History Literature / Trainspotting

20th Oct '17 8:03:45 AM hullflyer
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* YoungerThanTheyLook: Mark Renton meets Diane in a club, then goes to her house where they have sex. Immediately after the act she kicks him out of her room and he sleeps on a sofa. In the morning it's revealed that she's underage. She even threatens to report him for sex with a minor if he doesn't see her again.

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* YoungerThanTheyLook: Mark Renton meets Diane in a club, then goes to her house where they have sex. Immediately after the act she kicks him out of her room and he sleeps on a sofa. In the morning it's revealed that she's underage. She even threatens to report him for sex with a minor if he doesn't see her again.again[[note]]Renton is either unaware of, or too drugged-up to realize, the fact that meeting her in a club pretty clearly indicates that she ''should'' be of age, or else not have been allowed in. A public defender (or whatever the Scottish equivalent is) 10 minutes out of law school would get him out of any trouble she tried to get him in. Sleeping with her again ''after'' he knows her true age, on the other hand . . .[[/note]].
20th Oct '17 7:48:31 AM hullflyer
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Tommy and Lizzie's relationship might have been on very shaky ground, but Renton secretly swapping their personal pornotape, pushes it over the edge as Tommy cannot explain why it is missing and can't deny that someone else might have gotten their hands on it when him and Lizzie discover the swap. The lonely Tommy turns to drugs in an attempt to mend his broken heart, decays severely both physically and mentally, gets infected with HIV after using drugs for just a few months, sinks into extreme poverty, suffers a stroke, and finally dies completely alone while lying in a pool of his own sick, and his body is first discovered when the neighbours complains about the smell.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Tommy and Lizzie's relationship might have been on very shaky ground, ground already, but Renton secretly swapping their personal pornotape, pornotape pushes it over the edge as Tommy cannot explain why it is missing and can't deny that someone else might have gotten their hands on it when him he and Lizzie discover the swap. The lonely Tommy turns to drugs in an attempt to mend his broken heart, decays severely both physically and mentally, gets infected with HIV after using drugs for just a few months, sinks into extreme poverty, suffers a stroke, and finally dies completely alone while lying in a pool of his own sick, and his body is first discovered when the neighbours complains neighbors complain about the smell.
19th Oct '17 6:45:44 AM axle-k89
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** Though the phrase "AIDS Junkie" spray painted on Tommy's door might have been a clue.

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** Though the phrase "AIDS Junkie" Junkie scum" spray painted on Tommy's door might have been a clue.
30th Jul '17 6:59:03 PM DanielCase
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** Most signficantly, Mark's older brother, who in the book serves in the Army until he is killed by terrorists in Northern Ireland, is absent from the film.



* ArmouredClosetGay: Begbie in the film. Robert Carlyle played him as a closeted homosexual whose bursts of rage stemmed partially from his fear of being outed, and WordOfGod agreed with the interpretation. When a girl he's getting frisky with turns out to be a man he amazingly ''doesn't'' attack the person in question, which at a glance seems very out of character. It's also insinuated with a scene in which Begbie makes Renton put a cigarette in his mouth, which is charged with sexual tension.

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* ArmouredClosetGay: Begbie in the film. Robert Carlyle played him as a closeted homosexual whose bursts of rage stemmed partially from his fear of being outed, and WordOfGod agreed with the interpretation. When a girl he's getting frisky with turns out to be a man he amazingly ''doesn't'' attack the person in question, which at a glance seems [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness very out of character.character]]. It's also insinuated with a scene in which Begbie makes Renton put a cigarette in his mouth, which is charged with sexual tension.
8th Jun '17 5:04:12 PM jormis29
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It was adapted into a film in 1996 by Creator/DannyBoyle, and was the second of three films from the mid [[TheNineties nineties]] directed by Boyle and starring Creator/EwanMcGregor, along with ''Film/ShallowGrave'' and ''Film/ALifeLessOrdinary''. It also features Creator/JonnyLeeMiller as Sick Boy, Ewen Bremner as Spud, a scarily emaciated Kevin [=McKidd=] as Tommy, Creator/RobertCarlyle as Franco Begbie and a youthful Creator/KellyMacdonald as Diane. Allegedly due to a head cold, Kevin [=McKidd=] missed being on the iconic poster.

