History Literature / TheDayOfTheTriffids

9th Jun '16 4:55:10 PM nombretomado
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* ScreamingWoman: Janette Scott in the movie. And despite that famous line from "Science Fiction / Double Feature" in ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', she doesn't actually do any fighting.

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* ScreamingWoman: Janette Scott in the movie. And despite that famous line from "Science Fiction / Double Feature" in ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', she doesn't actually do any fighting.
17th Feb '16 2:00:58 AM Jake
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--> "Because they are behind the Iron Curtain."

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--> "Because "You mean they are behind the Iron Curtain."
22nd Jan '16 7:39:55 PM FF32
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The book's narrator is an Englishman named Bill Masen, who details how some years previously the eponymous carnivorous plants mysteriously began to appear all over the world, eventually proving to be capable of movement and possessing the ability to attack humans with their poisonous stings; Masen's own theory is that they were deliberately bioengineered in the Soviet Union and then accidentally released into the wild, but [[LeaveThePlotThreadsHanging the truth is never revealed]]. Whatever their origin, the plants are also discovered to produce a high-quality vegetable oil, and so an entire industry grows up around farming them. Masen works as a researcher on a Triffid farm, and ends up in the hospital after a Triffid stings him on the face. His eyes thus bandaged, he misses a bizarre meteor shower that lights up the night skies all over the world.

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The book's narrator is an Englishman named Bill Masen, who details how some years previously the eponymous carnivorous plants mysteriously began to appear all over the world, eventually proving to be capable of movement and possessing the ability to attack humans with their poisonous stings; Masen's own theory is that they were deliberately bioengineered in the Soviet Union and then accidentally released into the wild, but [[LeaveThePlotThreadsHanging [[RiddleForTheAges the truth is never revealed]]. Whatever their origin, the plants are also discovered to produce a high-quality vegetable oil, and so an entire industry grows up around farming them. Masen works as a researcher on a Triffid farm, and ends up in the hospital after a Triffid stings him on the face. His eyes thus bandaged, he misses a bizarre meteor shower that lights up the night skies all over the world.
8th Sep '15 2:59:43 AM Arivne
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* GoneHorriblyWrong: The Triffids are implied to have been genetically engineered, and made to survive in very inhospitable environments.

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: GoneHorriblyWrong
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The Triffids are implied to have been genetically engineered, and made to survive in very inhospitable environments.



* MainliningTheMonster: Triffids are initially culled because their predatory habits pose a threat to humans, but when it turns out they can be exploited as a source of a high quality oil, they are captured, have their stingers removed, and farmed instead.
** Even worse, when it turns out that the oil quality improves if the sting is not removed...

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* MainliningTheMonster: Triffids are initially culled because their predatory habits pose a threat to humans, but when it turns out they can be exploited as a source of a high quality oil, they are captured, have their stingers removed, and farmed instead.
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instead. Even worse, when it turns out that the oil quality improves if the sting is not removed...



* ZombieGait: The blind, who are shuffling around mindlessly pawing at things and wailing -- they were sighted a few hours ago and with no experience in living without it or anyone to help, they're stumbling around in the dark.Subverted towards the end of the book by the original inhabitants of the farmhouse.

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* ZombieGait: ZombieGait
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The blind, who are shuffling around mindlessly pawing at things and wailing -- they were sighted a few hours ago and with no experience in living without it or anyone to help, they're stumbling around in the dark.Subverted towards the end of the book by the original inhabitants of the farmhouse.



* {{Irony}}: Bill Masen comments with David about the irony of triffids being both their greatest enemy and their greatest source of fuel.

