History Literature / Meg

12th Jan '17 5:41:40 PM MagBas
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* TheWorfEffect: There are many examples in the series where a Megalodon defeats equally large and dangerous predators (to the point of bordering on VillainSue), but only the opening scene of the first novel qualifies (wherein Meg eats a TyrannosaurusRex) because the marine reptiles are too obscure to the general public to be this trope.

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* TheWorfEffect: There are many examples in the series where a Megalodon defeats equally large and dangerous predators (to the point of bordering on VillainSue), , but only the opening scene of the first novel qualifies (wherein Meg eats a TyrannosaurusRex) because the marine reptiles are too obscure to the general public to be this trope.
30th Dec '16 4:22:15 AM Galvatron29
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* MamaBear: Averted with the Megalodons themselves. Being alpha predators, Megs see their own young as future competition - Angel's mother devours the runt of her litter of pups shortly after birth. Played straight with [[spoiler: the Liopleurodon in ''Night Stalkers'', following the supertanker which captured its pup all the way from the Arctic to California, then battling Angel's pup Bela when she also turns up.]]
30th Dec '16 4:15:41 AM Galvatron29
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** [[spoiler: The species of the Panthalassa sea can also do this - the escaped Liopleurodon gives birth mid-way through ''Night Stalkers''.

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** [[spoiler: The species of the Panthalassa sea can also do this - the escaped Liopleurodon gives birth mid-way through ''Night Stalkers''.]]
30th Dec '16 4:14:15 AM Galvatron29
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* FromBadToWorse: In ''Primal Waters'' an unscrupulous property developer attempts to plant mines to blow up the door of the Meg lagoon, so that Jonas will be forced to sell the land to him to turn into profitable hotels and condos. Unluckily for him, he has no idea that Angel's largest male pup (over 60ft in length and 30 tons in weight) has been lured into the lagoon and is attacking the gate in order to get out. He [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere immediately tries to swim away]] - then [[OhCrap Angel herself shows up...]]
27th Dec '16 6:57:29 AM Galvatron29
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** Taken UpToEleven in Hell's Aquarium, which gives us a 122ft, 100-ton Liopleurodon - a good five times the size of the actual historical Liopleurodon.

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** Taken UpToEleven in Hell's Aquarium, ''Hell's Aquarium'', which gives us a 122ft, 100-ton Liopleurodon - a good five times the size of the actual historical Liopleurodon.



* ChekhovsGun: The Panthalessa Sea and Liopleurodon are both introduced by Michael Maren (though not using those terms) when he and Jonas meet again in ''Primal Waters'', but do not appear until ''Hell's Aquarium''.
* CoolVSAwesome: Megalodon vs Kronosaurus. And [[spoiler: a super-sized (read:bigger than a blue whale!) Liopleurodon.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: The Panthalessa Panthalassa Sea and Liopleurodon are both introduced by Michael Maren (though not using those terms) when he and Jonas meet again in ''Primal Waters'', but do not appear until ''Hell's Aquarium''.
* CoolVSAwesome: Megalodon vs Kronosaurus. vs. Kronosaurus in ''The Trench''. And [[spoiler: a super-sized (read:bigger than a blue whale!) Liopleurodon.Liopleurodon in ''Hell's Aquarium''.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Averted when Angel faces [[spoiler: the Liopleurodon in ''Hell's Aquarium''. Despite the size difference (Angel is 74ft and 50 tons, the Liopleurodon is 122ft and 100 tons) Angel has a significantly more lethal bite and only loses when she's accidentally trapped in the supertanker's netting.
]] Played straight in ''Night Stalkers when [[spoiler: the Liopleurodon and Bela face off. Much smaller and less experienced than Angel was, the Liopleurodon kills her by crushing her skull.]]



