History Literature / EarthsChildren

20th Aug '17 8:16:59 PM Stevebob
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* ComingAgeStory: The series, in particular the first three books, is this for Ayla, detailing her life, relationships, the lessons she learns and her journey to find herself from the age of five to around 26. It can also be seen as a Coming of Age Story for Jondalar, who grows as a person and learns some hard lessons over the course of the novels too (though for some readers, it’s [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation debatable]] as to whether they stick).

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* ComingAgeStory: ComingOfAgeStory: The series, in particular the first three books, is this for Ayla, detailing her life, relationships, the lessons she learns and her journey to find herself from the age of five to around 26. It can also be seen as a Coming of Age Story for Jondalar, who grows as a person and learns some hard lessons over the course of the novels too (though for some readers, it’s [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation debatable]] as to whether they stick).
20th Aug '17 8:16:37 PM Stevebob
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* ComingAgeStory: The series, in particular the first three books, is this for Ayla, detailing her life, relationships, the lessons she learns and her journey to find herself from the age of five to around 26. It can also be seen as a Coming of Age Story for Jondalar, who grows as a person and learns some hard lessons over the course of the novels too (though for some readers, it’s [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation debatable]] as to whether they stick).


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* ARealManIsAKiller: In the Clan, boys have to make their first kill on a hunt to prove their worthiness to the Clan. They are then considered an adult.


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* WomensMysteries: Iza teaches Ayla about a special herbal tea she makes that can prevent pregnancy, known only to medicine women. Ayla in turn shares this secret with some other women she encounters, many of whom have never heard about it. Ayla makes a point of not telling any men, not even her lover Jondalar, as Iza had stated that Clan men probably wouldn’t be too happy to find out there was a way to prevent pregnancy (Iza herself secretly took the tea to spite her abusive mate, who was seen as a ‘lesser man’ due to the fact his mate had given him no children).
20th Aug '17 7:11:45 PM Stevebob
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Has a [[Characters/EarthsChildren character page]].
13th Jul '17 3:13:53 PM Stevebob
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* MinimalisticCoverArt: The later editions (pictured on this very page) are usually this, just having some SceneryPorn down the bottom and a cave painting of an animal, usually one featured prominently in the book (for example, ''The clan of the Cave Bear'' has a bear, ''The Valley of Horses'' has a horse etc.). Earlier covers though, and the first edition of the last book, had more elaborate covers depicting the characters and scenes from the novels.
13th Jul '17 3:05:27 PM Stevebob
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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Averted. Though it’s not really discussed that often, when Attaroa tries to force [[spoiler: Jondalar]] to have sex with her in exchange for his freedom, which she has done with several other men in the past, it’s clearly presented as wrong. [[spoiler: Jondalar]] is disgusted and refuses, stating that it is a perversion of the ‘Gift of Pleasure’ and that it is supposed to be done between willing partners. There was also an instance where a group of women all but swamped Jondalar, who became uncomfortable and pushed one woman away when she wouldn’t let go of him. He apologises for hurting her, but when the woman tries complaining to Shamud, they point out that men don’t like being forcibly groped and that Pleasures should never be forced on anyone. It’s probably safe to say from these instances that any ‘perversion of the Mother’s gift’ is unacceptable, although rape of women by men is especially reviled.
13th Jul '17 2:41:57 PM Stevebob
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* LoveHurts: Jondalar is very familiar with this. His FirstLove was [[StarCrossedLovers forbidden]] and ended in disaster, and he and Ayla both struggle with their relationship (largely due to culture clashes and poor communication). They seem to have largely resolved it by the fourth book, only to run into some more problems in the last one due to Ayla being preoccupied with her zelandoni training and Jondalar [[spoiler: cheating with Marona. They sort it out in the end]].



%%* MissConception: Everyone in the world but Ayla.

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%%* * MillsAndBoonProse: Virtually all the sex scenes (and there are [[CoitusEnsues quite a few]]).
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MissConception: Everyone in the world but Ayla.has some inaccurate views on conception, namely that they don't realise sexual intercourse between a man and woman leads to it. The Clan think women get pregnant when her totem is defeated by a man's, whilst Cro-Magnon think that the Mother chooses to mix the spirits of a man and woman. Ayla figures out relatively early on that babies are actually made when a man and woman's 'essence' as she call it are joined via intercourse. [[spoiler: She eventually gets the Zelandonii in on this revelation, which most people had been slow to catch onto, and it leads to the concept of fatherhood, whereas previously, a male 'parent' was simply called 'the man of my hearth' and may not even have necessarily been a child's biological father]].



