History Literature / TheSagaOfDarrenShan

2nd Oct '16 6:50:51 PM lilysakura220
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* YouDoNotWantToKnow: The circumstances surrounding the Wolfman's birth.
* YourVampiresSuck: Mr.Crepsley finds the thought of fangs hilarious.

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* YouDoNotWantToKnow: YouDoNOTWantToKnow: The circumstances surrounding the Wolfman's birth.
* YourVampiresSuck: Mr. Crepsley finds the thought of fangs hilarious.



** In [[{{TheFilmOfTheBook}} the movie]] Crepsley calls the "turning into bats" myth bullshit.

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** In [[{{TheFilmOfTheBook}} the movie]] movie]], Crepsley calls the "turning into bats" myth bullshit.
2nd Oct '16 6:43:55 PM lilysakura220
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The Saga follows a perfectly normal Teenager in a [[NoNameGiven perfectly normal town]] who after an unfortunate chain of events winds up ''faking his own death'' and living his life as a half-vampire [[TheApprentice assistant]] to the vampire Mr. Crepsley. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity]] and [[NightmareFuel nightmare fuel]] ensues. The story starts off with the appearance of a Goosebumps-esque non-serial horror series, but then [[PlotTumor grows]] into a war involving the [[DarkIsNotEvil Vampires]], who do not kill when they feed from humans, and the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampaneze]], who do kill. Cue violence, character development, [[TimeTravel time travel]], and plot twists. Lots and lots of plot twists.

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The Saga follows a perfectly normal Teenager teenager in a [[NoNameGiven perfectly normal town]] who after an unfortunate chain of events winds up ''faking his own death'' and living his life as a half-vampire [[TheApprentice assistant]] to the vampire Mr. Crepsley. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity]] and [[NightmareFuel nightmare fuel]] ensues. The story starts off with the appearance of a Goosebumps-esque non-serial horror series, but then [[PlotTumor grows]] into a war involving the [[DarkIsNotEvil Vampires]], who do not kill when they feed from humans, and the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampaneze]], who do kill. Cue violence, character development, [[TimeTravel time travel]], and plot twists. Lots and lots of plot twists.



* ''Cirque Du Freak'' (''A Living Nightmare'' in the US)

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* ''Cirque Du du Freak'' (''A Living Nightmare'' in the US)



The CityTrilogy is his first -and so far only--[[OutofCharacter adult series]]

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The CityTrilogy Literature/CityTrilogy is his first -and -- and so far only--[[OutofCharacter only --[[OutofCharacter adult series]]series]].



* AnyoneCanDie: And how.

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* AnyoneCanDie: And how.how!



* BadassLongcoat: Mr. Crepsley

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* BadassLongcoat: Mr. CrepsleyCrepsley.



* {{Bishonen}}: The manga versions of some characters fit this trope. Special mentions go to Darren by ''Hunters of the Dusk'' and Kurda.

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* {{Bishonen}}: The manga versions of some characters fit this trope. Special mentions go to Darren by post-PlotRelevantAgeUp in ''Hunters of the Dusk'' and Kurda.



* ChekhovsGunman: Played epically.[[spoiler:Darren meets a seemingly irrelevant mook in the first book. By the last book, it reveals it was actually Darren from the future who had been turned into a [[BodyHorror small zombie creature]] and sent back in time to [[TimeParadox stop the whole series from existing.]]]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: Played epically. [[spoiler:Darren meets a seemingly irrelevant mook in the first book. By the last book, it reveals it was actually Darren from the future who had been turned into a [[BodyHorror small zombie creature]] and sent back in time to [[TimeParadox stop the whole series from existing.]]]]



* CompulsorySchoolAge: In ''Allies of the Night'' Darren is forced to attend school as he appears to be fifteen.

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* CompulsorySchoolAge: In ''Allies of the Night'' Darren is forced to attend school school, as he appears to be fifteen.



* EatsBabies: It is implied that Mr. Tiny likes to eat children.

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* EatsBabies: It is implied that Mr. Tiny likes to eat drink the blood of children.



* EitherOrProphecy: Either [[spoiler: Darren or Steve will become the Lord of Shadows]] after winning the war.

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* EitherOrProphecy: Either [[spoiler: Darren or Steve will become the Lord of Shadows]] after winning the war. [[spoiler:Darren pulls a ScrewDestiny and it doesn't happen.]]