* ExtremeOmnivore: Megalodons will eat almost anything they can catch. However, there is one notable aversion: even Angel, the largest Megalodon ever seen in the series, can't digest a [[BearsAreBadNews full-grown grizzly bear]], as seen in ''Primal Waters''.
* EyeScream: Angel's mother is blinded via bright light in book 1. [[spoiler: Bela is blinded in one eye in ''Meg: Night Stalkers'' in a more violent fashion; her eye is later noted as hanging out of its socket.]]

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* ExtremeOmnivore: Megalodons will eat almost anything they can catch. However, there is one notable aversion: even Angel, the Angel's largest Megalodon ever seen male pup, over 60 feet in the series, length and weighing over 30 tons, can't digest a [[BearsAreBadNews full-grown grizzly bear]], as seen in ''Primal Waters''.
* EyeScream: Angel's mother is blinded via bright light in book 1. [[spoiler: Bela is blinded in one eye in ''Meg: Night Stalkers'' in a more violent fashion; fashion (she's gets a shotgun blast in the eye); her eye is later noted as hanging out of its socket.socket after being on the losing end of a battle with a Liopleurodon.]]



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Angel in ''Hell's Aquarium'', at the jaws of the same liopleurodon that previously killed her son Scarface. The Liopleurodon then kills Angel's daughters Lizzie and Bela in ''Night Stalkers'', and is subsequently killed by David Taylor, but both the sharks and the Liopleurodon have surviving offspring.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Angel in ''Hell's Aquarium'', at the jaws of the same liopleurodon Liopleurodon that previously killed her son Scarface. The Liopleurodon then kills Angel's daughters Lizzie and Bela in ''Night Stalkers'', and is subsequently killed by David Taylor, but both the sharks and the Liopleurodon have surviving offspring.]]



* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Four of Angel's five daughters. Runts Mary-Kate and Ashley were named for the Olson Twins. Their older half-sisters are Elizabeth, or Lizzie for short, who is named for Elizabeth Bathory, the infamous "Countess of Blood". Belle, or "Bela the Dark Overlord" (so named for her dark coloration, as she is the only known megalodon with pigment) is named for American serial killer Belle Gunness.

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* MonsterIsAMommy: A recurring theme in the series. The original Meg gives birth to Angel in the first book before being killed, while Angel gives birth to two male pups at the end of ''The Trench'' - one of whom later impregnates her again in time to have given birth to a new brood for ''Hell's Aquarium''. [[spoiler: This becomes a major plot point when it turns out that the Megalodon species has evolved to the point where the females inseminate themselves, basically disregarding the males to produce genetic clones of themselves.]]
** [[spoiler: The species of the Panthalassa sea can also do this - the escaped Liopleurodon gives birth mid-way through ''Night Stalkers''.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Four of Angel's five daughters. Runts Mary-Kate and Ashley were named for the Olson Twins. Their older half-sisters are Elizabeth, or Lizzie for short, who is named for Elizabeth Bathory, the infamous "Countess of Blood". Belle, or "Bela the Dark Overlord" (so named for her dark coloration, as she is the only known megalodon Megalodon with pigment) is named for American serial killer Belle Gunness.



* TimeSkip: There's an 18-year gap between ''The Trench'' and ''Primal Waters''.



** [[spoiler: Nightstalkers reveals that the Liopleurodon is also capable of it]].

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** [[spoiler: Nightstalkers ''Nightstalkers'' reveals that the Liopleurodon is also capable of it]].



** The Megalodon Scarface is on the receiving end in the first chapter of Hell's Aquarium. Having spent the previous novel terrorising Jonas and Dani, it is unceremoniously killed by the Liopleurodon to show how dangerous it is.

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** The Megalodon Scarface is on the receiving end in the first chapter of Hell's Aquarium.''Hell's Aquarium''. Having spent the previous novel terrorising Jonas and Dani, it is unceremoniously killed by the Liopleurodon to show how dangerous it is.