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* {{Irony}}: {{Irony}}
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Bill Masen comments with David about the irony of triffids being both their greatest enemy and their greatest source of fuel.
24th Mar '15 8:54:45 PM crazyrabbits
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The book's narrator is an Englishman named Bill Masen, who details how some years previously the eponymous carnivorous plants mysteriously began to appear all over the world, eventually proving to be capable of movement and possessing the ability to attack humans with their poisonous stings; Masen's own theory is that they were deliberately bioengineered in the Soviet Union and then accidentally released into the wild, but [[LeaveThePlotThreadsHanging the truth is never revealed]]. Whatever their origin, the plants are also discovered to produce a high-quality vegetable oil, and so an entire industry grows up around farming them. Masen works as a researcher on a Triffid farm, and ends up in the hospital after a Triffid stings him on the face. His eyes thus bandaged, he misses a bizarre meteor shower that lights up the night skies all over the world. Come morning, Masen learns that the shower has struck blind everyone who viewed it. (He later speculates that the shower was actually a malfunctioning orbital weapons system, but again no proof is to be found one way or the other.) Wandering through a disintegrating London, he meets and quickly falls in love with a sighted novelist named Josella Playton (who missed seeing the "meteor shower" because she was sleeping off an [[PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo unfortunate party experience]].) While the Triffids rapidly break free of their farms and begin wiping out the blinded population, Masen and Playton become entangled in the squabbles of other sighted survivors leading to their unwilling separation. They are finally reunited at a small estate in the English countryside, taking up farming in an fenced enclave surrounded by hordes of Triffids. When a despotic new government appears on the scene, they join a colony of more freedom-minded individuals on the Isle of Wight, researching for the day they can defeat the Triffids and reclaim the Earth for humanity.

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The book's narrator is an Englishman named Bill Masen, who details how some years previously the eponymous carnivorous plants mysteriously began to appear all over the world, eventually proving to be capable of movement and possessing the ability to attack humans with their poisonous stings; Masen's own theory is that they were deliberately bioengineered in the Soviet Union and then accidentally released into the wild, but [[LeaveThePlotThreadsHanging the truth is never revealed]]. Whatever their origin, the plants are also discovered to produce a high-quality vegetable oil, and so an entire industry grows up around farming them. Masen works as a researcher on a Triffid farm, and ends up in the hospital after a Triffid stings him on the face. His eyes thus bandaged, he misses a bizarre meteor shower that lights up the night skies all over the world. world.

Come morning, Masen learns that the shower has struck blind everyone who viewed it. (He later speculates that the shower was actually a malfunctioning orbital weapons system, but again no proof is to be found one way or the other.) Wandering through a disintegrating London, he meets and quickly falls in love with a sighted novelist named Josella Playton (who missed seeing the "meteor shower" because she was sleeping off an [[PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo unfortunate party experience]].) )

While the Triffids rapidly break free of their farms and begin wiping out the blinded population, Masen and Playton become entangled in the squabbles of other sighted survivors leading to their unwilling separation. They are finally reunited at a small estate in the English countryside, taking up farming in an fenced enclave surrounded by hordes of Triffids. When a despotic new government appears on the scene, they join a colony of more freedom-minded individuals on the Isle of Wight, researching for the day they can defeat the Triffids and reclaim the Earth for humanity.



The novel has been adapted for film three times, the first being a loosely-adapted 1962 feature film, the second a 1981 BBC miniseries which, while low-budget, is quite faithful to the original work, and then once more by the BBC in 2009; again the plot deviated a great deal from the original.

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The novel has been adapted for film three times, the first being a loosely-adapted 1962 feature film, the second a 1981 BBC miniseries which, while low-budget, is quite faithful to the original work, and then [[Series/TheDayOfTheTriffids once more by the BBC in 2009; 2009]]; again the plot deviated a great deal from the original.




