History Literature / EarthsChildren

6th Aug '16 2:31:34 PM morenohijazo
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* ScavengersAreScum: Ayla has a strong aversion to hyenas, ever since a hyena grabbed a baby during a mammoth hunt. She sees hyenas as scum and will never allow a hyena around. She is otherwise a FriendToAllLivingThings (even those she kills for food).
23rd Jun '16 1:08:21 AM Chytus
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* AuthorFilibuster: In ''Plains of Passage'', there's a SceneryPorn segment just like any other which suddenly segues into several pages of telling the reader the despoiling of nature that's going to be committed by the people of the future is, in fact, wrong on a spiritual level.



* CannotTellALie: To Ayla's detriment and near death in Clan of the Cave Bear. After Ayla saves Brac, Broud's son, the clan finds out that Ayla can hunt. Later, the men have a meeting to question her. When Ayla tells them how many years she has practiced and hunted, Zoug points out that Vorn has been hunting as long. Why, when Broud is actually feeling grateful to Ayla, does Ayla volunteer the specific statement of, 'I know. I started the same day Vorn did. I know this because I saw his first lesson with Zoug, and I saw Broud push Zoug, which made Brun angry'? Ayla could have said nothing, or at least, "Yes, I started the same year he did." and, if pressed "That was the winter that Zoug started explaining hunting to Vorn", or "That is when the hunters began taking Vorn out with them", or "That was when I watched Vorn begin practice sling-hunting near the cave". Any of those things may have worked, even in the structure of Clan language that did not permit lies. While it must be stressed that Broud's treatment of Ayla is his fault, refraining from all of the details may have changed the later events of the book, particularly the Broud/Ayla clashes.



* FeeFiFauxPas: Particularly during the first book, during which Ayla usually does whatever she wants to, even if it's in direct defiance of Clan traditions. ([[spoiler:In the end they curse her with death. She's so cool, she outlives the death curse. Also, she's cursed again, and there are five more books!]] )

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* FeeFiFauxPas: Particularly during the first book, during which Ayla usually does whatever she wants to, even if it's in direct defiance of Clan traditions. ([[spoiler:In (In the end they curse her with death. She's so cool, she outlives the death curse. Also, she's cursed again, and there are five more books!]] )books!)



* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat: Ayla's CanonSue powers are often like this. Somewhat justified, as her "inventions" probably aren't entirely hers. This is really WMG, but at least some of the things that just suddenly occur to her seem to be intended as clues to her past, memories of what she saw in her birth tribe. By the age of five, one observes and stores away quite a bit. When she finds the people who already have the things she's "invented," she will know she's closer to home. The fact that Ayla is repeatedly described as "exotic" is another clue that her tribe is elsewhere. Of course, by the end of book 4, she's about a continent away from where the Clan found her. And the author seems to have given up entirely on solving either Ayla's background or what became of her son by series' end.

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* InfoDump
** 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.
** She also does this a lot when it comes to retelling aspects of the story that has come before. Granted that by the time she got to ''Shelters of Stone'', [[DoorStopper there was a lot of material to remember]], but Auel would often rehash the same things more than once within the space of a few ''pages'', both in a character's thoughts and in conversations that seem to just cover the same ground over and over and ''over''. One wonders if she wasn't sure people would remember what they'd read before.
* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat: Ayla's CanonSue powers are often like this. Somewhat justified, as her "inventions" probably aren't entirely hers. This is really WMG, but at least some of the things that just suddenly occur to her seem to be intended as clues to her past, memories of what she saw in her birth tribe. By the age of five, one observes and stores away quite a bit. When she finds the people who already have the things she's "invented," she will know she's closer to home. The fact that Ayla is repeatedly described as "exotic" is another clue that her tribe is elsewhere. Of course, by the end of book 4, she's about a continent away from where the Clan found her. And the author seems to have given up entirely on solving either Ayla's background or what became of her son by series' end.


