History Literature / ThursdayNext

29th Oct '16 5:55:30 PM Theriocephalus
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* [[spoiler: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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* [[spoiler:AmnesiaLoop]]: 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.''



* FanworkBan: [[invoked]] Subverted! In book six Thursday visits the island of {{fanfiction}}, and is surprised to find it a lively place that's one big party - because it's a celebration of their source material. While the locations and character are described as flat, this is stated to be a side-effect of being copied, with varying degrees of severity depending on the quality of the writer. Plus it tangentially references [[SoCoolItsAwesome Thursday and the Doctor fighting Daleks]].
** (As for ''Thursday Next'' fanfiction, Fforde has said that he doesn't mind, but would rather people spent the time inventing their own creations.)

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* FanworkBan: [[invoked]] Subverted! In book six Thursday visits the island of {{fanfiction}}, and is surprised to find it a lively place that's one big party - -- because it's a celebration of their source material. While the locations and character are described as flat, this is stated to be a side-effect of being copied, with varying degrees of severity depending on the quality of the writer. Plus it tangentially references [[SoCoolItsAwesome Thursday and the Doctor fighting Daleks]].
** (As As for ''Thursday Next'' fanfiction, Fforde has said that he doesn't mind, but would rather people spent the time inventing their own creations.)






* GreatWhiteHunter / MightyWhitey : Commander Trafford Bradshaw is a safari adventurer from a series of boys' adventure novels. Since nobody reads such politically incorrect stuff any longer, he has lots of free time for his hobby (director of the [=BookWorld=]'s law enforcement.)



* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Miss Havisham]]
* [[MetafictionDemandedThisIndex Metafictional devices]]: Because so much of the plot revolves around dealing with events inside books and with fictional characters, nearly all devices get used to some extent, especially TrappedInTVLand, RefugeeFromTVLand, and MediumAwareness.

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* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Miss Havisham]]
Havisham]].
* [[MetafictionDemandedThisIndex Metafictional devices]]: Because so much MightyWhitey: Commander Trafford Bradshaw is a safari adventurer from a series of boys' adventure novels set in Africa. Since nobody reads such politically incorrect stuff any longer, he has lots of free time for his other job as director of the plot revolves around dealing with events inside books and with fictional characters, nearly all devices get used to some extent, especially TrappedInTVLand, RefugeeFromTVLand, and MediumAwareness.[=BookWorld=]'s law enforcement.



* [[OnceAnEpisode Once A Book]]: Thursday will have to help Spike Stoker out with a magical or supernatural mission, usually completely unrelated to the rest of the story - in fact Fforde once described the Spike segments as 'a breather' in the pell-mell plot. [[spoiler:The exception being in the first book - at the end, Thursday discovers that silver can hurt her NighInvulnerable foe, and remembers that she still has an anti-werewolf silver bullet in her pocket from the Spike mission]]. In the sixth book, Spike appears briefly, but there is no mission, and in the seventh he's only mentioned by Thursday's psychiatrist. And it's only a brief flashback in ''Well.''

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* [[OnceAnEpisode Once A Book]]: OnceAnEpisode: Thursday will have to help Spike Stoker out with a magical or supernatural mission, usually completely unrelated to the rest of the story - in fact Fforde once described the Spike segments as 'a breather' in the pell-mell plot. [[spoiler:The exception being in the first book - at the end, Thursday discovers that silver can hurt her NighInvulnerable foe, and remembers that she still has an anti-werewolf silver bullet in her pocket from the Spike mission]]. In the sixth book, Spike appears briefly, but there is no mission, and in the seventh he's only mentioned by Thursday's psychiatrist. And it's only a brief flashback in ''Well.''



* PowerPerversionPotential: In ''One of our Thursdays is Missing'', Professor Plum mentions that when it was still allowed, many BookWorlders visited the Real World for the sex.
* PropheticName / PunnyName / RedShirt: In ''Lost in a Good Book'', Thursday is "protected" by pairs of government agents with names like Kannon and Phodder, Deadman and Walken, etc... they don't last long.

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* PowerPerversionPotential: In ''One of our Thursdays is Missing'', Professor Plum mentions that when it was still allowed, many BookWorlders [=BookWorlders=] visited the Real World for the sex.
sex, since sex in literature tends to be too cursorily described to be any good.
* PropheticName / PunnyName / RedShirt: PropheticName: In ''Lost in a Good Book'', Thursday is "protected" by pairs of government agents with names like Kannon and Phodder, Deadman and Walken, etc... they don't last long.



** In the sixth book, we actually get to see the Fanfiction area of the Bookworld - and it's as clever as you'd think.

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** In the sixth book, we actually get to see the Fanfiction area of the Bookworld - -- and it's as clever as you'd think.



* WritersSuck / TakeThatUs: Due to the way fiction is in this world, the least important person involved in storytelling is the '''author''', the spark of inspiration is generated spontaneously by the universe itself, the [=BookWorld=] characters act out the story and maintain the infrastructure required to keep the story intact, while the reader supplies the imaginative potential required to power the whole system. The author is just a convenient pair of hands for typing the story out.
** Like [[WorldOfWeirdness most things in this universe]], though, this isn't always entirely consistent. Characters occasionally speak of their authors as though they were directing their actions (or in Emperor Zhark's case, [[CreatorBacklash threatening his existence]]) and the problems caused by Hamlet's absence from his play could only be solved by Shakespeare himself [[spoiler:(or his clone). This becomes even more odd when you remember that according to The Eyre Affair Shakespeare did not actually write the plays, they were just handed to him to be published.]].

