History Literature / TheMediator

29th Jul '16 4:08:23 AM Morgenthaler
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** Paul gets in on this as well, and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy even]] [[LampshadedTrope comments]] on it as a similarity between himself and Suze.

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** Paul gets in on this as well, and [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy even]] even [[LampshadedTrope comments]] on it as a similarity between himself and Suze.
13th May '16 10:09:54 PM Adept
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A YoungAdult series by MegCabot. Suzannah Simon has a problem: she's been able to see and speak to ghosts all her life, something that no one else she has ever encountered can do. This has led to more problems than she can count over the years trying to help out the lost spirits she encounters- including being arrested for breaking and entering, a weird dislike for old houses and just all-around general odd behaviour that no one else can fathom.

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A YoungAdult series by MegCabot.Creator/MegCabot. Suzannah Simon has a problem: she's been able to see and speak to ghosts all her life, something that no one else she has ever encountered can do. This has led to more problems than she can count over the years trying to help out the lost spirits she encounters- including being arrested for breaking and entering, a weird dislike for old houses and just all-around general odd behaviour that no one else can fathom.
27th Mar '16 2:49:27 PM mlsmithca
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** Dr Clive Clemmings, PhD.

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** Dr Clive Clemmings, PhD.[=PhD=].
1st Mar '16 8:10:48 AM Jayalaw
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* ShesAllGrownUp: Jack Slater in ''Remembrance''. Suze takes a while to recognize him, because it's been so long.


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* StatingTheSimpleSolution: David in ''Remembrance'' asks Suze why she doesn't [[spoiler: time-travel so as to be able to buy their parents' house before Paul can, so that he wouldn't be in a position to blackmail her]]. Suze points out that [[spoiler: time travel]] led to the situation in the first place, and there could be massive consequences.
1st Mar '16 7:18:34 AM Jayalaw
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* AdultFear:
** In general, a ghost is stuck in a state of AndIMustScream and are unable to move on, unless they contact a mediator. They tend to suffer violent deaths and thus deliver psychic backlash to said mediators when they are trying to help.
** Doc feels lot of guilt for [[spoiler: agreeing to turn off life-support for his mother, even though it was the rational thing to do.]] Her ghost appears and delivers a message to Suze that [[spoiler: he did not kill her.]] Suze delivers the message eventually.
** In ''Remembrance,'' Suze finds out that the ghost [[spoiler: Lucia was murdered as a little girl, by being thrown from her horse and strangled by a stablehand that was a child molester. She was about to out him to save one of his victims, Becca, and many others.]] Becca, whom the ghost is haunting, is a ShellShockedVeteran that practices self-harm and [[spoiler: Lucia]] has been chasing away anyone that she thinks is harming Becca, even school counselors.
* AesopAmnesia: After seeing [[spoiler: alive!Jesse]] risk his life to save Suze without even knowing how important she would become [[spoiler: to his ghost]], Paul vows to [[spoiler: leave Suze alone and focus on Kelly Prescott, to become a better person. Come ''Remembrance, however, he tries to blackmail Suze into dating him and attempted to grope her on their graduation night.]]



* AlphaBitch / LovableAlphaBitch: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] with Kelly. There are moments where she can be the typical AlphaBitch, especially early in ''Shadowland/Love You to Death'', but she's just as human as anyone else and can even have pleasant interactions with more likeable characters. By the end of the series, the diagnosis is that she's a bit of a snob and plenty cutting when it suits her, not to mention obsessed with reputation, but nowhere near the monster you might expect.

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* AlphaBitch / LovableAlphaBitch: : [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] with Kelly. There are moments where she can be the typical AlphaBitch, especially early in ''Shadowland/Love You to Death'', but she's just as human as anyone else and can even have pleasant interactions with more likeable characters. By the end of the series, the diagnosis is that she's a bit of a snob and plenty cutting when it suits her, not to mention obsessed with reputation, but nowhere near the monster you might expect.