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It was adapted into a film in 1996 by Creator/DannyBoyle, and was the second of three films from the mid [[TheNineties nineties]] directed by Boyle and starring Creator/EwanMcGregor, along with ''Film/ShallowGrave'' and ''Film/ALifeLessOrdinary''. It also features Creator/JonnyLeeMiller as Sick Boy, Ewen Bremner as Spud, a scarily emaciated Kevin [=McKidd=] Creator/KevinMcKidd as Tommy, Creator/RobertCarlyle as Franco Begbie and a youthful Creator/KellyMacdonald as Diane. Allegedly due to a head cold, Kevin [=McKidd=] missed being on the iconic poster.
15th May '17 7:35:46 PM nombretomado
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* TheTroubles: Referenced. Mark's brother is killed by the IRA while on a tour in Northern Ireland.
24th Apr '17 8:19:19 PM Xtifr
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* NailedToTheWagon: Renton has his parents lock him in his room to force himself through withdrawal. In his case, he does see PinkElephants. Specifically, a baby crawling towards him on the roof. It gets worse, but it sticks eventually.

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* NailedToTheWagon: Renton has his parents lock him in his room to force himself through withdrawal. In his case, he does see PinkElephants. Specifically, a baby crawling towards him on the roof. It gets worse, but it sticks eventually.
4th Apr '17 4:14:37 PM TheMoccasinKing
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** The scene is slightly different in the book--Begbie begins to furiously interrogate the entire bar, playing detective and shouting at the bartender to call the police. The girl's boyfriend sets off the brawl by punching another man. After the massive bar brawl is over, he and Begbie together kick another man to a pulp, and he cheerfully extends his hand to Begbie. Who promptly kicks him in the groin and punches his face in.

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** The scene is slightly different in the book--Begbie begins to furiously interrogate the entire bar, playing detective and shouting at the bartender to call the police. The girl's boyfriend glassed man's mate sets off the brawl by punching another man. After the massive bar brawl is over, he and Begbie together kick another man to a pulp, and he cheerfully extends his hand to Begbie. Who promptly kicks him in the groin and punches his face in.
4th Apr '17 12:24:13 PM TheMoccasinKing
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* BrotherSisterIncest: Renton offhandedly mentions a former friend who he'd dropped after it became common knowledge he'd been shagging his sister.


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* ParentalIncest: Hazel let slip to Mark she'd suffered from this as a girl, making sex with her near-impossible from lingering trauma.
3rd Apr '17 8:53:39 PM lalaTKG
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* TextualCelebrityResemblance: In the book, Renton is said to resemble footballer Alex McLeish, while Sick Boy and Tommy are said to look like Creator/StevenSeagal and Creator/HarrisonFord respectively.

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* TextualCelebrityResemblance: In the book, Renton is said to resemble footballer Alex McLeish, [=McLeish=], while Sick Boy and Tommy are said to look like Creator/StevenSeagal and Creator/HarrisonFord respectively.



* TitledAfterSong: Some of the chapters are named after songs or lyrics - "[[Music/IggyPop Scotland Takes Drugs in Physic Defense]]", [[Music/TheSmiths There Is a Light That Never Goes Out]]" and "[[Music/DavidBowie Station to Station]]".

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* TitledAfterSong: TitledAfterTheSong: Some of the chapters are named after songs or lyrics - "[[Music/IggyPop Scotland Takes Drugs in Physic Defense]]", [[Music/TheSmiths There Is a Light That Never Goes Out]]" and "[[Music/DavidBowie Station to Station]]".
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