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* TimeyWimeyBall: A huge part of the story of ''Vostok'', eventually encompassing alternate dimensions and multiple timeline ''resets'' as Zach gets repeatedly killed trying to [[spoiler: access the alien spaceship.]]
12th Nov '16 2:56:39 AM AnoneMouseJr
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!! The series' continuity includes:

* ''Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror'' (1997); a modest bestseller.
* ''The Trench'' (1999)
* ''Meg: Primal Waters'' (2004)
* ''Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror'' (2005); a revised edition of the original novel.
* ''The Loch'' (2005); initially unrelated to ''Meg'' until its direct sequel brought the two series together.
* ''Meg: Hell's Aquarium'' (2009)
* ''Meg: Origins'' (2011); an e-book.

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!! The series' continuity (by in-universe order) includes:

* ''Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror'' (1997); a modest bestseller.Origins'' (2011) - an e-book set in 1989, detailing Jonas Taylor's first encounter with the Megalodon.
* ''The Trench'' (1999)
* ''Meg: Primal Waters'' (2004)
* ''Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror'' (2005); (1997); a revised edition of the original novel.modest bestseller set in 1997.
* ''The Loch'' (2005); initially unrelated to ''Meg'' until its direct sequel brought the two series together.Trench'' (1999) - set four years after ''Meg''.
* ''The Loch'' (2005) - originally a standalone, brought into ''Meg'' continuity by its direct sequel. Set between ''The Trench'' and ''Primal Waters''.
* ''Vostok'' (2015) - sequel to ''The Loch''. Part 1 of the book is set between ''The Trench'' and ''Primal Waters''; part 2 alongside ''Night Stalkers''.
* ''Meg: Primal Waters'' (2004) - set eighteen years after ''The Trench''.
* ''Meg: Hell's Aquarium'' (2009)
(2009) - set four years after ''Primal Waters''.
* ''Meg: Origins'' (2011); an e-book.Night Stalkers'' (2016) - set six months after ''Hell's Aquarium''.



* ''Vostok: A Sequel to The Loch'' (2015); which will feature characters from both ''Meg'' and ''The Loch''.
* ''Meg: Special Anniversary Edition'' (2015); limited edition hardcover omnibus of a further revised version of the original novel and ''Meg: Origins''.
* ''Meg: Revised and Expanded Edition'' (2015); wide release paperback omnibus of a further revised version of the original novel and ''Meg: Origins''.
* ''Meg: Night Stalkers'' (2016)
* ''Meg: Generations'' (announced for summer 2017)

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* ''Vostok: A Sequel ''Meg: Generations'' (announced for summer 2017) - sequel to The Loch'' (2015); which will feature characters from both ''Meg'' and ''The Loch''.''Night Stalkers''.

Revised editions include:

* ''Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror'' (2005); a revised edition of the original novel.

* ''Meg: Special Anniversary Edition'' (2015); limited edition hardcover omnibus of a further revised version of the original novel novel, adding elements from the film version's script, and ''Meg: Origins''.
* ''Meg: Revised and Expanded Edition'' (2015); wide release paperback omnibus of a further revised version edition of the original novel and ''Meg: Origins''.''Special Anniversary Edition'', with all the same content.
* ''Meg: Night Stalkers'' (2016)
* ''Meg: Generations'' (announced for summer 2017)
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A film adaptation has been in some truly memorable DevelopmentHell since 1997 under the now defunct Hollywood Pictures. In the mid-2000s, New Line Cinema held the rights to the series with Creator/JanDeBont (Of ''Film/{{Speed}}'' fame) and Creator/GuillermoDelToro involved. Creator/EliRoth later came onto the project, but it fell through. Principal photography finally began in October 2016, with Jon Turteltaub as director and Warner Bros. releasing the film in March 2018.

