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31st Jul '16 5:38:38 PM RonnieR15
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* ''Literature/{{Shabti}}'' by Alain Gomez.
13th Jun '16 2:13:22 AM PaulA
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* In Lawrence Block's suspense novel ''Literature/{{Ariel|Block}}'', Ariel keeps her diary in an ordinary school notebook so her mother won't snoop. She says she got the idea of hiding secret things in plain sight from EdgarAllanPoe's ''ThePurloinedLetter''.

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* In Lawrence Block's suspense novel ''Literature/{{Ariel|Block}}'', Ariel keeps her diary in an ordinary school notebook so her mother won't snoop. She says she got the idea of hiding secret things in plain sight from EdgarAllanPoe's ''ThePurloinedLetter''.Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''Literature/ThePurloinedLetter''.
4th Jun '16 2:53:59 PM CaptEquinox
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* The second most famous childhood diary is probably that of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Fleming Marjory Fleming]] (1803-1811). After her sudden death at age eight, she was mythologized and edited heavily by MoralGuardians. The most factual account of her life and writing is in Alexandra Johnson's ''The Hidden Writer''.

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* The second most famous childhood diary is probably that of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Fleming Marjory Fleming]] (1803-1811). Begun to improve her handwriting, her diary became an attempt at internalizing proper feminine moral character, supervised by her beloved cousin Isabella. But Marjory was a LittleMissBadass whose feisty spirit came through on page after page. After her sudden death at age eight, she was mythologized and edited heavily by MoralGuardians. The most factual account of her life and writing is in Alexandra Johnson's ''The Hidden Writer''.Writer''.
--> ''Marjory Fleming was discovering that every writer has a critic shadowing her shoulder. The drama of her journals is watching who won.''
30th May '16 12:35:15 PM EDP
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* Many in the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse stories, mostly used as one of the ways Scrooge finds about some treasure.
** Paperinik (best known for the appearance in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'') found his origin when Donald (his secret identity) accidentally discovered the journal of Fantomius, the GentlemanThief that had been active in Duckburg in the twenties. More realistically than in most examples, Fantomius had multiple journals (we know of at least three of them, possibly four).
13th May '16 12:15:38 AM CaptEquinox
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* Accused of his wife's murder, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe3RPEOyQGs Alvin Ridley's life and reputation were saved]] [[http://snapjudgment.org/writing-wall-0 by his dead wife's hypergraphic diary]] [[https://krazykillers.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/reclusive-ridley-caused-a-riotous-reaction-in-ringgold/ in 1999]].
4th May '16 12:33:34 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', [[CreepyChild Maria's]] diary is used by [[FutureBadass Ange]] 12 years after the mass murder on Rokkenjima in order to communicate with Maria herself.

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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[CreepyChild Maria's]] diary is used by [[FutureBadass Ange]] 12 years after the mass murder on Rokkenjima in order to communicate with Maria herself.
29th Mar '16 8:24:13 AM Kirayoshi
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** The Twelfth Doctor upgraded recently to a ''2000 Year Diary''.
** River Song also keeps a diary. Because they keep meeting out of order, they have to compare recent diary entries to confirm when and where they are in their respective timelines, to avoid "spoilers".
19th Mar '16 4:56:24 PM eroock
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* In ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'', the tavern owner Pud Withers keeps one in the ''Jaka's Story'' arc. Initially it's very dry and repetitive, with each entry almost a carbon copy of the previous, but about halfway through it starts becoming more sinister.

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* ''Fanfic/TheVerySecretDiaries'' of characters from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* ''Fanfic/ThePrivateDiaryOfElizabethQuatermain''
* The excellent (but unfortunately DeadFic) Literature/HarryPotter series "Hermione, Queen of Witches" is a variant on this trope; the entire story consists of Hermione writing in her diary, but the diary writes back.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic FanFic/BackgroundPony is told through the diary of Lyra Heartstrings, although one chapter is [[spoiler: the diary of Alabaster Comehoof, who suffered the same curse as Lyra a thousand years ago.]]
* ''Fanfic/ShadowAndRose'' is basically the plot of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' told in the format of Alistair's diary.



