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26th Mar '13 9:54:31 AM StFan
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-->''"Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasonns than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim."'' -->''"That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again."'' -->''"It was just a stage I was going through."'' ''''The Wasp Factory"'' is a 1984 novel written by IainBanks. It tells the story of Frank Cauldhame, your average sixteen year-old murdererous sociopath who lives with his highly secretive father on an isolated island in North East Scotland. Frank's daily routine consists of disturbing shamanistic rituals, which include brutal animal sacrifice, that he believes give him control over the island. In addition to this he has also murdered three members of his family. Frank's horrific and insular world is disrupted when he begins receiving calls from his older brother Eric who has escaped from his mental institution. As Frank begins to relate the circumstances which led to his brother's breakdown, he also begins to dig deeper into his father's secrets, leading to several deeply unpleasant revelations... !!!The Book Contains Examples of the Following Tropes: * AxCrazy: Our beloved narrator. In a big way. Bombs, fires, catapulting weapons at victims, catapulting victims at weapons, [[spoiler:snakes]], [[spoiler:kites]]... about the only thing he ''doesn't'' use is an axe. * BerserkButton: For Eric, pretty much anything involving dogs. * ComingOfAgeStory: A dark, horrific, and deeply warped one, but one nonetheless. * CreepyMonotone: Deadpan, intellectual, not-supposed-to-be-ironic musings on the nature of democracy and its similarities to Frank's defunct conscience, squeezed in between unsentimental, matter-of-fact descriptions of being a [[EnfantTerrible seven-year-old]] [[AxeCrazy serial killer?]] Definitely qualifies on this trope. * EnfantTerrible: Frank used to be one. * FreudianExcuse: Frank's childhood accident. [[spoiler: Subverted at the end.]] * GroinAttack: Very much PlayedForDrama in Frank's backstory. * HairTriggerTemper: Fail to keep up with Eric's deranged trains of thought and he [[spoiler:smashes up phone boxes]] and [[spoiler:does unkind things to puppies.]] * HeManWomanHater: Frank. * MeaningfulName: Frank's little brother was born in the same moment as their father killed their dog Old Saul, and the father named the baby Paul. The apostle Paul was named Saul before he converted to Christianity. * [[spoiler: RaisedAsTheOppositeGender]]: The twist. [[spoiler: Frank is really a girl]]. * [[spoiler: SamusIsAGirl: Frank.]] * ShoutoutToShakespeare: Eric: "To bed, to sleep, perchance to masturbate - [[{{Hamlet}} aye there's the rub"]] * TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: 'My greatest enemies are Women and the Sea. These things I hate. Women because they are weak and stupid and live in the shadow of men and are nothing compared to them']]. Oh, Frank. If you only knew... * TwistEnding * UnreliableNarrator: ''And how''... ----
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-->''"Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasonns than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim."'' -->''"That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again."'' -->''"It was just a stage I was going through."'' ''''The Wasp Factory"'' is a 1984 novel written by IainBanks. It tells the story of Frank Cauldhame, your average sixteen year-old murdererous sociopath who lives with his highly secretive father on an isolated island in North East Scotland. Frank's daily routine consists of disturbing shamanistic rituals, which include brutal animal sacrifice, that he believes give him control over the island. In addition to this he has also murdered three members of his family. Frank's horrific and insular world is disrupted when he begins receiving calls from his older brother Eric who has escaped from his mental institution. As Frank begins to relate the circumstances which led to his brother's breakdown, he also begins to dig deeper into his father's secrets, leading to several deeply unpleasant revelations... !!!The Book Contains Examples of the Following Tropes: * AxCrazy: Our beloved narrator. In a big way. Bombs, fires, catapulting weapons at victims, catapulting victims at weapons, [[spoiler:snakes]], [[spoiler:kites]]... about the only thing he ''doesn't'' use is an axe. * BerserkButton: For Eric, pretty much anything involving dogs. * ComingOfAgeStory: A dark, horrific, and deeply warped one, but one nonetheless. * CreepyMonotone: Deadpan, intellectual, not-supposed-to-be-ironic musings on the nature of democracy and its similarities to Frank's defunct conscience, squeezed in between unsentimental, matter-of-fact descriptions of being a [[EnfantTerrible seven-year-old]] [[AxeCrazy