History Literature / ThursdayNext

23rd Jul '17 3:13:41 PM nombretomado
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* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: Averted, indeed almost ''inverted''. Every time geopolitics is mentioned, for instance, it sounds radically different to that of our world (Russia is Tsarist, one of the two biggest superpowers is based in Africa, Wales has left the United Kingdom - no word on Scotland) and things like Britain being invaded and occupied by the Nazis during WW2 are casually mentioned out of hand.

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* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: Averted, indeed almost ''inverted''. Every time geopolitics is mentioned, for instance, it sounds radically different to that of our world (Russia is Tsarist, one of the two biggest superpowers is based in Africa, Wales has left the United Kingdom - no word on Scotland) and things like Britain being invaded and occupied by the Nazis during WW2 [=WW2=] are casually mentioned out of hand.
9th Jul '17 10:38:57 AM nombretomado
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Thursday Next lives in an AlternateHistory. In her world, TimeTravel, cloning and genetic engineering are commonplace; resurrected dodos are the household pet of choice. The obscenely powerful [[MegaCorp Goliath Corporation,]] which nearly singlehandedly reconstructed England after [[WorldWarTwo World War II,]] now runs the country as a virtual police state. And literature, particularly classic literature, is very, very, ''very'' SeriousBusiness. Writers are revered with nearly spiritual devotion, controversial claims about books and authors can be criminal, and an entire police squad, the [=LiteraTecs=], exist to keep the literary scene in order. Thursday works for just such a unit in Swindon, with her friend and colleague, the exceedingly polite Bowden Cable.

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Thursday Next lives in an AlternateHistory. In her world, TimeTravel, cloning and genetic engineering are commonplace; resurrected dodos are the household pet of choice. The obscenely powerful [[MegaCorp Goliath Corporation,]] which nearly singlehandedly reconstructed England after [[WorldWarTwo World War II,]] UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, now runs the country as a virtual police state. And literature, particularly classic literature, is very, very, ''very'' SeriousBusiness. Writers are revered with nearly spiritual devotion, controversial claims about books and authors can be criminal, and an entire police squad, the [=LiteraTecs=], exist to keep the literary scene in order. Thursday works for just such a unit in Swindon, with her friend and colleague, the exceedingly polite Bowden Cable.
28th Jun '17 6:55:11 PM LBHills
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* EncyclopediaExposita: ''The Jurisfiction Guide to the Great Library'' by the Unitary Authority of Warrington (formely know as Cheshire) Cat.

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* EncyclopediaExposita: ''The Jurisfiction Guide to the Great Library'' by the Unitary Authority of Warrington (formely know (formerly known as Cheshire) Cat.
28th Jun '17 6:50:26 PM LBHills
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In the course of rescuing her GadgeteerGenius uncle Mycroft from international arch-criminal [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Acheron Hades,]] a [[CardCarryingVillain gleefully evil]] individual with supernatural powers, Thursday discovers the Great Library, a sort of pocket dimension that exists within the pages of all works of literature, where all literary characters live. They're self-aware, acting out their roles when a person reads a book but chilling out and living their own lives as soon as they close it. The Great Library is governed by the Council of Genres and kept in line by Jurisfiction, ''another'' police force whose task it is to make sure the plot of every book stays the same every time someone reads it.

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In the course of rescuing her GadgeteerGenius uncle Mycroft from international arch-criminal [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Acheron Hades,]] a [[CardCarryingVillain gleefully evil]] individual with supernatural powers, Thursday discovers the Great Library, a sort of pocket dimension that exists within 'behind the pages scenes' of all works of literature, where all literary characters live. They're self-aware, acting out their roles when a person reads a book but chilling out and living their own lives as soon as they close it. The Great Library is governed by the Council of Genres and kept in line by Jurisfiction, ''another'' police force whose task it is to make sure the plot of every book stays the same every time someone reads it.
it. (Insofar as they can.)
28th Jun '17 6:48:41 PM LBHills
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In an effort to rescue her GadgeteerGenius uncle Mycroft from international arch-criminal [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Acheron Hades,]] a [[CardCarryingVillain gleefully evil]] individual with supernatural powers, Thursday discovers the Great Library, a sort of pocket dimension that exists within the pages of all works of literature, where all literary characters live. They're self-aware, acting out their roles when a person reads a book but chilling out and living their own lives as soon as they close it. The Great Library is governed by the Council of Genres and kept in line by Jurisfiction, ''another'' police force whose task it is to make sure the plot of every book stays the same every time someone reads it.