* {{Flynning}}: Subverted and lampshaded. In ''Tunnels of Blood'' Darren expects a long and drawn out battle between Mr.Crepsley and Murlough, when in fact the fight lasts just three seconds. He does accept that they were fighting to kill, not to entertain.

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* {{Flynning}}: Subverted and lampshaded. In ''Tunnels of Blood'' Darren expects a long and drawn out battle between Mr. Crepsley and Murlough, when in fact the fight lasts just three seconds. He does accept that they were fighting to kill, not to entertain.



* GrandfatherParadox: The end leads into an endless paradox because [[spoiler:the rule of Destiny is that if you kill someone, somebody else will take their place and do exactly as they would do (as an example, Evanna says that if you were to kill Hitler, somebody else would've taken his place and done exactly as he did.) and seeing as Darren goes through everything just to go back in time to stop the whole thing from happening, someone else will see the Cirque, join Mr. Crepsley and go on all the exact adventures Darren did, eventually having to stop themselves from seeing their best friend talking to Mr. Crepsley and then someone ELSE taking THEIR place and so on. Darren says that afterward you could read the books again and change all the names and it'd still be technically correct.]] Simply put, the fingers of fate may be interchangeable, but its hands must tick forever forward on Des Tiny's clock.
** However, there may actually be an end. [[spoiler:Darren something about believing whoever took his place would be taken to Paradise after the alternate fight with Steve, seeing as they had no choice in the matter, they were just following what Darren had set out for them.]] However, this is all speculation from a relatively young vampire, so he may be wrong.

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* GrandfatherParadox: The end leads into an endless paradox because [[spoiler:the rule of Destiny is that if you kill someone, somebody else will take their place and do exactly as they would do (as an example, Evanna says that if you were to kill Hitler, [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct somebody else would've taken his place and done exactly as he did.) ]]) and seeing as Darren goes through everything just to go back in time to stop the whole thing from happening, someone else will see the Cirque, join Mr. Crepsley and go on all the exact adventures Darren did, eventually having to stop themselves from seeing their best friend talking to Mr. Crepsley and then someone ELSE taking THEIR place and so on. Darren says that afterward you could read the books again and change all the names and it'd still be technically correct.]] Simply put, the fingers of fate may be interchangeable, but its hands must tick forever forward on Des Tiny's clock.
** However, there may actually be an end. [[spoiler:Darren mentions something about believing whoever took his place would be taken to Paradise after the alternate fight with Steve, seeing as they had no choice in the matter, they were just following what Darren had set out for them.]] However, this is all speculation from a relatively young vampire, so he may be wrong.



* KickTheDog: Mr. Crepsley making Darren fake his death and make him sit through his own grieving funeral and burial. But at least he did it to save his best friends life, right? Too bad, as said best friend thinks Darren did it to spite him and vows to kill him. [[BreakTheCutie Break the cutie indeed]].
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: The series ties into the real world at the end, when [[spoiler: vampire Darren sends his journals of his vampire adventures to his alternate-timeline fiction-author self, to be published as a fiction novel]].

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* KickTheDog: Mr. Crepsley making Darren fake his death and make him sit through his own grieving funeral and burial. But at least he did it to save his best friends life, right? Too bad, as said best friend thinks Darren did it to spite him and vows to kill him. [[BreakTheCutie Break the cutie indeed]].
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: The series ties into the real world at the end, when [[spoiler: vampire Darren sends his journals of his vampire adventures to his alternate-timeline fiction-author self, to be published as a fiction novel]].novels]].



* KickTheDog: Mr. Crepsley making Darren fake his death and make him sit through his own grieving funeral and burial. But at least he did it to save his best friends life, right? Too bad, as said best friend thinks Darren did it to spite him and vows to kill him. [[BreakTheCutie Break the cutie indeed]].



* LoopholeAbuse: The vampaneeze's army of human servants are ways for them to get around their customs and traditions (not using missile weapons in battle). Debbie and Alice later create a good counterpart for the vampires, for the same reason.

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* LoopholeAbuse: The vampaneeze's vampaneze's army of human servants are ways for them to get around their customs and traditions (not using missile weapons in battle). Debbie and Alice later create a good counterpart for the vampires, for the same reason.



* MarketBasedTitle: In America, the series is called 'Cirque Du Freak' (The title of the first book).

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* MarketBasedTitle: In America, the series is called 'Cirque Du Freak' (The (he title of the first book).



* {{Mindscrew}}: The 12th book.

