after she plays a particularly nasty magical prank, and boxes Cat's ears for not stopping her
DeadpanSnarker: Tacroy and Christopher both. Wonder who the latter learned it from?
19th Jul '17 5:18:01 PM TropesForever
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* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel[=/=]BowtiesAreCool: Chrestomanci's dressing gowns.

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* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel[=/=]BowtiesAreCool: AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Chrestomanci's dressing gowns.
20th May '17 2:58:18 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* BadassTeacher: Michael Saunders, who is a powerful magician in charge of tutoring Chrestomanci's children and wards.
* BattleButler: All of the Castle staff are government employees, meaning they're trained mages who can back Chrestomanci up in a fight.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: The Goddess seems like a very nice, innoccent young girl to Christopher. [[spoiler: Then when he refuses to help her escape her own world and live in another one, she traps him in the wall of her room in Asheth's Temple, only meaning to release him when he's agreed to help her run away.]]

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: The Goddess seems like a very nice, innoccent innocent young girl to Christopher. [[spoiler: Then when he refuses to help her escape her own world and live in another one, she traps him in the wall of her room in Asheth's Temple, only meaning to release him when he's agreed to help her run away.]]



* BadassTeacher: Michael Saunders, who is a powerful magician in charge of tutoring Chrestomanci's children and wards.
* BattleButler: All of the Castle staff are government employees, meaning they're trained mages who can back Chrestomanci up in a fight.
1st Mar '17 9:36:34 PM PaulA
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** The world of ''Witch Week'' is practically identical to our own, except for its pathological distrust of witches, which Chrestomanci remarks on as being unusual even for two neighboring worlds, and turns out to be a sign that it isn't the result of a natural divergence.

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** The world of ''Witch Week'' is practically identical to diverged from our own, own in the 17th century and yet, except for its pathological distrust of witches, which is practically identical, down to minor details like brand names and pop culture references. Chrestomanci remarks on this as being unusual even for two neighboring worlds, and it turns out to be a sign that it isn't the result of a natural divergence.
1st Mar '17 9:31:08 PM PaulA
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* InSpiteOfANail: Chrestomanci's world diverged from ours centuries ago when magic gained ascendancy over science, so it's really remarkable how similar it is to our world. More generally, it's mentioned several times, and a major plot point in ''Charmed Life'', that any given person will almost always have an AlternateSelf in at least eight nearby worlds no matter how different those worlds' histories are. An enchanter is a person who ''doesn't'', and as a result ends up with all nine lives themselves.
** The world of ''Witch Week'' is generally similar to our own, except for its pathological distrust of witches, a divergence stemming from [[spoiler: when Guy Fawkes ''successfully'' blew up the houses of Parliament.]]

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* InSpiteOfANail: InSpiteOfANail:
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Chrestomanci's world diverged from ours centuries ago when magic gained ascendancy over science, so it's really remarkable how similar it is to our world. world.
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More generally, it's mentioned several times, and a major plot point in ''Charmed Life'', that any given person will almost always have an AlternateSelf in at least eight nearby worlds no matter how different those worlds' histories are. An enchanter is a person who ''doesn't'', and as a result ends up with all nine lives themselves.
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** The world of ''Witch Week'' is generally similar practically identical to our own, except for its pathological distrust of witches, which Chrestomanci remarks on as being unusual even for two neighboring worlds, and turns out to be a divergence stemming from [[spoiler: when Guy Fawkes ''successfully'' blew up sign that it isn't the houses result of Parliament.]]a natural divergence.



* KidHero: Christopher, Cat, Tonio, Angelica, and Marianne - par for the course for DianaWynneJones.

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* KidHero: Christopher, Cat, Tonio, Tonino, Angelica, and Marianne - par for the course for DianaWynneJones.Marianne.



* TookALevelInBadass: Cat, when he finally [[spoiler: tells Gwendolen where she can shove it]].
** Angelica and Tonio, by the end of ''Magicians of Caprona''.

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* TookALevelInBadass: TookALevelInBadass:
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Cat, when he finally [[spoiler: tells Gwendolen where she can shove it]].
** Angelica and Tonio, Tonino, by the end of ''Magicians of Caprona''.
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