History Literature / Deerskin

12th Sep '17 8:32:02 AM JoieDeCombat
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* PrinceCharming: Ossin is something of a reconstructed example. He's got [[TheWisePrince the personality]], for the most part... but he's fat, shy, homely, and would rather be out at the kennel with his dogs than in the royal court. (Somehow, this adds up to making him more endearing than a straight example of the trope would be.)
** ''He sits up at night with orphaned puppies.'' How much more heroic can you get?
** He is also, apparently, the ''only'' person who cares enough to remember that Lissar exists, in the midst of all the chaos and grief that follows the Queen's death.

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* PrinceCharming: Ossin is something of a reconstructed example. He's got [[TheWisePrince the personality]], for the most part... but he's fat, shy, homely, and would rather be out at the kennel with his dogs than in the royal court.court, but he has [[TheWisePrince the personality]] to a tee. He sits up all night with orphaned puppies and is, as a child, apparently the only person who cares enough to remember that Lissar exists in the midst of all the chaos and grief that follows the Queen's death - despite never having actually met her at that point. (Somehow, this adds up to making him more endearing than a straight example of the trope would be.)
** ''He sits up at night with orphaned puppies.'' How much more heroic can you get?
** He is also, apparently, the ''only'' person who cares enough to remember that Lissar exists, in the midst of all the chaos and grief that follows the Queen's death.
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3rd Jun '17 10:33:18 PM Heart
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* ChildByRape: And even worse, by incest, too. Lissar ends up miscarrying, which given the circumstances, can probably be seen as a good thing.



* DancesAndBalls: Lissar's seventeenth's birthday party.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Than the original fairy tale, which was already pretty dark. Interesting in that almost all other retellings {{Bowdlerise}} the whole issue of incest by making the princess adopted - ''this'' adaption takes it UpToEleven.
* DancesAndBalls: Lissar's seventeenth's seventeenth birthday party.party.
* DefiledForever: Lissar sees herself this way, after being raped by her father.



* {{Grimmification}}: And how.

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* {{Grimmification}}: And how.Where most other adaptions of this fairy tale tone down the disturbing subject matter, this one takes it UpToEleven.
31st Mar '17 4:08:48 PM Heart
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* BabiesEverAfter: Ash is likely expecting puppies at the end.


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* HappilyEverAfter: The story makes a point of subverting this. Although Lissar does finally find a degree of relative happiness and peace, she knows she will always bear the scars of her past, and isn't yet emotionally ready to be married to Ossin (but does agree to give their relationship a chance).


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** He is also, apparently, the ''only'' person who cares enough to remember that Lissar exists, in the midst of all the chaos and grief that follows the Queen's death.
31st Mar '17 3:52:11 PM Heart
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* OneHunderedPercentApprovalRating: Lissar's parents, to the point that everyone adamantly refuses to believe that they are capable of doing ''any'' wrong.

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* OneHunderedPercentApprovalRating: [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating 100% Adoration Rating]]: Lissar's parents, to the point that everyone adamantly refuses to believe that they are capable of doing ''any'' wrong.
31st Mar '17 3:44:43 PM Heart
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* OneHunderedPercentApprovalRating: Lissar's parents, to the point that everyone adamantly refuses to believe that they are capable of doing ''any'' wrong.


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** Lissar's father was a classic example of this in his youth, but later morphs into a very, very dark subversion.
5th Jun '16 9:41:21 AM Wynne101
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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Ossin's family is very practical. They help out with tasks like canning food, send thoughtful and useful gifts, and make time for the people in their kingdom. This is in direct contrast with Lissar's parents and kingdom, who continually look down on them for being down-to-earth.
12th Nov '15 7:03:21 PM nombretomado
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''Deerskin'' is a novel by Britain-based author RobinMcKinley. It's a {{Grimmification}} of the Perrault fairy tale ''Literature/{{Donkeyskin}}'', in which a king, who had been married to the most beautiful woman in the world (or in the book, the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms) promises his dying wife he will not remarry any woman who isn't as beautiful as she was. Of course through the years he never finds one, until their only child, a daughter, grows up to be the spitting image of her mother and thus draws her [[ParentalIncest father's... attention.]]

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''Deerskin'' is a novel by Britain-based author RobinMcKinley.Creator/RobinMcKinley. It's a {{Grimmification}} of the Perrault fairy tale ''Literature/{{Donkeyskin}}'', in which a king, who had been married to the most beautiful woman in the world (or in the book, the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms) promises his dying wife he will not remarry any woman who isn't as beautiful as she was. Of course through the years he never finds one, until their only child, a daughter, grows up to be the spitting image of her mother and thus draws her [[ParentalIncest father's... attention.]]
4th Sep '15 9:31:41 PM WillBGood
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18th Nov '14 8:20:27 PM PaulA
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* ShoutOut: There's a reference to the dragon Maur, from the author's TheHeroAndTheCrown. Possibly a ContinuityNod, though there's no other sign that the two books share any continuity.

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* ShoutOut: There's a reference to the dragon Maur, from the author's TheHeroAndTheCrown.''Literature/TheHeroAndTheCrown''. Possibly a ContinuityNod, though there's no other sign that the two books share any continuity.
13th Sep '13 12:47:46 AM Scabbard
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* ChekhovsGunman, averted, a character is very curious about Lissar, thinks that the she reminds him of someone, shows that he might really have met her in her previous (now secret) identity. He then promises not to tell anyone and points out his address very carefully and promises to help if Lissar ever needs him... and is never heard from again.

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* ChekhovsGunman, averted, Averted, a character is very curious about Lissar, thinks that the she reminds him of someone, shows that he might really have met her in her previous (now secret) identity. He then promises not to tell anyone and points out his address very carefully and promises to help if Lissar ever needs him... and is never heard from again.
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