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[[quoteright:234:[[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/a-word-about-parasite-controlling-your-brain/ http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Full_Of_Spiders_9668.png]]]] [[caption-width-right:234:This is, of course, a work of fiction. In real life there is ''[[ParanoiaFuel probably no more than a 50 percent chance that a spider has replaced your tongue.]]'']] ->[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Warning: You may have huge, invisible spiders living in your skull.]] '''[[LiteralMetaphor THIS IS NOT A METAPHOR.]]''' You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. [[PoesLaw Dismissing things is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection:]] The spider secretes a chemical into the human brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That's just as well, since [[YouKeepUsingThatWord the "cure"]] involves [[ChainsawGood learning what a chainsaw]] tastes like. Another [[DirectLineToTheAuthor pseudo-autobiographical]] novel by Website/{{Cracked}} Editor Jason Pargin, ''This Book Is Full Of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It'' is the second story about AuthorAvatar David Wong and the sequel to ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd''. Still living in [[CityWithNoName [Undisclosed] ]] with John ([[LateArrivalSpoiler who (probably) didn't die at the end]]), things seem to be going fine [[NightmareFuel until Dave wakes up with a large spider-monster injecting him with paralysis poison and trying to burrow into his skull.]] After a narrow escape wherein a police officer is infected, a massive outbreak occurs, and John [[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext accidentally texts photos of his genitals to Dave]], ''[[FromBadToWorse things somehow get worse]]''. Despite the amount of brain-hugging spiders, gruesome deaths, grotesque monsters and [[NauseaFuel nausea]]/[[NightmareFuel nightmare fuel]], [[HilarityEnsues things get pretty damn funny]]. Released on October 2nd 2012, ''This Book Is Full Of Spiders'' currently has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5swoHS21tBw book trailer]] and shares [[http://www.johndiesattheend.com JDATE's site.]] ---- !!Provides examples of: * AcronymConfusion: Dave mishears REPER as "raper" ''and double checks [[IThoughtItMeant he isn't getting the wrong idea]].'' Amy initially thinks the word's "Reaver." [[ShoutOut "Like from 'Firefly'"]]. * AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Dr. Tennet; not only is he a friendly psychologist in between villainy, but he offers tea and coffee to the protagonists during his evil monologue. He has sugar, but apologizes that he's out of creamer. When Amy requests honey for her tea, ''he provides a container shaped like a bear.'']] * TheAlcoholic: John is revealed to go into withdrawal when he hasn't had a drink in a while. Also, when he first fires the "fur gun," it [[spoiler:makes a beer larger, implying that he was thinking about having a big drink at that moment]]. * TheAllegedCar: John's Caddie, which is such a piece of junk that the looters don't even bother to steal it. Which is good, because the trunk contained several guns and a flamethrower. * AncientConspiracy[=/=]TheSyndicate: [[spoiler:"Them", who are revealed to be involved in the spider outbreak.]] * AppliedPhlebotinum: ** The Soy Sauce, which is required to see the spiders. ** Also the portals/doors that teleport soy-sauce users randomly around town. ** [[spoiler:The "furgun", which transforms targets or makes things appear out of thin air, based on what the user imagines.]] * AuthorAvatar: David Wong stars in a book by David Wong. * AuthorAppeal: Part way through the book, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbars_number Dunbar's number]] makes an appearance to explain a plot point. Pargin/Wong has written about this previously [[http://www.cracked.com/article_14990_what-monkeysphere.html on Cracked]]. * AwesomeMcCoolname: Detective Lance Falconer. [[spoiler: The epilogue implies that it's not actually his real name.]] * BasedOnAGreatBigLie: Same as JohnDiesAtTheEnd, the book pretty much ''insists'' it's based on truth. [[spoiler:Lampshaded in the conclusion when Detective Lance Falconer asks Wong to fabricate his details to make him cooler.]] * {{BFG}}: John's triple-barreled shotgun he bought at a gun show. Loaded with scattershot on the outside barrels and a slug on the middle barrel, John says it can cut down a tree with one blast, * BlackComedy * BlatantLies: A in-universe post taken from FreeRepublic describes a confrontation between John and Munch's Dad, from Munch's Dad's perspective. He claims to have said things he clearly didn't and gotten responses that not only John didn't say but probably would never say, in an attempt to make himself sound better and John sound worse. * BodyHorror: The spiders, which burrow into the victim's brain, before permanently attaching themselves to the host's brain and altering their nervous system and body, making the only cure death. * BrainBleach: Literally how the spiders are killed at the hospital; treatment is a bullet in the brain followed by a dangerous cocktail of chemicals salvaged from the hospital that melt the spider. The chemicals aren't specified, but they're kept in jugs the previously held bleach. * BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:The reason Undisclosed is saved from eradication; since John is recording Amy cradling Molly's corpse after Molly is shot by the Army, the world takes sympathy and no longer views Undisclosed as a monster-infested city beyond redemption.]] * ChainsawGood: ** The only "cure" to spider infection involves ''"finding out what a chainsaw tastes like"'' ** Also used by John to [[spoiler:decapitate an infected Frankie.]] ** The trope being played straight is odd, as in the previous book David calls a chainsaw the dumbest possible weapon a person could use. * CoolGuns: Det. Falconer is often accompanied by his chromed handgun, and John carries a custom triple-barreled shotgun in the trunk of his car. The furry gun might be the coolest gun since the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy POV gun]], if not ever. * CowboyCop: Lance Falconer is parody of the trope. It's revealed that [[spoiler:Falconer insisted that David make him out to be this way]]. * CreepyChild: Anna, an unattended little girl at the Ffirth Asylum with a crusty teddy bear. [[spoiler:It later turns out she is a monster, albeit a harmless one by the book's