History Literature / TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms

11th Feb '16 11:28:27 AM ObsidianFire
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The books center on the Fairy Godmothers. These women have huge amounts of magical power as a result of The Tradition trying to force them into a role that either circumstances or their own personalities made impossible. They use their GenreSavvy and experience to try and minimize the harm The Tradition can cause. For example, they might send a woman to rescue a heterosexual [[DistressedDamsel princess]] in order to avert the tragedy of a married woman falling in love with another man just because he happens to be her rescuer.
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The books center on the Fairy Godmothers. These women have huge amounts of magical power as a result of The Tradition trying to force them into a role that either circumstances or their own personalities made impossible. They use their GenreSavvy and experience to try and minimize the harm The Tradition can cause. For example, they might send a woman to rescue a heterosexual [[DistressedDamsel princess]] in order to avert the tragedy of a married woman falling in love with another man just because he happens to be her rescuer.

* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: GenreSavvy characters make it a point to never wish out loud for anything. It invites The Tradition to cause mischief galore. Kay especially got his wish.
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: GenreSavvy Smart characters make it a point to never wish out loud for anything. It invites The Tradition to cause mischief galore. Kay especially got his wish.

* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Most successful Evil Wizards, Dark Sorceresses, etc. A notable example would be Solon in ''One Good Knight''.[[spoiler: Up until he invites a Demon Lord to possess him and makes the mistake of going after Andie. Her dragon pal Periapt promptly incinerates Solon in retaliation.]]

* FairyGodmother: The central concept of the book -- other than the Tradition -- is that a small army of GenreSavvy women with at least a touch of magic are out there, keeping an eye on things and trying to steer all the various stories to the happiest possible ending.
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* FairyGodmother: The central concept of the book -- other than the Tradition -- is that a small army of GenreSavvy women with at least a touch of magic are out there, keeping an eye on things and trying to steer all the various stories to the happiest possible ending.

* GenreSavvy: Handy for the average person; a job requirement for Godmothers, White Wizards, and other helpful types. ** The royal family in ''The Sleeping Beauty'' rates a mention, as the '''entire family''' for at least several generations have specially trained their children in not only the Tradition, but skills to help them survive Traditional situations (Rosamund, for example, is taught basic cooking and hunting, as well as riddle-solving). Godmother Lily (being half-Fae and therefore having an extremely long life) has personally coached several generations of the Royal family in the Tradition and how to manipulate it. This is because Eltraria, by way of it's location, is basically in a permanent Perfect Storm of Traditional power. The kingdom pretty much lurches by and whizzes around Tradition-induced crises like a ball in a pinball machine. The only reason it's in one piece is because of the long training and experience that Lily's given the ruling family.

** Effective Godmothers (who exploit their GenreSavvy to the furthest extent possible).
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** Effective Godmothers (who exploit their GenreSavvy to the furthest extent possible).Godmothers

* InvokedTrope: How Godmothers, Champions, and other GenreSavvy characters steer circumstances to their advantage.
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* InvokedTrope: How Godmothers, Champions, and other GenreSavvy smart characters steer circumstances to their advantage.

* KnightInShiningArmor: Champions, who are armed fighters with a touch of magical ability who ride forth when the Tradition requires it. The most GenreSavvy of them associate with Godmothers, who can help them decide which tactics to use to keep the Tradition on their side.
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* KnightInShiningArmor: Champions, who are armed fighters with a touch of magical ability who ride forth when the Tradition requires it. The most GenreSavvy smart of them associate with Godmothers, who can help them decide which tactics to use to keep the Tradition on their side.