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* TitleDrop: The words "shelters of stone" get used a great many times in the book of the same name, as that is how caves are described and the characters pretty much always live in caves.
5th Jun '16 2:50:00 AM Morgenthaler
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16th May '16 10:09:42 AM CaptEquinox
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** In ''The Land of Painted Caves'' the would-be priest who was found to have cheated on an important test is called Madroman (he's a madman! and insanely jealous of Jondalar).
2nd May '16 2:01:41 AM BradyLady
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**Then there's Thonolia, presumed to be the daughter of Thonolan.
29th Apr '16 7:21:05 AM Clare
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** In The Mammoth Hunters: Ayla teaches Rydag, a Clan child raised by Cro-Magnon humans, some Clan sign language including Mother, which he then uses on the woman who is taking care of him.

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** In The Mammoth Hunters: Ayla teaches Rydag, a Clan half-Clan child raised by Cro-Magnon humans, some Clan sign language including Mother, which he then uses on the woman who is taking care of him.
29th Apr '16 7:14:42 AM Clare
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* MaritalRapeLicense: When men of the Clan make "the Signal," women are expected to drop everything and present for a sexual encounter. The Signal is generally done only with one's mate, but it can be given to any female if [[ImAManICantHelpIt the male's need is that pressing]]. Broud does it to Ayla only to [[WalkyVerse pound her viciously]] (he's a [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence sadistic bully]]), and Ayla is shocked to learn later that other women ''like'' sex and are not above flirting with their men. Even Clan women employ certain seductive postures and motions to give men ideas.

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* MaritalRapeLicense: When men of the Clan make "the Signal," women are expected to drop everything and present for a sexual encounter. The Signal is generally done only with one's mate, but it can be given to any female if [[ImAManICantHelpIt the male's need is that pressing]].pressing]] and the female in question is not his sister. Broud does it to Ayla only to [[WalkyVerse pound her viciously]] (he's a [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence sadistic bully]]), and Ayla is shocked to learn later that other women ''like'' sex and are not above flirting with their men. Even Clan women employ certain seductive postures and motions to give men ideas.
21st Mar '16 7:55:18 PM BuccoBabe
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* {{Gendercide}}: This is Attaroa's ultimate goal for her people, using a concentration camp and forced labor as an intermediary step. [[WhatAnIdiot She thinks women will just give birth to girls after all the men die.]]

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* {{Gendercide}}: This is Attaroa's ultimate goal for her people, using a concentration camp and forced labor as an intermediary step. [[WhatAnIdiot She Since -- like pretty much everyone except Ayla in this setting -- she has no idea how women conceive, she thinks women will just give birth to girls after all the men die.]]
23rd Jan '16 12:41:10 AM Seanette
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* LovingDeatils: In ''The Valley of Horses'' and following books, Ayla demonstrates a remarkable memory to Jondolar—specifically, when she learns that his morning routine includes a cup of tea and a small stick with which to clean his teeth, she makes a point of having those available to him every morning. At first he is impressed, but eventually it becomes routine. Then in the following book, ''The Mammoth Hunters,'' they break up—but then, Jondolar realizes that she's ''still putting them out for him every morning.'' This makes him realize that she still loves him.

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* LovingDeatils: LovingDetails: In ''The Valley of Horses'' and following books, Ayla demonstrates a remarkable memory to Jondolar—specifically, when she learns that his morning routine includes a cup of tea and a small stick with which to clean his teeth, she makes a point of having those available to him every morning. At first he is impressed, but eventually it becomes routine. Then in the following book, ''The Mammoth Hunters,'' they break up—but then, Jondolar realizes that she's ''still putting them out for him every morning.'' This makes him realize that she still loves him.
22nd Jan '16 6:55:10 AM Clare
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* DeadGuyJunior: Or, in this case, Dead Girl Junior. Uba was named in memory of her long dead great-grandmother.


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* YouAreGrounded: Ayla's punishment for trying to force Brun into accepting her "deformed" son, Durc, is to have her freedom to come and go as she pleases curtailed. Initially, she is confined to Creb's hearth for a month, her existence unacknowledged by those who do not share the same living space. After that, she is forbidden to leave the area of the cave except to go on essential plant-gathering forays; even then, she has to ask Brun's permission and is under strict orders to return promptly. Her hunting privileges are also revoked. These restrictions remain in force until after Brun's clan return from the Clan Gathering.
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