History Literature / HowNotToWriteANovel

24th Apr '17 2:15:16 PM CorporalPie
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* Malaproper: Strongle cautioned against in "The Crepuscular Handbag". Also used for humour in other examples.
15th Mar '17 8:51:03 PM Fireblood
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* AudienceAlienatingPremise: "Voice in the Wilderness" provides an example, where the story paints a sympathetic picture of an SS officer desperately trying to save the inmates in his concentration camp from disease and starvation (while the Allies have invented the holocaust as a piece of perfidious propaganda). Whether the author sincerely holds widely-reviled beliefs, or is simply [[{{Troll}} seeking attention]], the book strongly discourages airing such views in public.[[invoked]]

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* AudienceAlienatingPremise: "Voice in the Wilderness" provides an example, where the story paints a sympathetic picture of an SS officer desperately trying to save the inmates in his concentration camp from disease and starvation (while the Allies have invented the holocaust Holocaust as a piece of perfidious propaganda). Whether the author sincerely holds widely-reviled beliefs, or is simply [[{{Troll}} seeking attention]], the book strongly discourages airing such views in public.[[invoked]]



--> [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Adolf]] [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany introduces Fascism to Germany,]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII spreads war throughout Europe,]] [[KillEmAll murders millions in concentration camps]] -- but he's a strict vegetarian and [[PetTheDog loves his dog]]. Tossing in a touching scene with his German Shepherd Blondi and a dish of lentils won't make Hitler's character "balanced".

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--> [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Adolf]] [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany introduces Fascism to Germany,]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII spreads war throughout Europe,]] [[KillEmAll [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust murders millions in concentration camps]] -- but he's a strict vegetarian and [[PetTheDog loves his dog]]. Tossing in a touching scene with his German Shepherd Blondi and a dish of lentils won't make Hitler's character "balanced".



-->Bare naked dialogue will eventually plunge the reader into a nighmarish science fiction scenario in which [[BrainInAJar two brains are conversing telepathically while suspended in a lightless tank of nutrient-rich fluid]]. (if you are in fact writing a novel about two brains conversing telepathically while suspended in a lightless tank of nutrient-rich fluid, [[JustifiedTrope carry on]]).

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-->Bare naked dialogue will eventually plunge the reader into a nighmarish nightmarish science fiction scenario in which [[BrainInAJar two brains are conversing telepathically while suspended in a lightless tank of nutrient-rich fluid]]. fluid]] (if you are in fact writing a novel about two brains conversing telepathically while suspended in a lightless tank of nutrient-rich fluid, [[JustifiedTrope carry on]]).
26th Feb '17 4:36:04 PM TeraChimera
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** In "El Foreigner", a Spanish speaker reprimands a Korean's (supposed) ForeignLanguageTirade by saying, "Hijo de puta! Hold the tongue!" "Hijo de puta" is Spanish for "[[HypocriticalHumor son of a bitch]]".
23rd Feb '17 1:30:48 AM Folamh3
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* AnachronismStew: "Xeno's iPod" for objects that just "appear".

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* AnachronismStew: "Xeno's iPod" for objects that just "appear"."appear", "The Vegan Viking" for anachronistic attitudes and beliefs and "Yo, Charlemagne, how dost thou big war?" for modern-sounding dialogue in a historical setting.
23rd Feb '17 1:28:34 AM Folamh3
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Encouraged for historical settings; see PoliticallyCorrectHistory below.



* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Discouraged in "The Vegan Viking" and, to a lesser extent, in "Hello, I Am the Medieval Knight!". Characters with progressive attitudes towards gender, sexuality and race will look out of place in a historical setting.

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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Discouraged in "The Vegan Viking" and, to a lesser extent, in "Hello, I Am the Medieval Knight!". Characters with modern attitudes (including progressive attitudes towards gender, sexuality and race race, or neoconservative attitudes towards economics) will look out of place in a historical setting.
23rd Feb '17 1:24:41 AM Folamh3
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* ItBeganWithATwistOfFate: They note that a plot being ''set in motion'' by an arbitrary coincidence or decision is acceptable, while a plot being ''resolved'' thereby will likely frustrate and annoy readers.
11th Dec '16 7:46:03 AM Prinzenick
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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Argued to be a cheap way to get reader sympathy for the villains, illustrated in an example in which a character takes a moment off from gleefully forcing young girls into prostitution to reminisce fondly about his mother.

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas / EvilVirtues: Argued to be a cheap way to get reader sympathy for the villains, illustrated in an example in which a character takes a moment off from gleefully forcing young girls into prostitution to reminisce fondly about his mother.
14th Nov '16 12:58:09 PM ZombieAladdin
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* ShaggyDogStory: "The Benign Tumor", a section of the novel that's a ShaggyDogStory and can be completely removed with no effect on the rest of the story.

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* ShaggyDogStory: "The Benign Tumor", a section of the novel that's a ShaggyDogStory and can be completely removed [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment with no effect on the rest of the story.story]].
22nd Aug '16 2:56:15 AM DoctorNemesis
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* IJustWriteTheThing: "The Fig Leaf". Discouraged, in that it rarely works and just makes the author look a bit hypocritical. The advice given in that particular case, but which can probably be applied to other examples of the trope, is that if you must include your AuthorAppeal in the work then at least be honest and up front about what you're doing, since no one's going to be fooled anyway.

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* IJustWriteTheThing: "The Fig Leaf". Discouraged, in that it rarely works and just makes the author look a bit hypocritical. The advice given in that particular case, but which can probably be applied to other examples of the trope, is that if you must ''must'' include your AuthorAppeal in the work (and you usually don't) then at least be honest and up front about what you're doing, since no one's going to be fooled anyway.
29th Jun '16 4:34:49 PM KTera
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* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday?: The entire point of "I Am Expressing My Sexuality." They recommend against it.

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* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday?: HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: The entire point of "I Am Expressing My Sexuality." They recommend against it.
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