History Literature / TheNeverendingStory

23rd Jul '16 7:51:48 PM somebob
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* LateForSchool: The streets around the school are described as deserted, as a student would feel if he was very late for school. Likewise, the corridors of the school were described as echoing his footsteps.
21st Jul '16 6:46:43 PM PaulA
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* AlliterativeName: Triply so with Bastian, who's full name is Bastian Balthazar Bux. It also the case with the owner of the bookstore, who's full name is Carl Conrad Coreander.

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* AlliterativeName: Triply so with Bastian, who's whose full name is Bastian Balthazar Bux. It also the case with the owner of the bookstore, who's whose full name is Carl Conrad Coreander.
21st Jul '16 4:52:14 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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A troubled, insecure young boy named Bastian who loves to read steals a magical book which claims to have NoEnding. In it is the story of an otherworldly MagicalNativeAmerican boy named Atreyu on a quest to save a MagicalLand from vanishing. As Bastian reads more and more of the story, he finds that the book seems to be aware of him. Eventually, it is revealed that the magical land within the book is actually another dimension encompassing all of human imagination, and only a human with creative ideas can save it.

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A troubled, insecure young boy named Bastian who loves to read steals happens upon a magical antique bookstore owned by a Mr. Coreander, when hiding from some bullies. Inside Mr. Coreander's shop, Bastian comes across a book titled ''The Neverending Story'', which claims to have NoEnding. Unable to resist, Bastian steals the book and hides in the school attic where he can read it undisturbed. In it the book is the story of an otherworldly MagicalNativeAmerican boy named Atreyu on a quest to save a MagicalLand from vanishing. As Bastian reads more and more of the story, he finds that the book seems to be aware of him. Eventually, it is revealed that the magical land within the book is actually another dimension encompassing all of human imagination, and only a human with creative ideas can save it.






* AlliterativeName: Bastian Balthazar Bux. The owner of the bookstore was Carl Conrad Coreander.

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* AlliterativeName: Triply so with Bastian, who's full name is Bastian Balthazar Bux. The It also the case with the owner of the bookstore was bookstore, who's full name is Carl Conrad Coreander.
18th Jul '16 7:59:16 PM somebob
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* RescueRomance: Subverted with Hero Hynreck, who saved his one true love Princess Oglamar but decided he no longer wanted to marry her.
10th Jul '16 7:55:18 PM somebob
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* ReadingAheadInTheScript: Subverted when the Childlike Empress asks the Old Man of Wandering Mountain to read ahead in the Neverending Story that he is writing. He tells her there is nothing but empty pages.
18th Jun '16 4:30:17 AM morenohijazo
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* CastFromExperiencePoints: Bastian's [[spoiler: wishing power turns out to require sacrificing memories of the human world]].
5th Jun '16 7:39:29 PM PaulA
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Bastian has it invoked on him.
-->"You wish for something, you've wanted it for years, and you're sure you want it, as long as you know you can't have it. But if all at once it looks as though your wish might come true, you suddenly find yourself wishing you had never wished for any such thing."

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor:
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Bastian has it invoked on him.
-->"You --->"You wish for something, you've wanted it for years, and you're sure you want it, as long as you know you can't have it. But if all at once it looks as though your wish might come true, you suddenly find yourself wishing you had never wished for any such thing."



* BiggerOnTheInside: The Änderhaus (Changing House) is, for all intents and purposes, [[Series/DoctorWho a TARDIS]]. The trope is name-checked word for word.
** And for added points, the woman who lives there undergoes a sort of regeneration upon death, becoming a new person, and having a succession of lives.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: No one knows why the sphinxes let some people pass and paralyze others.
** Arguably also the childlike empress. [[spoiler: She doesn't care what happens to a savior afterwards and even encourages him or her to absolutely indulge in YourMindMakesItReal-style wishing, but doesn't warn him that doing so will slowly drive him over the edge. For her as the personification of fantasy itself, what counts is that a fantastic world is created, without considering that escapism taken to the extreme isn't necessarily a good thing.]]

