History Literature / IAmLegend

22nd Aug '17 5:10:06 PM drbreakfast
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* NextSundayAD: the book was published in 1954 but it curiously takes place from 1976 to 1979. Normally such a big gap would lead to a TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture scenario with some sci-fi tech mixed into an otherwise contemporary setting, but for all intents and purposes the book's 1976 seems to be exactly like 1954 but with a lot more vampires.
3rd Jul '17 11:03:30 AM xcountryguy
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* DrowningMySorrows: Initially, Neville is one step away from outright alcoholism as a way to cope with his situation. He recalls how he spent first few days after his wife died (and he already lost his daughter few days prior) in alcohol-induced coma, only waking up to get hammered again. He probably did that again after [[spoiler:he had to stake Virginia and burry her ''again'']].

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* DrowningMySorrows: Initially, Neville is one step away from outright alcoholism as a way to cope with his situation. He recalls how he spent first few days after his wife died (and he already lost his daughter few days prior) in alcohol-induced coma, only waking up to get hammered again. He probably did that again after [[spoiler:he had to stake Virginia and burry bury her ''again'']].



** Willys Jeep station wagon is Neville's vehicle of choice. [[spoiler:It [[DestroyTheProductPlacement gets smashed]] later, after which he replaces it with exact same model]]. Ironically, the car was discontinued from production in 1965, while the book opens in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 1976]].

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** Willys Willy's Jeep station wagon is Neville's vehicle of choice. [[spoiler:It [[DestroyTheProductPlacement gets smashed]] later, after which he replaces it with exact same model]]. Ironically, the car was discontinued from production in 1965, while the book opens in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 1976]].
3rd Jul '17 10:54:34 AM xcountryguy
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* DarkestHour: [[spoiler: Neville's handwatch stopped. It's past dusk. The vampires already left their hideouts, while he tries to reach home. Which he left wide open, expecting to return few hours ago]].

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* DarkestHour: [[spoiler: Neville's [[spoiler:Neville's handwatch stopped. It's past dusk. The vampires already left their hideouts, while he tries to reach home. Which he left wide open, expecting to return few hours ago]].



* TheDreaded: Neville is this to the Vampires. [[spoiler: Even when captured, many are terrified just by the sight of him.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Few times Robert contemplates just putting himself out of his misery, but one time is especially notable. [[spoiler: After he barely makes it home alive, which was trashed in the meantime by the vampires, he suffers a HeroicBSOD. In the following outburst of rage, he picks up his [[GunsAkimbo two handguns]] - which he knows are worthless against vampires - and goes gun blazing on the porch of his house. When he runs out of ammo and is swarmed, he has a last-second change of mind and crawls his way back inside the house. Not because he wants to live or is afraid of dying, but ''out of spite'']].
* DrowningMySorrows: Initially, Neville is one step away from outright alcoholism as a way to cope with his situation. He recalls how he spent first few days after his wife died (and he already lost his daughter few days prior) in alcohol-induced coma, only waking up to get hammered again. He probably did that again after [[spoiler: he had to stake Virginia and burry her ''again'']].
* {{Flashback}}s: This time showing how his wife succumbed to the infection, and forced to drive to a government bonfire to burn his dead daughter. [[spoiler: And then when Virginia came back to him as a vampire]].
* GenreSavvy: ZigZagged. Neville knows and tests ''some'' of the folk remedies against vampires. But it still took him few months to realise [[spoiler: it's easier and more efficient to just drag comatose vampires out into open for sun to kill them]]. He face-palms himself upon figuring this out.

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* TheDreaded: Neville is this to the Vampires. [[spoiler: Even [[spoiler:Even when captured, many are terrified just by the sight of him.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Few times Robert contemplates just putting himself out of his misery, but one time is especially notable. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After he barely makes it home alive, which was trashed in the meantime by the vampires, he suffers a HeroicBSOD. In the following outburst of rage, he picks up his [[GunsAkimbo two handguns]] - which he knows are worthless against vampires - and goes gun blazing on the porch of his house. When he runs out of ammo and is swarmed, he has a last-second change of mind and crawls his way back inside the house. Not because he wants to live or is afraid of dying, but ''out of spite'']].
* DrowningMySorrows: Initially, Neville is one step away from outright alcoholism as a way to cope with his situation. He recalls how he spent first few days after his wife died (and he already lost his daughter few days prior) in alcohol-induced coma, only waking up to get hammered again. He probably did that again after [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he had to stake Virginia and burry her ''again'']].
* {{Flashback}}s: This time showing how his wife succumbed to the infection, and forced to drive to a government bonfire to burn his dead daughter. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And then when Virginia came back to him as a vampire]].
* GenreSavvy: ZigZagged. Neville knows and tests ''some'' of the folk remedies against vampires. But it still took him few months to realise [[spoiler: it's [[spoiler:it's easier and more efficient to just drag comatose vampires out into open for sun to kill them]]. He face-palms himself upon figuring this out.