standards.]] * CruelAndUnusualDeath: ** Curing a case of brain spiders is either "finding out what a chainsaw tastes like", or a bullet in the brain followed by having face-melting acids poured into the wound/mouth. ** Carlos has a habit of killing his victims by eviscerating people who sit down outside. [[spoiler:It later turns out he's a decent guy that can see who is infected, and simply gives them an arguably preferable death of having organs swiftly torn out (as opposed to slow-death by spider possession, transformation and gradual decay).]] * DeadlyBath: Dave remembers an incident where something invisible was standing in between him and his running showerhead. Dave even lampooned this trope in the previous book. * DeathByGenreSavviness: ** [[spoiler:Despite Amy pointing out that liking zombie media does not make one a zombie expert, the hipsters still charge the Ffirth Asylum and all die horribly. Subverted with Amy, who, despite realizing This Is Real Life and they'll die if they enter the Ffirth Asylum, is physically unscathed in the event.]] ** [[spoiler:Also invoked with TJ who, after lampshading that the Black Dude Dies First, dies first in the Ffirth Asylum Massacre.]] * {{Deconstruction}}: Of many ZombieApocalypse tropes, and ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall probably YOUR attitude towards zombies.]]'' Do you think that zombie apocalypses work the way they do in the videogames, fail to grasp the horror of zombie apocalypses in general, or think you'd be a badass just because you have a gun?[[note]] But if you know how to use it, you're probably better off.[[/note]] Well, this book shows what would really happen to you. * EldritchAbomination: The Shadow Men. Tennent also argues that, to a colony of bees, an exterminator is an eldritch abomination. * FlayingAlive: [[spoiler:The REPER blacksuits; at least two are seen without masks, and both lack skin ''and have spiders for eyes.'']] * FunWithAcronyms: In keeping with real-life official names such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centers_for_Disease_Control_and_Prevention the CDC]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_and_Drug_Administration the FDA]], fictional organizations include REPER[[note]] ('''R'''apid '''E'''xotic '''P'''athogen '''E'''radication slash '''R'''esearch) [[/note]] and OGZA[[note]] ('''O'''utbreak '''G'''round '''Z'''ero '''A'''lpha) [[/note]]. * GreatEscape: [[spoiler:The second section of the book is about trying to escape the hospital lockdown.]] * EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Everyone in the hospital refers to Dave as "Spider-man" because [[spoiler:he's the only one who can see the spiders]]. * EvilInc: [[spoiler:REPER. Think the CDC, but ''evil''.]] * FourTemperamentEnsemble: ** Sanguine: John.[[note]]BoisterousBruiser[=/=]CloudCuckoolander (i.e. wacky, but wields a chainsaw)[[/note]] ** Choleric: Dave.[[note]]{{Determinator}}[=/=]ByronicHero (i.e. persistent and calls the shots)[[/note]] ** Melancholic/Supine: Amy.[[note]]TheSmartGuy[=/=]ShrinkingViolet (i.e. good with computers and logic, but emotionally unstable)[[/note]] ** Phlegmatic: [[spoiler:Molly.]][[note]]TheStoic[=/=]OnlySaneMan (i.e. [[spoiler:indifferent, lazy, neutral, but frequently the hero)]][[/note]] * GenreSavvy: John flat-out refuses to get onto the elevator with CreepyChild Anna. Instead, he races the elevator and positions himself so that he can blast her the moment the elevator door opens, just in case she becomes a monster. [[spoiler:It turns out that she is a monster, but she's not a threat]]. * GuiltFreeExterminationWar: [[spoiler:REPER can get away with wiping Undisclosed off the map simply because they're the only force in town, and can twist events however they want (''despite there only being an estimated 70 infected left by the end of the outbreak'').]] * HandWave: [[spoiler:In the "Molly" chapter, Dave announces that he's not going to explain how he managed to include a dog's perspective on a sequence of events. If anyone could do it, though, it seems like he could.]] * HeroicWillpower: [[spoiler:Carlos may be infected and "monstered out", but he's in control of his senses.]] * HeterosexualLifePartners: Dave and John. Parodied InUniverse when Amy implies that accidentally sending a photo of his genitals twice in a row [[MistakenForGay is somewhat unlikely, and may not be an accident.]] * IDidWhatIHadToDo[=/=]JustFollowingOrders: [[spoiler:Dr. Tennet's justification for trying to nuke Undisclosed; namely, it isn't his concern ''why'', he's simply ordering the destruction of Undisclosed because it needs to be done.]] He and several other antagonists see themselves as trying to prevent the apocalypse, protecting the world from the horrific consequences of incompetent idealists and self-interested fools. Their relationship with TheManBehindTheMan is nuanced. * IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: [[ConversationalTroping Conversed]] when Amy informs Josh that, while loading his gun, he accidentally pointed the barrel of his gun at her head four times. -->Josh... I'm impressed you did this, you're amazing for just making this trip. But ''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech you don't know what you're doing with that thing.]]'' And I think there's a one percent chance you're going to actually need the guns and a ninety-nine percent chance that a stray cat is going to jump out of the shadows and you're going to shoot each other. And me. * ImprobableAimingSkills: The [=UAVs=] at the hospital, which can snipe a moving target in windy conditions at night by a pilot several states away, preventing people from hopping the razor-wire fencing. [[HandWave Handwaved]] as being done through a computer that compensates for variables. * InMediasRes: The plot tends to favor jumping between narrators (Dave, John, Amy and [[spoiler:Molly]]) over a completely chronological plot. [[spoiler:This later comes into effect as a reveal when the "Massacre at Ffirth Asylum" is unveiled ''to have already happened.'']] * IncomingHam: John, after vaulting the asylum wall in the Caddie shouts, "[[NoIndoorVoice DID SOMEONE ORDER SOME FUCKING PRISON BREAK WITH A SIDE OF SHOTGUN?]]" * InvisibleToNormals: The spiders, which prompts the CDC to assume an airborne, flesh-eating disease is what's causing people to get torn apart. Even Frankie doesn't realize he has a spider crawling on him ''until it's crawling down his throat and burrowing into his skull.'' * IronicDeath: {{Lampshaded}} with [[spoiler:Dr. Tennet's death, as he is torn apart by one of his monsters. But then it turns out he meant for that to happen.]] * KillItWithFire: When John and Dave realize that there's an entire nest of the spiders in Dave's bedroom, they decide the best course of action is to just burn the entire house down. * LaResistance: OGZA, who are a collection of zombie-enthusiasts situated outside Undisclosed. * LongTitle: This Book Is Full Of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It. * ManChild: Amy's opinion of the college students that are set on killing zombies. * TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Dr. Tennet, who, after a reveal that he's a villain, claims he's simply a pawn of "Them".]] * {{Metaphorgotten}}: [[spoiler:Dr. Tennet]] uses a fast-food metaphor to explain everyone's role in things in Book 3. Naturally, everyone gets a little confused: -->[Several pages after the metaphor]\\ '''John''': Just so they can sue the burger place.