History Literature / Sunshine

22nd Nov '17 2:39:04 AM NanoMoose
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* MuggingTheMonster: Lampshaded by Con when Sunshine tells him her real name. If he had drunk her blood, as Bo had intended while they were chained side by side, he would have become powerful enough to wipe the latter out in a few days. Sunshine by herself proves to be quite a formidable threat once she and Con escape.

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* MindProbe: The goddess of pain tries it on Sunshine to try and compel her to tell the truth, who refers to it as "trolling", detects it and resists. It is illegal to do this without due cause or consent, and anything found cannot be used in court, but as Sunshine notes, once you know something you can't un-know it.
* MuggingTheMonster: Lampshaded by Con when Sunshine tells him her real name. If he had drunk her blood, as Bo had intended while they were chained side by side, he would have become powerful enough to wipe the latter out utterly destroy Bo and his entire gang in a few days. Sunshine by herself proves to be quite a formidable threat once she and Con escape.



* ((Telepathy}}: The goddess of pain tries it on Sunshine to try and compel her to tell the truth, who refers to it as "trolling", detects it and resists. It is illegal to do this without due cause or consent, and anything found cannot be used in court, but as Sunshine notes, once you know something you can't un-know it.
22nd Nov '17 2:23:42 AM NanoMoose
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* LightIsNotGood: On the other hand, the goddess of pain is described as "without shadows", but in an extremely terrifying and aggressive way - Sunshine compares her to a living nuclear reactor, radiant and poisonous.



* NoNameGiven: The goddess of pain is only ever referred to as that.



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: "The goddess of pain," who, ironically enough, is ''completely correct'' in suspecting Con to be a vampire.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: "The goddess of pain," who, ironically enough, is ''completely correct'' in suspecting Con to be a vampire. Her specific obstructiveness is in her pursuing nothing but power while flagrantly abusing the power she already has; she follows the letter of SOF's mission (pursue and expose Other influence on humankind) while ignoring the spirit (protecting the innocent).



*((Telepathy}}: The goddess of pain tries it on Sunshine to try and compel her to tell the truth, who refers to it as "trolling", detects it and resists. It is illegal to do this without due cause or consent, and anything found cannot be used in court, but as Sunshine notes, once you know something you can't un-know it.



* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: Doing things like trying to spot vampires, for instance.

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* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: Doing They do things like trying to spot vampires, for instance.instance. What would they do if they actually found one?
19th Nov '17 4:34:19 PM NanoMoose
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* AfterActionPatchUp: Constantine, after the escape.

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* AfterActionPatchUp: Constantine, Constantine patches up Sunshine after the escape.
17th Nov '17 7:48:22 PM NanoMoose
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* AllierativeName: Rae "Sunshine" Seddon. Her mother is Sadie Seddon.

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* AllierativeName: AlliterativeName: Rae "Sunshine" Seddon. Her mother is Sadie Seddon.
17th Nov '17 7:48:00 PM NanoMoose
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* AllierativeName: Rae "Sunshine" Seddon. Her mother is Sadie Seddon.
9th Oct '17 6:11:43 AM NanoMoose
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** Being partially demonic is more of a curse than a gift due to FantasticRacism. Sunshine mentions how a star athlete she knew lost all of his scholarships and trophies after he found out he had demonic heritage. Also, the SOF is more likely to forcibly recruit you because it's "rotten" with partblood demons.

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** Being partially demonic is more of a curse than a gift due to FantasticRacism. Sunshine mentions how a star athlete she knew lost all of his scholarships and trophies after he found out he had demonic heritage. Also, the SOF is more likely to forcibly recruit you because it's "rotten" with partblood demons. On top of ''that'', demonic blood combined with magical talent is not a recipe for life-long mental stability.



* DisappearedDad: Sunshine's father, Onyx Blaise, mysteriously disappeared many years ago. No one knows what happened to him. No, we don't find out, either.
* ElementalPowers: Magic-users are described as usually having a particular elemental affinity which gives them resistance to things that element opposes or neutralizes. The most common ones are (of course) fire, air, water, and earth, but metal and wood are also known possibilities. The title character's is, appropriately, sunlight, which is an unusual affinity falling somewhere between air and fire and "something else".

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* DisappearedDad: Sunshine's father, Onyx Blaise, mysteriously disappeared many years ago. No one knows what happened to him. No, him, and we don't find out, either.
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* ElementalPowers: Magic-users are described as usually having a particular elemental affinity which gives them resistance to things that element opposes or neutralizes. The most common ones are (of course) fire, air, water, and earth, but metal and wood are also known possibilities. The title character's is, appropriately, sunlight, which is an unusual affinity falling somewhere between air and fire and "something else". It makes her unusually repellent and destructive against vampires, who have affinity for darkness.



* FakingAmnesia: Sunshine pretends she has PTSD that made her forget or block her memories after escaping from being held captive by vampires. Mostly she ''does'' have PTSD but she hadn't forgotten anything, she just didn't want to talk about it or explain A) why she saved a vampire and B) ''how'' she saved a vampire.