!!Examples specific to the 2009 remake:
* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: The compressed timeline and the promotion of Torrence to chief villain leave a bit of an error on Coker's story. [[spoiler: The original storyline contrasted the actions of Coker trying help those affected and those of the Beadley Group who wanted to make a fresh start away from London. However in this version Torrence and Coker either completely remove or disrupt the Beadley group (Its never made clear). Coker manages to get away from Torrence and sets up an effective base for survivors on the Isle of Wight. Which he can't have done because the Beadley Group is not there to help. Plus the Original Book/series took over the space of years. In this version he somehow manages to do it in weeks.]]
* AerosolFlamethrower: Bill Mason uses one in the warehouse scene.
* AnimalWrongsGroup: The dangerous male Triffids (who can release spores, vastly increasing triffid numbers) are released by a ''plants''' rights activist.
** How dumb are they? They get attacked by the triffids so they knowe that they are dangerous. And when everyone is blinded what do one of them do? ignore all the blind people and open the doors to lethally dangerous plants. Takes TooDumbToLive to another level.
* ApocalypseHow: Killer plants and a solar storm. Performs a relatively mild Class 1.
* BadassAdorable: Susan and Imogen -- two cute little girls in CoolShades, [[CoolHat helmet and red beret]], packing [[MoreDakka automatic weapons]].
* BlackCloak: The triffids draw on the creepiness of this trope by having purple cowl-like hoods which they unfurl cobra-like before striking.
* TheCaligula: Torrence after he takes over London.
* TheCharmer: Torrence is a pretty charismatic leader though not quite the ladies' man he fancies himself to be.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The masks used by the tribesmen in Zaire are not to protect their eyes from Triffids, but are a means of making them immune to their sting. Also Bill's triffid recording makes itself useful on several occasions.]]
* ChessMotifs: Chess pieces on a map of London show the expansion of Torrence's empire.
* [[CombatTentacles Combat Roots]]: These are used even more than the stingers.
* {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s: Triffoil conceals knowledge of how dangerous the triffids are.
* CoveredInGunge: The bodies of those killed are covered in triffid venom.
* DullSurprise: Dougray Scott as the hero was a particular offender, delivering lines like "we have to warn everybody" with all the urgency of someone reminding their wife to pick up milk on the way home.
* EvilBrit: Averted, due to it being set in Britain. But also, kind of toyed with, given that the EvilBrit is EddieIzzard.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: When Torrence realises the airliner is going to crash, while everyone else panics he calmly grabs every lifevest he can find to cushion the impact, including taking one from a child.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Torrence cheerfully maintains his mask of polite normality whilst plotting everyone else's downfall.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Torrence
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: The triffids are stated to be genetic engineered to have more oil but this made them more aggressive. Kind of ruins the "nature will find a way" aesop when the apocalypse was because of genetic engineering.
* GreenAesop: Exploited killer plants eat humans and TakeOverTheWorld - it's begging for it. Earlier adaptations came before mainstream environmentalism and avoided this, but the 2009 TV drama [[{{Anvilicious}} beats you over the head]] with it a few times.
* GunAccessories: The torches attached to the weapons wielded by Torrence's mooks are fully justified -- for those who still have their sight, [[DarknessEqualsDeath being able to see an enemy]] that doesn't use sight is one of the few advantages they have.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Troy]]
* HopeSpot: Mason's father develops a Triffid which will produce sterile spores. [[spoiler:It gets destroyed in an attempt to free him from its grasp.]]
* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler: How the group led by the nun keeps the triffids at bay. They tie up their old and infirm for the triffid to eat and in return triffids have learnt to keep their distance from the buildings.]]
* IdiotBall: [[spoiler: Mason's father plays a recording of a wild Triffid in a room connected to his captured Triffid's cage. It reacts badly.]]
** The survivors who follow Torrence decide to stay in London. Because an entire city filled with rotting corpses isn't going to cause a lot of outbreak of disease? Or you know, attract a horde of Triffids who ''eat the dead?!''
* ImmuneToBullets: Well difficult to kill at least, more so than in the TV series.
* KickTheDog: After Jo broadcasts a message warning people about Torrence's reign and does a bunk, Torrence empties his pistol into the guy manning the radio station.
** Torrence's first scene where he's awake involves him [[spoiler: realizing that everyone else on the place is blind, it's about to crash and then deciding to steal everyone's lifejackets so he can cushion himself from the impact with them.]]
* LargeHam: EddieIzzard plays Torrence with evil relish.