* ''Literature/TheDiaryOfAYoungGirl'', the diary of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, probably the most famous diary ever published.
* ''Literature/TheDiaryOfSamuelPepys'': 1660-1669 life in London -- historically intriguing and hysterically funny. Also dirty.
* The second most famous childhood diary is probably that of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Fleming Marjory Fleming]] (1803-1811). After her sudden death at age eight, she was mythologized and edited heavily by MoralGuardians. The most factual account of her life and writing is in Alexandra Johnson's ''The Hidden Writer''.
* Mary Chesnut's diary of Southern life during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, published under various titles
* ''Diary of George Templeton Strong'' 1835-1875. New York lawyer and musician, also writing during the Civil War, detailed descriptions of culture, politics, current events. Both Chesnut's and Strong's diaries were heavily used in Ken Burns' documentary ''The Civil War''.
* Naturalist [[http://www.rookiemag.com/2014/02/ltbte-emily-shore/ Emily Shore]] kept a prolific diary from 1830, when she was eleven, until her death eight years later. She had been so frank and honest that her sisters cut out a good four-fifths of her writing (a common practice in Victorian days) [[MoralGuardians to make it decent]] for publication. "They placed a self-representation on a Procrustean bed and tailored a narrative to suit their own taste and times." Fortunately two volumes survived intact and were later incorporated into the published work.
* ''Journal des Goncourt'' (Goncourt Journal), 1851-1896 by brothers Jules and Edmond de Goncourt, about the French Second Empire
* ''Diary of Marie Bashkirtseff'' 1873-1884 by artist/early feminist Marie Bashkirtseff, published by family members after her early death.
* Edith Holden, ''Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady''. Its original title was ''Nature notes for 1906''. Artist Holden wrote and drew this lovely diary for herself alone, and it lay forgotten until its discovery in 1977. Her illustrations have appeared on hundreds of tie-in items and premiums.
* ''Diary of Anais Nin'' 1914-1974 by author Anais Nin, her personal life and detailed portraits of her friends and family.
* Naturalist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opal_Whiteley Opal Whiteley]] wrote diary notes from the age of five (about 1902) which she edited into a bestselling and controversial book, ''The Story of Opal'', first published in 1920.
* Bruce Frederick Cummings' ''The Journal of a Disappointed Man'', written from 1902 to 1919 (as W.N.P. Barbellion) vividly chronicles the life of an energetic spirit doomed to die from MS. Another diarist who wrote about what it was like to live with chronic pain was the poet William Soutar.
* For a long time, historian-journalist Edward Robb Ellis was considered to have written the world's longest diary, from 1927 to 1997.
* ''Mein Widerstand'' (My Opposition) 1939-1943 by Friedrich Kellner, life in Nazi Germany
* Owenita Sanderlin's ''Johnny'' (1968) is comprised partly of diary entries by young Mr. Sanderlin, who died of leukemia at fifteen, outliving his doctors' predictions by five years.
* ''Film/PrayersForBobby'' (1996) has sections of the book that are diary entries of [[http://www.prayersforbobby.com/ Bobby Griffith]], an actual young man who committed suicide after being subjected to CureYourGays.
* ''The [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan]] Diaries'', published in 2007 and an unexpurgated version in 2009.
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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_de_Jour_%28writer%29 Belle de Jour: diary of a London call girl]]'', written by Brooke Magnanti beginning in about 2003.


!!Fictional Examples

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* In ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'', the tavern owner Pud Withers keeps one in the ''Jaka's Story'' arc. Initially it's very dry and repetitive, with each entry almost a carbon copy of the previous, but about halfway through it starts becoming more sinister.

[[AC:{{Fanfic}}]]
* ''Fanfic/TheVerySecretDiaries'' of characters from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* ''Fanfic/ThePrivateDiaryOfElizabethQuatermain''
* The excellent (but unfortunately DeadFic) Literature/HarryPotter series "Hermione, Queen of Witches" is a variant on this trope; the entire story consists of Hermione writing in her diary, but the diary writes back.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic FanFic/BackgroundPony is told through the diary of Lyra Heartstrings, although one chapter is [[spoiler: the diary of Alabaster Comehoof, who suffered the same curse as Lyra a thousand years ago.]]
* ''Fanfic/ShadowAndRose'' is basically the plot of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' told in the format of Alistair's diary.

