History Literature / Filth

27th Jun '16 6:28:09 AM Borghen
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* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Robertson not only misses his desperate bid for promotion as a result of the events. Which , in his mind, would have convinced his wifeCarole daughter, Stacey to come back to him. but he is also demoted to Constable and is reassigned to uniform, while rookie Ray Lennox is promoted to Detective Inspector]].

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* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Robertson not only misses his desperate bid for promotion as a result of the events. Which , Which, in his mind, would have convinced his wifeCarole wife, Carole, and daughter, Stacey Stacey, to come back to him. but But he is also demoted to Constable and is reassigned to uniform, while rookie Ray Lennox is promoted to Detective Inspector]].



** At the End he[[spoiler: records a tape for Blades confessing that everything he does was out of fear of the world and because he was always told he is filth. He called him his best and only friend. He also gives Blades advice how to make his wife love him again.]]

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** At the End he[[spoiler: records he [[spoiler:records a tape for Blades confessing that everything he does was out of fear of the world and because he was always told he is filth. He called him his best and only friend. He also gives Blades advice how to make his wife love him again.]]
27th Jun '16 6:18:22 AM Borghen
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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Bruce, and Gus Bain tries as well. In the movie, it's Dougie Gillman.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Bruce, and Gus Bain Andrew Clelland tries as well. In the movie, it's Dougie Gillman.]]
6th May '16 6:35:33 AM CynicalBastardo
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Downplayed. Bruce isn't any less evil than in the book, barring the fact that [[spoiler: he isn't the murderer, doesn't let an underage girl finish giving him a blowjob and leaves a video confession/apology for Clifford Blades]].
* AscendedExtra: Dr. Rossi, sort of. He only appears in person once, but keeps showing up in Bruce's head. He also takes the tapeworm's role, even being represented as such in the closing credits.


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* ReassignedToAntarctica: After the final confrontation with Ghostie Gorman, Bruce is returned to uniform and busted down to Constable.
24th Apr '16 2:27:30 AM CynicalBastardo
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* CompositeCharacter: Karen Fulton and The Size Queen are merged into the one person in the film. Justified in that Fulton was only a minor character and the Size Queen only really had any interaction during the photocopied penis scene.
22nd Apr '16 9:36:29 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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Bruce Robertson is pure filth in every sense of the word. He's a misanthropic, racist, sexist, homophobic and ''very'' corrupt sergeant detective working for the Edinburgh "Polis" who, when not satisfying his cravings for drugs, junk food or orgasms, entertains himself by manipulating and tormenting his friends, colleagues, and everyone else he meets with vindictive schemes he calls "the games". His wife's just left him, taking his daughter, but he doesn't spend a whole lot of time thinking about the divorce, preoccupied as he is with his upcoming vacation in Amsterdam, the growing rash on his testicles, a prospective promotion from his hated boss, and the case of the murder of the Ghanian ambassador's son (which he doesn't plan on solving).

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Bruce Robertson is pure filth in every sense of the word. He's a [[EvilIsPetty misanthropic, racist, sexist, homophobic homophobic]] and ''very'' [[DirtyCop corrupt sergeant detective detective]] working for the Edinburgh "Polis" who, when not satisfying his cravings for drugs, junk food or orgasms, entertains himself by manipulating and tormenting his friends, colleagues, and everyone else he meets with vindictive schemes he calls "the games". His wife's just left him, taking his daughter, but he doesn't spend a whole lot of time thinking about the divorce, preoccupied as he is with his upcoming vacation in Amsterdam, the growing rash on his testicles, a prospective promotion from his hated boss, and the case of the murder of the Ghanian ambassador's son (which he doesn't plan on solving).



Written by Irvine Welsh, so expect lots of phonetic Scots, salient characters, petty crime, typographical experimentation, and extremely dark humour. It's got something of a twist ending and is creatively written, so it's the kind of book you have to read twice to get the full understanding of.

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Written by Irvine Welsh, Creator/IrvineWelsh, so expect lots of phonetic Scots, salient characters, petty crime, typographical experimentation, and extremely dark humour. It's got something of a twist ending and is creatively written, so it's the kind of book you have to read twice to get the full understanding of.
22nd Apr '16 5:13:55 AM CynicalBastardo
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* ShoutOut: Bruce is angered to find that someone has defaced a bathroom stall with the phrase "[[Franchise/RoboCop Part man, part spastic, zero cop: Robbo Cop. The Future of Law Enforcement, my arse.]]"
22nd Apr '16 5:08:39 AM CynicalBastardo
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** [[spoiler:Bruce has such a moment when he pushes DI Drummond against a wall and realizes that he is hurting her. He breaks down, and tearfully admits to her that he knows he is slipping into insanity, that he is a horrible person, and that his wife has left him for reasons he genuinely can't remember. His inner demons soon get a hold of him again and he reverts back to shouting at her that she is a witch who has shagged her way to her promotions.]]

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** [[spoiler:Bruce has such a moment when he pushes DI DS Drummond against a wall and realizes that he is hurting her. He breaks down, and tearfully admits to her that he knows he is slipping into insanity, that he is a horrible person, and that his wife has left him for reasons he genuinely can't remember. His inner demons soon get a hold of him again and he reverts back to shouting at her that she is a witch who has shagged her way to her promotions.]]
22nd Apr '16 5:06:54 AM CynicalBastardo
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* DestinationDefenestration: Bruce bites off a chunk of Gorman's tongue and tosses him out of the window in the book's climax.



* FallenHero: When he finally snaps, Bruce confides to Drummond that he was once a good cop. The Self backs this up, knowing that Bruce was good once, but his abusive childhood coupled with Carole finally leaving him for good has broken him.



* VillainProtagonist: Then there isn't really anyone good or heroic around.

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* VillainProtagonist: Then there isn't really anyone good or heroic around. [[spoiler: Especially since Bruce is actually the one who murdered Efan Wurie.]]
22nd Apr '16 5:02:30 AM CynicalBastardo
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* MenCantKeepHouse: Bruce's house gets increasingly squalid as the book goes on. Since Carole left him, he lets his dirty laundry build up, doesn't wash the dishes and can't cook beyond heating up ready meals and takeaways in the microwave. He notes that the only thing he is able to do around the house is build a fire. This also contributes immensely towards his [[ThePigPen increasingly poor personal hygiene]].
27th Nov '15 1:40:43 PM Morgenthaler
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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent / {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: [[{{Rigoletto}} La donna è mobile]] playing on a stereo in the background during Bruce's first visit to his psychiatrist who is shown writing him a prescription to treat Bruce's bipolar disorder which was intensified by a woman who he likely perceives as fickle. La donna è mobile in Italian is "the woman is fickle"]]

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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent / {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: [[{{Rigoletto}} [[Theatre/{{Rigoletto}} La donna è mobile]] playing on a stereo in the background during Bruce's first visit to his psychiatrist who is shown writing him a prescription to treat Bruce's bipolar disorder which was intensified by a woman who he likely perceives as fickle. La donna è mobile in Italian is "the woman is fickle"]]
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