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A film adaptation has been in some truly memorable DevelopmentHell since 1997 under the now defunct Hollywood Pictures. In the mid-2000s, New Line Cinema held the rights to the series with Creator/JanDeBont Jan de Bont (Of ''Film/{{Speed}}'' fame) and Creator/GuillermoDelToro involved. Creator/EliRoth later came onto the project, but it fell through. Principal photography finally began in October 2016, with Jon Turteltaub as director and Warner Bros. releasing the film in March 2018.



* EyeScream: [[spoiler: How Nessie dies - Zachary Wallace faces the overgrown Guivre in its own den and stabs through its eye and into its brain with a sword he finds down there. If that didn't finish it off, the creature's flailing, causing it to crush its own skull against the rocky ceiling, did.]]



* LostWorld: [[spoiler:The sequel is features Vostok, a six thousand square mile liquid lake, over a thousand feet deep located two-and-a-half miles beneath [[MysteriousAntarctica the Antarctic ice cap]], home to Mesozoic life forms long thought extinct. And to something responsible for the evolution of modern man.]]

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* LostWorld: [[spoiler:The sequel is features Vostok, a six thousand square mile liquid lake, over a thousand feet deep located two-and-a-half miles beneath [[MysteriousAntarctica the Antarctic ice cap]], home to Mesozoic life forms long thought extinct. And to something responsible for the evolution of modern man.]]



* StuffBlowingUp: [[spoiler: How True attempts to kill the Purussaurus he accidentally let loose in the Loch in ''Vostok'', baiting it with a dead cow stuffed with C-4. Instead, the explosives go off early and kill True. Fortunately, this is undone in the final time reset.]]
* TimeSkip: There's a seven-year one between parts 1 and 2 of ''Vostok''.




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* WifeBasherBasher: [[spoiler: Angus, of all people. Johnny Cialino's death came about when he started getting violent with his wife, and she called Angus for help; in the resulting meeting near Loch Ness, the two men argued until Angus punched him hard enough that Cialino stumbled backward, tripped over a tree root and fell backward into the loch. And then Nessie rose up and killed him.]]
11th Nov '16 11:22:42 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''Sharkman'' (2014); initially unrelated to ''Meg'' until one of its characters was referenced in ''Meg: Night Stalkers''.



A film adaptation has been in some truly memorable DevelopmentHell since 1997 under the now defunct Hollywood Pictures. In the mid-2000s, New Line Cinema held the rights to the series with Creator/JanDeBont (Of ''Film/{{Speed}}'' fame) and Creator/GuillermoDelToro involved.

Most recently, Creator/EliRoth has announced that he will direct a film adaptation ''Meg''.

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A film adaptation has been in some truly memorable DevelopmentHell since 1997 under the now defunct Hollywood Pictures. In the mid-2000s, New Line Cinema held the rights to the series with Creator/JanDeBont (Of ''Film/{{Speed}}'' fame) and Creator/GuillermoDelToro involved.

Most recently,
involved. Creator/EliRoth has announced that he will direct a later came onto the project, but it fell through. Principal photography finally began in October 2016, with Jon Turteltaub as director and Warner Bros. releasing the film adaptation ''Meg''.in March 2018.



Also initially unrelated, ''Sharkman'' was made a part of the series when scientist Barbara Becker was mentioned in ''Meg: Night Stalkers''. It features Kwan Wilson, a promising young athlete paralyzed by a car accident, who agrees to a risky treatment involving shark stem cells that could repair his damaged spine. Unfortunately, Dr. Becker's treatment also mutates Kwan into a [[SharkMan humanoid shark-like being]].

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* EyeScream: Angel's mother is blinded via bright light in book 1. [[spoiler: Bela is blinded in one eye in ''Meg: Night Stalkers'' in a more violent fashion; her eye is later noted as hanging out of its socket.]]



