History Literature / TheOnceAndFutureKing

18th May '17 3:51:08 PM NightShade96
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted with Lancelot. He's generally depicted as handsome in Arthurian legends and almost all adaptations, including the author's source material, but in the book he's emphatically described as having an ugly, "ape-like" face.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted with Lancelot. He's AdaptationalUgliness: Lancelot is generally depicted as handsome in Arthurian legends and almost all adaptations, including the author's source material, but in the book he's emphatically described as having an ugly, "ape-like" face.
9th May '17 7:53:49 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* TheFairFolk: [[OlderThanTheyThink Before Gaiman]] did this, the fairies in ''The Sword in the Stone'' were one of the earliest examples of these in modern fiction. Robin Wood said that they didn't have hearts, both literally and figuratively.

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* TheFairFolk: [[OlderThanTheyThink Before Gaiman]] Pratchett]] did this, the fairies in ''The Sword in the Stone'' were one of the earliest examples of these in modern fiction. Robin Wood said that they didn't have hearts, both literally and figuratively.



* {{Jerkass}}: From what we hear, Uther is not a very nice person. He's a reliable king, but he follows the old "Might ''is'' Right" mentality. That and what he did to claim Igraine as his wife, even though she was already marrried to Cornwall.

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* {{Jerkass}}: From what we hear, Uther is not a very nice person. He's a reliable king, but he follows the old "Might ''is'' Right" mentality. That and what he did to claim Igraine as his wife, even though she was already marrried married to Cornwall.



* AdaptationDistillation: The serial starts out with Arthur in his tent waiting for the final battle against Mordred, when Merlyn comes into his tent "taking a leave of absence" from Nimueh's cave, a scene take from The Book of Merlyn. Rather than go to the Badger's sett they reminsce about Arthur's childhood and how they met, leading to the events found in ''The Sword in the Stone'', and continuing from there.

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* AdaptationDistillation: The serial starts out with Arthur in his tent waiting for the final battle against Mordred, when Merlyn comes into his tent "taking a leave of absence" from Nimueh's cave, a scene take taken from The Book of Merlyn. Rather than go to the Badger's sett they reminsce reminisce about Arthur's childhood and how they met, leading to the events found in ''The Sword in the Stone'', and continuing from there.
11th Apr '17 3:17:51 PM SorPepita
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Elaine of Corbin. After Sir Lancelot saves her, she becomes madly in love with him...despite Lancelot showing no interest in her. She goes so far as to [[spoiler: ''rape'' him by posing as Queen Guenever. And then, later on in the book, [[MoralEventHorizon she does it AGAIN.]]]]

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Elaine of Corbin. After Sir Lancelot saves her, she becomes madly in love with him... despite Lancelot showing no interest in her. She goes so far as to [[spoiler: ''rape'' him by posing as Queen Guenever. And then, later on in the book, [[MoralEventHorizon she does it AGAIN.]]]]



* EndOfAnAge: It ends with the end of the Arthurian age.

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* EndOfAnAge: It ends with Its end is also the end of the Arthurian age.



%% * TheGoodKing: Arthur

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%% * TheGoodKing: ArthurArthur, thanks in no small part to Merlin's lessons.



** Same with Sir Bors and his son...who is also referred to as Sir Bors.

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** Same with Sir Bors and his son... who is also referred to as Sir Bors.



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Sir Bors the younger. The book is quick to frequently call him out as a misogynist...but he's also one of the three knights that achieved the Holy Grail. Not to mention how he's fiercely loyal to Lancelot and agreed to be the Queen's champion when Lancelot wasn't around even though it's been made ''very'' clear he can't stand her.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Sir Bors the younger. The book is quick to frequently call him out as a misogynist... but he's also one of the three knights that achieved the Holy Grail. Not to mention how he's fiercely loyal to Lancelot and agreed to be the Queen's champion when Lancelot wasn't around even though it's been made ''very'' clear he can't stand her.



!! The BBC's 2014 radio dramaitzation of ''The Once and Future King'' provides examples of the following tropes:

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!! The BBC's 2014 radio dramaitzation dramatization of ''The Once and Future King'' provides examples of the following tropes:
11th Apr '17 3:11:51 PM SorPepita
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* ChasteHero: Lancelot...until he meets Guenever.

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* ChasteHero: Lancelot... until he meets Guenever.



%% * EndOfAnAge

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%% * EndOfAnAgeEndOfAnAge: It ends with the end of the Arthurian age.
7th Feb '17 7:29:29 PM ManicDepressiveMouse
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* AllohistoricalAllusion: Crossed with AnachronismStew below; the book doesn't explicitly take place in an alternate universe, but whenever the narrator makes reference to a real-life medieval English monarch, he'll refer to them as "legendary" or "imaginary."


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* ReferenceOverdosed: It's packed with historical and literary allusions (mostly medieval, but with plenty of Shakespeare and others thrown into the mix).
30th Jan '17 12:08:51 AM Raconteur
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* MightMakesRight: A central discussion within the book. Arthur strives to leave behind the old school's ideas of "Might Is Right" and redirect it as "Might for Right", adapting Might as a force of good.

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* MightMakesRight: A central discussion within the book. Arthur strives to leave behind the old school's ideas of "Might Is Right" and redirect it as "Might for Right", adapting Might as a force of for good.
30th Jan '17 12:08:01 AM Raconteur
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*MightMakesRight: A central discussion within the book. Arthur strives to leave behind the old school's ideas of "Might Is Right" and redirect it as "Might for Right", adapting Might as a force of good.
-->'''Lancelot''': The man with the strongest arm in a clan gets made the head of it, and does what he pleases. That is why why call it Fort Mayne. You want to put an end to the Strong Arm, by having a band of knights who believe in justice rather than strength. Yes, I would like to be one of those very much.
12th Jan '17 3:51:23 PM Raconteur
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*CelibateHero: Required if you want to reach the Holy Grail. Thus, Sir Galahad, Sir Percival and Sir Bors (though he has had sex once, it is forgiven for it was for the sole purpose of bearing a child).



* ContinuityNod: The narrator flatout brings up ''[[Literature/LeMorteDarthur Le Morte d'Arthur]]'' in reference to several of the book's events but also expands on characterization and story.

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* ContinuityNod: The narrator flatout brings up ''[[Literature/LeMorteDarthur Le Morte d'Arthur]]'' in reference to several of the book's events but [[Main/AdaptationExpansion also expands on characterization and story.story]].
10th Jan '17 11:39:58 PM Raconteur
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# ''[Main/DarkerAndEdgier The Queen of Air and Darkness]]'', covers the early part of Arthur's reign, the founding of the Knights of the Round Table, and introduces Morgause, the mother of Arthur's nemesis Mordred.

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# ''[Main/DarkerAndEdgier ''[[Main/DarkerAndEdgier The Queen of Air and Darkness]]'', covers the early part of Arthur's reign, the founding of the Knights of the Round Table, and introduces Morgause, the mother of Arthur's nemesis Mordred.
10th Jan '17 11:39:33 PM Raconteur
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# ''The Queen of Air and Darkness'', covers the early part of Arthur's reign, the founding of the Knights of the Round Table, and introduces Morgause, the mother of Arthur's nemesis Mordred.

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# ''The ''[Main/DarkerAndEdgier The Queen of Air and Darkness'', Darkness]]'', covers the early part of Arthur's reign, the founding of the Knights of the Round Table, and introduces Morgause, the mother of Arthur's nemesis Mordred.
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