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20th May '16 8:56:03 AM Red-Dead-Redeemer
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* Timothy Findley's {{Headhunter}} is set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, where hardly anyone reads novels. One of the few readers left is a schizophrenic woman who believes she has set Kurtz free from Joseph Conrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''. Throughout the novel, characters' lives are destroyed by their tendency to conform to novels they've never read - ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'', ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', ''Literature/MadameBovary'', ''Literature/Fahrenheit451'' - with the suggestion that if they'd read more, they'd be less [[GenreBlindness genre blind]] and more likely to avoid the inevitable tragedy.

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* Timothy Findley's {{Headhunter}} is set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, where hardly anyone reads novels. One of the few readers left is a schizophrenic woman who believes she has set Kurtz free from Joseph Conrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''. Throughout the novel, characters' lives are destroyed by their tendency to conform to novels they've never read - ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'', ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', ''Literature/MadameBovary'', ''Literature/Fahrenheit451'' - with the suggestion that if they'd read more, they'd be less [[GenreBlindness genre blind]] {{Genre Blind|ness}} and more likely to avoid the inevitable tragedy.



20th May '16 1:06:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* Timothy Findley's {{Headhunter}} is set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, where hardly anyone reads novels. One of the few readers left is a schizophrenic woman who believes she has set Kurtz free from Joseph Conrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''. Throughout the novel, characters' lives are destroyed by their tendency to conform to novels they've never read - ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'', ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', ''Literature/MadameBovary'', ''{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' - with the suggestion that if they'd read more, they'd be less [[GenreBlindness genre blind]] and more likely to [[GenreSavvy avoid the inevitable tragedy]].

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* Timothy Findley's {{Headhunter}} is set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, where hardly anyone reads novels. One of the few readers left is a schizophrenic woman who believes she has set Kurtz free from Joseph Conrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''. Throughout the novel, characters' lives are destroyed by their tendency to conform to novels they've never read - ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'', ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', ''Literature/MadameBovary'', ''{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' ''Literature/Fahrenheit451'' - with the suggestion that if they'd read more, they'd be less [[GenreBlindness genre blind]] and more likely to [[GenreSavvy avoid the inevitable tragedy]].tragedy.
13th May '16 6:43:18 AM oakleaf
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** TableTopGames/{{GURPS}} has the advantages Luck, which allows a player to re-roll once an hour (or more), and Super-Luck, which allows them to literally choose what the dice roll will be.
12th May '16 8:16:22 AM Observance
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* In ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Jennifer Morgue]]'' by Creator/CharlesStross, a powerful spell of compulsion means everything ''has'' to happen exactly the way it would in a ''Film/JamesBond'' movie. That still leaves room for a couple of twists, though.

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* In ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Jennifer Morgue]]'' by Creator/CharlesStross, a the BigBad sets up powerful spell of compulsion that means everything ''has'' to happen exactly the way it would in a ''Film/JamesBond'' movie.movie, thereby making making his plan impossible to stop unless challenged by a lone, British, martini-drinking secret agent. That still leaves room for a couple of twists, though.
14th Apr '16 4:52:10 PM AgProv
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** After hard practical experience, Discworld bookmakers now refuse to accept nine out of every ten bets on a racehorse called ''Million-To-One-Chance''. They do, however, very carefully count the races in which this horse appears and encourage betting on the tenth race...
3rd Apr '16 4:15:21 PM roothorick
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* The ''VideoGame/Neptunia'' series, with a cast of personified game consoles and concepts and a cheerfully optional fourth wall, embraces and plays with this idea. It's at its most blatant at the start of ''VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'': Neptune and Nepgear are dropped through a mysterious vortex and land in a post-apocalyptic hellscape with cracks through the very earth and sky, filled with monsters they've never seen before. Nepgear is frightened, and Neptune tells her not to worry... because she's the protagonist and this is the tutorial dungeon, so there's no way they'll lose.

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* The ''VideoGame/Neptunia'' ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series, with a cast of personified game consoles and concepts and a cheerfully optional fourth wall, embraces and plays with this idea. It's at its most blatant at the start of ''VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'': Neptune and Nepgear are dropped through a mysterious vortex and land in a post-apocalyptic hellscape with cracks through the very earth and sky, filled with monsters they've never seen before. Nepgear is frightened, and Neptune tells her not to worry... because she's the protagonist and this is the tutorial dungeon, so there's no way they'll lose.
15th Mar '16 2:56:34 AM LinTaylor
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** Zenkichi ends up acquiring the Skill "Devil-style", which [[spoiler:''nullifies'' Narrative Causality. Things like ContrivedCoincidence, LongLostRelative, CrashIntoHello, etc. won't happen to him. Note that this also includes beneficial examples, like PlotArmor or coming up with a last-minute plan.]]

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** Zenkichi ends up acquiring the Skill "Devil-style", which [[spoiler:''nullifies'' Narrative Causality. Things like ContrivedCoincidence, LongLostRelative, CrashIntoHello, etc. won't happen to him. Note that this also includes beneficial examples, like PlotArmor or coming up with a last-minute plan.plan; this was specifically requested by Zenkichi, since he wanted to challenge Medaka with no interference. Ajimu outright calls it a power that would make any traditional writer recoil in horror.]]
15th Mar '16 2:54:57 AM LinTaylor
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** Zenkichi's new Skill "Devil-style" [[spoiler:''nullifies'' Narrative Causality. Things like ContrivedCoincidence, PlotArmor, CrashIntoHello, etc. won't happen to him.]]

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** Zenkichi's new Zenkichi ends up acquiring the Skill "Devil-style" "Devil-style", which [[spoiler:''nullifies'' Narrative Causality. Causality. Things like ContrivedCoincidence, PlotArmor, LongLostRelative, CrashIntoHello, etc. won't happen to him. Note that this also includes beneficial examples, like PlotArmor or coming up with a last-minute plan.]]



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27th Feb '16 5:11:40 PM Gamermaster
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* Invoked in ''Webcomic/LsEmpire''. [[spoiler: Void's father planned to draw Dark Star out of hiding by having Palmaster shatter one of the Master Stars, knowing that L's Empire would find all of the Master Stars' shards simply because they're the main characters.]]
** Void is often scolded for not respecting this and constantly TemptingFate.
11th Feb '16 11:40:24 PM Kazmahu
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* The ''VideoGame/Neptunia'' series, with a cast of personified game consoles and concepts and a cheerfully optional fourth wall, embraces and plays with this idea. It's at its most blatant at the start of ''VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'': Neptune and Nepgear are dropped through a mysterious vortex and land in a post-apocalyptic hellscape with cracks through the very earth and sky, filled with monsters they've never seen before. Nepgear is frightened, and Neptune tells her not to worry... because she's the protagonist and this is the tutorial dungeon, so there's no way they'll lose.
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