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%%* SufferTheSlings* SufferTheSlings: Ayla's WeaponOfChoice.
12th Jul '17 11:58:26 PM Doug86
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** Increasingly as the series progresses. Auel rhapsodizes about the locales she sets the action in, as well as the ways her characters, as allegories for the areas' real ancient inhabitants, lived off the land and adapted to their environment. The flora and fauna are also described in detail, as well as their uses in both medicine and as food, to the point where readers of George Martin's ASongOfIceandFire series might wonder if he [[FollowtheLeader takes cues from her about how to describe a meal]]. But her acknowledgments had to be moved from the beginning of her books to the end because they got exponentially lengthy, and the research she did has often been cited as one of the main reasons for the ever-expanding delay between sequels. Ultimately, her painstaking devotion to including as much of her research as possible in the story has become something of a detraction from the later novels, especially ''Land of Painted Caves'', with readers complaining that her focus on the backdrop has caused the advancement of the plot and development of her characters to suffer.

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** Increasingly as the series progresses. Auel rhapsodizes about the locales she sets the action in, as well as the ways her characters, as allegories for the areas' real ancient inhabitants, lived off the land and adapted to their environment. The flora and fauna are also described in detail, as well as their uses in both medicine and as food, to the point where readers of George Martin's ASongOfIceandFire ''Literature/ASongOfIceandFire'' series might wonder if he [[FollowtheLeader takes cues from her about how to describe a meal]]. But her acknowledgments had to be moved from the beginning of her books to the end because they got exponentially lengthy, and the research she did has often been cited as one of the main reasons for the ever-expanding delay between sequels. Ultimately, her painstaking devotion to including as much of her research as possible in the story has become something of a detraction from the later novels, especially ''Land of Painted Caves'', with readers complaining that her focus on the backdrop has caused the advancement of the plot and development of her characters to suffer.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Justified, in that Ayla and Jondalar travel around a lot and meet lots of people, but the sheer amount of characters comes close to rivaling Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Justified, in that Ayla and Jondalar travel around a lot and meet lots of people, but the sheer amount of characters comes close to rivaling Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire. ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
6th Jul '17 7:50:42 AM Clare
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* TeenPregnancy: Ayla is raped and impregnated while still a pre-teen. It is normal for Clan women to have children this young, but it's [[ScreamingBirth way too early]] for Ayla, even though she's a late bloomer by Clan standards.

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* TeenPregnancy: Ayla is raped and impregnated while still a pre-teen. It is normal for Clan women to have children give birth this young, but it's [[ScreamingBirth way too early]] for Ayla, even though she's a late bloomer by Clan standards.
6th Jul '17 7:48:09 AM Clare
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* TeenPregnancy: Ayla is raped and impregnated while still a pre-teen. The clan in general mature faster and live shorter lives than the others, so this would be a normal, if not even late, age for a clan woman to get pregnant, but it's [[ScreamingBirth way too early]] for Ayla.

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* TeenPregnancy: Ayla is raped and impregnated while still a pre-teen. The clan in general mature faster and live shorter lives than the others, so It is normal for Clan women to have children this would be a normal, if not even late, age for a clan woman to get pregnant, young, but it's [[ScreamingBirth way too early]] for Ayla.Ayla, even though she's a late bloomer by Clan standards.
6th Jul '17 7:38:50 AM Clare
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* TeenPregnancy Ayla is raped and impregnated at the age of 11. The clan in general mature faster and live shorter lives than the others, so this would be a normal, if not even late, age for a clan woman to get pregnant, but it's [[ScreamingBirth way too early]] for Ayla.

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* TeenPregnancy TakeCareOfTheKids: After she is cursed with death at the end of the first book, Ayla leaves Durc in Uba's care. The last thing she says to Uba is:
-->Take care of him, my sister.
* TeenPregnancy:
Ayla is raped and impregnated at the age of 11.while still a pre-teen. The clan in general mature faster and live shorter lives than the others, so this would be a normal, if not even late, age for a clan woman to get pregnant, but it's [[ScreamingBirth way too early]] for Ayla.
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