* GreyAndGrayMorality: [[spoiler: Neville argues that the vampire society enjoyed killing the dead vampires. Ruth, however, argues that Neville also enjoyed killing. Ruth rationalizes the brutality as an inevitable part of a new civilization.]]
* GunsAkimbo: Deconstructed. In one of his {{Sanity Slippage}}s, Neville picks up his two pistols and goes gun blazing on his own porch. [[spoiler: He is almost instantly swarmed, even before running out of bullets, and barely makes it alive back inside]].

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: [[spoiler: Neville [[spoiler:Neville argues that the vampire society enjoyed killing the dead vampires. Ruth, however, argues that Neville also enjoyed killing. Ruth rationalizes the brutality as an inevitable part of a new civilization.]]
* GunsAkimbo: Deconstructed. In one of his {{Sanity Slippage}}s, Neville picks up his two pistols and goes gun blazing on his own porch. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He is almost instantly swarmed, even before running out of bullets, and barely makes it alive back inside]].



* HumansAreCthulhu: [[spoiler: How the partial vampires view Neville. In their eyes, he's an unstoppable monster from the old world slaughtering dozens of innocents during the days for seemingly no reason at all, and through his deeds, he becomes a monster of legends the same way vampires were for the humans, hence the title.]]

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* HumansAreCthulhu: [[spoiler: How [[spoiler:How the partial vampires view Neville. In their eyes, he's an unstoppable monster from the old world slaughtering dozens of innocents during the days for seemingly no reason at all, and through his deeds, he becomes a monster of legends the same way vampires were for the humans, hence the title.]]



-->[[spoiler: The watch had stopped]].

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-->[[spoiler: The -->[[spoiler:The watch had stopped]].



** Willys Jeep station wagon is Neville's vehicle of choice. [[spoiler: It [[DestroyTheProductPlacement gets smashed]] later, after which he replaces it with exact same model]]. Ironically, the car was discontinued from production in 1965, while the book opens in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 1976]].
** Sears is the main source of tools for Neville - he even loots a lathe from it. [[spoiler: The lathe gets wrecked along with the wagon]].

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** Willys Jeep station wagon is Neville's vehicle of choice. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It [[DestroyTheProductPlacement gets smashed]] later, after which he replaces it with exact same model]]. Ironically, the car was discontinued from production in 1965, while the book opens in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 1976]].
** Sears is the main source of tools for Neville - he even loots a lathe from it. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The lathe gets wrecked along with the wagon]].



* StakingTheLovedOne: [[spoiler: In the book, Neville has to do this to his wife after she had already died from the plague and he buried her body because he couldn't bear to burn her like he had to do to his daughter. She then comes back as a vampire trying to kill him and he has to kill her all over again, this time presumably by staking]]

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* StakingTheLovedOne: [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the book, Neville has to do this to his wife after she had already died from the plague and he buried her body because he couldn't bear to burn her like he had to do to his daughter. She then comes back as a vampire trying to kill him and he has to kill her all over again, this time presumably by staking]]



* YankTheDogsChain: When he comes across an apparently unaffected dog out in the sun, Neville practically gets taken over with CutenessProximity as he plans to win over the thing and keep it as a pet. [[spoiler: It doesn't end well.]]

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* YankTheDogsChain: When he comes across an apparently unaffected dog out in the sun, Neville practically gets taken over with CutenessProximity as he plans to win over the thing and keep it as a pet. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It doesn't end well.]]
17th Jun '17 8:39:33 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* ProductPlacement:
** Willys Jeep station wagon is Neville's vehicle of choice. [[spoiler: It [[DestroyTheProductPlacement gets smashed]] later, after which he replaces it with exact same model]]. Ironically, the car was discontinued from production in 1965, while the book opens in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 1976]].
** Sears is the main source of tools for Neville - he even loots a lathe from it. [[spoiler: The lathe gets wrecked along with the wagon]].
17th Jun '17 5:17:41 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* AdultFear: Your daugher and wife are slowly succumbing to an unknown disease, while you are perfectly fine yourself. Nobody knows what's happening with them and you can only watch as they get worse and worse. Until one day you have to dump your daughter's body into a massive, government-run bonfire due to biohazard. And before you even have any time to recover from that, your wife expires too.



17th Jun '17 5:04:07 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* WorkingClassHero: Unlike all the adaptations, where Neville was made into a doctor and even an officer, in the book he's but a factory worker. It's made into a story point with all the pain, time and effort it takes from him to educate himself and gain proper lab practice to even operate microscope efficiently.