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* BiggerOnTheInside: The Änderhaus (Changing House) is, for all intents and purposes, [[Series/DoctorWho a TARDIS]]. The trope is name-checked word for word. \n** And for added points, the woman who lives there undergoes a sort of regeneration upon death, becoming a new person, and having a succession of lives.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: BlueAndOrangeMorality:
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No one knows why the sphinxes let some people pass and paralyze others.
** Arguably also the The childlike empress. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She doesn't care what happens to a savior afterwards and even encourages him or her to absolutely indulge in YourMindMakesItReal-style wishing, but doesn't warn him that doing so will slowly drive him over the edge. For her as the personification of fantasy itself, what counts is that a fantastic world is created, without considering that escapism taken to the extreme isn't necessarily a good thing.]]



* BookEnds: The book begins with a description of viewing the bookstore from the inside looking out the glass door. Bastian then opens the door "violently" causing the bells on the door to ring for a while. It ends with Bastian looking out the same door at his father, opening the door "vigorously" and causing the bells on the door to ring.

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* BookEnds: BookEnds:
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The book begins with a description of viewing the bookstore from the inside looking out the glass door. Bastian then opens the door "violently" causing the bells on the door to ring for a while. It ends with Bastian looking out the same door at his father, opening the door "vigorously" and causing the bells on the door to ring.



* CanonSue: {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in the second half of the book, with Bastian becoming an in-universe Canon Sue.
** There's also an implication that whoever reads the book will end up reading a story about a character somewhat like what they are and also what they want to be. Since Bastian is a young boy who wants to be brave he ends up reading about Atreyu, a young boy warrior. This is heavily implied at the Oracle which revealed Atreyu's inner self to be Bastian, and when Carl Coreander told Bastian that his experiences with the Neverending Story, including the appearance of the book itself, were entirely different from Bastian's. If Coreander was reading, the story probably would have featured [[GrumpyOldMan Engywook]] or someone similar.

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* CanonSue: {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in the second half of the book, with Bastian becoming an in-universe Canon Sue.
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Sue. There's also an implication that whoever reads the book will end up reading a story about a character somewhat like what they are and also what they want to be. Since Bastian is a young boy who wants to be brave he ends up reading about Atreyu, a young boy warrior. This is heavily implied at the Oracle which revealed Atreyu's inner self to be Bastian, and when Carl Coreander told Bastian that his experiences with the Neverending Story, including the appearance of the book itself, were entirely different from Bastian's. If Coreander was reading, the story probably would have featured [[GrumpyOldMan Engywook]] or someone similar.



* TheChosenOne: Bastian is TheChosenOne to stop The Nothing.

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* TheChosenOne: Bastian is TheChosenOne to stop The Nothing.TheChosenOne:



** Bastian is TheChosenOne to stop The Nothing.



* EldritchAbomination: The Nothing. There are quite literally no words to adequately describe it, as shown in the first chapter when one of the messengers struggles through describing a lake being replaced by nothing. Not like a hole or a dried-up lake, because then there would be a hole or a dried lake bed there. No, it's ''nothing''. And when Atreyu takes a look at it from afar, he can't even glance at the Nothing head-on, and his eyes hurt just from seeing it, because his brain can't comprehend it. It isn't just blackness, because black is a thing that can be comprehended. It isn't even empty space which matter once occupied, because empty space is still ''something'' that can be occupied. It is, long story short, something that ''should not be''... because it ''isn't''.

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* EldritchAbomination: EldritchAbomination:
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The Nothing. There are quite literally no words to adequately describe it, as shown in the first chapter when one of the messengers struggles through describing a lake being replaced by nothing. Not like a hole or a dried-up lake, because then there would be a hole or a dried lake bed there. No, it's ''nothing''. And when Atreyu takes a look at it from afar, he can't even glance at the Nothing head-on, and his eyes hurt just from seeing it, because his brain can't comprehend it. It isn't just blackness, because black is a thing that can be comprehended. It isn't even empty space which matter once occupied, because empty space is still ''something'' that can be occupied. It is, long story short, something that ''should not be''... because it ''isn't''.



