History Literature / ThePrisonerOfZenda

25th Nov '15 4:38:34 PM Divra
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* AristocratsAreEvil: Michael is a double subversion. He is an aristocrat (Duke of Strelsau and a Prince, if not in line to the throne because his parents' marriage was morganatic). He subverts it by being an evil Duke, since Dukes tend to be good. He then subverts that when it's pointed out that his father specifically gave him a freshy created duchy (which is ruled from the capital city, no less) in the hopes that being the second-most powerful noble in the kingdom would be enough to sate his ambition (it wasn't).
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* AristocratsAreEvil: Michael is a double subversion. He is an aristocrat (Duke of Strelsau and a Prince, if not in line to the throne because his parents' marriage was morganatic). He subverts it by being an evil Duke, since Dukes tend to be good. He then subverts that when it's pointed out that his father specifically gave him a freshy freshly created duchy (which is ruled from the capital city, no less) in the hopes that being the second-most powerful noble in the kingdom would be enough to sate his ambition (it wasn't).
23rd Nov '15 4:09:47 PM Divra
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* UnbuiltTrope: Despite being the trope namer for tiny, fictional backwaters Hope's Ruritania is apparently at least a middling sized, reasonably modern (by late 19th century standards) kingdom. Zenda itself has a handsome modern chateau built around the medieval castle, the capital city of Streslau is described by Rassendyl (a Londoner no less) as a "great city" and the narrative even notes the kingdom has played important roles in European history.
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* UnbuiltTrope: Despite being the trope namer for tiny, fictional backwaters Hope's Ruritania is apparently at least a middling sized, reasonably modern (by late 19th century standards) kingdom. Zenda itself has a handsome modern chateau built around the medieval castle, the capital city of Streslau is described by Rassendyl Rassendyll (a Londoner no less) as a "great city" and the narrative even notes the kingdom has played important roles in European history.history. ** The early imitation Ruritanias also tended to be pretty idyllic places, whereas Stephenson's Ruritania is not. Socio-economic divides are huge, banditry is rife, the king is not particularly competent and so impopular he needs to marry a well-liked noblewoman to gain popularity by proxy, but still an absolute monarch, and infighting in the royal family has pushed the nation to the brink of civil war.
7th Oct '15 9:38:36 AM RossN
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* UnbuiltTrope: Despite being the trope namer for tiny, fictional backwaters Hope's Ruritania is apparently at least a middling sized, reasonably modern (by late 19th century standards) kingdom. Zenda itself has a handsome modern chateau built around the medieval castle, the capital city of Streslau is described by Rassendyl (a Londoner no less) as a "great city" and the narrative even notes the kingdom has played important roles in European history.
2nd Oct '15 1:21:50 PM DracMonster
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* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'' features an opera adaptation, which is used to parallel the romantic problems a character is having.
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* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'' features an opera adaptation, which its plot and dialogue is used to parallel the romantic problems a character is having.
2nd Oct '15 1:20:53 PM DracMonster
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Derp!
* ''Manga/{{Emma}}'' features an opera adaptation, which is used to parallel the romantic problems a character is having.
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* ''Manga/{{Emma}}'' ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'' features an opera adaptation, which is used to parallel the romantic problems a character is having.
2nd Oct '15 1:19:49 PM DracMonster
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* ''Manga/{{Emma}}'' features an opera adaptation, which is used to parallel the romantic problems a character is having.
25th Sep '15 2:04:14 AM Divra
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* AristocratsAreEvil: Michael is a triple subversion, if you can believe that. He is an aristocrat (Duke of Strelsau and a Prince, if ot in line to the throne because his parents' marriage was morganatic). He subverts it by being an evil Duke, since Dukes tend to be good. He then subverts that when it's pointed out that his father specifically gave him a freshy created duchy (which is ruled from the capital city, no less) in the hopes that being the second-most powerful noble in the kingdom would curb his ambition.
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* AristocratsAreEvil: Michael is a triple subversion, if you can believe that. double subversion. He is an aristocrat (Duke of Strelsau and a Prince, if ot not in line to the throne because his parents' marriage was morganatic). He subverts it by being an evil Duke, since Dukes tend to be good. He then subverts that when it's pointed out that his father specifically gave him a freshy created duchy (which is ruled from the capital city, no less) in the hopes that being the second-most powerful noble in the kingdom would curb be enough to sate his ambition.ambition (it wasn't).
21st Sep '15 2:15:03 PM Divra
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* AristocratsAreEvil: Michael is a triple subversion, if you can believe that. He is an aristocrat (Duke of Strelsau and a Prince, if ot in line to the throne because his parents' marriage was morganatic). He subverts it by being an evil Duke, since Dukes tend to be good. He then subverts that when it's pointed out that his father specifically gave him a freshy created duchy (which is ruled from the capital city, no less) in the hopes that being the second-most powerful noble in the kingdom would curb his ambition.
21st Sep '15 1:57:35 PM Divra
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* MexicanStandoff: Rudolf describes the situation between him and Black Michael in this way. He even name-drops "The Critic", a play written in 1779, which is considered the first parody of the trope. -->'''Rudolf:'''' "In fact, Fritz," said I, "I am reminded of a situation in one of our English plays—The Critic—have you heard of it? Or, if you like, of two men, each covering the other with a revolver. For I can't expose Michael without exposing myself..." -->'''Sapt:''' "And the King." -->'''Rudolf:''' "And, hang me if Michael won't expose himself, if he tries to expose me!"
25th Jul '15 9:35:57 AM Naoto_best_waifu
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