History Literature / Xanth

4th Jan '16 8:28:18 PM butterflygrrl
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** Cheiron, at least, points out that oaths sworn under duress are not binding, which differs from some other Piers Anthony works.
4th Jan '16 8:25:51 PM butterflygrrl
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* CuteMonsterGirl: Almost every non-human female is considered vastly more attractive than her male counterpart. Except for Harpies. Harpies are '''ugly'''. They prefer it that way; they work at being ugly the way human women work at being beautiful. (The few male harpies that exist are handsome, however.) ** Female ogres are another aversion, and also take pride in their ugliness; an average ogress can "curdle milk with half a glance."
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* CuteMonsterGirl: Almost every non-human female is considered vastly more attractive than her male counterpart. Except for Harpies. Harpies Ogres. Ogre women are '''ugly'''. They prefer it that way; they work at being ugly the way human women work at being beautiful. (The few male harpies that exist are handsome, however.) ** Female ogres are another aversion, and also take pride in their ugliness; an An average ogress can "curdle milk with half a glance."" They're just as hideous and almost as strong as the male ogres. ** Harpies are a partial aversion, and also take pride in their ugliness and go out of their way to make themselves disgusting; young harpies, however, are capable of being beautiful and seductive (especially if they're trying to get a human man to mate with them. The only male harpies we see are handsome.

*** And the curse was lifted during the "time of no magic", so there are a few male harpies, good looking harpy women, and handsome goblin men now.
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*** And the curse was lifted during the "time of no magic", so there are a few male harpies, good looking harpy women, harpies and handsome goblin men now.
23rd Dec '15 9:23:13 AM morenohijazo
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* InTheDoldrums: The Neverglades. An infinite expanse of featureless marsh that traps people within it for all eternity unless you can overcome the spell in some way.
22nd Dec '15 8:09:13 AM OnlyHereToComment
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* LongRunningBookSeries: 35 books in 34 years, and at least three more have been announced. And he has no intention of stopping.
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* LongRunningBookSeries: 35 39 books in 34 37 years, and at least three more have been announced. And he has no intention of stopping.
29th Oct '15 9:09:47 AM Yinyang107
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* ContractualImmortality: Lampshaded. Being a Main Character of a Xanth novel (see LiteraryAgentHypothesis below) ensures that one will eventually get a happy ending, because that's how magic works.
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* ContractualImmortality: Lampshaded.Lampshaded {{in-universe}}. Being a Main Character of a Xanth novel (see LiteraryAgentHypothesis below) ensures that one will eventually get a happy ending, because that's how magic works.
16th Oct '15 3:09:04 PM nombretomado
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The first book, ''A Spell for Chameleon'', was written in 1977, and the series continues to this day, recently entering its 2nd trilogy. In typical PiersAnthony fashion, he declared the first trilogy over after the 27th book (3 Cubed, or 3^3, is 27) [[PunBasedTitle Cube Route]]. Xanth has even inspired a "fan book", a novel-length work of collaborative fiction that Piers Anthony has mentioned positively in his official newsletter.
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The first book, ''A Spell for Chameleon'', was written in 1977, and the series continues to this day, recently entering its 2nd trilogy. In typical PiersAnthony Creator/PiersAnthony fashion, he declared the first trilogy over after the 27th book (3 Cubed, or 3^3, is 27) [[PunBasedTitle Cube Route]]. Xanth has even inspired a "fan book", a novel-length work of collaborative fiction that Piers Anthony has mentioned positively in his official newsletter.
9th Oct '15 2:15:51 AM OnTheHillside
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* MoralDissonance: Chameleon's attempt to prosecute the man who essentially raped her (he should have known that Wynne was not able to give informed consent) in the first book. Bink's response, hearing the story presented at the trial by the judge (not her), which wasn't what was going on at all and was incredibly biased against her, is that it's understandable: what was a man going to do with a beautiful woman asking him to sleep with her? Since, at the time, he didn't know about the consent issue and thought that since she'd said yes at the time and 'changed her mind later' it was unfair to accuse the man of rape. The first time Bink encounters Chameleon in Wynne-phase knowing what's going on, however her attempts to seduce him occasionally edge into molestation, and to a modern reader it's a pretty clear analogue for someone given a date rape drug. Keep in mind that Wynne-mode Chameleon is essentially a nymph, and it's made clear in the first book that young men are encouraged by older men to use nymphs for guilt-free sex, as opposed to real women. Since nymphs, like Chameleon herself, are magically mutated humans... And then, just to bring things full circle, Bink has sex with Wynne-mode Chameleon, despite her having the intelligence of a child. He briefly feels bad about this, the key word being "briefly." Of course they ''are'' facing the probability of death at the time.
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* MoralDissonance: Chameleon's attempt to prosecute the man who essentially raped her (he should have known that Wynne was not able to give informed consent) in the first book. Bink's response, hearing the story presented at the trial by the judge (not her), which wasn't what was going on at all and was incredibly biased against her, is that it's understandable: what was a man going to do with a beautiful woman asking him to sleep with her? Since, at the time, he didn't know about the consent issue and thought that since she'd said yes at the time and 'changed her mind later' it was unfair to accuse the man of rape. The first time Bink encounters Chameleon in Wynne-phase knowing what's going on, however her attempts to seduce him occasionally edge into molestation, and to a modern reader it's a pretty clear analogue for someone given a date rape drug. Keep in mind that Wynne-mode Chameleon is essentially a nymph, and it's made clear in the first book that young men are encouraged by older men to use nymphs for guilt-free sex, as opposed to real women. Since nymphs, like Chameleon herself, are magically mutated humans... And then, just to bring things full circle, Bink has sex with Wynne-mode Chameleon, despite her having the intelligence of a child. He briefly feels bad about this, the key word being "briefly." Of course they ''are'' facing the probability of death at the time.
28th Aug '15 9:31:34 PM Rolf
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* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: Since {{Xanth}} runs on puns, curse words function as actual curses. Part of the reason the Adult Conspiracy (To Keep Interesting Things From Children) exists is that children knowing these words actually makes them ''dangerous''.
22nd Jun '15 5:09:12 PM calmestofdoves
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pimping Transflormation
* BalefulPolymorph: Trent's talent is to transform any living creature in line of sight into any other creature. This includes turning soldiers sent to attack his army into fish and leaving them there to die [[spoiler:[[WrittenByTheWinners according to the history books, anyway.]]]]
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* BalefulPolymorph: Trent's talent is to transform any living creature in line of sight into any other creature. This includes turning soldiers sent to attack his army into fish and leaving them there to die [[spoiler:[[WrittenByTheWinners according to the history books, anyway.]]]]anyway]]]]. Eventually he figures out "creature" doesn't have to mean "animal" and starts [[{{Transflormation}} turning all his enemies into trees]].

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* BalefulPolymorph: {{Transflormation}}: Eventually becomes Trent's talent is to transform any living creature in line of sight into any other creature. This includes turning soldiers sent to attack his army into fish and leaving them there to die [[spoiler:[[WrittenByTheWinners according to the history books, anyway.]]]]go-to BalefulPolymorph.
11th May '15 3:59:13 AM Freezer
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** Some of the newer Magicians/Sorceresses, like Irene and Vadne, didn't receive power-ups, but rather had their status re-evaluated, then upgraded.
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