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* {{Mindscrew}}: MindScrew: The 12th book.



* RefusedByTheCall: In ''Allies of the Night'' [[spoiler:we find out that Crepsley refusing to blood Steve 15 years earlier was a VERY BAD IDEA, as it filled him with hate, causing him to want to join the Vampaneze to hunt and kill Crepsley.]] Oh, and by the way, [[spoiler: at the end of ''Killers of the Dawn'', we learn that Steve's also the Lord of the Vampaneze. So, [[OhCrap yeah]].]] Then again it's understandable he didn't want to risk APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil. Especially since according to him Steve is MadeOfEvil.

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* RefusedByTheCall: In ''Allies of the Night'' [[spoiler:we find out that Crepsley refusing to blood Steve 15 years earlier was a VERY ''VERY BAD IDEA, IDEA'', as it filled him with hate, causing him to want to join the Vampaneze to hunt and kill Crepsley.]] Oh, and by the way, [[spoiler: at the end of ''Killers of the Dawn'', we learn that Steve's also the Lord of the Vampaneze. So, [[OhCrap yeah]].]] Then again it's understandable he didn't want to risk APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil. Especially since according to him Steve is MadeOfEvil.



* ScrewDestiny: Literally. [[spoiler:When Des Tiny does his [[BondVillainStupidity evil plan speech]] and tells Darren how he'll become evil should he survive, Darren says [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Destiny...rejected."]] and goads Steve into [[SomeoneHasToDie killing him.]]]]

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* ScrewDestiny: Literally. [[spoiler:When Des Tiny does his [[BondVillainStupidity evil plan speech]] and tells Darren how he'll become evil should he survive, Darren says [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Destiny... rejected."]] and goads Steve into [[SomeoneHasToDie killing him.]]]]



* StrangeSalute: In ''Trials of Death'' the vampires do a strange sign, placing their hand in front of their face with the middle finger on their forehead, with the index and ring fingers placed on the eyelids. This is called the Death's Touch, which is meant to mean "even in death, may you be triumphant. [[spoiler: Becomes a MeaningfulEcho later in the book.]]

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* StrangeSalute: In ''Trials of Death'' the vampires do a strange sign, placing their hand in front of their face with the middle finger on their forehead, with the index and ring fingers placed on the eyelids. This is called the Death's Touch, which is meant to mean "even in death, may you be triumphant.triumphant". [[spoiler: Becomes a MeaningfulEcho later in the book.]]



* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers for TheMovie imply that Crepsley just randomly asks Darren if he wants to be a vampire. "Dude, wanna be a vampire?" while in the actual movie Darren agrees to become one in exchange for saving Steve (part of the line survives, but it's part of a speech about the trials of being a vampire)

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* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers for TheMovie imply that Crepsley just randomly asks Darren if he wants to be a vampire. "Dude, wanna be a vampire?" while in the actual movie Darren agrees to become one in exchange for saving Steve (part of the line survives, but it's part of a speech about the trials of being a vampire)vampire.)



* TwoPartTrilogy: The twelve-book saga is divided into four trilogies, the latter two of which are [[TwoPartTrilogy Two Part Trilogies]] in their own right (with "Hunters of the Dusk" establishing what has happened during the TimeSkip and setting the premise for the next two books, and "The Lake of Souls" bridging the GrandFinale and the previous WHAMEpisode).

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* TwoPartTrilogy: The twelve-book saga is divided into four trilogies, the latter two of which are [[TwoPartTrilogy Two Part Trilogies]] in their own right (with "Hunters of the Dusk" establishing what has happened during the TimeSkip and setting the premise for the next two books, and "The Lake of Souls" bridging the GrandFinale and the previous WHAMEpisode).WhamEpisode).



* {{Ungrateful Bastard}}: Steve, in spades.
* UnreliableNarrator: In book 9, [[spoiler: an entire chapter is devoted to creating a deus ex machina to prevent the death of Mr. Crepsley. He then admits next chapter that this didn't actually happen]].

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* {{Ungrateful Bastard}}: UngratefulBastard: Steve, in spades.
* UnreliableNarrator: In book 9, [[spoiler: an entire chapter is devoted to creating a deus {{deus ex machina machina}} to prevent the death of Mr. Crepsley. He Darren then admits at the start of the next chapter that this didn't actually happen]].



* WeUsedtoBeFriends: [[spoiler: Darren and Steve]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Kurda]]

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* WeUsedtoBeFriends: [[spoiler: Darren and Steve]]
Steve.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Kurda]]Kurda.]]