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Angel in ''Hell's Aquarium'', at the jaws of the same liopleurodon that previously killed her son Scarface. The Liopleurodon itself, along with Angel's daughters Lizzie and Belle, die in ''Night Stalkers'', but all three have surviving offspring.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Angel in ''Hell's Aquarium'', at the jaws of the same liopleurodon that previously killed her son Scarface. The Liopleurodon itself, along with then kills Angel's daughters Lizzie and Belle, die Bela in ''Night Stalkers'', and is subsequently killed by David Taylor, but all three both the sharks and the Liopleurodon have surviving offspring.]]



* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler: MAJESTIC-12 is the main antagonist of ''Vostok'', not only suppressing evidence of alien life but preventing clean energy sources from coming into widespread use and threatening Big Oil, which is a large source of their revenue.]]



* HappyEndingOverride: ''The Loch'' ended with Zach being happy, famous and married. ''Vostok'', starting about three years later, has he and his family almost bankrupt, and he and Brandy are on the edge of divorce. [[spoiler: Fortunately, the time reset at the end lets him regain his wealth and repair his relationship with his wife.]]



* StockNessMonster: Nessie herself, [[spoiler:revealed as the Guivres, a giant species of eel, kin to the Anguilla, or Conger, eel. Others of her species are known to the public as the Bloop, a mysterious noise initially detected in the Atlantic Ocean by the Navy in 1997.]]

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* StockNessMonster: NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Purussaurus, a prehistoric species of caiman, is on the cover of ''Vostok''. [[spoiler: And several live within the lake itself.]]
* PeggySue: [[spoiler: Zach, during his trip to Vostok, gets seven tries to escape to the surface, each ending in his death; the last time, he's allowed to remember the sixth attempt. When he returns to Vostok again seven years later, following an encounter with his own past incarnation, he returns to the day the book started with full knowledge of the future, allowing him to effectively shut down the Vostok mission and prevent the tragedies that resulted, including the death of his brother-in-law.]]
* StockNessMonster:
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Nessie herself, [[spoiler:revealed as the Guivres, a giant species of eel, kin to the Anguilla, or Conger, eel. Others of her species are known to the public as the Bloop, a mysterious noise initially detected in the Atlantic Ocean by the Navy in 1997.]] ]]
** [[spoiler: A Purussaurus egg is transported to the Loch in ''Vostok'' and subsequently hatches, becoming a new Loch Ness Monster, nicknamed Plessie, but this is undone by Zach changing history at the end of the book.]]
6th Nov '16 7:53:12 PM dlchen145
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* BadAss: Jonas Taylor. Mac counts as well.



* BadAss: Zachary Wallace faces Nessie in its den and [[spoiler:stabs its [[EyeScream eye]] with a sword he finds down there, ultimately leading to the beast's death.]]
16th Sep '16 1:15:47 AM Galvatron29
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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Angel in ''Hell's Aquarium'', at the jaws of the same liopleurodon that previously killed her son Scarface. The liopleurodon itself, along with Angel's daughters Lizzie and Belle, die in ''Night Stalkers'', but all three have surviving offspring.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Angel in ''Hell's Aquarium'', at the jaws of the same liopleurodon that previously killed her son Scarface. The liopleurodon Liopleurodon itself, along with Angel's daughters Lizzie and Belle, die in ''Night Stalkers'', but all three have surviving offspring.]]



** [[spoiler: Nightstalkers reveals that the Liopleurodon is also capable of it.

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** [[spoiler: Nightstalkers reveals that the Liopleurodon is also capable of it.it]].
16th Sep '16 1:14:52 AM Galvatron29
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** [[spoiler: Nightstalkers reveals that the Liopleurodon is also capable of it.



** The Megalodon Scarface is on the receiving end in the first chapter of Hell's Aquarium. Having spent the previous novel terrorising Jonas and Dani, it is killed by the Liopleurodon to show how dangerous it is.

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** The Megalodon Scarface is on the receiving end in the first chapter of Hell's Aquarium. Having spent the previous novel terrorising Jonas and Dani, it is unceremoniously killed by the Liopleurodon to show how dangerous it is.
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