History Literature / Skagboys

1st Apr '18 3:50:07 PM Malady
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* BreakTheCutie: Depending on how much you like their characters, arguably Renton, Spud, Keezbo, Second Prize, Alison, Leslie and Sick Boy (though this was [[{{Trainspotting}} before]] his DespairEventHorizon...) among others. Its not entirely clear if Matty was ever what you might call a cutie, and even if he was, he seems to have broken long before even this prequel.

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* BreakTheCutie: Depending on how much you like their characters, arguably Renton, Spud, Keezbo, Second Prize, Alison, Leslie and Sick Boy (though this was [[{{Trainspotting}} [[Literature/{{Trainspotting}} before]] his DespairEventHorizon...) among others. Its not entirely clear if Matty was ever what you might call a cutie, and even if he was, he seems to have broken long before even this prequel.



* DoomedByCanon: Anybody who's already read ''{{Trainspotting}}'' will already know that [[spoiler: Matty and Tommy will die of AIDS. By the end of ''Skagboys'', the final "Notes On An Epidemic" chapter lists a number of HIV positive patients, one of whom is Matty.]]

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* DoomedByCanon: Anybody who's already read ''{{Trainspotting}}'' ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'' will already know that [[spoiler: Matty and Tommy will die of AIDS. By the end of ''Skagboys'', the final "Notes On An Epidemic" chapter lists a number of HIV positive patients, one of whom is Matty.]]



* VitriolicBestBuds: Before Renton and Sick Boy started to [[{{Trainspotting}} actively resent each other]] and eventually [[Literature/{{Porno}} turn mutually treacherous]], they just [[CallForward pantomimed insulting each other]] for their own amusement and that of others.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: Before Renton and Sick Boy started to [[{{Trainspotting}} [[Literature/{{Trainspotting}} actively resent each other]] and eventually [[Literature/{{Porno}} turn mutually treacherous]], they just [[CallForward pantomimed insulting each other]] for their own amusement and that of others.
25th Feb '18 4:24:41 PM nombretomado
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** The White Swan's teeth, meanwhile, are [[SarcasmMode lovingly described]] as having a green and brown tinge, like [[TheSexPistols Johnny Rotten's]].

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** The White Swan's teeth, meanwhile, are [[SarcasmMode lovingly described]] as having a green and brown tinge, like [[TheSexPistols [[Music/SexPistols Johnny Rotten's]].
30th Dec '17 8:10:39 AM FlashSteps
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* PlaceWorseTHanDeath: Wester Hailes has this reputation for Leithers, perhaps more so here than in any other Welsh novel.

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* PlaceWorseTHanDeath: PlaceWorseThanDeath: Wester Hailes has this reputation for Leithers, perhaps more so here than in any other Welsh novel.
30th Dec '17 8:10:23 AM FlashSteps
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* PlaceWorseTHanDeath: Wester Hailes has this reputation for Leithers, perhaps more so here than in any other Welsh novel.
29th Dec '17 3:36:22 AM FlashSteps
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** Likewise, [[spoiler: Mark's older brother Billy will be killed in an IRA ambush while serving with the British Army in Northern Ireland]]

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** Likewise, [[spoiler: Mark's older brother Billy will be killed in an IRA ambush while serving with the British Army in Northern Ireland]]Ireland.]]
** A less fatal example for Second Prize. While his alcoholism is quite dysfunctional in this novel, he eventually gets to the point where he can kick the habit, train for another shot at professional football and sip an orange juice. But ''Trainspotting'' shows that the sobriety didn't last. It took much longer until the time of ''{{Porno}}'' before it stuck.
22nd Oct '17 11:42:10 PM DanielCase
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** Likewise, [[spoiler: Mark's older brother Billy will be killed in an IRA ambush while serving with the British Army in Northern Ireland]]
22nd Oct '17 9:43:49 PM DanielCase
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* VitriolicBestBuds: Before Renton and Sick Boy started to [[{{Trainspotting}} actively resent each other]] and eventually [[Literature/{{Porno}} turn mutually treacherous]], they just [[CallForward pantomimed insulting each other]] for their own amusement and that of others.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: Before Renton and Sick Boy started to [[{{Trainspotting}} actively resent each other]] and eventually [[Literature/{{Porno}} turn mutually treacherous]], they just [[CallForward pantomimed insulting each other]] for their own amusement and that of others.others.
* WretchedHive: Leith, where most of the economy was built around the "now practically defunct" port of Edinburgh. If it weren't part of the city it would clearly be a DyingTown.
22nd Oct '17 9:27:44 PM DanielCase
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* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: Inverted by Mark's justification of the hand jobs he gave Wee Davie when he watched Mary Marquis on Friday nights. He says he never took any pleasure in it himself, and believed it was something Davie would have done himself if he could have, and that Davie appreciated it.


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* RingRingCrunch: The first sentence of the "Dirty Dicks" chapter
22nd Oct '17 9:15:16 PM DanielCase
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[InvokedTrope|Invoked]] by Alexander when his family criticizes him for leaving his wife, which she had apparently said several times she hoped he would do.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[InvokedTrope|Invoked]] [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Alexander when his family criticizes him for leaving his wife, which she had apparently said several times she hoped he would do.


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* DinnerAndAShow: When Alexander brings Alison to visit his family at a barbecue shortly after she starts working for him, his sister and mother confront him over his separation from his wife and children.
22nd Oct '17 9:13:22 PM DanielCase
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[InvokedTrope|Invoked]] by Alexander when his family criticizes him for leaving his wife, which she had apparently said several times she hoped he would do.
* BiggusDickus: Wee Davie, apparently
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