History Literature / Desperation

22nd Nov '17 6:25:32 PM IlGreven
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* AlternateUniverse: ''Literature/TheRegulators'', another book by Creator/StephenKing, is an alternate universe version of ''Desperation''. It has the same characters, but in different roles (a brother and sister become a married couple for example, with their parents in one book becoming their children in the other).

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* AlternateUniverse: ''Literature/TheRegulators'', another book by Creator/StephenKing, Creator/StephenKing (and treated as a [[LostEpisode lost manuscript]] of King's alter-ego Richard Bachmann), is an alternate universe version of ''Desperation''. It has the same characters, but in different roles (a brother and sister become a married couple for example, with their parents in one book becoming their children in the other).
29th Sep '17 11:39:46 PM BoukenDutch
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* ShootOutTheLock: Johnny opens a cabin like this.

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* ShootOutTheLock: Johnny opens Ralph does this to the padlock on the door of a cabin like this.powder magazine in the China Pit. He even lampshades how this always works great in the movies, but he's not sure if it will work in real life. It takes him two shots to get the job done. Once inside the magazine, they are confronted with another padlock, this one located on a chest filled with blasting agents, but Ralph wisely decides not to try and shoot this one since it would risk setting off an explosion. They search for the key instead.
28th Sep '17 10:48:34 PM BoukenDutch
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* FeatheredFiend: Buzzards are among the animals Tak uses for his schemes. As Entragian, he sicks one onto Marinville. Near the end of the story, Tak himself becomes one of these by possessing a golden eagle.
27th Sep '17 11:08:28 PM BoukenDutch
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* VehicularSabotage: Entragian captures the Carver family by using roadspikes to flatten the tires of their RV. Later, when escaping from the China Pit, Mary stops long enough to sabotage Entragian's police car and two other cars so Tak can't use them to chase her.
22nd Sep '17 10:04:52 PM BoukenDutch
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: As with most of King's earlier works, he slips in a contemporary reference that pinpoints the story in the mid-'90s; namely, the radio blaring a song from The Tractors, a OneHitWonder country band.
22nd Sep '17 9:57:12 PM BoukenDutch
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* NamesTheSame: One character is called Creator/PeterJackson (which is also the name of a cigarette brand).
22nd Sep '17 9:55:45 PM BoukenDutch
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* DontEatAndSwim: While visiting the land of the dead in a trance, David learns that reverend Martin drowned two days after the Carver family left on their holiday because he went swimming too soon after lunch and went too far out into the sea.
13th Sep '17 12:12:26 AM BoukenDutch
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* CellPhonesAreUseless: Desperation has very poor cellular reception, if it has any at all. With the story being set in the 90's. and in a small, backwater town in the middle of the Nevada dessert, this was to be expected. Notably averted early on in the story, as Marinville is able to get a phone call through to his editor Steve Ames, alerting him to the danger.

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* CellPhonesAreUseless: Desperation has very poor cellular reception, if it has any at all. With the story being set in the 90's. and in a small, backwater town in the middle of the Nevada dessert, this was to be expected. Notably averted early on in the story, as twice. First, Marinville is able to get a phone call through to his editor Steve Ames, alerting him to the danger.danger. And later, thanks to God temporarily boosting the phone's reception, David is able to call Steve to tell him and Cynthia to meet them at the movie theatre.
12th Sep '17 12:48:25 AM BoukenDutch
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* CellPhonesAreUseless: Desperation has very poor cellular reception, if it has any at all. With the story being set in the 90's. and in a small, backwater town in the middle of the Nevada dessert, this was to be expected. Notably averted early on in the story, as Marinville is able to get a phone call through to his editor Steve Ames, alerting him to the danger.
11th Sep '17 12:57:58 AM Maniago
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* GreatEscape: David Carver escapes from his prison cell by undressing, covering his whole body with green soap, and slipping between the bars of the cell, while Marinville distracts the coyote with his motorcycle jacket. David then proceeds to get the gun and keys of another, killed, cop, kill the coyote, and free the others.
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