History Literature / TheBourneSeries

26th Nov '17 4:33:41 PM nombretomado
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* HongKong: The setting of the second novel.
18th Sep '17 7:06:07 PM Bissek
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* DeadPersonImpersonation: The original Jason Bourne was a member of a troop of black ops soldiers who the protagonist personally executed for war crimes during Vietnam. When Webb needed a new identity for his mission to find Carlos, he borrowed the name of his long-deceased coworker, as few people would remember him or care about where he'd been for the past decade.



* RegretfulTraitor: The man who betrayed Bourne's civilian identity to Carlos in ''Ultimatum'' was [[spoiler:his psychologist, who was also a close friend. When Bourne confronts him over this at the end, he admits it, and said that he did so out of friendship: The only way he could think of for David Webb to truly be free of Jason Bourne was if Bourne completed his mission and resolved his unfinished business with Carlos once and for all. So he betrayed the location of 'Jason Bourne' to force a confrontation.]]



* {{Retcon}}: See FalseFlagOperation. In Ludlum's novel, Bourne is no assassin; he's just a tough man who takes credit of assassination. In Lustbader's, Bourne was a full-blown assassin for the CIA, much like [[{{Retcanon}} in the movies]].

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* {{Retcon}}: See FalseFlagOperation. In Ludlum's novel, Bourne is no assassin; he's just a tough man who takes credit of assassination.for other people's assassinations in order to appear as a rival to Carlos. In Lustbader's, Bourne was a full-blown assassin for the CIA, much like [[{{Retcanon}} in the movies]].
15th Aug '17 2:01:21 AM Tsar673
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* AmnesiacDissonance: In the first novel, ''The Bourne Identity'', a newly-amnesiac Bourne is ''horrified'' by the possibility that he was an assassin. Downplayed somewhat in later novels, where Bourne seems to be at peace with his past as a covert operative, unlike in the films where he is very much TheAtoner.


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* EvilCounterpart: ''So many'' examples. Carlos. The faux Jason Bourne. Fadi. Leonid Arkadin. Nicodemo. Ivan Borz. The novels are replete with antagonists who, like Bourne, are highly-skilled assassins and MasterOfDisguise.
27th May '17 12:31:12 PM nombretomado
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* TheVietnamWar: BackStory
13th Feb '17 11:19:27 AM Tsar673
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* AGodAmI: Carlos has a pretty massive ego

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* AGodAmI: Carlos has a pretty massive egoego.


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* SplitPersonality: Bourne, in Ludlum's novels and the early Lustbader novels. On the one hand he is 'David Webb', an academic and family man. On the other hand, he is 'Jason Bourne', a lethal covert operative and a ruthless killer. While he tries to lead a normal life as Webb, the slightest hint of danger to his family causes the 'Bourne identity' to resurface. In Lustbader's novels [[spoiler: once Marie dies, he more or less abandons the 'David Webb' identity and is consumed by 'Jason Bourne', though he continues to question who he really is, given that 'Bourne' was a construct created by Treadstone.]]
13th Feb '17 11:07:30 AM Tsar673
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* ExpansionPackPast: Bourne, due to his amnesia. While Ludlum more or less filled in Bourne's backstory in the first novel itself, Lustbader continues to expand upon Bourne's pre-amnesia past. Scarcely a novel goes by without at least one character resurfacing from Bourne's past, or the central plot of the novel in some way relating to an old Treadstone mission of Bourne's.


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* RememberTheNewGuy: Justified somewhat, due to Bourne's amnesia. Throughout the novels, Bourne continues to meet people whom he doesn't remember, but who know him very well and have played an important role in his forgotten past. Lustbader particularly loves using this trope in his continuation novels, with major characters like Soraya Moore and Colonel Boris Karpov among others having first met Bourne before his memory loss.
26th Nov '16 2:26:01 PM fruitstripegum
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Made into a TV mini-series in 1988 that was fairly faithful to the first novel, and a [[Film/TheBourneSeries series of movies]] that drops the Carlos plotline and [[SettingUpdate recasts Bourne as a]] PresentDay black-ops CIA assassin.

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Made into a TV mini-series in 1988 starring Richard Chamberlain and Jaclyn Smith that was fairly faithful to the first novel, and a [[Film/TheBourneSeries series of movies]] that drops the Carlos plotline and [[SettingUpdate recasts Bourne as a]] PresentDay black-ops CIA assassin.
23rd Nov '16 12:46:14 AM Ghostkaiba297
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** Also, [[spoiler:Carlos, the BigBad himself, is killed in the 1988 adaptation, where he escaped in the book.]]
3rd Nov '16 4:26:57 PM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Bourne has no problem taking you out, even if he doesn't have a gun.



* {{Flanderization}}: Pops up badly in Eric van Lustbader's books. Especially problematic is how Bourne himself goes from a [[ClassicalAntihero fallible]] {{badass}} to just... [[BadassDecay fallible]].

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* {{Flanderization}}: Pops up badly in Eric van Lustbader's books. Especially problematic is how Bourne himself goes from a [[ClassicalAntihero fallible]] {{badass}} badass to just... [[BadassDecay fallible]].
31st Aug '16 4:30:23 AM Saveelich
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Made into a TV mini-series in 1988 that was fairly faithful to the first novel, and a recent [[Film/TheBourneSeries series of movies]] that drops the Carlos plotline and [[SettingUpdate recasts Bourne as a]] PresentDay black-ops CIA assassin.

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Made into a TV mini-series in 1988 that was fairly faithful to the first novel, and a recent [[Film/TheBourneSeries series of movies]] that drops the Carlos plotline and [[SettingUpdate recasts Bourne as a]] PresentDay black-ops CIA assassin.
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