* OutdoorBathPeeping: Discussed in ''One Good Night'', when GenreSavvy warrior Gina and naive princess Andie contemplate a bath in a stream. Gina is ''not'' amused by Andie's innocent questions about what could possibly go wrong. * OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Some Kings oust The Tradition from their kingdoms, thus weakening its power, but the cost is the loss of magic in the lives of their subjects ''and'' a heavy burden of GenreBlindness if something Traditional goes wrong.
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* OutdoorBathPeeping: Discussed in ''One Good Night'', when GenreSavvy warrior Gina and naive princess Andie contemplate a bath in a stream. Gina is ''not'' amused by Andie's innocent questions about what could possibly go wrong. * OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Some Kings oust The Tradition from their kingdoms, thus weakening its power, but the cost is the loss of magic in the lives of their subjects ''and'' a heavy burden of GenreBlindness catatrosphe if something Traditional goes wrong.

* WrongGenreSavvy: Perhaps the worst fate to befall anyone in the Five Hundred Kingdoms. Alexander's father, King Henrik is a prime example. He rules as a real world ruler would, dismissing magic and tales as foolishness. It almost costs him all of his sons. A GenreSavvy king in his place would only have sent the youngest son to the quest, after making sure said young man was equipped to pass all Traditional tests. Instead he sends all three of his sons. The first two would never pass the first test and is obvious from first glance. The third son, Henrik sent in an effort to get rid of him, deeming him an embarrassment.
28th Jan '16 7:19:04 AM FF32
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* DeconstructorFleet: Increasingly as the books go on. By ''The Sleeping Beauty'', the beautiful princess is captured and enslaved by seven ugly, brutish dwarves; the EvilStepmother is the Fairy Godmother in disguise; the poisoned apple is a scheme for FakingTheDead; the prince who wakes her with a kiss has both hands in places they really shouldn't be... and that's the ''beginning'' of the story.
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* DeconstructorFleet: Increasingly as the books go on. By ''The Sleeping Beauty'', the beautiful princess is captured and enslaved by seven ugly, brutish dwarves; the EvilStepmother WickedStepmother is the Fairy Godmother in disguise; the poisoned apple is a scheme for FakingTheDead; the prince who wakes her with a kiss has both hands in places they really shouldn't be... and that's the ''beginning'' of the story.
29th Nov '15 12:51:34 PM JoieDeCombat
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* PokeThePoodle: In ''The Fairy Godmother'', the Evil Sorceress who comes to a royal christening is more lonely than evil, and once Godmother Bella introduces her to a potential boyfriend she loses most of her interest in carrying out her Traditional role. She eventually casts a half-hearted curse that the Princess will wake up on her DangerousSixteenthBirthday with... incredibly tangled hair. [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] as if Elena ''hadn't'' interfered, the Tradition would have made it a truly ''horrible'' curse.
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* PokeThePoodle: In ''The Fairy Godmother'', the Evil Sorceress who comes to a royal christening is more lonely than evil, and once Godmother Bella introduces her to a potential boyfriend she loses most of her interest in carrying out her Traditional role. She eventually casts a half-hearted curse that the Princess will wake up on her DangerousSixteenthBirthday with... incredibly tangled hair. It's [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] Deconstructed]], however, as if Elena ''hadn't'' interfered, without Elena's judicious interference in setting up a CurseEscapeClause, the Tradition would have made it could (and most likely would) make this a truly ''horrible'' horrific curse.
6th Nov '15 11:42:26 AM Berrenta
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Trope is IUEO. Nothing sticks out as in-universe here.
* GoodIsBoring: Most of the stories focus on characters with some moral ambiguity instead of the absolutely pure in heart. Not that characters never develop IncorruptiblePurePureness, they just have to come to it the hard way.
18th Oct '15 8:37:15 AM VanessaTaleweaver
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** the twenty-first birthday is also considered significant; in 'The Fairy Godmother'' it's mentioned that it's only after that birthday that Elena can be safely trained in magic and in ''Fortune's Fool'' Katya's father tells her that now she's past her twenty-first birthday they know that her magic is stable and she has free reign to use it when appropriate.
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** the twenty-first birthday is also considered significant; in 'The ''The Fairy Godmother'' Godmother'' it's mentioned that it's only after that birthday that Elena can be safely trained in magic and in ''Fortune's Fool'' Katya's father tells her that now she's past her twenty-first birthday they know that her magic is stable and she has free reign to use it when appropriate.
6th Oct '15 4:14:53 PM plcthecd
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Broad examples are broad, until there's better detail, this gets deleted.
* RealityEnsues: Over and over. These tropes are playing out in people's ''lives''.
17th Sep '15 4:04:17 PM H.TorranceGriffin
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** The royal family in ''The Sleeping Beauty'' rates a mention, as the '''entire family''' for at least several generations have specially trained their children in not only the Tradition, but skills to help them survive Traditional situations (Rosamund, for example, is taught basic cooking and hunting, as well as riddle-solving). Godmother Lily (being half-Fae and therefore having an extremely long life) has personally coached several generations of the Royal family in the Tradition and how to manipulate it. This is because Eltraria, by way of it's location, is basically in a permanent PerfectStorm of Traditional power. The kingdom pretty much lurches by and whizzes around Tradition-induced crises like a ball in a pinball machine. The only reason it's in one piece is because of the long training and experience that Lily's given the ruling family.