\\ '''Dave''': You're... several steps behind here. * MonsterIsAMommy: [[spoiler:Carlos, who is revealed to be a perfectly sane monster/man trying to protect his harmless monster daughter, Anna. His murders are also justified as he can detect non-humans with greater ease than Dave, and only consumes infected people who evaded detection.]] * NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: John burned down Dave's house in an attempt to prevent the outbreak from spreading, but he actually helped it spread.]] [[OnlySaneMan Falconer realizes this immediately]]. [[spoiler:Dr. Tennet]] points out during the third act how several of their attempts at saving the day actually made things worse in the long run. --> '''John''': We didn't do any of it on purpose. We're just...not very good at things. * NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: John and Dave are able to get to the furgun and stop the shadow people by using Amy's phantom hand, which is implied to have been caused by the shadow people.]] * NotUsingTheZWord: Inverted. Everyone immediately starts calling the infected "zombies," even though they're not. The government calls them Zulus, [[spoiler:specifically to encourage citizens to make the zombie connection and not question REPER's mass bombing of the town]]. * OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: ** [[spoiler:Molly's chapter reveals she only knows Dave as "Meatsmell", namely because she admires his ability to have constantly meat-scented breath.]] ** Although it's never mentioned in the sequel, David and John are still known only by their aliases. * OurZombiesAreDifferent: Not long after the outbreak, people of the internet quickly [[MemeticMutation begin using the term "zombie"]] despite the fact that the outbreak is caused by a spider-like PuppeteerParasite that can mutate humans in many different ways. * PainfulTransformation: When people "monster out", their anatomy typically distorts and twists until their limbs turn into weapons. Considering an infected Franky seemingly resists the parasite long enough to whisper something important to Dave, ''it's safe to assume the host is aware through the process.'' * RaceAgainstTheClock: Each of the three books contains a countdown to an event: ** Book 1 starts [[spoiler:48 hours prior to outbreak]]. ** Book 2 starts [[spoiler:8 days, 12 hours until the massacre at Ffirth Asylum]]. ** Book 3 starts [[spoiler:12 hours until the aerial bombing of Undisclosed]]. This fits the trope best, because it's a scheduled event that people know about far enough in advance to actually RaceAgainstTheClock. * RecklessGunUsage: ** Amy points out that the Zombie enthusiasts keep pointing their guns at her and each other. ** John positions himself in front of an elevator with his shotgun trained on the doors, intending to blast a monster that might be attacking David. When the door opens, he's pointing the shotgun directly at David's face. * RecurringCharacter: [[LivingShadow The Shadow People]] briefly reappear, as does [[spoiler:Dr. Marconi.]] * SideEffectsInclude: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/a-word-about-parasite-controlling-your-brain a promo]], which lists brain spiders cause side effects such as [[SchmuckBait "thinking all babies look the same" and "having dreams where all your teeth fall out".]] * ShoutOut: To ''Firefly'' when Amy mentions 'Reavers'. And to ''Aliens'', when the leader of the Hipster Zombie-Hunters says "They're coming out of the Goddamn Walls!" * SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Anna is identified several times by the fact that she calls David "Walt." * SyntheticPlague: [[spoiler:Implied with the spiders, the black suit REPER guards and the case with Carlos & Anna. Threatened by Dr. Tennet, who implies the defector Amy contacts can be injected with a disease that will turn him into a monstrous cannibal.]] * TakeThat: It's an easy shot, but the way in which Daryl's post on Free Republic conveniently edits his encounter with John is almost identical to how a lot of outside observers figure that the regulars on that forum edit ''everything'' that happens to them. * ThisIsReality: Amy's rant at the hipsters, who seemingly relish being in a zombie apocalypse due to their obsession with zombie games and movies; Amy even later points out Josh is so unqualified to use a gun he has pointed his loaded weapon at her several times while talking. [[spoiler:Unsurprisingly, their carelessness and inexperience results in them accidentally murdering a whole group of innocents they mistook for zombies, then dying horribly when the actual monsters show up.]] * TimeStandsStill: [[spoiler:When John takes the Soy Sauce again, he gains the ability to freeze time. However, he can't actually manipulate his frozen environment. This leads to some interesting moments, like when he climbs a column of smoke or cuts himself on an immovable moth suspended in midair.]] * TraintopBattle: Falconer is implied at one point to have fought somebody on top of a moving train on at least one occasion. When asked about it, he only describes it as "windy". [[spoiler: This is likely part of David exaggerating Falconer into a badass.]] * UndeadChild: Averted. The parasite responsible for the zombie outbreak is apparently unable to infect children and animals. This is a significant departure from an earlier draft of the book, where the villains tried to take advantage of the psychological implications of this trope by making an elementary school the intended epicenter of the outbreak, which would have led to this memorable line: -->'''John''': Remember, these are children. Aim low. * UnpredictableResults: The "fur