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In an effort to rescue the course of rescuing her GadgeteerGenius uncle Mycroft from international arch-criminal [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Acheron Hades,]] a [[CardCarryingVillain gleefully evil]] individual with supernatural powers, Thursday discovers the Great Library, a sort of pocket dimension that exists within the pages of all works of literature, where all literary characters live. They're self-aware, acting out their roles when a person reads a book but chilling out and living their own lives as soon as they close it. The Great Library is governed by the Council of Genres and kept in line by Jurisfiction, ''another'' police force whose task it is to make sure the plot of every book stays the same every time someone reads it.
14th Jun '17 10:29:57 PM Theriocephalus
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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Acheron is making a list of demands in ''The Eyre Affair'' and, in a fit of generosity, allows each of his evil minions to add an item to the list. Mr. Delamere demands the government rename a motorway service station after his mother, Leigh Delamere. [[spoiler: Ironically, this is the only demand that ends up being granted.]]
** [[https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5097519,-2.1638117,16z Leigh Delamare West Motorway Services]] is such an implausible name that it could only exist in our world.
* EvilTwin: Pops up now and then, especially in a world where any real-life person who has a book written about him is either demonized or whitewashed. [[spoiler: Includes Thursday1-4.]]
* ExtranormalInstitute: Jurisfiction.

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Acheron is making a list of demands in ''The Eyre Affair'' and, in a fit of generosity, allows each of his evil minions to add an item to the list. Mr. Delamere demands the government rename a motorway service station after his mother, Leigh Delamere. [[spoiler: Ironically, this is the only demand that ends up being granted.]]
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]] [[https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5097519,-2.1638117,16z Leigh Delamare West Motorway Services]] is such an implausible name that it could only exist in our world.
* EvilTwin: Pops up now and then, especially in a world where any real-life person who has a book written about him is either demonized or whitewashed. [[spoiler: Includes This includes Thursday1-4.]]
* ExtranormalInstitute: Jurisfiction.Jurisfiction, a specialized police force which has departments dealing with, among other things, time travel and paranormal activity.



* FamilyThemeNaming: Nearly everyone in the Next family is named after the days of the week. The one exception is Jenny, because [[spoiler:she doesn't actually exist.]]

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* FamilyThemeNaming: Nearly everyone in the Next family is named after the days of the week.week -- Thursday's mother is named Wednesday, and her son and daughter are named Friday and Tuesday. The one exception is Jenny, because [[spoiler:she doesn't actually exist.]]
14th Jun '17 10:27:46 PM Theriocephalus
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* AmnesiaLoop: In ''First Among Sequels'' with Thursday in regards to Jenny. (This [[spoiler:spreads to the rest of the family]] in ''The Woman Who Died a Lot.''

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* AmnesiaLoop: In ''First Among Sequels'' with Thursday in regards to Jenny. (This [[spoiler:spreads to the rest of the family]] in ''The Woman Who Died a Lot.''Lot''.



* TheGhost: Jenny, Thursday's youngest daughter. The recurrent scenes that [[MissedHimByThatMuch Thursday always shows up at precisely the wrong time and miss seeing her]] is played as a rather weak RunningGag, [[spoiler: it was revealed that she is a mindworm left by Aornis Hades and does not actually exist. Her family knows this but pretends she exists and are ready with excuses when Thursday asks where Jenny was. This is to prevent Thursday from having a mental breakdown every time she realizes Jenny does not exist; Aornis created a mental block to prevent her from being able to recall this fact]].



* GreenAesop: The Short Now, caused by convenience in working with natural resources over responsible planning, depleting them, all the while claiming that there is not enough proof that the problem may be man made instead of natural - let's just say it bears some resemblance to political topics of the day.
* GreyGoo: Well, ''pink'' goo anyway. The world was supposed to end because of an accident by {{nanomachines}} converting all organic matter into artificially flavored strawberry pudding.

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* GreenAesop: The Short Now, caused by convenience in working with natural resources over responsible planning, depleting them, all the while claiming that there is not enough proof that the problem may be man made instead of natural - -- let's just say it bears some resemblance to political topics of the day.
* GreyGoo: Well, ''pink'' goo anyway. The world was supposed to end because of an accident by {{nanomachines}} converting all organic matter into artificially flavored strawberry pudding. [[spoiler:Thursday's dad ends up [[HeroicSacrifice infecting himself]] with the only sample of the nanomachines and going back in time to a primordial, lifeless Earth where it can do no harm, which ends up kickstarting the evolution of life, making all living things just very advanced pink goo.]]



* RetGone: Thursday's husband Landen gets temporarily eradicated - not just killed but written out of history - plus the nonexistent relatives of the attendees at Eradications Anonymous meetings.
** Thursday's father was eradicated, but managed to still exist because of his [=ChronoGuard=] skills. However, he no longer has/never had a first name.
** And in the fifth book, time travel itself becomes retgone, because it never will be discovered.

