History Literature / TheCasualVacancy

13th Mar '16 2:22:16 PM Tianzi
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* DeathByWomanScorned: [[spoiler:Howard]] comes close when it's publicly revealed that he's been having an affair for years. His wife doesn't go through this because [[spoiler:he suffers a heart attack first]] and she later concludes that she wouldn't do it anyway; but it's possible she only thinks that to feel better about herself. To add an insult to an injury, [[spoiler:Shirley]] didn't even decide to do that because of betrayed love - she analyzed the situation and decided that [[EvilIsPetty it would be better to become a widow than a publicly humiliated wife.]]
13th Mar '16 3:18:37 AM Anastacia
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* ParentalNeglect: Ruth Price
8th Feb '16 12:05:38 PM caringguy
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** Patricia Mollison could qualify. While a minor character, she doesn't quite seem as bad as the rest of her family.

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** Patricia Mollison could qualify. While a minor character, she doesn't quite seem as bad as the rest of her family. Although, to be fair, her brother Miles is basically a good man, who just has little will-power and is over-ruled by his diabolical parents.
25th Jul '15 3:08:57 PM Silverblade2
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* KilledOffForReal: [[CaptainObvious Aside from]] [[PlotTriggeringDeath Barry]], [[spoiler:Nana Cath, Robbie, and Krystal]] are dead, [[spoiler:Howard]] is in stable but critical condition, and [[spoiler:Terri]] might as well be dead [[spoiler:considering what she's lost]].
23rd Jul '15 7:32:57 AM JoeMudd123
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The BBC have also adapted the novel into a TV miniseries, which is considerably LighterAndSofter than the book.

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The BBC TheBBC have also adapted the novel into [[Series/TheCasualVacancy a TV miniseries, miniseries]], which is considerably LighterAndSofter than the book.
14th Jul '15 7:56:04 PM Fito
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** [[spoiler:It's heavily implied that the final Ghost_of_Barry_Fairbrother post was made by it's creator, Andrew Price.]]

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** [[spoiler:It's heavily implied that the final Ghost_of_Barry_Fairbrother post was made by it's its creator, Andrew Price.]]
30th Jun '15 12:36:34 AM DA
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* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Robbie got in trouble at the daycare for imitating a sex act on another toddler.
30th Jun '15 12:08:09 AM DA
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* TheBabyTrap: Krystal planned on getting pregnant by Fats in order to permanently move both her and Robbie out of Terri's house. Interestingly enough, the "trap" wasn't for Fats - she fully expected him to flee. The trap was for ''his parents,'' as she figured they'd want to support their grandchild.
30th Jun '15 12:01:42 AM DA
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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Um, here's a hint for you Gavin: if you've lusted over a woman for years, do ''NOT'' tell her how you feel when [[spoiler: she's just been widowed]].

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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Um, here's a hint for you Gavin: if you've lusted over a woman for years, do ''NOT'' tell her how you feel when [[spoiler: she's [[spoiler:she's just been widowed]].



* BitchInSheepsClothing: Shirley.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Shirley. She's [[StepfordSmiler always smiling]] and acts all friendly to everyone's face while plotting their downfall behind their backs. [[spoiler:At one point, she was even plotting to kill her husband!]]



* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:Fats, Howard and Shirley.]]



* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:Fats, Howard and Shirley.]]



* {{Facebook}}: Plays an unsurprisingly large role in the lives of the younger Pagfordians.



* TheUnfavorite: Poor Suhkvinder. It's also implied that Patricia is this to Shirley.

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* TheUnfavorite: TheUnfavorite:
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Poor Suhkvinder. She doesn't do good in school thanks to her dyslexia, which constantly earns her the wrath of her mother.
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It's also implied that Patricia is this to Shirley.Shirley, due to being gay.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: We never find out who Fats' birth parents are.]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: We [[spoiler:We never find out who Fats' birth parents are.are. We also never find out what happened to Obbo after Krystal saved Robbie from him.]]



** A weird non family example, but Barry Fairbrother could qualify as he seems to be really the only character who generally cares about the people of Pagford. He was really the only one who didn't see Krystal Weedon as some town bike / bully. His allies Parminder and Colin are really only taking up his sword because that's what he would want, not necessarily because they think it's the right thing to do.

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** A weird non family example, but Barry Fairbrother could qualify as he seems to be really the only character who generally cares about the people of Pagford. He was really the only one who didn't see Krystal Weedon as some town bike / or a bully. His allies Parminder and Colin are really only taking up his sword because that's what he would want, not necessarily because they think it's the right thing to do.