gun," which runs on the thoughts of the user, but the user has no idea how they'll manifest. * UnreliableNarrator: In the end it's revealed that [[spoiler:Lance Falconer's entire characterization is made up at the insistence of the real man, who is apparently not nearly as cool. David lampshades it by claiming that Lance does a few humiliating things right after demanding that David not make him look stupid. Dave also indicates he's writing the craziest possible explanation of events, which casts much of the story into suspicion.]] * WhamEpisode: Maybe don't be holding anything you'd mind dropping when [[spoiler: The Massacre At Ffirth Asylum]] finally happens. * WhatTheHellHero: After David [[spoiler:accidentally triggers the Massacre At Ffirth Asylum]], Owen puts him on impromptu trial and tears him down so thoroughly that even Dave himself can't give a reason for why he shouldn't be executed immediately. -->'''Owen:''' And that means that as long as you're alive and walkin' around in here, the three hundred--[[spoiler:I'm sorry, the ''two hundred and seventy'']]--men and women in this quarantine are in danger. Is there anyone standing here, including you, Wong, who can make a convincing argument otherwise? -->'''David:''' ... Nope. * WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Starts becoming a major theme in Book 3, especially when it's revealed that [[spoiler:there are many infected people that have remained almost entirely unchanged. They're basically just regular people with the possibility of "monstering out" in the future, much like David]]. -->'''John:''' Okay, can somebody quickly just summarize for the shotgun department who it's okay and not okay to shoot? -->'''[[spoiler:Carlos]]:''' The world doesn't make it that simple for us, my friend. * WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: [[spoiler:Dr. Tennet, who is fine with nuking a city full of innocents to kill some infected. He justifies it because it's beyond his authority and probably for the best.]] * YankTheDogsChain: Several times. A notable example is in the penultimate chapter. [[spoiler:After Dave comes to terms with the fact that a sacrifice is necessary, he willingly lays down his life for Amy, ''only for Molly to do the same for him.'' Ouch.]] * ZombieApocalypse: Discussed and thoroughly deconstructed. [[spoiler:The public is quick to jump onto the idea that a zombie apocalypse has occured, and all sorts of people who have fantasized about it occurring spring into action. Some are geeky horror fans, like the people who try to help Amy, while others are self-important survivalists, like the forum-poster]]. ----
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[[quoteright:234:[[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/a-word-about-parasite-controlling-your-brain/ http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Full_Of_Spiders_9668.png]]]] [[caption-width-right:234:This is, of course, a work of fiction. In real life there is ''[[ParanoiaFuel probably no more than a 50 percent chance that a spider has replaced your tongue.]]'']] ->[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Warning: You may have huge, invisible spiders living in your skull.]] '''[[LiteralMetaphor THIS IS NOT A METAPHOR.]]''' You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. [[PoesLaw Dismissing things is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection:]] The spider secretes a chemical into the human brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That's just as well, since [[YouKeepUsingThatWord the "cure"]] involves [[ChainsawGood learning what a chainsaw]] tastes like. Another [[DirectLineToTheAuthor pseudo-autobiographical]] novel by Website/{{Cracked}} Editor Jason Pargin, ''This Book Is Full Of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It'' is the second story about AuthorAvatar David Wong and the sequel to ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd''. Still living in [[CityWithNoName [Undisclosed] ]] with John ([[LateArrivalSpoiler who (probably) didn't die at the end]]), things seem to be going fine [[NightmareFuel until Dave wakes up with a large spider-monster injecting him with paralysis poison and trying to burrow into his skull.]] After a narrow escape wherein a police officer is infected, a massive outbreak occurs, and John [[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext accidentally texts photos of his genitals to Dave]], ''[[FromBadToWorse things somehow get worse]]''. Despite the amount of brain-hugging spiders, gruesome deaths, grotesque monsters and [[NauseaFuel nausea]]/[[NightmareFuel nightmare fuel]], [[HilarityEnsues things get pretty damn funny]]. Released on October 2nd 2012, ''This Book Is Full Of Spiders'' currently has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5swoHS21tBw book trailer]] and shares [[http://www.johndiesattheend.com JDATE's site.]] ---- !!Provides examples of: * AcronymConfusion: Dave mishears REPER as "raper" ''and double checks [[IThoughtItMeant he isn't getting the wrong idea]].'' Amy initially thinks the word's "Reaver." [[ShoutOut "Like from 'Firefly'"]]. * AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Dr. Tennet; not only is he a friendly psychologist in between villainy, but he offers tea and coffee to the protagonists during his evil monologue. He has sugar, but apologizes that he's out of creamer. When Amy requests honey for her tea, ''he provides a container shaped like a bear.'']] * TheAlcoholic: John is revealed to go into withdrawal when he hasn't had a drink in a while. Also, when he first fires the "fur gun," it [[spoiler:makes a beer larger, implying that he was thinking about having a big drink at that moment]]. * TheAllegedCar: John's Caddie, which is such a piece of junk that the looters don't even bother to steal it. Which is good, because the trunk contained several guns and a flamethrower. * AncientConspiracy[=/=]TheSyndicate: [[spoiler:"Them", who are revealed to be involved in the spider outbreak.]] * AppliedPhlebotinum: ** The Soy Sauce, which is required to see the spiders. ** Also the portals/doors that teleport soy-sauce users randomly around town. ** [[spoiler:The "furgun", which transforms targets or makes things appear out of thin air, based on what the user imagines.]] * AuthorAvatar: David Wong stars in a book by David Wong. * AuthorAppeal: Part way through the book, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbars_number Dunbar's number]] makes an appearance to explain a plot point. Pargin/Wong has written about this previously [[http://www.cracked.com/article_14990_what-monkeysphere.html on Cracked]]. * AwesomeMcCoolname: Detective Lance Falconer. [[spoiler: The epilogue implies that it's not actually his real name.]] * BasedOnAGreatBigLie: Same as JohnDiesAtTheEnd, the book pretty much ''insists'' it's based on truth. [[spoiler:Lampshaded in the conclusion when Detective Lance Falconer asks Wong to fabricate his details to make him cooler.]] * {{BFG}}: John's triple-barreled shotgun he bought at a gun show. Loaded with scattershot on the outside barrels and a slug on the middle barrel, John says it can cut down a tree with one blast, * BlackComedy * BlatantLies: A in-universe post taken from FreeRepublic describes a confrontation between John and Munch's Dad, from Munch's Dad's perspective. He claims to have said things he clearly didn't and gotten responses that not only John didn't say but probably would never say, in an attempt to make himself sound better and John sound worse. * BodyHorror: The spiders, which burrow into the victim's brain, before permanently attaching themselves to the host's brain and altering their nervous system and body, making the only cure death. * BrainBleach: Literally how the spiders are killed at the hospital; treatment is a bullet in the brain followed by a dangerous cocktail of chemicals salvaged from the hospital that melt the spider. The chemicals aren't specified, but they're kept in jugs the previously held bleach. * BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:The reason Undisclosed is saved from eradication; since John is recording Amy cradling Molly's corpse after Molly is shot by the Army, the world takes sympathy and no longer views Undisclosed as a monster-infested city beyond redemption.]] * ChainsawGood: ** The only "cure" to spider infection involves ''"finding out what a chainsaw tastes like"'' ** Also used by John to [[spoiler:decapitate an infected Frankie.]] ** The trope being played straight is odd, as in the previous book David calls a chainsaw the dumbest possible weapon a person could use. * CoolGuns: Det. Falconer is often accompanied by his chromed handgun, and John carries a custom triple-barreled shotgun in the trunk of his car. The furry gun might be the coolest gun since the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy POV gun]], if not ever. * CowboyCop: Lance Falconer is parody of the trope. It's revealed that [[spoiler:Falconer insisted that David make him out to be this way]]. * CreepyChild: Anna, an unattended little girl at the Ffirth Asylum with a crusty teddy bear. [[spoiler:It later turns out she is a monster, albeit a harmless one by the book's standards.]] * CruelAndUnusualDeath: ** Curing a case of brain spiders is either "finding out what a chainsaw tastes like", or a bullet in the brain followed by having face-melting acids poured into the wound/mouth. ** Carlos has a habit of killing his victims by eviscerating people who sit down outside. [[spoiler:It later turns out he's a decent guy that can see who is infected, and simply gives them an arguably preferable death of having organs swiftly torn out (as opposed to slow-death by spider possession, transformation and gradual decay).]] * DeadlyBath: Dave remembers an incident where something invisible was standing in between him and his running showerhead. Dave even lampooned this trope in the previous book. * DeathByGenreSavviness: ** [[spoiler:Despite Amy pointing out that liking zombie media does not make one a zombie expert, the hipsters still charge the Ffirth Asylum and all die horribly. Subverted with Amy, who, despite realizing This Is Real Life and they'll die if they enter the Ffirth Asylum, is physically unscathed in the event.]] ** [[spoiler:Also invoked with TJ who, after lampshading that the Black Dude Dies First, dies first in the Ffirth Asylum Massacre.]] * {{Deconstruction}}: Of many ZombieApocalypse tropes, and ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall probably YOUR attitude towards zombies.]]'' Do you think that zombie apocalypses work the way they do in the videogames, fail to grasp the horror of zombie apocalypses in general, or think you'd be a badass just because you have a gun?[[note]] But if you know how to use it, you're probably better off.[[/note]] Well, this book shows what would really happen to you. * EldritchAbomination: The Shadow Men. Tennent also argues that, to a colony of bees, an exterminator is an eldritch abomination. * FlayingAlive: [[spoiler:The REPER blacksuits; at least two are seen without masks, and both lack skin ''and have spiders for eyes.'']] * FunWithAcronyms: In keeping with real-life official names such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centers_for_Disease_Control_and_Prevention the CDC]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_and_Drug_Administration the FDA]], fictional organizations include REPER[[note]] ('''R'''apid '''E'''xotic '''P'''athogen '''E'''radication slash '''R'''esearch) [[/note]] and OGZA[[note]] ('''O'''utbreak '''G'''round '''Z'''ero '''A'''lpha) [[/note]]. * GreatEscape: [[spoiler:The second section of the book is about trying to escape the hospital lockdown.]] * EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Everyone in the hospital refers to Dave as "Spider-man" because [[spoiler:he's the only one who can see the spiders]]. * EvilInc: [[spoiler:REPER. Think the CDC, but ''evil''.]] * FourTemperamentEnsemble: ** Sanguine: John.[[note]]BoisterousBruiser[=/=]CloudCuckoolander (i.e. wacky, but wields a chainsaw)[[/note]] ** Choleric: Dave.[[note]]{{Determinator}}[=/=]ByronicHero (i.e. persistent and calls the shots)[[/note]] ** Melancholic/Supine: Amy.