* LaserGuidedKarma: the plant rights activist releases the triffids from the farms. And then gets eaten by them.
* LastStand: Subverted; Torrence sees himself in this light, often shown admiring statues or paintings of UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, but he's just a sociopath with delusions of grandeur.
* LineOfSightName: We never discover Torrence's real name -- he took it from Torrence Lane, where the airliner he was in crashed.
* LittleStowaway: [[spoiler:Susan tags along on Bill's mission to bag a male triffid.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler:When Torrence [[TheStarscream takes over Major Coker's organisation]], he has TheDragon take Mason and Coker out to the woods to be fed to the triffids, then tells Jo they've been killed by a triffid attack.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Torrence, subverted however in that he always slightly overdoes his lies so Jo and Bill can see through him.
* ParentalSubstitute: Susan and Imogen adopt Bill and Jo as mum and dad.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Jo tells Torrence that without the Triffids he's nothing. He yells at her to shut her face and threatens to shoot her.
* SharpDressedMan: Torrence loots a Saville Row suit and wears it from then on.
* {{Sociopath}}: Guess who.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Amusingly inverted -- Jo and Bill are doing a DanceOfRomance after being apart for so long; the music they are dancing to contains the lines: "Mother Nature and me are the best of friends."
* TownWithADarkSecret: [[spoiler:The convent is protecting itself by sending out expendable members of the community to be eaten by triffids, thereby keeping them docile.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Several shots are almost identical to iconic scenes from ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' -- which itself, while not an official adaptation of ''[=tDofT=]'', openly reused several plot-points.
** Torrence in the airliner crash is probably a reference to a similar crash in the 1962 movie (though no-one survived that one). Likewise Susan's Sterling submachine gun is a modern version of the Sten gun wielded by Janette Scott in the movie's publicity material.
* VerticalKidnapping: An armed {{mook}} feels [[DroolHello triffid venom drop on his shoulder]], then a triffid that's climbed a tree yanks him screaming into the air.
* VillainousBreakdown: Torrence goes progressively more insane as the film progresses. He's completely gone by the last act.
* WeaksauceWeakness: [[spoiler: The triffids ignore anyone that has a bit of triffid venom in their eyes for some reason.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Bill and Jo hook up with a group of survivors lead by a low ranking government officer and an Army Colonel (Who like their original book counterparts planned to leave London). Torrence leads a quick raid kidnapping Bill and Jo. But we never find out what happened to this group.
* WhileRomeBurns[=/=]SoundtrackDissonance: A man is shown playing the violin while panicked policemen who've lost their sight fire blindly at civilians and [[UnfriendlyFire fellow officers]]. After he's finished playing, the man calmly walks to the balcony and [[DrivenToSuicide throws himself off]].
4th Jan '15 1:45:34 PM GopherBroke
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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The U.S. specifically states that it has no satellite weapons that will ''directly'' wage biological warfare on human beings. Even though most other countries are unwilling to even do that, the terms used quite strongly suggest that this is a denial of the "ExactWords" variety.

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The U.S. specifically states that it has no satellite weapons that will ''directly'' wage biological warfare on human beings. Even though most other Other countries are unwilling with the ability to actually place satellite weapons refuse to even do that, the terms used quite strongly suggest because everyone can see that this is a denial of the "ExactWords" variety.U.S. is using an ExactWords denial.
4th Jan '15 1:43:33 PM GopherBroke
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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The U.S. specifically states that it has no satellite weapons that will ''directly'' wage biological warfare on human beings. Even though most other countries are unwilling to even do that, the terms used quite strongly suggest that this is a denial of the "ExactWords" variety.
4th Jan '15 1:38:42 PM GopherBroke
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* SyntheticPlague: Speculated to be the cause of the disease that wipes out many of the survivors of the initial disaster. The symptoms are similar to typhoid fever, but unusually fast and apparently with a near perfect fatality rate.
21st Nov '14 3:27:32 PM Odon
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* ApocalypticLogistics: Lampshaded by Coker.
21st Nov '14 3:26:12 PM Odon
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: When Torrence realises the airliner is going to crash, while everyone else panics he calmly grabs every lifevest he can find to cushion the impact, including taking one from a child.
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