* WithFriendsLikeThese: Fats might be holding back on the LackOfEmpathy shtick when with Andrew, but he considers that a weakness, he seems to have trouble remembering just how bad Simon is at times [[spoiler: for example, Fats saying he sent all the posts ended up costing Andrew a beating since Simon thought Andrew told Fats about the stuff that was posted.]], was the one who hid a peanut into a marshmallow and gave it to the known allergic Andrew for no conceivable reason when they were children [[spoiler: and kisses Gaia possibly because he felt offended that Andrew was moving away.]]
* WomanScorned: Although she later doubts she would have gone through with it, [[spoiler:Shirley Mollison]] plans to ''kill'' her husband at one point when she discovers he's been cheating on her. She even brings the murder weapon home.
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler:Howard Mollison]].

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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Fats might be holding back on the LackOfEmpathy shtick when with Andrew, but he considers that has really gotten Andrew into a weakness, he seems to have lot of trouble remembering just how bad Simon is at times [[spoiler: for example, times. When Fats saying he sent [[spoiler:tried to take the blame for all the posts Ghost posts, Andrew ended up costing Andrew getting a beating since Simon thought Andrew told Fats about the stuff that was posted.]], was the one who ]] Fats also hid a peanut into inside a marshmallow and gave it to the known allergic Andrew for no conceivable reason other than to see what would happen when they were children [[spoiler: and kisses children, which almost ''killed'' Andrew. To top it all off, he [[spoiler:kissed a drunk Gaia possibly because he felt offended that to spite Andrew when he found out that he was moving away.]]
* WomanScorned: Although she later doubts she would have gone through with it, [[spoiler:Shirley Mollison]] plans planned to ''kill'' her husband at one point when she discovers he's been cheating on her. She even brings the murder weapon home.
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler:Howard Mollison]].Mollison, who was cheating on Shirley with Maureen for years.]]
29th Jun '15 11:32:20 PM DA
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** Two people get called out for their own, more socially acceptable, substance abuse while they're advocating for the closure of the addiction clinic.

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** Two people get called out for their own, more socially acceptable, substance abuse while they're advocating for the closure of During a council meeting about closing the addiction clinic.clinic, Parminder calls out Howard for looking down on drug addicts while never doing a thing about his own weight.



* InfoDump: A section called ''(Olden Days)'' between Parts 1 and 2 explains the history of Pagford, the animosity between Pagford and Yarvil, and why the Fields are such a big deal.

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* InfoDump: A section called ''(Olden Days)'' "Olden Days" between Parts 1 and 2 explains the history of Pagford, the animosity between Pagford and Yarvil, and why the Fields are such a big deal.



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Obbo, the drug-dealing child rapist whose actions inadvertently cause the deaths of Robbie and Krystal, gets off with zero repercussions whatsoever]]. Though not as bad as [[spoiler:Obbo]], this also applies to [[spoiler:Simon]]. [[spoiler:Although he loses his job because of his petty crimes, he gets another job in Reading and shows no signs of stopping his [[DomesticAbuser domestic abuse]] of his wife and sons]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[CaptainObvious Aside from]] [[PlotTriggeringDeath Barry]], [[spoiler: Nana Cath, Robbie, and Krystal]] are dead, [[spoiler:Howard]] is in stable but critical condition, and [[spoiler:Terri]] might as well be dead [[spoiler:considering what she's lost]].

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Obbo, the drug-dealing child rapist whose actions inadvertently cause the deaths of Robbie and Krystal, gets off with zero repercussions whatsoever]]. whatsoever]].
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Though not as bad as [[spoiler:Obbo]], this also applies to [[spoiler:Simon]]. [[spoiler:Although he loses his job because of his petty crimes, he gets another job in Reading and shows no signs of stopping his [[DomesticAbuser domestic abuse]] of his wife and sons]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[CaptainObvious Aside from]] [[PlotTriggeringDeath Barry]], [[spoiler: Nana [[spoiler:Nana Cath, Robbie, and Krystal]] are dead, [[spoiler:Howard]] is in stable but critical condition, and [[spoiler:Terri]] might as well be dead [[spoiler:considering what she's lost]].



* {{Leitmotif}}:
** {{Rihanna}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iQRXuAo6Eg "Umbrella"]] appears to be one for Krystal and the rowing team, to the point where [[spoiler:they request that it be played at Barry Fairbrother's funeral as the casket is led out of the church.]]
** [[spoiler:It gets played again at Krystal's funeral.]]

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* {{Leitmotif}}:
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{{Leitmotif}}: {{Rihanna}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iQRXuAo6Eg "Umbrella"]] appears to be one for Krystal and the rowing team, to the point where [[spoiler:they they request that it be played at Barry Fairbrother's funeral as the casket is led out of the church.]]
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church. [[spoiler:It gets played again at Krystal's funeral.]]



* LadyDrunk: Samantha.

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* LadyDrunk: Samantha. She actually ''likes'' getting drunk at times too, because it makes her [[LiquidCourage more courageous]]. [[spoiler:This becomes a problem when it makes her courageous enough to try and snog Andrew.]]