[[note]]TheSmartGuy[=/=]ShrinkingViolet (i.e. good with computers and logic, but emotionally unstable)[[/note]] ** Phlegmatic: [[spoiler:Molly.]][[note]]TheStoic[=/=]OnlySaneMan (i.e. [[spoiler:indifferent, lazy, neutral, but frequently the hero)]][[/note]] * GenreSavvy: John flat-out refuses to get onto the elevator with CreepyChild Anna. Instead, he races the elevator and positions himself so that he can blast her the moment the elevator door opens, just in case she becomes a monster. [[spoiler:It turns out that she is a monster, but she's not a threat]]. * GuiltFreeExterminationWar: [[spoiler:REPER can get away with wiping Undisclosed off the map simply because they're the only force in town, and can twist events however they want (''despite there only being an estimated 70 infected left by the end of the outbreak'').]] * HandWave: [[spoiler:In the "Molly" chapter, Dave announces that he's not going to explain how he managed to include a dog's perspective on a sequence of events. If anyone could do it, though, it seems like he could.]] * HeroicWillpower: [[spoiler:Carlos may be infected and "monstered out", but he's in control of his senses.]] * HeterosexualLifePartners: Dave and John. Parodied InUniverse when Amy implies that accidentally sending a photo of his genitals twice in a row [[MistakenForGay is somewhat unlikely, and may not be an accident.]] * IDidWhatIHadToDo[=/=]JustFollowingOrders: [[spoiler:Dr. Tennet's justification for trying to nuke Undisclosed; namely, it isn't his concern ''why'', he's simply ordering the destruction of Undisclosed because it needs to be done.]] He and several other antagonists see themselves as trying to prevent the apocalypse, protecting the world from the horrific consequences of incompetent idealists and self-interested fools. Their relationship with TheManBehindTheMan is nuanced. * IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: [[ConversationalTroping Conversed]] when Amy informs Josh that, while loading his gun, he accidentally pointed the barrel of his gun at her head four times. -->Josh... I'm impressed you did this, you're amazing for just making this trip. But ''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech you don't know what you're doing with that thing.]]'' And I think there's a one percent chance you're going to actually need the guns and a ninety-nine percent chance that a stray cat is going to jump out of the shadows and you're going to shoot each other. And me. * ImprobableAimingSkills: The [=UAVs=] at the hospital, which can snipe a moving target in windy conditions at night by a pilot several states away, preventing people from hopping the razor-wire fencing. [[HandWave Handwaved]] as being done through a computer that compensates for variables. * InMediasRes: The plot tends to favor jumping between narrators (Dave, John, Amy and [[spoiler:Molly]]) over a completely chronological plot. [[spoiler:This later comes into effect as a reveal when the "Massacre at Ffirth Asylum" is unveiled ''to have already happened.'']] * IncomingHam: John, after vaulting the asylum wall in the Caddie shouts, "[[NoIndoorVoice DID SOMEONE ORDER SOME FUCKING PRISON BREAK WITH A SIDE OF SHOTGUN?]]" * InvisibleToNormals: The spiders, which prompts the CDC to assume an airborne, flesh-eating disease is what's causing people to get torn apart. Even Frankie doesn't realize he has a spider crawling on him ''until it's crawling down his throat and burrowing into his skull.'' * IronicDeath: {{Lampshaded}} with [[spoiler:Dr. Tennet's death, as he is torn apart by one of his monsters. But then it turns out he meant for that to happen.]] * KillItWithFire: When John and Dave realize that there's an entire nest of the spiders in Dave's bedroom, they decide the best course of action is to just burn the entire house down. * LaResistance: OGZA, who are a collection of zombie-enthusiasts situated outside Undisclosed. * LongTitle: This Book Is Full Of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It. * ManChild: Amy's opinion of the college students that are set on killing zombies. * TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Dr. Tennet, who, after a reveal that he's a villain, claims he's simply a pawn of "Them".]] * {{Metaphorgotten}}: [[spoiler:Dr. Tennet]] uses a fast-food metaphor to explain everyone's role in things in Book 3. Naturally, everyone gets a little confused: -->[Several pages after the metaphor]\\ '''John''': Just so they can sue the burger place.\\ '''Dave''': You're... several steps behind here. * MonsterIsAMommy: [[spoiler:Carlos, who is revealed to be a perfectly sane monster/man trying to protect his harmless monster daughter, Anna. His murders are also justified as he can detect non-humans with greater ease than Dave, and only consumes infected people who evaded detection.]] * NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: John burned down Dave's house in an attempt to prevent the outbreak from spreading, but he actually helped it spread.]] [[OnlySaneMan Falconer realizes this immediately]]. [[spoiler:Dr. Tennet]] points out during the third act how several of their attempts at saving the day actually made things worse in the long run. --> '''John''': We didn't do any of it on purpose. We're just...not very good at things. * NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: John and Dave are able to get to the furgun and stop the shadow people by using Amy's phantom hand, which is implied to have been caused by the shadow people.]] * NotUsingTheZWord: Inverted. Everyone immediately starts calling the infected "zombies," even though they're not. The government calls them Zulus, [[spoiler:specifically to encourage citizens to make the zombie connection and not question REPER's mass bombing of the town]]. * OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: ** [[spoiler:Molly's chapter reveals she only knows Dave as "Meatsmell", namely because she admires his ability to have constantly meat-scented breath.]] ** Although it's never mentioned in the sequel, David and John are still known only by their aliases. * OurZombiesAreDifferent: Not long after the outbreak, people of the internet quickly [[MemeticMutation begin using the term "zombie"]] despite the fact that the outbreak is caused by a spider-like PuppeteerParasite that can mutate humans in many different ways. * PainfulTransformation: When people "monster out", their anatomy typically distorts and twists until their limbs turn into weapons. Considering an infected Franky seemingly resists the parasite long enough to whisper something important to Dave, ''it's safe to assume the host is aware through the process.'' * RaceAgainstTheClock: Each of the three books contains a countdown to an event: ** Book 1 starts [[spoiler:48 hours prior to outbreak]]. ** Book 2 starts [[spoiler:8 days, 12 hours until the massacre at Ffirth Asylum]]. ** Book 3 starts [[spoiler:12 hours until the aerial bombing of Undisclosed]]. This fits the trope best, because it's a scheduled event that people know about far enough in advance to actually RaceAgainstTheClock. * RecklessGunUsage: ** Amy points out that the Zombie enthusiasts keep pointing their guns at her and each other. ** John positions himself in front of an elevator with his shotgun trained on the doors, intending to blast a monster that might be attacking David. When the door opens, he's pointing the shotgun directly at David's face. * RecurringCharacter: [[LivingShadow The Shadow People]] briefly reappear, as does [[spoiler:Dr. Marconi.]] * SideEffectsInclude: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/a-word-about-parasite-controlling-your-brain a promo]], which lists brain spiders cause side effects such as [[SchmuckBait "thinking all babies look the same" and "having dreams where all your teeth fall out".]] * ShoutOut: To ''Firefly'' when Amy mentions 'Reavers'. And to ''Aliens'', when the leader of the Hipster Zombie-Hunters says "They're coming out of the Goddamn Walls!" * SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Anna is identified several times by the fact that she calls David "Walt." * SyntheticPlague: [[spoiler:Implied with the spiders, the black suit REPER guards and the case with Carlos & Anna. Threatened by Dr. Tennet, who implies the defector Amy contacts can be injected with a disease that will turn him into a monstrous cannibal.]] * TakeThat: It's an easy shot, but the way in which Daryl's post on Free Republic conveniently edits his encounter with John is almost identical to how a lot of outside observers figure that the regulars on that forum edit ''everything'' that happens to them. * ThisIsReality: Amy's rant at the hipsters, who seemingly relish being in a zombie apocalypse due to their obsession with zombie games and movies; Amy even later points out Josh is so unqualified to use a gun he has pointed his loaded weapon at her several times while talking. [[spoiler:Unsurprisingly, their carelessness and inexperience results in them accidentally murdering a whole group of innocents they mistook for zombies, then dying horribly when the actual monsters show up.]] * TimeStandsStill: [[spoiler:When John takes the Soy Sauce again, he gains the ability to freeze time. However, he can't actually manipulate his frozen environment. This leads to some interesting moments, like when he climbs a column of smoke or cuts himself on an immovable moth suspended in midair.]] * TraintopBattle: Falconer is implied at one point to have fought somebody on top of a moving train on at least one occasion. When asked about it, he only describes it as "windy". [[spoiler: This is likely part of David exaggerating Falconer into a badass.]] * UndeadChild: Averted. The parasite responsible for the zombie outbreak is apparently unable to infect children and animals. This is a significant departure from an earlier draft of the book, where the villains tried to take advantage of the psychological implications of this trope by making an elementary school the intended epicenter of the outbreak, which would have led to this memorable line: -->'''John''': Remember, these are children. Aim low. * UnpredictableResults: The "fur gun," which runs on the thoughts of the user, but the user has no idea how they'll manifest. * UnreliableNarrator: In the end it's revealed that [[spoiler:Lance Falconer's entire characterization is made up at the insistence of the real man, who is apparently not nearly as cool. David lampshades it by claiming that Lance does a few humiliating things right after demanding that David not make him look stupid. Dave also indicates he's writing the craziest possible explanation of events, which casts much of the story into suspicion.]] * WhamEpisode: Maybe don't be holding anything you'd mind dropping when [[spoiler: The Massacre At Ffirth Asylum]] finally happens. * WhatTheHellHero: After David [[spoiler:accidentally triggers the Massacre At Ffirth Asylum]], Owen puts him on impromptu trial and tears him down so thoroughly that even Dave himself can't give a reason for why he shouldn't be executed immediately. -->'''Owen:''' And that means that as long as you're alive and walkin' around in here, the three hundred--[[spoiler:I'm sorry, the ''two hundred and seventy'']]--men and women in this quarantine are in danger. Is there anyone standing here, including you, Wong, who can make a convincing argument otherwise? -->'''David:''' ... Nope. * WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Starts becoming a major theme in Book 3, especially when it's revealed that [[spoiler:there are many infected people that have remained almost entirely unchanged. They're basically just regular people with the possibility of "monstering out" in the future, much like David]]. -->'''John:''' Okay, can somebody quickly just summarize for the shotgun department who it's okay and not okay to shoot? -->'''[[spoiler:Carlos]]:''' The world doesn't make it that simple for us, my friend. * WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: [[spoiler:Dr. Tennet, who is fine with nuking a city full of innocents to kill some infected. He justifies it because it's beyond his authority and probably for the best.]] * YankTheDogsChain: Several times. A notable example is in the penultimate chapter. [[spoiler:After Dave comes to terms with the fact that a sacrifice is necessary, he willingly lays down his life for Amy, ''only for Molly to do the same for him.'' Ouch.]] * ZombieApocalypse: Discussed and thoroughly deconstructed. [[spoiler:The public is quick to jump onto the idea that a zombie apocalypse has occured, and all sorts of people who have fantasized about it occurring spring into action. Some are geeky horror fans, like the people who try to help Amy, while others are self-important survivalists, like the forum-poster]]. ----[[redirect:Literature/ThisBookIsFullOfSpidersSeriouslyDude]]
14th Nov '13 7:26:24 PM TinyTedDanson
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7th Oct '13 8:41:36 AM SeptimusHeap
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Hottip cleanup.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of many ZombieApocalypse tropes, and ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall probably YOUR attitude towards zombies.]]'' Do you think that zombie apocalypses work the way they do in the videogames, fail to grasp the horror of zombie apocalypses in general, or think you'd be a badass just because you have a gun?[[hottip:*:Note: But if you know how to use it, you're probably better off.]] Well, this book shows what would really happen to you.
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of many ZombieApocalypse tropes, and ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall probably YOUR attitude towards zombies.]]'' Do you think that zombie apocalypses work the way they do in the videogames, fail to grasp the horror of zombie apocalypses in general, or think you'd be a badass just because you have a gun?[[hottip:*:Note: gun?[[note]] But if you know how to use it, you're probably better off.]] [[/note]] Well, this book shows what would really happen to you.