* WHAMEpisode: "Killers of the Dawn", "The Lake of Souls" and "Lord of the Shadows" could all qualify.

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* WHAMEpisode: WhamEpisode: "Killers of the Dawn", "The Lake of Souls" and "Lord of the Shadows" could all qualify.



* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: The circumstances surrounding the Wolfman's birth.

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* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: YouDoNotWantToKnow: The circumstances surrounding the Wolfman's birth.
4th Aug '16 4:55:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* SleepsWithBothEyesOpen: Being artificially made creatures who only possess features their creator deemed necessary, the "Little People" have no eyelids. Their eyes do become dimmer while sleeping, though.
2nd Aug '16 3:45:19 PM LentilSandEater
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** The vampaneze code also [[DoesntLikeGuns prevents them from using projectile weapons]]. The vampires have a less restrictive one which [[DoesntLikeGuns just disallows guns and bows]] (shuriken are fine). Then the vampaneze start to raise an army of human soldiers who are exempt from their code (and can thus lie and use guns), to the outrage of the vampires.

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** The vampaneze code also [[DoesntLikeGuns prevents them from using projectile weapons]]. The vampires have a less restrictive one which [[DoesntLikeGuns just disallows guns and bows]] (shuriken are fine). Then the vampaneze start to raise an army of human soldiers who are exempt from their code (and can thus lie and use guns), to the outrage of the vampires.vampires and even many vampaneze.



* IHateYouVampireDad: In the beginning, Darren feels this way about Mr. Crepsley, but eventually grows to become so close that he [[spoiler:goes into what can only be called depression after his mentor's death]].

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* IHateYouVampireDad: IHateYouVampireDad:
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In the beginning, Darren feels this way about Mr. Crepsley, but eventually grows to become so close that he [[spoiler:goes into what can only be called depression after his mentor's death]].
10th Apr '16 9:30:41 AM lavendermintrose
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The Saga follows a perfectly normal Teenager in a [[NoNameGiven perfectly normal town]] who after an unfortunate chain of events winds up ''faking his own death'' and living his life as a half-vampire [[TheApprentice assistant]] to the vampire Mr. Crepsley. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity]] and [[NightmareFuel nightmare fuel]] ensues. The story starts off with the appearance of a Goosebumps-esque non-serial horror series, but then (intentionally) [[PlotTumor grows]] into a war involving the [[DarkIsNotEvil good Vampires]] and the evil [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampaneze]]. Cue violence, character development, [[TimeTravel time travel]], and plot twists. Lots and lots of plot twists.

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The Saga follows a perfectly normal Teenager in a [[NoNameGiven perfectly normal town]] who after an unfortunate chain of events winds up ''faking his own death'' and living his life as a half-vampire [[TheApprentice assistant]] to the vampire Mr. Crepsley. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity]] and [[NightmareFuel nightmare fuel]] ensues. The story starts off with the appearance of a Goosebumps-esque non-serial horror series, but then (intentionally) [[PlotTumor grows]] into a war involving the [[DarkIsNotEvil good Vampires]] Vampires]], who do not kill when they feed from humans, and the evil [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampaneze]].Vampaneze]], who do kill. Cue violence, character development, [[TimeTravel time travel]], and plot twists. Lots and lots of plot twists.
10th Apr '16 9:25:52 AM lavendermintrose
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''The Saga of Darren Shan'' is a 12-part Fantasy Horror series by Irish author... Darren Shan (his real surname is ''O' Shaughnessy'', but [[PenName that's not quite as marketable]]). It's very popular across the world and was made into [[FilmOfTheBook a movie]]. There is also a {{Manga}} adaptation... which, oddly enough, is actually made and published in Japan.

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''The Saga of Darren Shan'' is a 12-part Fantasy Horror series by Irish author... Darren Shan (his real surname is ''O' Shaughnessy'', but [[PenName that's not quite as marketable]]). It's very popular across the world and was made into [[FilmOfTheBook a movie]]. There is also a {{Manga}} adaptation... which, oddly enough, is actually made and adaptation, which was published in ''Magazine/ShonenSunday'' in Japan.
2nd Apr '16 5:56:45 PM lavendermintrose
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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Inverted. Lady Evanna has the form of a human-wolf hybrid. She can choose whatever form she wants, and sometimes picks a beautiful one, but she prefers the form she first came into the world with.