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** The royal family in ''The Sleeping Beauty'' rates a mention, as the '''entire family''' for at least several generations have specially trained their children in not only the Tradition, but skills to help them survive Traditional situations (Rosamund, for example, is taught basic cooking and hunting, as well as riddle-solving). Godmother Lily (being half-Fae and therefore having an extremely long life) has personally coached several generations of the Royal family in the Tradition and how to manipulate it. This is because Eltraria, by way of it's location, is basically in a permanent PerfectStorm Perfect Storm of Traditional power. The kingdom pretty much lurches by and whizzes around Tradition-induced crises like a ball in a pinball machine. The only reason it's in one piece is because of the long training and experience that Lily's given the ruling family.
17th Sep '15 9:27:00 AM VanessaTaleweaver
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** The royal family in ''The Sleeping Beauty'' rates a mention, as the '''entire family''' for at least several generations have specially trained their children in not only the Tradition, but skills to help them survive Traditional situations (Rosamund, for example, is taught basic cooking and hunting, as well as riddle-solving). Godmother Lily (being half-Fae and therefore having an extremely long life) has personally coached several generations of the Royal family in the Tradition and how to manipulate it. This is because Eltraria, by way of it's location, is basically in a permanent PerfectStorm of Traditional power. The kingdom pretty much lurches by and whizzes around Tradition-induced crises like a ball in a pinball machine. The only reason it's in one piece is because of the long training and experience that Lily's given the ruling family.

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** the twenty-first birthday is also considered significant; in 'The Fairy Godmother'' it's mentioned that it's only after that birthday that Elena can be safely trained in magic and in ''Fortune's Fool'' Katya's father tells her that now she's past her twenty-first birthday they know that her magic is stable and she has free reign to use it when appropriate.
17th Jun '15 5:30:43 PM frutepye
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**Oberon and Titania were supporting characters in the first book. There's not much more Fae than them.
4th Jun '15 2:21:28 PM sidhewithblueeyes
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** Aside from minor ones like brownies, we never meet true Fae. We know that some of them-original Godmothers- used to deal with Tradition before they got tired of it. This, along with fact that [[spoiler: [[HalfHumanHybrid their children]] [[InterspeciesRomance with humans]] are [[PhysicalGod deities]] ( exhibit A: [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Olympians]] ]] auggests they were scarily powerful. Maybe it's better they left.
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** Aside from minor ones like brownies, we never meet true Fae. We know that some of them-original Godmothers- used to deal with Tradition before they got tired of it. This, along with fact that [[spoiler: [[HalfHumanHybrid their children]] [[InterspeciesRomance with humans]] are [[PhysicalGod deities]] ( exhibit A: [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Olympians]] ]] auggests suggests they were scarily powerful. Maybe it's better they left.
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