* EldritchLocation: We have a few of these:

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* EldritchLocation: We have a few of these:EldritchLocation:



** The Southern Oracle, which can only be entered through a Stargate-like door called the No-Key Gate. This door simply stands alone in an open field, and the only way to unlock it is to forget the reason you came in the first place.
*** Each of the latter two gates are not there until you pass through the previous gate. Behind the Great Riddle Gate is nothing but endless land. Once through the gate, the Magic Mirror Gate appears about twenty paces ahead. Beyond that gate is nothing until you pass into it, then the No Key Gate appears.

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** The Southern Oracle, which can only be entered through a Stargate-like door called the No-Key Gate. This door simply stands alone in an open field, and the only way to unlock it is to forget the reason you came in the first place.
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place. Each of the latter two gates are not there until you pass through the previous gate. Behind the Great Riddle Gate is nothing but endless land. Once through the gate, the Magic Mirror Gate appears about twenty paces ahead. Beyond that gate is nothing until you pass into it, then the No Key Gate appears.



** Both the Ivory Tower and the Wandering Mountain. The Ivory Tower, which is basically a mountain the size of a city nearer its base, is always at the center of Fantasia. However, since Fantasia has no borders and is infinite, it's center is nebulous. Ivory Tower has been stated to be equally near to and far from everywhere in Fantasia and that how far they must travel is dependent on the state of the travelers.

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** Both the Ivory Tower and the Wandering Mountain. The Ivory Tower, which is basically a mountain the size of a city nearer its base, is always at the center of Fantasia. However, since Fantasia has no borders and is infinite, it's its center is nebulous. Ivory Tower has been stated to be equally near to and far from everywhere in Fantasia and that how far they must travel is dependent on the state of the travelers.



* ExactWords: The words on the back of the Auryn: DO WHAT YOU WISH. For Bastian, it was a double sided rule as his wishes led him both good and bad.
** Also, The Childlike Empress's command to the Old Man Of Wandering Mountain... [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou to turn to the beginning of the book...]] [[NoFourthWall She didn't tell him WHICH book...]]

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* ExactWords: ExactWords:
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The words on the back of the Auryn: DO WHAT YOU WISH. For Bastian, it was a double sided rule as his wishes led him both good and bad.
** Also, The Childlike Empress's command to the Old Man Of Wandering Mountain... [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou to turn to the beginning of the book...]] [[NoFourthWall She didn't tell him WHICH book...]]



* IKnowYourTrueName: Giving something a name gives it power, knowing a name gives power over it.
** The entire first half of the book revolves around finding the one who can give the Childlike Empress a new, true name, to end her illness and dispel the Nothing.

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* IKnowYourTrueName: Giving something a name gives it power, knowing a name gives power over it.
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it. The entire first half of the book revolves around finding the one who can give the Childlike Empress a new, true name, to end her illness and dispel the Nothing.



* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler:In both Atreyu's quest ''and'' Bastian's.]]

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* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: ItWasWithYouAllAlong:
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[[spoiler:In both Atreyu's quest ''and'' Bastian's.]]



* MeaningfulName: In his own language, Atreyu means "Son of All". This is in comparison to Bastian. who feels like the son of no one.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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In his own language, Atreyu means "Son of All". This is in comparison to Bastian. Bastian, who feels like the son of no one.



* MediumAwareness: Having read the book The Neverending Story himself, after finding himself in Fantastica Bastian theorizes that his current experiences may be recorded in the book, and that "maybe someone was reading it at that very moment".
** And let's not go into the fact the Childlike Empress uses her power as ruler of Fantastica to turn to the beginning of the book YOU are reading, creating a loop only Bastian can break, being effectively part of the loop at that point.