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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Inverted.Played with. Lady Evanna has the form of a human-wolf hybrid. She can choose whatever form she wants, and sometimes picks a beautiful one, but she prefers the form she first came into the world with. Her usual form is... not intended to look appealing.



* HeelFaceTurn: Alice Burgess steps down from being a police chief and joins the war on the vampires' side.
2nd Apr '16 4:17:04 PM fearlessnikki
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* AdrenalineMakeover: Debbie goes through one after one bad day of hunting in the sewers.
* AmazonianBeauty: Played with. When Darren first meets Arra Sails, he remarks that she's not particularly beautiful, but looks like a supermodel compared to the other vampires.



* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' call Evanna a witch.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: During the battle in the sewers, Darren sees Debbie on a vampet's back raking his eyes with her nails. He remarks "not bad for an English teacher."



* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Inverted. Lady Evanna has the form of a human-wolf hybrid. She can choose whatever form she wants, and sometimes picks a beautiful one, but she prefers the form she first came into the world with.



* HeelFaceTurn: Alice Burgess steps down from being a police chief and joins the war on the vampires' side.



* HealingFactor: Cormac Limbs.
** Exaggerated, in that [[spoiler: when his head is cut off, ''two'' grow back]]
* HonorBeforeReason: The vampaneze have a complex code of honour which, among other things, [[WillNotTellALie forbids them from lying]] and allows them only to feed on humans who they have chosen through a ritual several days in advance. A vampaneze will never break this code, even when violently insane.

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* HealingFactor: Cormac Limbs.
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Limbs. Exaggerated, in that [[spoiler: when his head is cut off, ''two'' grow back]]
* HonorBeforeReason: HonorBeforeReason:
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The vampaneze have a complex code of honour which, among other things, [[WillNotTellALie forbids them from lying]] and allows them only to feed on humans who they have chosen through a ritual several days in advance. A vampaneze will never break this code, even when violently insane.


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* LadyOfBlackMagic: Evanna, who is blessed with a bit of magic herself.


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* LoopholeAbuse: The vampaneeze's army of human servants are ways for them to get around their customs and traditions (not using missile weapons in battle). Debbie and Alice later create a good counterpart for the vampires, for the same reason.


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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: A justified example. Darren spots only about three female vampires in contrast to the hundreds of males. Arra Sails explains that "women do not make good vampires" as becoming one makes them barren.


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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Holy hell, Annie Shan in the first book. If she hadn't opened Darren's door and screamed at what she saw, Madam Octa wouldn't have bit Steve, and Darren would have never become a vampire. Darren's narration even mentioned that Annie always knocked before coming into his room.
25th Mar '16 9:34:20 AM lavendermintrose
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** The vampires do this too. Let's see, a child failed the Trials of Death. We need to execute him, because no matter how much we don't want to, any way of pardoning him would be too dishonorable to everyone involved - other than [[spoiler: electing the child to the council of ''all-powerful leaders'']], that is. And that's only ''after'' he [[spoiler: saved all of them from a treason plot]].

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** The vampires do this too. Let's see, a child failed the Trials of Death. We need to execute him, because no matter how much we don't want to, any way of pardoning him saying "ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem" would be too dishonorable to everyone involved - other than So let's just [[spoiler: electing elect the child to the council of ''all-powerful leaders'']], that is.leaders'']]. And that's only ''after'' he [[spoiler: saved all of them from a treason plot]].


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* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Averted in the end of book 6: [[spoiler: Darren's situation wasn't enough to make the Princes relax their laws to spare him, even after "saving" ''all of the vampires''. It would be [[HonorBeforeReason too dishonorable]] to do this even once. So instead, they take the only honorable way out - making an inexperienced child a Vampire Prince, putting him above the law]].
25th Mar '16 9:30:08 AM lavendermintrose
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* MyMasterRightOrWrong: The Vampaneze follow their Lord even when his commands go against their ways and traditions.



* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Alice Burgess is the only exception. The lack of female vampires is even explained as women being unwilling to give up motherhood, invoking the trope on a collective scale as well.


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* ValuesDissonance: Between the Vampires and the ideas from the human world, which has changed while they have tried to stay the same. The issue arises as to whether or not this was a good course of action. This also includes their attitudes towards women, which is pretty much in line with what you'd expect from a bunch of 17th-19th century warrior guys who haven't changed. The Vampaneze seem to be even more old-fashioned than the vampires.
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