serial killer?]] Definitely qualifies on this trope. * EnfantTerrible: Frank used to be one. * FreudianExcuse: Frank's childhood accident. [[spoiler: Subverted at the end.]] * GroinAttack: Very much PlayedForDrama in Frank's backstory. * HairTriggerTemper: Fail to keep up with Eric's deranged trains of thought and he [[spoiler:smashes up phone boxes]] and [[spoiler:does unkind things to puppies.]] * HeManWomanHater: Frank. * MeaningfulName: Frank's little brother was born in the same moment as their father killed their dog Old Saul, and the father named the baby Paul. The apostle Paul was named Saul before he converted to Christianity. * [[spoiler: RaisedAsTheOppositeGender]]: The twist. [[spoiler: Frank is really a girl]]. * [[spoiler: SamusIsAGirl: Frank.]] * ShoutoutToShakespeare: Eric: "To bed, to sleep, perchance to masturbate - [[{{Hamlet}} aye there's the rub"]] * TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: 'My greatest enemies are Women and the Sea. These things I hate. Women because they are weak and stupid and live in the shadow of men and are nothing compared to them']]. Oh, Frank. If you only knew... * TwistEnding * UnreliableNarrator: ''And how''... ----[[redirect:Literature/TheWaspFactory]]
28th Dec '12 11:13:41 PM Thomas
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* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler: Frank.]]
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* [[spoiler: SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler: Frank.]]
27th May '12 1:19:47 AM SeptimusHeap
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Dropping completely undetailed entry as per the NF/HONF rules
* HighOctaneNightmareFuel: When we finally learn why Eric is mad, it's easy to understand why.
26th May '12 1:55:21 AM Terahertz
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I accidentally a newline.
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: 'My greatest enemies are Women and the Sea. These things I hate. Women because they are weak and stupid and live in the shadow of men and are nothing compared to them']]. Oh, Frank. If you only knew...* TwistEnding
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* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: 'My greatest enemies are Women and the Sea. These things I hate. Women because they are weak and stupid and live in the shadow of men and are nothing compared to them']]. Oh, Frank. If you only knew...knew... * TwistEnding
26th May '12 1:54:49 AM Terahertz
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Since the audience didn't know about Frank's... condition either, the trope is Tomato In The Mirror, not Dramatic Irony
* DramaticIrony: [[spoiler: 'My greatest enemies are Women and the Sea. These things I hate. Women because they are weak and stupid and live in the shadow of men and are nothing compared to them']]. Oh, Frank. If you only knew...

* TwistEnding
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* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: 'My greatest enemies are Women and the Sea. These things I hate. Women because they are weak and stupid and live in the shadow of men and are nothing compared to them']]. Oh, Frank. If you only knew...* TwistEnding
5th Apr '12 5:37:09 PM Queenie
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* Nightmare Fuel: When we finally learn why Eric is mad, it's easy to understand why.
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* Nightmare Fuel: HighOctaneNightmareFuel: When we finally learn why Eric is mad, it's easy to understand why.
19th Mar '12 4:31:34 PM RyalKane
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New trope.
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* Nightmare Fuel: When we finally learn why Eric is mad, it's easy to understand why.
7th Jan '12 4:16:03 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* [[spoiler: RaisedAsTheOppositeGender]]: The twist. [[spoiler: Frank is really a girl]].

* [[spoiler: RaisedAsTheOppositeGender]]: The twist. [[spoiler: Frank is really a girl]].
24th Nov '11 5:26:13 PM BlixtySlycat
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if you're not going to list the example, don't put the trope on the page. Saying "just read it" is pointless.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Just read the book.]] * TwistEnding: [[spoiler: Seriously. Just pick up a copy for yourself and read it.]]
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* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Just read the book.]] * TwistEnding: [[spoiler: Seriously. Just pick up a copy for yourself and read it.]]TwistEnding
6th Nov '11 12:36:02 PM Jicragg
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* [[spoiler: RaisedAsTheOppositeGender]]: The twist. [[spoiler: Frank is really a girl]].
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