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23rd Oct '16 10:14:41 AM nombretomado
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* FunetikAksent: Characters from Yarvil get a accent similar to [[Literature/HarryPotter Hagrid's]], with plenty of apostrophes and missing h's, to distinguish them from the Pagford folk. See {{BritishAccents}} for more information.

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* FunetikAksent: Characters from Yarvil get a accent similar to [[Literature/HarryPotter Hagrid's]], with plenty of apostrophes and missing h's, to distinguish them from the Pagford folk. See {{BritishAccents}} UsefulNotes/BritishAccents for more information.
15th Oct '16 8:13:33 PM nombretomado
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* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: It's unclear as to ''when'' the novel is supposed to take place, although there is a grave with a date-of-death of 2008 on it, Benazir Bhutto is apparently a topical reference, and {{Facebook}} plays a notable role in some of the subplots. The Nintendo DS is also mentioned at one point. Rhianna's "Umbrella" plays into it as well which was released in 2007, the same year Rowling released ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: It's unclear as to ''when'' the novel is supposed to take place, although there is a grave with a date-of-death of 2008 on it, Benazir Bhutto is apparently a topical reference, and {{Facebook}} Website/{{Facebook}} plays a notable role in some of the subplots. The Nintendo DS is also mentioned at one point. Rhianna's "Umbrella" plays into it as well which was released in 2007, the same year Rowling released ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''.
12th Oct '16 10:25:16 AM Terwanuli
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** With some exceptions: [[spoiler: At least Fats enjoys sex with Kristal (while her perspective isn't taken into account so often), it's implied that Kay enjoyed having sex with Gavin [[ShutUpKiss (although he mostly did that to distract her from their relationship problems)]] and Gaya is heartbroken for having to leave her boyfriend Jean Luca she has had sex with. Well, the perspective of the ones (propably?) enjoyimg it is either not fully sympathic or only alluded to.]]



* OpposingSportsTeam: The rowing team of the Saint Anne's boarding school. Lexie and Libbie, the graddaughters of the chairman of the local council, Howard Mollison, go there. Both Howard and his son Myles, who is a layer, are rich and sucessful middle class people - which is the reason why they can afford that school. This team is contrasted by the team Barry Fairbrother brought to live: The school is an average school and the most important members are Sukhvinder and Krystal. Sukhvinder's family has an indian cultural backround so they are the only (explicetly mentioned) people of colour in the village. Krystal comes from the lower social class and has huge family problems regarding her drug addict mother and her little brother. All three of them - Sukhvinder, Krystal and Barry - are sympatic main characters and so is their rowing team. [[spoiler:In flashback scene in the end Krystal pesters the Saint Anne girls as [[RichBitch rich bitches]]. Also in a [[TroubledSympaticBigot homophobic]] matter.]]

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* OpposingSportsTeam: The rowing team of the Saint Anne's boarding school. Lexie and Libbie, the graddaughters of the chairman of the local council, Howard Mollison, go there. Both Howard and his son Myles, who is a layer, are rich and sucessful middle class people - which is the reason why they can afford that school. This team is contrasted by the team Barry Fairbrother brought to live: The school is an average school and the most important members are Sukhvinder and Krystal. Sukhvinder's family has an indian cultural backround so they are the only (explicetly mentioned) people of colour in the village. Krystal comes from the lower social class and has huge family problems regarding her drug addict mother and her little brother. All three of them - Sukhvinder, Krystal and Barry - are sympatic main characters and so is their rowing team. [[spoiler:In flashback scene in the end Krystal pesters the Saint Anne girls as [[RichBitch rich bitches]]. Also in a [[TroubledSympaticBigot homophobic]] matter.]]bitches]]]]
12th Oct '16 10:09:34 AM Terwanuli
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* OpposingSportsTeam: The rowing team of the Saint Anne's boarding school. Lexie and Libbie, the graddaughters of the chairman of the local council, Howard Mollison, go there. Both Howard and his son Myles, who is a layer, are rich and sucessful middle class people - which is the reason why they can afford that school. This team is contrasted by the team Barry Fairbrother brought to live: The school is an average school and the most important members are Sukhvinder and Krystal. Sukhvinder's family has an indian cultural backround so they are the only (explicetly mentioned) people of colour in the village. Krystal comes from the lower social class and has huge family problems regarding her drug addict mother and her little brother. All three of them - Sukhvinder, Krystal and Barry - are sympatic main characters and so is their rowing team. [[spoiler:In flashback scene in the end Krystal pesters the Saint Anne girls as [[RichBitch rich bitches]]. Also in a [[TroubledSympaticBigot homophobic]] matter.]]
19th Aug '16 10:43:15 AM rarityfairy
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** Maureen says something along the lines of "She's not the first wife not to notice something going on underneath her nose". A particularly delicious [[RewatchBonus Reread Bonus]] because [[spoiler:Maureen is busy giving Howard blowjobs underneath Shirley's nose.]]
15th Aug '16 3:19:35 PM SenSageUn
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* TheSociopath: Fats, with his preoccupation with "authenticity" and cruel treatment of the rest of the cast. Only Barry Fairbrother, who only seemed to see the good in people, described his actions as "merely adolescent, and not sociopathic." By the end of the book, he admits that his only drive in life is to inflict pain on everyone around him. His actions include, but are not limited to: going out of his way to humiliate both of his parents, mocking Barry Fairbrother's death in front of his loved ones, bullying Suhkvinder in school and on social media [[spoiler: to the point where she cuts herself and constantly thinks about suicide]], [[spoiler: making out with Gaia because he knew it would hurt Andrew, exposing his father's OCD and making the town believe he's a pedophile, and intentionally trying to get Krystal pregnant just to hurt his parents.]]



* SuperOCD: [[spoiler:Colin]]

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* SuperOCD: [[spoiler:Colin]] Surprisingly averted with [[spoiler:Colin]]. Although he has an actual diagnosis of OCD, it's less "comically obsessive about straightening up" and more realistic: [[spoiler:Colin obsesses over things he hasn't done, or isn't sure he's done, and continually worries about them to the point of mental breakdown. By the end of the book, he's convinced himself that he killed Barry by poisoning him, despite it being common knowledge that Barry died of an aneurysm]].
27th Jul '16 3:56:07 PM nombretomado
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TheBBC have also adapted the novel into [[Series/TheCasualVacancy a TV miniseries]], which is considerably LighterAndSofter than the book.

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TheBBC Creator/TheBBC have also adapted the novel into [[Series/TheCasualVacancy a TV miniseries]], which is considerably LighterAndSofter than the book.
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.
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