* BigBrotherInstinct: Sleepy, albeit somewhat inconsistently. Despite believing (or at least strongly suspecting) that Suze is in some sort of gang, it appears that he mentions nothing of it to their parents; similarly, when he finds out she borrowed his keys to sneak out, he tells her that he doesn't think gangs are cool, but whatever she's doing is her business and to put gas in the car (although this played more as a cool big brother moment). However, he rescues Suze at the end of the ''Shadowland/Love You to Death'' and tells her off like a parent would, and he's also very protective when Michael Meducci comes along in ''Reunion/Mean Spirits''. He even offers to 'deal' with Paul if he's harassing her in ''Darkest Hour/Young Blood''. After she admits she's not interested in Paul because she likes someone else, he interrogates her about the second person's identity, saying "if I find out you're going out with a gangbanger from the Valley "

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* BigBrotherInstinct: BigBrotherInstinct:
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Sleepy, albeit somewhat inconsistently. Despite believing (or at least strongly suspecting) that Suze is in some sort of gang, it appears that he mentions nothing of it to their parents; similarly, when he finds out she borrowed his keys to sneak out, he tells her that he doesn't think gangs are cool, but whatever she's doing is her business and to put gas in the car (although this played more as a cool big brother moment). However, he rescues Suze at the end of the ''Shadowland/Love You to Death'' and tells her off like a parent would, and he's also very protective when Michael Meducci comes along in ''Reunion/Mean Spirits''. He even offers to 'deal' with Paul if he's harassing her in ''Darkest Hour/Young Blood''. After she admits she's not interested in Paul because she likes someone else, he interrogates her about the second person's identity, saying "if I find out you're going out with a gangbanger from the Valley " "
** Suze has this for Jack Slater [[spoiler: after realizing that his actual brother is a BitchInSheepsClothing]] and for Doc, who is a ChildProdigy and would be considered easy pickings for bullies.



* BlessedWithSuck: Suze's initial opinion of being a mediator. Father Dominic has rather different opinions, being Catholic, which is one of the biggest things they clash over.

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* {{Blackmail}}: Paul attempts to do this to Suze in ''Remembrance'' by [[spoiler: buying her old house and demolishing it, threatening to unleash a curse that would turn a resurrected Jesse into a demon.]] He gets the tables turned on him when [[spoiler: Suze threatens to expose that he is actually the father of her three nieces, which would lead to their mother latching onto him and reducing his eligible bachelor status, unless he gives her the house]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Suze's initial opinion of being a mediator.mediator, though part of the reason is that she suffers ClothingDamage with the expensive wardrobe that she has, and the other is that you cannot reason with most ghosts. Father Dominic has rather different opinions, being Catholic, which is one of the biggest things they clash over.



* ContrivedCoincidence: In ''Remembrance,'' the Egyptology student that Suze contacts about Egyptian curses happens to be David's college friend [[spoiler: and boyfriend]], which keys in David to thinking that Suze is worried about Jesse. He calls her, and schedules a flight to come home.



* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot:
** Discussed in ''Ninth Key''. The reason why Suze went to talk to Mr. Beaumont [[spoiler: and nearly got murdered by Marcus Beaumont]] was to deliver a message from a ghost to "Red". As it turns out, she had the wrong Red; the ghost was referring to [[spoiler: "Doc" aka David, who had made the decision to take his mother off life-support and was feeling guilty about it.]] Jesse points out that while Suze invited a lot of trouble, she DID stop a CorruptCorporateExecutive from [[spoiler: getting away with more murder related to environmental issues and drugging his brother into a lunatic state]].
** Suze lampshades in ''Remembrance'' that if ArbitrarySkepticism didn't rate highly among "normal" people then it would make her mediating job easier, since she could simply find out the name of the dead person and then attempt to reason with them. Her slapping a disinfectant pad on Becca's arm [[spoiler: leads to the ghost Lucia trying to drown her]], which Suze regrets doing in a fit of impulse.



* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Discussed in ''Ninth Key''. The reason why Suze went to talk to Mr. Beaumont [[spoiler: and nearly got murdered by Marcus Beaumont]] was to deliver a message from a ghost to "Red". As it turns out, she had the wrong Red; the ghost was referring to [[spoiler: "Doc" aka David, who had made the decision to take his mother off life-support and was feeling guilty about it.]] Jesse points out that while Suze invited a lot of trouble, she DID stop a CorruptCorporateExecutive from [[spoiler: getting away with more murder related to environmental issues and drugging his brother into a lunatic state]].

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Discussed in ''Ninth Key''. The reason why Suze went CutLexLuthorACheck: Paul has this approach to talk to Mr. Beaumont mediating, using it for profit. [[spoiler: and nearly got murdered by Marcus Beaumont]] was to deliver a message from a ghost to "Red". As it turns out, she had the wrong Red; the ghost was referring to [[spoiler: "Doc" aka David, who had made the decision to take his mother off life-support and was feeling guilty about it.]] Jesse points out that while Suze invited a lot of trouble, she DID stop a CorruptCorporateExecutive from [[spoiler: getting away with more murder related to environmental issues and drugging his brother into a lunatic state]].His triplet daughters as kindergartners follow suit.]]



* EurekaMoment: Suze when trying to figure out how her step-nieces [[spoiler: could be mediators since the genes don't run that way on her stepfamily's size remembers that Paul hooked up with Debbie Mancuso after receiving a well-deserved GroinAttack from Suze, and realizes that he is the girls' father. A paternity test and their behavior confirms it]].



* FauxAffablyEvil: Paul. More often than not, he's openly flirting with Suze as they're standing in the creepy empty hallways between worlds, or as he steals money from a dead woman that he doesn't even need because his family is filthy rich, or pleasantly asking Jesse how he feels about being dead and casually making false claims that he [[spoiler:slept with Suze, the love of Jesse's life,]] just to piss him off.
** Possibly a StepfordSmiler variety, though, as it's implied near the end of ''Twilight/Heaven Sent'' that [[spoiler:he's just as messed up, confused, emotionally damaged and neglected by his parents as his little brother is, and a part of him really ''did'' see something of himself in Suze and tried everything he could think of to get close to her. They do become friends in the end, after he accepts that she chose Jesse and she begins to see the other side of him when the façade cracks.]]

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Paul. More often than not, he's openly flirting with Suze as they're standing in the creepy empty hallways between worlds, or as he steals money from a dead woman that he doesn't even need because his family is filthy rich, or pleasantly asking Jesse how he feels about being dead and casually making false claims that he [[spoiler:slept with Suze, the love of Jesse's life,]] just to piss him off.
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off. Possibly a StepfordSmiler variety, though, as it's implied near the end of ''Twilight/Heaven Sent'' that [[spoiler:he's just as messed up, confused, emotionally damaged and neglected by his parents as his little brother is, and a part of him really ''did'' see something of himself in Suze and tried everything he could think of to get close to her. They do become friends in the end, end for a couple of months, after he accepts that she chose Jesse and she begins to see the other side of him when the façade cracks.cracks. Of course he ruins it by then forcibly kissing and groping her on graduation night and several years later trying to blackmail her into dating him again.]]



* FlirtyStepsiblings: David's apparent one-sided PrecociousCrush on Suze.

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* FlirtyStepsiblings: David's apparent one-sided PrecociousCrush on Suze. [[spoiler: Come college, he's dating one of his classmates, a male Egyptologist named Shab.]]



* GoldDigger: [[spoiler: Kelly Prescott]] in ''Remembrance''. Suze tells Paul that [[spoiler: her friend Debbie Mancuso would do the same if she learned that the father for her triplets was ''not'' Suze's stepbrother but rather one of the wealthiest bachelors in California]].



* HospitalHottie: By the end of ''Twilight/Heaven Sent'', it's pretty clear that [[spoiler:Jesse, if his raw talent, passion and sharp intellect is anything to go by, will ''definitely'' become one of these once he gets his medical degree and starts practicing.]]