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* FakingAmnesia: Sunshine pretends she has PTSD that made her forget or block her memories after escaping from being held captive by vampires. Mostly she ''does'' have PTSD but she hadn't forgotten anything, she just didn't want to talk about it or explain A) why that she saved a vampire and B) ''how'' she saved a vampire.



* IGaveMyWord: She worries when Constantine does not show up on time. He had said he would. [[spoiler:She's right to worry.]]

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* IGaveMyWord: She worries when Constantine does not show up on time. He had said he would. [[spoiler:She's right to worry.]]]] Several characters at several times note that Constantine has a rigid sense of personal honour.



* LadyInRed: Sunshine is dressed in a blood-red dress before being given to Constantine. This could be metaphorical as red = availability and she is available to be eaten. Since vampire blood taking has long been seen as a metaphor for sex...
* TheLastDance: When Sunshine realizes she has two days before she has to face Bo and end the conflict, she does this. Her list is as follows: eat an entire pan of Bitter Chocolate Death (which she can't finish), buy several dozen roses, and not tell anyone that she's going on a SuicideMission.

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* LadyInRed: Sunshine is dressed in a blood-red dress before being given to Constantine. This could be metaphorical as red = availability and availability, because she is available to be eaten. Since vampire blood taking has long been seen as a metaphor for sex...
eaten, and even vampires themselves are not immune to the traditional metaphors linking vampirism and sex.
* TheLastDance: When Sunshine realizes she has two days before she has to face Bo and end the conflict, she does this. Her her list is as follows: eat consists of eating an entire pan of Bitter Chocolate Death (which she can't finish), buy buying several dozen roses, and not tell telling anyone that she's going on a SuicideMission.



* LockedOutOfTheLoop: ''Everyone'' except Sunshine knows about her family heritage. While technically she does know, it's been a very long time and she's deliberately forgotten most of it.

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* LockedOutOfTheLoop: ''Everyone'' except Sunshine knows about her family heritage. While technically she does know, know her father was a "big deal", it's been a very long time and she's deliberately forgotten she doesn't want to remember most of it.



* MustBeInvited: Here's an interesting little wrinkle to the traditional rules, where are also in play: a vampire can't do much to a human that the human doesn't ''want'' them to do. Unfortunately, vampires have such powerful mental domination abilities that they can indeed convince a human to be eaten by vampires. (Sunshine muses a little on if this applies to [[PowerPerversionPotential other forms of invitation]]. It turns out it does, but vampires don't bother having sex with humans.)

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* MustBeInvited: Here's an interesting little wrinkle to the traditional rules, rules about entering dwellings, where are also in play: a vampire can't do much to a human that the human doesn't ''want'' them to do. do, other than kill them. Not even drain them after killing them. Unfortunately, vampires have such powerful mental domination abilities that they can indeed convince a human they want to be eaten by vampires. drained of blood. (Sunshine muses a little on if this the restriction applies to [[PowerPerversionPotential other forms of invitation]]. It turns out it does, but vampires don't bother having sex with humans.)



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vampires are much less human in ''Sunshine'' than in most works, and they get progressively less human as they age. This process apparently is much slower for FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires than for the other kind: Constantine can deal with twilight and moonlight, and most vampires his age can't.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vampires are much less human in ''Sunshine'' than in most works, works and not at all integrated into human society (despite it being reinforced that all of them were human once; that might even be the problem), and they get progressively less human as they age. This process apparently is much slower for FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires than for the other kind: Constantine can deal with twilight and moonlight, and most vampires his age can't.



* TheStoic: Con doesn't emote much. Or possibly he emotes quite often, but it doesn't come across to a non-vampire. Sunshine notes that he speaks almost without inflection.



* ThroughHisStomach: In the generalized form.

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* ThroughHisStomach: In the generalized form. Sunshine is the Cinnamon Roll Queen.



* UnreliableExpositor: Some of Sunshine's {{Expospeak}} is later revealed to be mistaken; see e.g. WizardsLiveLonger below. Sometimes she even contradicts herself without external help, e.g. first she says that by handling magic without a license she committed the kind of crime that SOF really hates, but a bit later she tells us that the licensing thing was piffle (she may simply have meant ''in comparison''). Several times she also [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] the fact that not everything she thought she knew is turning out to be true ("Where did sorcerers get their tattoos? Maybe I didn't know anything anymore.")

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* UnreliableExpositor: Some of Sunshine's {{Expospeak}} is later revealed to be mistaken; see e.g. WizardsLiveLonger below. Sometimes she even contradicts herself without external help, e.g. first she says that by handling magic without a license she committed the kind of crime that SOF really hates, but a bit later she tells us that the licensing thing was piffle (she may simply have meant ''in comparison''). comparison'' to undeclared demonic heritage). Several times she also [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] the fact that not everything she thought she knew is turning out to be true true. ("Where did sorcerers get their tattoos? Maybe I didn't know anything anymore.")



* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: Trying to spot vampires, for instance.

