History Literature / TheGunslinger

6th Feb '18 3:33:44 PM MetaFour
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* OrwellianRetcon: The 2003 revised edition. Aside from bringing the writing style more in line with the sequels and expanding on some scenes, it outright changes details from the original--to close a few plot holes and to better foreshadow events from later books. For example, the circumstances of [[spoiler:Allie's death]] are different, and Walter's monologue no longer mentions a mysterious Beast in connection with the Crimson King.



* ShootTheHostage: Sheb uses Roland's lover, Allie as a HumanShield and hostage. Roland kills her out of pure instinct; his trained hands react quicker than his mind. [[TheDogShotFirst Changed]] in the revised edition.
* [[spoiler:TimeSkip]]: Happened ''during'' the story. At the very end, Roland wakes up after [[spoiler:ten years to find Walter o' Dim dead as a skeleton]].

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* ShootTheHostage: Sheb uses Roland's lover, Allie Allie, as a HumanShield and hostage. Roland kills her out of pure instinct; his trained hands react quicker than his mind. [[TheDogShotFirst Changed]] in the revised edition.
* [[spoiler:TimeSkip]]: Happened TimeSkip: Happens ''during'' the story. At the very end, [[spoiler:After his conversation with Walter o' Dim, Roland wakes up after [[spoiler:ten years to find Walter o' Dim dead as a skeleton]].that ten years have passed, and Walter's skeleton is across the campfire from him.]]
2nd Dec '17 6:28:49 PM Dragos_Drakkar
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* HumanShield: Sheb uses Allie as a human shield just before the battle of Tull. However, due to Roland's quick reflexes [[spoiler: and over Allie's terrified objections, it doesn't work and he shoots them both.]]

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* HumanShield: Sheb uses Allie as a human shield just before the battle of Tull. However, due to Roland's quick reflexes [[spoiler: and over Allie's terrified objections, it doesn't work and he shoots them both. Though the revised version of the book instead has Allie being driven insane and asking for death.]]
5th Mar '17 8:19:50 PM blackemperorexe
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** Young Roland is on his way to masturbate on the roof when he stumbles upon his mother's tryst with Marten. "Go and find your hand, boy."


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** In the un-revised version, Farson isn't a character at all but a ''town'' targeted for poisoning by the Good Man ... who is explicitly stated to be Marten. Confused yet?
29th Dec '16 7:23:49 PM Gloryholdem
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* HumanShield: Sheb uses Allie as a human shield just before the battle of Tull. However, due to Roland's quick reflexes [[spoiler: and over Allie's terrified objections, it doesn't work and he shoots them both.]]
4th Dec '16 11:26:32 PM Xtifr
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'''''The Gunslinger''''' is the first book in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. The story opens with TheGunslinger Roland Deschain trekking across a desert that appears to be in [[TheWestern the Old West]] but [[WriterInducedFanon may actually be]] our own world [[AfterTheEnd in the distant future]]. {{Flashback}}s tell a HighFantasy tale of Roland's childhood.

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'''''The Gunslinger''''' ''The Gunslinger'' is the first book in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. The story opens with TheGunslinger Roland Deschain trekking across a desert that appears to be in [[TheWestern the Old West]] but [[WriterInducedFanon may actually be]] our own world [[AfterTheEnd in the distant future]]. {{Flashback}}s tell a HighFantasy tale of Roland's childhood.
30th Oct '16 9:19:18 PM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Roland
12th Jan '16 10:06:38 AM arsepoetica
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* {{Jerkass}}: [[SadistTeacher Cort]]. Though Cort is eventually shown to be an effective teacher who is genuinely concerned with training his pupils and earns untold respect from Roland and his first Ka-Tet.

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* {{Jerkass}}: [[SadistTeacher Cort]].Cort. Though Cort is eventually shown to be an effective teacher who is genuinely concerned with training his pupils and earns untold respect from Roland and his first Ka-Tet. He is something of DrillSergeantNasty - SadistTeacher hybrid.
29th Sep '15 7:00:17 PM woodrich1
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* TheDogShotFirst: Allie is held as a shield and hostage by Sheb as the residents of Tull attack Roland. Originally, Roland kills her out of pure instinct; his trained hands react quicker than his mind. She screams at him not to shoot, but it's too late, and the guilt of her death sits on Roland throughout the rest of the story. In the revised edition, there is a convoluted subplot in which after Walter resurrects Nort, he tells Allie that if she says "nineteen" to Nort, he will tell her what he saw on the other side. Knowing will drive her crazy, [[ShmuckBait but so will not knowing]]. Later, during the shootout, she begs Roland to kill her because she has spoken nineteen to Sheb and can't bear the horrors that he whispered back to her. As she dies King says that "the last expression on her face might have been gratitude."

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* TheDogShotFirst: Allie is held as a shield and hostage by Sheb as the residents of Tull attack Roland. Originally, Roland kills her out of pure instinct; his trained hands react quicker than his mind. She screams at him not to shoot, but it's too late, and the guilt of her death sits on Roland throughout the rest of the story. In the revised edition, there is a convoluted subplot in which after Walter resurrects Nort, he tells Allie that if she says "nineteen" to Nort, he will tell her what he saw on the other side. Knowing will drive her crazy, [[ShmuckBait but so will not knowing]]. Later, during the shootout, she begs Roland to kill her because she has spoken nineteen to Sheb Nort and can't bear the horrors that he whispered back to her. As she dies King says that "the last expression on her face might have been gratitude."
31st Aug '15 6:13:09 PM n341100
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* WeirdWest
10th Aug '15 1:51:25 PM GGCrono
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->"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

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->"The ->''"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."
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