History Literature / Sunshine

20th Jun '16 12:04:37 AM gewunomox
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* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Were-chickens, were-rats, were-skunks and others. {{Werewolves}} exist but are relatively rare. Drugs exist to suppress the Change, though they are illegal.

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* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Were-chickens, were-rats, were-skunks and others. {{Werewolves}} Werewolves exist but are relatively rare. Drugs exist to suppress the Change, though they are illegal.
12th Nov '15 7:08:54 PM nombretomado
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''Sunshine'' is a novel by RobinMcKinley. It tells the story of Rae "Sunshine" Seddon, a young woman who works in her stepfather's coffeehouse as a baker. The novel is set in a [[CrapsackWorld unpleasant]] [[NeverWasThisUniverse alternate reality]] about ten years after the Voodoo Wars. These wars left the world in rather a mess--"bad spots", effectively magical toxic waste spills, get mentioned several times.

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''Sunshine'' is a novel by RobinMcKinley.Creator/RobinMcKinley. It tells the story of Rae "Sunshine" Seddon, a young woman who works in her stepfather's coffeehouse as a baker. The novel is set in a [[CrapsackWorld unpleasant]] [[NeverWasThisUniverse alternate reality]] about ten years after the Voodoo Wars. These wars left the world in rather a mess--"bad spots", effectively magical toxic waste spills, get mentioned several times.
1st Nov '15 3:34:28 PM Jayalaw
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* BeyondTheImpossible: Sunshine stakes a vampire with a table knife. An ordinary ''table knife'' when wood is revealed to be the best thing.

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* BeyondTheImpossible: Sunshine stakes a vampire with a table knife. An ordinary ''table ''metal table knife'' when wood is revealed to be the best thing.thing.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Which Sunshine realizes while dealing with the giant cut on her breast and skewering a vampire with a metal table knife. If she and Con don't deal with Bo before they track her down, then she may as well say goodbye to her bakery life.



* CowardlyLion: Sunshine considers herself this; she is a "wimp" but she doesn't like bullies.

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* CowardlyLion: Sunshine considers herself this; she is a "wimp" but she doesn't like bullies.bullies and rescues a girl froma vampire.


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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. Sunshine by herself proves to be quite a formidable threat once she and Con escapes.


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* ShellShockedVeteran: Sunshine becomes this after she and Con escape from Bo. It only gets worse as she skewers a vampire with a table knife, and by the end she's convinced that [[spoiler: killing Bo has tainted her]].
1st Nov '15 1:44:03 PM Jayalaw
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* FoodAsBribe

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* FoodAsBribeFoodAsBribe: Inverted; if you eat Sunshine's food, she becomes your friend. This is a problem with Con since he doesn't eat pastries and at best raw meat.


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* IAmAMonster: Sunshine struggles with this through the book, first as she helps Con escape from Bo since humans do not rescue vampires, and later as [[spoiler: she gains Con's vampiric abilities and becomes tainted from killing Bo.]]
1st Nov '15 1:35:58 PM Jayalaw
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* BeyondTheImpossibe: Sunshine stakes a vampire with a table knife. An ordinary ''table knife'' when wood is revealed to be the best thing.

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* BeyondTheImpossibe: BeyondTheImpossible: Sunshine stakes a vampire with a table knife. An ordinary ''table knife'' when wood is revealed to be the best thing.
18th Oct '15 11:17:40 AM Jayalaw
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* FireForgedFriendship: Or alliance at least. Because Sunshine rescues Con, he doesn't drink her blood and helps her get to her apartment without bleeding a trail.

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* FireForgedFriendship: FireForgedFriends: Or alliance allies at least. Because Sunshine rescues Con, he doesn't drink her blood and helps her get to her apartment without bleeding a trail.
18th Oct '15 11:16:45 AM Jayalaw
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* TheCavalryArrivesLate: And puts them under arrest.

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* BeyondTheImpossibe: Sunshine stakes a vampire with a table knife. An ordinary ''table knife'' when wood is revealed to be the best thing.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: And puts them under arrest.arrest due to Sunshine being in a state of hysteria and [[spoiler: covered in Bo's blood]].
* CheerfulChild: Paulie, Sunshine's apprentice. It annoys her when he starts to whistle.



* CloseKnitCommunity: The coffeehouse

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* CloseKnitCommunity: The coffeehousecoffeehouse, and its customers.


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* CowardlyLion: Sunshine considers herself this; she is a "wimp" but she doesn't like bullies.


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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Sunshine. She may have barely graduated high school by the skin of her teeth, but she also survives ''three'' encounters with vampires.


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* EnemyMine: Sunshine initially views her rescue of Con as this and freaks out about helping a species that is AlwaysChaoticEvil, at least in the media. Later on she develops a genuine bond with him.


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* FireForgedFriendship: Or alliance at least. Because Sunshine rescues Con, he doesn't drink her blood and helps her get to her apartment without bleeding a trail.


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* 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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* MyBelovedSmother: Sunshine's mother comes off as this, wanting her daughter to move back home.
5th Apr '15 9:15:45 PM viritrilbia
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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.")
29th Jan '15 6:49:56 AM JoieDeCombat
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* MadeOfIron: Vampires are vulnerable to sunlight, but the only other ways mentioned to destroy one are:
** Stake them through the heart. This is harder in this universe than in [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer some others]], because vampires are extremely fast, and because they have fully-functional rib cages and breastbones protecting the heart. Also? The stake ''has got to be'' wood or wrought iron, preferably wood from an apple tree with mistletoe growing on it. Try with anything else, and you're dead.
** Be a mage whose affinity is for sunlight, in which case the rib cage/breastbone is somehow less of a problem, and the "stake" can be a table knife, a jacknife, or [[spoiler: bare hands]].

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* MadeOfIron: Vampires are vulnerable to sunlight, but the only other ways mentioned known way to destroy one are:
** Stake them
is to stake it through the heart. This is harder in this universe than in [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer some others]], others, because vampires are extremely fast, fast and because they have fully-functional rib cages and breastbones protecting the heart. Also? The stake ''has got to be'' wood or wrought iron, preferably wood from an apple tree with mistletoe growing on it. Try it; try with anything else, and you're dead.
** Be a mage whose affinity is for sunlight, in which case the rib cage/breastbone is somehow less of a problem, and the "stake" can be a table knife, a jacknife, or [[spoiler: bare hands]].
dead.



* [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Nickname]]: Sunshine.

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* [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Nickname]]: Sunshine.MeaningfulName: Sunshine. It's a nickname, but it's been assimilated so thoroughly by everyone who knows her that nobody calls her anything else.
* MeaningfulRename: Sunshine's birth name is Raven Blaise, but her mother made a dedicated effort to bury that name after the disappearance of Sunshine's father and her remarriage to Charlie Seddon. Raven Blaise therefore became Rae Seddon, and by the time the book starts everyone knows her as "Sunshine."
25th Jun '14 11:17:10 AM rexpensive
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* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Constantine may be creepy, and is implied to have experimented with the nastier ways of being a vampire, but we never see him hurt a human, and he has a rather good opportunity. Sunshine's never heard of any others, though, so they're either very rare or very secretive.

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* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire:
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Constantine may be creepy, and is implied to have experimented with the nastier ways of being a vampire, but we never see him hurt a human, and he has a rather good opportunity. Sunshine's never heard of any others, though, so they're either very rare or very secretive.



* LadyInRed: Sunshine is dressed in a blood-red dress before being given to Constantine.

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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 she is available to be eaten. Since vampire blood taking has long been seen as a metaphor for sex...
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