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* WritersSuck / TakeThatUs: WritersSuck: Due to the way fiction is in this world, the least important person involved in storytelling is the '''author''', the '''author'''. The spark of inspiration is generated spontaneously by the universe itself, the [=BookWorld=] characters act out the story and maintain the infrastructure required to keep the story intact, while the reader supplies the imaginative potential required to power the whole system. The author is just a convenient pair of hands for typing the story out.
** Like [[WorldOfWeirdness most things in this universe]], though, this isn't always entirely consistent. Characters occasionally speak of their authors as though they were directing their actions (or in Emperor Zhark's case, [[CreatorBacklash threatening his existence]]) existence]]), and the problems caused by Hamlet's absence from his play could only be solved by Shakespeare himself [[spoiler:(or his clone). This becomes even more odd when you remember that according to The ''The Eyre Affair Affair'' Shakespeare did not actually write the plays, they were just handed to him to be published.]].
16th Jun '16 9:37:50 AM flightofthegodshawk
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*** This becomes a BrickJoke in ''One of Our Thursdays is Missing'' when written!Thursday visits the jurisfiction offices which now all have labels, including one labeled 'Old Jokes'.

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*** This becomes a BrickJoke in ''One of Our Thursdays is Missing'' when written!Thursday visits the jurisfiction Jurisfiction offices which are all now all have labels, labelled, including one labeled 'Old Jokes'.
16th Jun '16 9:34:27 AM flightofthegodshawk
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*** This becomes a BrickJoke in ''One of Our Thursdays is Missing'' when written!Thursday visits the jurisfiction offices which now all have labels, including one labeled 'Old Jokes'.
9th Jun '16 4:57:11 PM nombretomado
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* AudienceParticipation: In-universe, the audience at the performance of ''Theatre/RichardIII'' behaves very much like ours at ''[[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Rocky Horror]]''.

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* AudienceParticipation: In-universe, the audience at the performance of ''Theatre/RichardIII'' behaves very much like ours at ''[[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow ''[[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Rocky Horror]]''.
26th May '16 11:39:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil: [[spoiler:Aornis Hades and Cindy Stoker]] both have blond hair.
22nd Mar '16 2:52:33 PM Yinyang107
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: ''The Eyre Affair'''s villain, Acheron Hades, and his siblings (all of whom are also named after mythological ellish rivers - Styx, Phlegethon and so on).

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: ''The Eyre Affair'''s villain, Acheron Hades, and his siblings (all of whom are also named after mythological ellish hellish rivers - Styx, Phlegethon and so on).
27th Feb '16 3:35:51 AM flightofthegodshawk
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* AnvilOnHead: ''The Eyre Affair'' pays homage to the anvil tradition in the subplot involving the Minotaur who has been tagged with a slapstick marker.

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* AnvilOnHead: ''The Eyre Affair'' ''Something Rotten'' pays homage to the anvil tradition in the subplot involving the Minotaur who has been tagged with a slapstick marker.



** More like [[IncrediblyLamePun Chekhov's long range sniper rifle]]: in the first book, a minor villain is named Yorrick, in the fourth book, {{Hamlet}} is pulled from his namesake play and Yorrick is brought back as a main character. [[spoiler: the obvious joke is made.]]

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** More like [[IncrediblyLamePun Chekhov's long range sniper rifle]]: in the first second book, a minor villain is named Yorrick, in the fourth book, {{Hamlet}} is pulled from his namesake play and Yorrick is brought back as a main character. [[spoiler: the obvious joke is made.]]



* SilverBullet: Used against werewolves, naturally.

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* SilverBullet: Used against werewolves, naturally. [[spoiler: And Acheron Hades]].



* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler:Harris Tweed]] offers Thursday a position at Grand Text Central if she helps him with his plot.

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* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler:Harris Tweed]] offers Thursday a position at Text Grand Text Central if she helps him with his plot.
8th Jan '16 10:33:24 AM Lopiny
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* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: There's cheese so strong it can be used as a weapon, and needs to be encased in lead.
4th Jan '16 1:56:14 PM KrytenKoro
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* DeusExMachina: The Jurisfiction handbook that all [=SpecOps=] officers have has a literal one. Thursday activates the one she has, whereupon The Great Panjandrum appeared and fixed everything.

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* DeusExMachina: The Jurisfiction handbook that all [=SpecOps=] Jurisfiction officers have has a literal one. Thursday activates the one she has, whereupon The Great Panjandrum appeared and fixed everything.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Extreme example - while the Next-verse contains things we would consider impossible, such as the Gravitube through the centre of the Earth, but when Thursday is introduced to the idea of mass aeroplane transit and moon landings, she considers that impossible.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Extreme example - while the Next-verse contains things we would consider impossible, such as the Gravitube through the centre crust of the Earth, but when Thursday is introduced to the idea of mass aeroplane transit and moon landings, she considers that impossible.
2nd Jan '16 3:34:19 AM foxley
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* AnachronisticClue: A throwaway joke has the [=LitraTecs=] pointing out that a manuscript of Shakespeare's lost play ''Cardenio'' is a fake because it was unlikely that Shakespeare would have has Cardenio searching for his lost love in a Land Rover.
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