History Literature / TheDayOfTheTriffids

16th Jul '17 5:48:19 PM nombretomado
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* AmericaSavesTheDay: Coldly deconstructed in the original, where ApatheticCitizens who assume that aid will come from the United States as it did in WW2 end up triffid fodder.

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* AmericaSavesTheDay: Coldly deconstructed in the original, where ApatheticCitizens who assume that aid will come from the United States as it did in WW2 [=WW2=] end up triffid fodder.
26th May '17 8:28:54 AM Jacob175
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* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever

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* AttackOfTheKillerWhateverAttackOfTheKillerWhatever: Killer plants, in this case.



* ItCanThink: The exact level of intelligence of the genetically-engineered triffids is a subject for debate, with the protagonist rubbishing the idea that they're intelligent - after all, dissections haven't found anything remotely like a brain. Others aren't so sure. One man points out that the triffids escaped from their farms within ''hours'' of everyone going blind. In another scene a triffid is waiting outside the very door which a person would run out of if they heard someone driving down the road. Much like the Velociraptors in ''Film/JurassicPark'', they're also smart enough to avoid an electrified fence...and to force it down when the electrical power is off. They even have a crude form of communication by drumming their branches against their trunk, though whether this is a crude but effective "hunting call", or an actual complex "language" is unknown. Overall, they seem to have ''at least'' the same basic intelligence level as a pack of dogs.

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* ItCanThink: The exact level of intelligence of the genetically-engineered triffids is a subject for debate, with the protagonist rubbishing the idea that they're intelligent - after all, dissections haven't found anything remotely like a brain. Others aren't so sure. One man points out that the triffids escaped from their farms within ''hours'' of everyone going blind. In another scene a triffid is waiting outside the very door which a person would run out of if they heard someone driving down the road. Much like the Velociraptors in ''Film/JurassicPark'', they're also smart enough to avoid an electrified fence...and to force it down when the electrical power is off. They even have a crude form of communication by drumming their branches against their trunk, though whether this is a crude but effective "hunting call", or an actual complex "language" is unknown. Overall, they seem to have ''at least'' the same basic intelligence level as a pack of dogs.



* SleptThroughTheApocalypse

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* SleptThroughTheApocalypseRiddleForTheAges: So where did the scary plants and populace-blinding meteors come from? We'll never know.
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: As noted, both Masen and Josella were out of commission during the meteor shower that blinded everyone.



* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: [[spoiler:the revelation of how humanity can take Earth back from the triffids. Small doses of triffid venom, combined with eating triffids, can help immunize people from the venom.]]

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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: [[spoiler:the [[spoiler:The revelation of how humanity can take Earth back from the triffids. Small doses of triffid venom, combined with eating triffids, can help immunize people from the venom.]]



* BabyFactory: a non-enforced version appears in the Isle of Wight, where blind and sighted women live in great houses together, having children with any man ''they'' choose, and taking care of the children communally. [[spoiler:The New York community has women basically treated as slaves, forced to have many multiple pregnancies.]]
* BigApplesauce: seems to be an utopian community, protected from triffids thanks to blocked bridges. [[spoiler:The utopia part is a lie: there is a segregation system between white sighted people and the rest and slavery runs rampant in northern Manhattan (where factories manned by blind people, those who made the mistake of complaining about the system and those who are too weak run 24/7) and some other places (where the workers are forced to work non-stop to cut trees for ethanol or to mine coal) and many women are forced to become a BabyFactory. Being the child of New York's leader won't save you, and in fact he will send you to that destiny because of his relation to you.]]
* CallBack: the beginning is a call back to the beginning of the original novel: both characters wake up unable to see anything, and think that when the situation is similar to what is going on then, something very bad is happening.