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* ''Literature/TheDiaryOfAYoungGirl'', the diary of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, probably the most famous diary ever published.
* ''Literature/TheDiaryOfSamuelPepys'': 1660-1669 life in London -- historically intriguing and hysterically funny. Also dirty.
* The second most famous childhood diary is probably that of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Fleming Marjory Fleming]] (1803-1811). After her sudden death at age eight, she was mythologized and edited heavily by MoralGuardians. The most factual account of her life and writing is in Alexandra Johnson's ''The Hidden Writer''.
* Mary Chesnut's diary of Southern life during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, published under various titles
* ''Diary of George Templeton Strong'' 1835-1875. New York lawyer and musician, also writing during the Civil War, detailed descriptions of culture, politics, current events. Both Chesnut's and Strong's diaries were heavily used in Ken Burns' documentary ''The Civil War''.
* Naturalist [[http://www.rookiemag.com/2014/02/ltbte-emily-shore/ Emily Shore]] kept a prolific diary from 1830, when she was eleven, until her death eight years later. She had been so frank and honest that her sisters cut out a good four-fifths of her writing (a common practice in Victorian days) [[MoralGuardians to make it decent]] for publication. "They placed a self-representation on a Procrustean bed and tailored a narrative to suit their own taste and times." Fortunately two volumes survived intact and were later incorporated into the published work.
* ''Journal des Goncourt'' (Goncourt Journal), 1851-1896 by brothers Jules and Edmond de Goncourt, about the French Second Empire
* ''Diary of Marie Bashkirtseff'' 1873-1884 by artist/early feminist Marie Bashkirtseff, published by family members after her early death.
* Edith Holden, ''Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady''. Its original title was ''Nature notes for 1906''. Artist Holden wrote and drew this lovely diary for herself alone, and it lay forgotten until its discovery in 1977. Her illustrations have appeared on hundreds of tie-in items and premiums.
* ''Diary of Anais Nin'' 1914-1974 by author Anais Nin, her personal life and detailed portraits of her friends and family.
* Naturalist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opal_Whiteley Opal Whiteley]] wrote diary notes from the age of five (about 1902) which she edited into a bestselling and controversial book, ''The Story of Opal'', first published in 1920.
* Bruce Frederick Cummings' ''The Journal of a Disappointed Man'', written from 1902 to 1919 (as W.N.P. Barbellion) vividly chronicles the life of an energetic spirit doomed to die from MS. Another diarist who wrote about what it was like to live with chronic pain was the poet William Soutar.
* For a long time, historian-journalist Edward Robb Ellis was considered to have written the world's longest diary, from 1927 to 1997.
* ''Mein Widerstand'' (My Opposition) 1939-1943 by Friedrich Kellner, life in Nazi Germany
* Owenita Sanderlin's ''Johnny'' (1968) is comprised partly of diary entries by young Mr. Sanderlin, who died of leukemia at fifteen, outliving his doctors' predictions by five years.
* ''Film/PrayersForBobby'' (1996) has sections of the book that are diary entries of [[http://www.prayersforbobby.com/ Bobby Griffith]], an actual young man who committed suicide after being subjected to CureYourGays.
* ''The [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan]] Diaries'', published in 2007 and an unexpurgated version in 2009.
[[AC:{{Web Original}}s]]
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_de_Jour_%28writer%29 Belle de Jour: diary of a London call girl]]'', written by Brooke Magnanti beginning in about 2003.
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18th Mar '16 4:41:09 PM eroock
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19th Feb '16 7:45:54 AM MegaMarioMan
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* While walking about the castle in ''[[PaperMario64 Paper Mario]]'' Princess Peach comes across Bowser's diary and upon reading it learns the location of an important PlotCoupon. Bowser also mentions that [[StalkerWithACrush he hopes Princess Peach likes him.]]

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* While walking about the castle in ''[[PaperMario64 Paper Mario]]'' ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'' Princess Peach comes across Bowser's diary and upon reading it learns the location of an important PlotCoupon. Bowser also mentions that [[StalkerWithACrush he hopes Princess Peach likes him.]]]] [[spoiler:Luigi]] also has one that Mario can find.
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