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* HospitalHottie: By the end of ''Twilight/Heaven Sent'', it's pretty clear that [[spoiler:Jesse, if his raw talent, passion and sharp intellect is anything to go by, will ''definitely'' become one of these once he gets his medical degree and starts practicing. In ''Remembrance'' he is one of the most popular pediatric residents in the hospital where he works.]]



* IfICantHaveYou: Heather towards Bryce. She first says that if she couldn't have him, she didn't want to live. After she kills herself and remains as a ghost, she decides that if she can't live again to be together with Bryce, then ''Bryce needs to die''.

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* IfICantHaveYou: IfICantHaveYou:
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Heather towards Bryce. She first says that if she couldn't have him, she didn't want to live. After she kills herself and remains as a ghost, she decides that if she can't live again to be together with Bryce, then ''Bryce needs to die''.die''.
** Paul in ''Remembrance''. As a variant, he threatens to demolish [[spoiler: Suze's old house, the place where Jesse died, to unleah a demon in Jesse that would lead him to murder Suze.]] Suze tries to call his bluff, only to find out the curse is real.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Paul after [[spoiler: seeing Jim Delgado blow his brain out in ''Remembrance'' and realizing Suze used him to bring a pedophilic murderer to justice.]]



* IntrepidReporter: Cee Cee in ''Remembrance''. She is delighted when Suze delivers [[spoiler: a story of the century about a pedophilic photographer and his clients, one of whom is a Catholic priest and asks as a favor to keep Jesse's arrest for assaulting Paul out of the papers.]]



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sister Ernestine in ''Remembrance''. When Suze mentions she is investigating Father Francisco, another priest at another parish school [[spoiler: that bullied a student, Becca Walters, many years ago, for "lying" about what a stablehand did to her]], she tells Suze the law about the time limit for reporting child abuse and says she never liked Father Francisco. Come the end, she has approved Suze to serve as a school counselor on probation.



* ManipulativeBastard / MagnificentBastard: ''Paul Slater''. Pretty much everything he does [[spoiler:up until the climax of the last book, ''Twilight/Heaven Sent'']] spells both of these tropes out in big, bold neon letters.

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* ManipulativeBastard / MagnificentBastard: ManipulativeBastard: ''Paul Slater''. Pretty much everything he does [[spoiler:up until the climax of the last book, ''Twilight/Heaven Sent'']] spells both of these tropes out in big, bold neon letters. Suze eventually becomes on as well in ''Remembrance.''



* UnstoppableRage: Surprisingly, ''Jesse'' of all people succumbs to this during the final chapters of ''Haunted/Grave Doubts'', which is odd considering how he is often the more level-headed out of him and Suze. Of course, [[spoiler:it was ''Paul Slater'' who provoked him. Provoked him by insinuating that he slept with Suze.]]

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* UnstoppableRage: Surprisingly, ''Jesse'' of all people succumbs to this during the final chapters of ''Haunted/Grave Doubts'', which is odd considering how he is often the more level-headed out of him and Suze. Of course, [[spoiler:it was ''Paul Slater'' who provoked him. Provoked him by insinuating that he slept with Suze.]] [[spoiler: Paul later provokes Jesse to do this to him again in ''Remembrance,'' which leads to Jesse getting arrested for assault.]]


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* WouldHurtAChild: Jesse wants to exorcise [[spoiler: Lucia, who is an eight-year old ghost]] for attempting to drown Suze in her apartment's swimming pool. Suze lampshades that it's not a healthy reaction for a pediatric resident. He only relents upon reading how she died.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Lucia]] in ''Remembrance''. Murderous violent ghost that chases anyone that could hurt her friend Becca, condemning Becca to a life of loneliness? Yes. [[spoiler: Brutally murdered after she was going to out a pedophile that had molested Becca and many others, which the pedophile making her death look like an accident and putting down her horse?]] Also yes.
4th Dec '15 1:53:17 PM Jayalaw
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A novella, ''The Proposal'', and a seventh book will be released in 2016 with a time-skip.