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* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: Trying Doing things like trying to spot vampires, for instance.
5th Oct '17 11:44:38 PM NanoMoose
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* UnreliableExpositor: Some of Sunshine's {{Expospeak}} is later revealed to be mistaken; see e.g. WizardsLiveLonger below. Sometimes she even contradicts herself without external help, e.g. first she says that by handling magic without a license she committed the kind of crime that SOF really hates, but a bit later she tells us that the licensing thing was piffle. Several times she also [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] the fact that not everything she thought she knew is turning out to be true ("Where did sorcerers get their tattoos? Maybe I didn't know anything anymore.")

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* UnreliableExpositor: Some of Sunshine's {{Expospeak}} is later revealed to be mistaken; see e.g. WizardsLiveLonger below. Sometimes she even contradicts herself without external help, e.g. first she says that by handling magic without a license she committed the kind of crime that SOF really hates, but a bit later she tells us that the licensing thing was piffle.piffle (she may simply have meant ''in comparison''). Several times she also [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] the fact that not everything she thought she knew is turning out to be true ("Where did sorcerers get their tattoos? Maybe I didn't know anything anymore.")
12th Sep '17 10:41:29 AM JoieDeCombat
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* AdultFear:
** Sunshine's mother has this reaction when her daughter goes missing for several days, turns up with bleeding feet and a huge cut on her breast, and claims she doesn't remember what happened to her. She was also against the idea of her daughter moving out when living at home would be more convenient and safer.
** Vampires generally have no qualms about knocking out their prey, regardless of age, and carrying them away to feed on later. Sunshine saves a teenage girl from suffering this fate.
** Also Sunshine's mother suffered this in the past after leaving her husband with no money, and no support from his family or hers. She then had to contend with a sick child, since the apartment they were living in was a basement, and Sunshine needs sunlight to be healthy.

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* AdultFear:
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AdultFear: Sunshine's mother has this reaction when her daughter goes missing for several days, turns up with bleeding feet and a huge cut on her breast, and claims she doesn't remember what happened had to her. She was also against the idea of her daughter moving out when living at home would be more convenient and safer.
** Vampires generally have no qualms about knocking out their prey, regardless of age, and carrying them away to feed on later. Sunshine saves a teenage girl from suffering this fate.
** Also Sunshine's mother suffered this in the past after
get through leaving her husband with no money, and no support from cutting ties to his family or hers. She then had to contend with without any resources of her own, plus a sick child, since child. By the apartment they were living time the story begins they've settled into as stable a life as the setting allows, but the marks the experience left show clearly in was a basement, and how her mother objected to Sunshine needs sunlight to be healthy.getting her own apartment.
29th Dec '16 1:58:53 PM Black_Diesel
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31st Oct '16 2:02:34 AM NanoMoose
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* AntiHero: Constantine. He's a vampire, with all that implies, but he doesn't do anything particularly evil in the book; other, much nastier vampires are out to destroy him implicitly because he's unusually nice. He's still off-putting, reticent, prideful, extremely violent (in a pinch and against other vampires) and takes quite a while to become comfortable with Sunshine -- almost as long as it takes for her to become comfortable with him.

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* AntiHero: Constantine. He's a vampire, with all that implies, but he doesn't do anything particularly evil in the book; other, much nastier vampires are out to destroy him implicitly because he's unusually nice. He's still off-putting, reticent, prideful, extremely violent (in a pinch and against other vampires) vampires), all but says he's drained people's blood in the past, and takes quite a while to become comfortable with Sunshine -- almost as long as it takes for her to become comfortable with him.



** Con's healing rite heals the poisoned cut on Sunshine's chest, so she won't die; she even gains some of his abilities. However, it involved drinking a doe's blood (with Con as the vessel) when Sunshine is very staunchly a vegetarian, it conferred some of his vampiric nature upon her and she really doesn't want that, and seeing the way vampires do turns out to be annoying because she can see equally clearly in light and shadow and her brain just can't parse it properly. Con, for his part, isn't thrilled about picking up some of Sunshine's humanity [[spoiler:and is severely weakened by the rite... and then the metaphysical link forged between them saves ''his'' life. Which he feels awkward about]].

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** Con's healing rite heals the poisoned cut on Sunshine's chest, so she won't die; die of it; she even gains some of his abilities. However, it involved drinking a doe's blood (with Con as the vessel) when Sunshine is very staunchly a vegetarian, it conferred some of his vampiric nature upon her and she really doesn't want that, and seeing the way vampires do turns out to be annoying because she can see equally clearly in light and shadow and her brain just can't parse it properly. Con, for his part, isn't thrilled about picking up some of Sunshine's humanity [[spoiler:and is severely weakened by the rite... and then the metaphysical link forged between them saves ''his'' life. Which he feels awkward about]].



* DamselOutOfDistress: When she gets kidnapped, Sunshine calls on her on powers to not only rescue herself but also to forge a friendship with FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Con as she rescues him too. ''In broad daylight'', which is supposed to be impossible.

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* DamselOutOfDistress: When she gets kidnapped, Sunshine calls on her on long-unused powers to not only rescue herself but also to forge a friendship with FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Con as she rescues him too. ''In broad daylight'', which is supposed to be impossible.
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