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* RetGone: RetGone:
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Thursday's husband Landen gets temporarily eradicated - -- not just killed killed, but written out of history - plus the nonexistent relatives by means of the attendees at Eradications Anonymous meetings.
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[[spoiler:time travelers preventing his father from saving him from drowning when Landen was still a child]] -- and Thursday's father was eradicated, eradicated by means of "a well-timed knock on his parents' front door" when he went rogue from the TimePolice, but managed to still exist because of his [=ChronoGuard=] skills. However, skills, although he no longer has/never had a first name.
name. These things are apparently common enough for Eradications Anonymous meetings full of people who have had spouses and relatives edited out of history to be a thing.
** And in In the fifth book, time travel itself becomes retgone, retgoned, because it never will be discovered.discovered -- there was no point in the know timeline when time travel was actually ''invented'', and the TimePolice had been relying on it being invented at some point in the far future for them to use it. In the end, the universe comes to an end in the far, far future without time travel ever having been discovered, so the entire business and its effects end up going poof.



* RubberBandHistory: An interesting variant - though it isn't set in our world, thanks to TimeTravel, it will be once the [=ChronoGuard=] sort out all the errors.

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* RubberBandHistory: An interesting variant - -- though it isn't set in our world, thanks to TimeTravel, it will be once the [=ChronoGuard=] sort out all the errors.



* SeriousBusiness: Works of classic literature. To the extent that [[Franchise/YuGiOh a world revolving around a children's card game]] makes perfect sense in comparison. (Fforde says in interviews that the people in the Literature/ThursdayNext world have the same mass devotion for literature that people in our world have for sport.)
** Sport? Sport and religion ''combined,'' maybe. Bear in mind sports fans don't go door to door ''evangelising'' their favourite athletes. (Have you ever wondered ''how'' Shakespeare wrote all those wonderful plays?)
** Yet... in ''Well of Lost Plots'' the Bellman says that only 30% of the Outland reads fiction on a regular basis.
** Just to establish a baseline here, in one book a book sale is treated like a Black Friday sale in the modern US. Except instead of people getting trampled to death, there's actual gunfire. Thursday doesn't seem to think this is particularly abnormal for major books sales.
** They do play and watch one sport, however, with fan clubs and world cup tournaments and all. Namely croquet.
*** Art is also Serious Business. The first book contains a ''riot'' over artistic styles and [=SpecOps=]-24 deals exclusively with art crime.

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* SeriousBusiness: SeriousBusiness:
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Works of classic literature. To the extent that [[Franchise/YuGiOh a world revolving around a children's card game]] makes perfect sense in comparison. (Fforde Fforde says in interviews that the people in the Literature/ThursdayNext world have the same mass devotion for literature that people in our world have for sport.)
** Sport? Sport
sport, although sport and religion ''combined,'' maybe.''combined'' comes closer. Bear in mind sports fans don't go door to door ''evangelising'' their favourite athletes. (Have you ever wondered ''how'' Shakespeare wrote all those wonderful plays?)
** Yet... *** Oddly enough, in ''Well of Lost Plots'' Plots'', the Bellman says that only 30% of the Outland reads fiction on a regular basis.
** *** Just to establish a baseline here, in one book a book sale is treated like a Black Friday sale in the modern US. Except instead of people getting trampled to death, there's actual gunfire. Thursday doesn't seem to think this is particularly abnormal for major books sales.
** They do Besides books, people in the Nextverse play and watch one sport, however, sport with fan clubs and world cup tournaments and all. Namely croquet.
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croquet. Art is also Serious Business. The first book contains a ''riot'' over artistic styles and [=SpecOps=]-24 deals exclusively with art crime.



* [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen She Who Must Not Be Seen]]/TheGhost: Jenny, Thursday's youngest daughter. The recurrent scenes that [[MissedHimByThatMuch Thursday always shows up at precisely the wrong time and miss seeing her]] is played as a rather weak RunningGag, [[spoiler: it was revealed that she is a mindworm left by Aornis Hades and does not actually exist. Her family knows this but pretends she exists and are ready with excuses when Thursday asks where Jenny was. This is to prevent Thursday from having a mental breakdown every time she realizes Jenny does not exist; Aornis created a mental block to prevent her from being able to recall this fact.]]
8th May '17 6:50:45 AM foxley
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* DifferentWorldsDifferentMovies: Thursday recognises Captain Nemo from ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''. Nemo mentions only appearing in one novel, which means that Creator/JulesVerne never wrote ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'' in this world.

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* DifferentWorldsDifferentMovies: DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: Thursday recognises Captain Nemo from ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''. Nemo mentions only appearing in one novel, which means that Creator/JulesVerne never wrote ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'' in this world.
8th May '17 6:49:30 AM foxley
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* DifferentWorldsDifferentMovies: Thursday recognises Captain Nemo from ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''. Nemo mentions only appearing in one novel, which means that Creator/JulesVerne never wrote ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'' in this world.
15th Apr '17 6:43:27 PM Rebu
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* WeaponsThatSuck: Spike's special vacuum cleaner. Designed to suck up [=SEBs=] (Supreme Evil Beings), which Spike deals with on a near-weekly basis.

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* WeaponsThatSuck: Spike's special vacuum cleaner. Designed to suck up [=SEBs=] (Supreme Evil Beings), which Spike deals with on a near-weekly basis. It's also [[MundaneUtility a vacuum cleaner]], because everyone needs to clean their carpets.
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