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* WorkingClassHero: Unlike all the adaptations, where Neville was made into a doctor and even an officer, in the book he's but a factory worker. It's made into a story plot point with all the pain, time and effort it takes from him to educate himself and gain proper lab practice to even operate microscope efficiently.
17th Jun '17 5:02:29 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* CutenessProximity: After spending almost two years ''completely alone'' and besieged, Neville encounters a dog - the first non-vampire creature he met in all that time. He keeps on trying to befriend the dog and capture it to lessen his loneliness, acting like a giddy child each time he makes progress.
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler: Neville's handwatch stopped. It's past dusk. The vampires already left their hideouts, while he tries to reach home. Which he left wide open, expecting to return few hours ago]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Despite being completely alone, Neville doesn't stop [[TalkingToThemself talking and thinking aloud]], solely to lessen the pressure of not having any companion.
-->Some things could go to pot, but not his health, he thought. Then why don't you stop pouring alcohol into yourself? he thought. Why don't you shut the hell up? he thought.



* {{Flashback}}s: This time showing how his wife succumbed to the infection, and forced to drive to a government bonfire to burn his dead daughter.
* GhostCity: Los Angeles.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Few times Robert contemplates just putting himself out of his misery, but one time is especially notable. [[spoiler: After he barely makes it home alive, which was trashed in the meantime by the vampires, he suffers a HeroicBSOD. In the following outburst of rage, he picks up his [[GunsAkimbo two handguns]] - which he knows are worthless against vampires - and goes gun blazing on the porch of his house. When he runs out of ammo and is swarmed, he has a last-second change of mind and crawls his way back inside the house. Not because he wants to live or is afraid of dying, but ''out of spite'']].
* DrowningMySorrows: Initially, Neville is one step away from outright alcoholism as a way to cope with his situation. He recalls how he spent first few days after his wife died (and he already lost his daughter few days prior) in alcohol-induced coma, only waking up to get hammered again. He probably did that again after [[spoiler: he had to stake Virginia and burry her ''again'']].
* {{Flashback}}s: This time showing how his wife succumbed to the infection, and forced to drive to a government bonfire to burn his dead daughter.
daughter. [[spoiler: And then when Virginia came back to him as a vampire]].
* GenreSavvy: ZigZagged. Neville knows and tests ''some'' of the folk remedies against vampires. But it still took him few months to realise [[spoiler: it's easier and more efficient to just drag comatose vampires out into open for sun to kill them]]. He face-palms himself upon figuring this out.
* GhostCity: Los Angeles.Angeles has a human population of one.


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* GunsAkimbo: Deconstructed. In one of his {{Sanity Slippage}}s, Neville picks up his two pistols and goes gun blazing on his own porch. [[spoiler: He is almost instantly swarmed, even before running out of bullets, and barely makes it alive back inside]].
* GunsAreWorthless: Bullets only make entry holes, quickly "glued back" by the fluid the vampires are full of, making small caliber rounds utterly useless in harming them.


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* OhCrap: Never in history of horror literature more has been achieved by four simple words, right [[CliffHanger when a chapter ends]].
-->[[spoiler: The watch had stopped]].


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* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The mongrel little dog Neville found and tried to tame.


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* TheSiege: Neville's house is besieged by endless hordes of vampires. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Every. Single. Night.]]


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* TalkingToThemself: Obviously, since Robert is apparently the last human alive and has nobody else to talk with. The constant, deadpan monologues are in fact the main source of humor in the book.


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* TheVirus: Well, a bacterial infection, but other than that, the trope is played straight.
* WorkingClassHero: Unlike all the adaptations, where Neville was made into a doctor and even an officer, in the book he's but a factory worker. It's made into a story point with all the pain, time and effort it takes from him to educate himself and gain proper lab practice to even operate microscope efficiently.
1st Jun '17 8:36:22 PM jormis29
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** It's been said that George Romero got his idea for ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' after reading the book.

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** It's been said that George Romero Creator/GeorgeARomero got his idea for ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' after reading the book.
22nd Mar '17 10:20:33 PM jman313
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* GreyandGrayMorality: [[spoiler: Neville argues that the vampire society enjoyed killed the dead vampires. Ruth, however, argues that he also enjoyed killing. Ruth rationalizes the brutality as an inevitable part of a new civilization.]]

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* GreyandGrayMorality: GreyAndGrayMorality: [[spoiler: Neville argues that the vampire society enjoyed killed killing the dead vampires. Ruth, however, argues that he Neville also enjoyed killing. Ruth rationalizes the brutality as an inevitable part of a new civilization.]]
22nd Mar '17 10:19:15 PM jman313
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* GreyandGrayMorality: [[spoiler: Neville argues that the vampire society enjoyed killed the dead vampires. Ruth, however, argues that he also enjoyed killing. Ruth rationalizes the brutality as an inevitable part of a new civilization.]]
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