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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Paul Slater. At first Suze thinks of him as a typical rich kid with a younger brother he can't understand, but then it reveals he [[spoiler: is also a mediator, leaving his younger brother in the lurch when the latter stops seeing ghosts as well]], has no reaction to Suze searching for Jesse in the afterlife with a time limit of returning to her own body, and [[spoiler: worked with Maria de Silva to exorcise Jesse leaving Suze as a potential bystander]]. Both Jack Slater and Suze are less than amused.


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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Discussed in ''Ninth Key''. The reason why Suze went to talk to Mr. Beaumont [[spoiler: and nearly got murdered by Marcus Beaumont]] was to deliver a message from a ghost to "Red". As it turns out, she had the wrong Red; the ghost was referring to [[spoiler: "Doc" aka David, who had made the decision to take his mother off life-support and was feeling guilty about it.]] Jesse points out that while Suze invited a lot of trouble, she DID stop a CorruptCorporateExecutive from [[spoiler: getting away with more murder related to environmental issues and drugging his brother into a lunatic state]].
24th Nov '15 1:41:55 PM capretty
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** Subverted in Ninth Key when Father Dominic suspects that Red Beaumont is a vampire. Suze is skeptical but Father Dominic points out that they know ghosts exist, what is to stop other supernatural beings from existing? [[spoiler: In the end Suze is right though and vampires aren't real and no supernatural beings other than ghosts appear in the series.]]
22nd Aug '15 7:06:08 PM AnoneMouseJr.
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* ClassClown: Adam Mc Tavish. His introduction to Suze takes place outside the principal's office, where his very first lines are as follows:

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* ClassClown: Adam Mc Tavish.[=McTavish=]. His introduction to Suze takes place outside the principal's office, where his very first lines are as follows:



--->'''Father Dominic:''' [coming out of his office] Mrs Ackerman, what a pleasure to see you again. And this must be Susannah Simon. Come in, won't you? [noticing Adam] Oh, no, Mr Mc Tavish. Not on the first day of a brand new semester.

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--->'''Father Dominic:''' [coming out of his office] Mrs Ackerman, what a pleasure to see you again. And this must be Susannah Simon. Come in, won't you? [noticing Adam] Oh, no, Mr Mc Tavish.[=McTavish=]. Not on the first day of a brand new semester.
2nd Aug '15 3:02:33 PM Jocasta
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* AssholeVictim:
**The RLS Angels, who hosted the party that resulted in [[spoiler: Michael's sister falling into a coma]].
**Heather may also qualify.
20th Apr '15 9:24:36 PM teddybear334
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* BigBrotherInstinct: Sleepy, albeit inconsistently. Despite believing (or at least strongly suspecting) that Suze is in some sort of gang, it appears that he mentions nothing of it to their parents; similarly, when he finds out she borrowed his keys to sneak out, he tells her that he doesn't think gangs are cool, but whatever she's doing is her business and to put gas in the car (although this played more as a cool big brother moment). However, he rescues Suze at the end of the ''Shadowland/Love You to Death'' and tells her off like a parent would, and he's also very protective when Michael Meducci comes along in ''Reunion/Mean Spirits''. He even offers to 'deal' with Paul if he's harassing her in ''Darkest Hour/Young Blood''.

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* BigBrotherInstinct: Sleepy, albeit somewhat inconsistently. Despite believing (or at least strongly suspecting) that Suze is in some sort of gang, it appears that he mentions nothing of it to their parents; similarly, when he finds out she borrowed his keys to sneak out, he tells her that he doesn't think gangs are cool, but whatever she's doing is her business and to put gas in the car (although this played more as a cool big brother moment). However, he rescues Suze at the end of the ''Shadowland/Love You to Death'' and tells her off like a parent would, and he's also very protective when Michael Meducci comes along in ''Reunion/Mean Spirits''. He even offers to 'deal' with Paul if he's harassing her in ''Darkest Hour/Young Blood''. After she admits she's not interested in Paul because she likes someone else, he interrogates her about the second person's identity, saying "if I find out you're going out with a gangbanger from the Valley "
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