* MeaningfulName:
** Another SignatureStyle of Rowling's.
** Simon Price is obsessed with [[OnlyInItForTheMoney making money]] and getting into politics so he can save money. While the Price part is obvious, ''Simon'' means [[GloryHound "reputation"]] as well as [[AttentionWhore "to be heard"]] in Hebrew.
*** Also, the name Simon is the root of the word ''simony'', which is the buying and selling of titles and jobs in the Church.

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* MeaningfulName:
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MeaningfulName: Another SignatureStyle of Rowling's.
** Simon Price is obsessed with [[OnlyInItForTheMoney making money]] and getting into politics so he can save money. While the Price part is obvious, ''Simon'' means [[GloryHound "reputation"]] as well as [[AttentionWhore "to be heard"]] in Hebrew.
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Hebrew. Also, the name Simon is the root of the word ''simony'', "simony," which is the buying and selling of titles and jobs in the Church.



** Gaia Bowden. Gaia means earth and is often portrayed in fiction and mythology as mother earth and nature which is fitting with Gaia's natural, unspoiled beauty.

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** Gaia Bowden. Gaia "Gaia" means earth and is often portrayed in fiction and mythology as mother earth and nature which is fitting with Gaia's natural, unspoiled beauty.



* MrsRobinson:
** Samantha is a wannabe, to the point where [[spoiler: she tries to force herself on Andrew.]]
** She also has fantasies about members of a boy band her daughters like.
** Averted with her lusting after Vikram Jawanda who is either her age or older.

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* MrsRobinson:
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MrsRobinson: Samantha is a wannabe, to the point where [[spoiler: she tries to force herself on Andrew.]]
** She also
has a lot of fantasies about the young members of a boy band her daughters like.
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like. [[spoiler:Near the end, she tries to force herself on 16-year-old Andrew.]] Averted with her lusting after Vikram Jawanda who is either her age or older.



* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead / SpeakIllOfTheDead: Played with. [[spoiler: The book notes that Robbie is seen as a martyr because of his very young age and the way that he died, while Krystal's suicide by jabbing a drug needle into her arm tarnishes her postmortem reputation, and she's remembered by all but the old rowing crew as a worthless junkie.]]
* NietzscheWannabe: Fats.

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* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead / SpeakIllOfTheDead: NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead[=/=]SpeakIllOfTheDead: Played with. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The book notes that Robbie is seen as a martyr because of his very young age and the way that he died, while Krystal's suicide by jabbing a drug needle into her arm tarnishes her postmortem reputation, and she's remembered by all but the old rowing crew as a worthless junkie.]]
* NietzscheWannabe: Fats.Fats, who is obsessed with "authenticity." This usually translates to "doing whatever you feel like regardless of the consequences."



* NotMeThisTime: Krystal's done a lot of authority-defying things, but [[spoiler: laughing at Cubby's breakdown when he's announcing Barry's death at the school assembly]] is not one of them.
* ParanoiaFuel:[[invoked]] For the inhabitants of Pagford, [[spoiler: the postings of The_Ghost_of_Barry_Fairbrother on the Parish Council's website certainly count.]]

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* NotMeThisTime: Krystal's done a lot of authority-defying things, but [[spoiler: laughing [[spoiler:laughing at Cubby's breakdown when he's announcing Barry's death at the school assembly]] is not one of them.
* ParanoiaFuel:[[invoked]] For the inhabitants of Pagford, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the postings of The_Ghost_of_Barry_Fairbrother on the Parish Council's website certainly count.]]



* [[spoiler: PedoHunt: An interesting variation, where the apparent paedophile's sexual thoughts about children are actually caused by OCD, rather than a genuine attraction to underage people. Regardless, when The_Ghost_Of_Barry_Fairbrother reveals Colin's secret, his chances for a council seat drop to zero.]]

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* [[spoiler: PedoHunt: [[spoiler:PedoHunt: An interesting variation, where the apparent paedophile's sexual thoughts about children are actually caused by OCD, rather than a genuine attraction to underage people. Regardless, when The_Ghost_Of_Barry_Fairbrother reveals Colin's secret, his chances for a council seat drop to zero.]]



* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Krystal is raped by Obbo, which causes her to panic when she sees Robbie with him and at least Obbo appears to be naked, prompting her to run away with Robbie.]]

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* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Krystal [[spoiler:Krystal is raped by Obbo, which causes her to panic when she sees Robbie with him and at least Obbo appears to be naked, prompting her to run away with Robbie.]]



* SourPrudes: Shirley Mollison, to the point that [[spoiler: her husband has had an affair for more than a decade.]]

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* SourPrudes: Shirley Mollison, to the point that [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her husband has had an affair for more than a decade.]]



* SuperOCD: [[spoiler: Colin]]

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* SuperOCD: [[spoiler: Colin]] [[spoiler:Colin]]
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