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* MediumAwareness: MediumAwareness:
** The Childlike Empress uses her power as ruler of Fantastica to turn to the beginning of the book YOU are reading, creating a loop only Bastian can break, being effectively part of the loop at that point.
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Having read the book The Neverending Story himself, after finding himself in Fantastica Bastian theorizes that his current experiences may be recorded in the book, and that "maybe someone was reading it at that very moment".
** And let's not go into the fact the Childlike Empress uses her power as ruler of Fantastica to turn to the beginning of the book YOU are reading, creating a loop only Bastian can break, being effectively part of the loop at that point.
moment".



* NoEnding: Purposefully leaves almost all subplots hanging. Hence the title.
** However, Bastian's main plot is resolved.

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* NoEnding: Purposefully leaves almost all subplots hanging. Hence the title.
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title. However, Bastian's main plot is resolved.



** Also, a more literal case happens when Bastian uses his light in the Star Cloister... and effectively is given a look at the Fourth Wall.



* SayMyName: In the end of the first half, Bastian must say the Childlike Empress's new true name, so that she can be healed, the Nothing can be dispelled, and Bastian can be brought to Fantastica. It takes some doing to get him to actually say it.

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* SayMyName: SayMyName:
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In the end of the first half, Bastian must say the Childlike Empress's new true name, so that she can be healed, the Nothing can be dispelled, and Bastian can be brought to Fantastica. It takes some doing to get him to actually say it.



* ShoutOut: The City of Old Emperors, filled with madmen, is modelled on the 'madhouse of Cairo' where Theatre/PeerGynt is brought in the famous Creator/HenrikIbsen play.
* [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout-Out: To Shakespeare]]: Quotes the ''Twelfth Night'' song that begins:
-->When that I was and a little tiny boy
-->With hey, ho, the wind and the rain

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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The City of Old Emperors, filled with madmen, is modelled on the 'madhouse of Cairo' where Theatre/PeerGynt is brought in the famous Creator/HenrikIbsen play.
* ** [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout-Out: To Shakespeare]]: Quotes the ''Twelfth Night'' song that begins:
-->When --->When that I was and a little tiny boy
-->With
boy\\
With
hey, ho, the wind and the rain
rain



* ThresholdGuardians: The two golden sphinxes Atreyu has to pass.
** The second doorway to the Oracle also qualifies - a mirror you have to step through, which shows fears or thoughts of the seeker. The third door, on the other hand, plays this a bit more... strangely: you can't pass it if you want to, because it's made of some kind of {{phlebotinum}} that shuts the door ever faster the more you want it to open.
*** Good thing then that the mirror also temporarily wipes your memory to see if you'll go through on curiosity alone.

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* ThresholdGuardians: ThresholdGuardians:
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The two golden sphinxes Atreyu has to pass.
** The second doorway to the Oracle also qualifies - is a mirror you have to step through, which shows fears or thoughts of the seeker. The third door, on the other hand, plays this a bit more... strangely: you can't pass it if you want to, because it's made of some kind of {{phlebotinum}} that shuts the door ever faster the more you want it to open.
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open. Good thing then that the mirror also temporarily wipes your memory to see if you'll go through on curiosity alone.
5th Jun '16 7:36:08 PM PaulA
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* ArcWords: All the threads left hanging are waved goodbye with the phrase "But that is another story, to be told another time" ("Aber das ist eine andere Geschichte und soll ein andermal erzählt werden."). This is also the final sentence of the book as a whole.



** ArcWords: All the threads left hanging are waved goodbye with the phrase "But that is another story, to be told another time" ("Aber das ist eine andere Geschichte und soll ein andermal erzählt werden."). Interestingly, this CatchPhrase is also the final sentence of the book as a whole.
*** This is even referenced in the film, by the narrator who speaks only at the end: "''Bastian went on to have many more adventures before he had to return to the real world. But that's another story.''"
5th Jun '16 2:13:43 PM Bergamot
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** Bastian's surname, Bux, is pronounced as "books" (rather than "bucks"). Lampshaded by the novel itself, which points out how appropriate the name is for a boy who loves books.
31st May '16 3:58:58 PM JTank
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* TheFourthWallWon'tProtectYou:

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