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* BabyFactory: a A non-enforced version appears in the Isle of Wight, where blind and sighted women live in great houses together, having children with any man ''they'' choose, and taking care of the children communally. [[spoiler:The New York community has women basically treated as slaves, forced to have many multiple pregnancies.]]
* BigApplesauce: seems Seems to be an utopian community, protected from triffids thanks to blocked bridges. [[spoiler:The utopia part is a lie: there is a segregation system between white sighted people and the rest and slavery runs rampant in northern Manhattan (where factories manned by blind people, those who made the mistake of complaining about the system and those who are too weak run 24/7) and some other places (where the workers are forced to work non-stop to cut trees for ethanol or to mine coal) and many women are forced to become a BabyFactory. Being the child of New York's leader won't save you, and in fact he will send you to that destiny because of his relation to you.]]
* CallBack: the The beginning is a call back to the beginning of the original novel: both characters wake up unable to see anything, and think that when the situation is similar to what is going on then, something very bad is happening.



* KillItWithFire: there is a special anti-triffid squad armed with flamethrowers, always ready to go at the first signal of one or more triffids making their way to the Isle of Wight, or when there is an expedition to Britain.

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* KillItWithFire: there There is a special anti-triffid squad armed with flamethrowers, always ready to go at the first signal of one or more triffids making their way to the Isle of Wight, or when there is an expedition to Britain.



* LaResistance: a group with bases somewhere in the East Coast and in the Great Lakes is opposed to the semi-fascistic New York regime.

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* LaResistance: a A group with bases somewhere in the East Coast and in the Great Lakes is opposed to the semi-fascistic New York regime.



* NothingIsScarier: at the start of the novel, it is completely dark, and David only has a lamp without mirrors to see the path. He can't see the triffids that he knows are coming, which adds to his nerves.

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* NothingIsScarier: at At the start of the novel, it is completely dark, and David only has a lamp without mirrors to see the path. He can't see the triffids that he knows are coming, which adds to his nerves.



* TheNightThatNeverEnds: the novel begins at 9 AM in summer, and when the main character awakens it is as dark as midnight in winter. [[spoiler:A combination of very dense clouds and an asteroid cloud passing between the Sun and Earth is the cause. Later in the story, when the clouds leave, there is light, but the sun looks like it is dying.]]
* UniversalPoison: the triffid venom is shown '''not''' to be this. A lecture in the first chapter tells that it is not an instant killer, but the antidote has to be injected into the carotid artery very soon.

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* TheNightThatNeverEnds: the The novel begins at 9 AM in summer, and when the main character awakens it is as dark as midnight in winter. [[spoiler:A combination of very dense clouds and an asteroid cloud passing between the Sun and Earth is the cause. Later in the story, when the clouds leave, there is light, but the sun looks like it is dying.]]
* UniversalPoison: the The triffid venom is shown '''not''' to be this. A lecture in the first chapter tells that it is not an instant killer, but the antidote has to be injected into the carotid artery very soon.
6th May '17 2:17:38 AM JackG
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* AmericaSavesTheDay: Coldly subverted in the original.

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* AmericaSavesTheDay: Coldly subverted deconstructed in the original.original, where ApatheticCitizens who assume that aid will come from the United States as it did in WW2 end up triffid fodder.
7th Apr '17 7:43:25 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Averted in the book, kind of; Wyndham liked to throw in a bit of exposition about the Soviet Union for the benefit of future generations too young to recall the Cold War. Illustrated neatly by a scene in the first chapter when a shady individual claiming he can supply triffid seeds to a British firm points out that dealing with the suppliers directly might be difficult; in the book, this is the cue to pause the action for about half a page of exposition. In the 1981 TV adaptation, the company executive sums it up with one sentence:
--> "You mean they are behind the Iron Curtain."



* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Averted in the book, kind of; Wyndham liked to throw in a bit of exposition about the Soviet Union for the benefit of future generations too young to recall the Cold War. Illustrated neatly by a scene in the first chapter when a shady individual claiming he can supply triffid seeds to a British firm points out that dealing with the suppliers directly might be difficult; in the book, this is the cue to pause the action for about half a page of exposition. In the 1981 TV adaptation, the company executive sums it up with one sentence:
--> "You mean they are behind the Iron Curtain."
15th Sep '16 1:02:05 AM Ciara25
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* FateWorseThanDeath: Obviously, everyone who's been blinded. Even though Josella's heartbroken at her father being killed by a Triffid, she believes he would have preffered it to being blind - "He loved all this too much."



** 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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** 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.farmhouse, particularly Dennis, who is determined not to let his blindness imprison him.
1st Sep '16 12:33:59 PM Exxolon
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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.
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