* FunWithAcronyms: In keeping with real-life official names such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centers_for_Disease_Control_and_Prevention the CDC]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_and_Drug_Administration the FDA]], fictional organizations include REPER[[hottip:*: ('''R'''apid '''E'''xotic '''P'''athogen '''E'''radication slash '''R'''esearch) ]] and OGZA[[hottip:*: ('''O'''utbreak '''G'''round '''Z'''ero '''A'''lpha) ]].
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* FunWithAcronyms: In keeping with real-life official names such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centers_for_Disease_Control_and_Prevention the CDC]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_and_Drug_Administration the FDA]], fictional organizations include REPER[[hottip:*: REPER[[note]] ('''R'''apid '''E'''xotic '''P'''athogen '''E'''radication slash '''R'''esearch) ]] [[/note]] and OGZA[[hottip:*: OGZA[[note]] ('''O'''utbreak '''G'''round '''Z'''ero '''A'''lpha) ]].[[/note]].

** Sanguine: John.[[hottip:*:BoisterousBruiser[=/=]CloudCuckoolander (i.e. wacky, but wields a chainsaw)]] ** Choleric: Dave.[[hottip:*:{{Determinator}}[=/=]ByronicHero (i.e. persistent and calls the shots)]] ** Melancholic/Supine: Amy.[[hottip:*:TheSmartGuy[=/=]ShrinkingViolet (i.e. good with computers and logic, but emotionally unstable)]] ** Phlegmatic: [[spoiler:Molly.]][[hottip:*:TheStoic[=/=]OnlySaneMan (i.e. [[spoiler:indifferent, lazy, neutral, but frequently the hero)]]
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** Sanguine: John.[[hottip:*:BoisterousBruiser[=/=]CloudCuckoolander [[note]]BoisterousBruiser[=/=]CloudCuckoolander (i.e. wacky, but wields a chainsaw)]] chainsaw)[[/note]] ** Choleric: Dave.[[hottip:*:{{Determinator}}[=/=]ByronicHero [[note]]{{Determinator}}[=/=]ByronicHero (i.e. persistent and calls the shots)]] shots)[[/note]] ** Melancholic/Supine: Amy.[[hottip:*:TheSmartGuy[=/=]ShrinkingViolet [[note]]TheSmartGuy[=/=]ShrinkingViolet (i.e. good with computers and logic, but emotionally unstable)]] unstable)[[/note]] ** Phlegmatic: [[spoiler:Molly.]][[hottip:*:TheStoic[=/=]OnlySaneMan ]][[note]]TheStoic[=/=]OnlySaneMan (i.e. [[spoiler:indifferent, lazy, neutral, but frequently the hero)]]hero)]][[/note]]
3rd Oct '13 9:52:51 PM nemui10pm
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Well it's the sequel, obviously there will be spoilers from the first book.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: John is revealed to be fine in the first chapter, even though the last book is called ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd.''
9th Aug '13 9:23:35 PM JakesBrain
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Another [[DirectLineToTheAuthor pseudo-autobiographical]] novel by Website/{{Cracked}} Editor Jason Pargin, ''This Book Is Full Of Spiders'' is the second story about AuthorAvatar David Wong and the sequel to ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd''.
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Another [[DirectLineToTheAuthor pseudo-autobiographical]] novel by Website/{{Cracked}} Editor Jason Pargin, ''This Book Is Full Of Spiders'' Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It'' is the second story about AuthorAvatar David Wong and the sequel to ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd''.
8th Aug '13 10:15:04 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* LateArrivalSpoiler: John is revealed to be fine in the first chapter, ''even though the last book is called JohnDiesAtTheEnd.''
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* LateArrivalSpoiler: John is revealed to be fine in the first chapter, ''even even though the last book is called JohnDiesAtTheEnd.''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd.''
8th Aug '13 10:13:35 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* UnreliableNarrator: In the end it's revealed that [[spoiler:Lance Falconer's entire characterization is made up at the insistence of the real man, who is apparently not nearly as cool. David lampshades it by claiming that Lance does a few humiliating things right after demanding that David not make him look stupid. Dave also indicates he's writing the craziest possible explanation of events, which cast much of the story into suspicion.]]
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* UnreliableNarrator: In the end it's revealed that [[spoiler:Lance Falconer's entire characterization is made up at the insistence of the real man, who is apparently not nearly as cool. David lampshades it by claiming that Lance does a few humiliating things right after demanding that David not make him look stupid. Dave also indicates he's writing the craziest possible explanation of events, which cast casts much of the story into suspicion.]]
28th Jul '13 10:57:26 AM Sparkysharps
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* HeroicWillpower: [[spoiler:Carlos may be infected and "monstered out", but he's in control of his senses.]]
28th Jul '13 10:49:43 AM Sparkysharps
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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Starts becoming a major theme in Book 3, especially when it's revealed that [[spoiler:there are many infected people that have remained almost entirely unchanged. They're basically just regular people with the possibility of "monstering out" in the future, much like David]]. -->'''John:''' Okay, can somebody quickly just summarize for the shotgun department who it's okay and not okay to shoot? -->'''[[spoiler:Carlos]]:''' The world doesn't make it that simple for us, my friend.
28th Jul '13 10:03:56 AM Sparkysharps
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* WhatTheHellHero: After David [[spoiler:accidentally triggers the Massacre At Ffirth Asylum]], Owen puts him on impromptu trial and tears him down so thoroughly that even Dave himself can't give a reason for why he shouldn't be executed immediately. -->'''Owen:''' And that means that as long as you're alive and walkin' around in here, the three hundred--[[spoiler:I'm sorry, the ''two hundred and seventy'']]--men and women in this quarantine are in danger. Is there anyone standing here, including you, Wong, who can make a convincing argument otherwise? -->'''David:''' ... Nope.
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