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21st Dec '16 11:17:14 AM Xtifr
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* The Book of Three in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' is a Tome of Prophecy.

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* The Book of Three in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' is a Tome of Prophecy.
14th Nov '16 5:48:36 PM PaulA
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* ''[[Creator/PhilipKDick The Galactic Pot-healer]]'' has the Book of Kalends, telling (in many languages) what shall be. Do Kalends make things happen in writing their book? is a [[MindScrew major question]] for the characters.

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* ''[[Creator/PhilipKDick The Creator/PhilipKDick's ''The Galactic Pot-healer]]'' Pot-healer'' has the Book of Kalends, telling (in many languages) what shall be. Do Kalends make things happen in writing their book? is a [[MindScrew major question]] for the characters.
30th Oct '16 7:47:53 AM Anddrix
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* The Oraculum in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' is a Tome of Prophecy.

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* The Oraculum in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' is a Tome of Prophecy.
29th Oct '16 4:37:06 PM eroock
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People have wanted to know the future ever since the concept of "future" existed, so the idea of [[InvertedTrope inverting]] a History Book from a recounting of the past into a '''Tome Of Prophecy''' that predicts the future has found [[OlderThanFeudalism lasting appeal]]. This tome is pretty much [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Exactly What It Says On The Cover]]; it's a book written by a prophet[[note]]Or possibly dictation of their [[JunkieProphet drug induced visions]][[/note]], a school of seers, or [[ForgedByTheGods possibly even a]] ''[[ForgedByTheGods god]].'' As such all the FateAndProphecyTropes apply, including being open to interpretation, often compounded by being written in a dead language. Inexactness notwithstanding, just about everyone and their HotLibrarian will want to steal this MacGuffin.

Now, imagine what would happen if rewriting parts of the Tome of Prophecy didn't make it inaccurate, but instead ''[[ScrewDestiny changed]]'' the prophecy. In these cases, what you have is a '''Tome of Fate''', the "big brother" to the Tome of Prophecy. Rather than be a normal book with a mystic prophecy written on it, you have a mystic book that turns whatever is written in it into fact. A Tome of Fate can vary considerably from setting to setting in what it can do, though usually they can do one or all of the following: provide an exhaustive [[TheOmniscient record of every event]] past and future written in its [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything nigh infinite]] but [[GreatBigBookOfEverything comfortably portable pages]], act as a [[strike:LiteralGenie]] literary genie (with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor all the risks]] that that [[JerkassGenie implies]]), and serve as a CosmicKeystone that defines the nature of existence and [[RealityWarper is capable]] of RewritingReality. If a TomeOfFate is indeed magic, rather than merely being written by someone who is magic, then it will probably overlap with RealityWritingBook.

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People have wanted to know the future ever since the concept of "future" existed, so the idea of [[InvertedTrope inverting]] a History Book from a recounting of the past into a '''Tome Of Prophecy''' Tome of Prophecy that predicts the future has found [[OlderThanFeudalism lasting appeal]]. This tome is pretty much [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Exactly What It Says On The Cover]]; it's a book written by a prophet[[note]]Or possibly dictation of their [[JunkieProphet drug induced visions]][[/note]], a school of seers, or [[ForgedByTheGods possibly even a]] ''[[ForgedByTheGods god]].'' As such all the FateAndProphecyTropes apply, including being open to interpretation, often compounded by being written in a dead language. Inexactness notwithstanding, just about everyone and their HotLibrarian will want to steal this MacGuffin.

Now, imagine what would happen if rewriting parts of the Tome of Prophecy didn't make it inaccurate, but instead ''[[ScrewDestiny changed]]'' the prophecy. In these cases, what you have is a '''Tome Tome of Fate''', Fate, the "big brother" to the Tome of Prophecy. Rather than be a normal book with a mystic prophecy written on it, you have a mystic book that turns whatever is written in it into fact. A Tome of Fate can vary considerably from setting to setting in what it can do, though usually they can do one or all of the following: provide an exhaustive [[TheOmniscient record of every event]] past and future written in its [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything nigh infinite]] but [[GreatBigBookOfEverything comfortably portable pages]], act as a [[strike:LiteralGenie]] literary genie (with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor all the risks]] that that [[JerkassGenie implies]]), and serve as a CosmicKeystone that defines the nature of existence and [[RealityWarper is capable]] of RewritingReality. If a TomeOfFate is indeed magic, rather than merely being written by someone who is magic, then it will probably overlap with RealityWritingBook.
26th Sep '16 9:39:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the DragonMagazine comic ''Libram X'', the eponymous tome is both the accurate self-writing log and [[RealityWritingBook can be written]] (one magic quill is included in the kit). Which naturally explains why [[MacGuffin everyone and their dogs tried to find it]] all this time.

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* In the DragonMagazine Magazine/DragonMagazine comic ''Libram X'', the eponymous tome is both the accurate self-writing log and [[RealityWritingBook can be written]] (one magic quill is included in the kit). Which naturally explains why [[MacGuffin everyone and their dogs tried to find it]] all this time.
6th Aug '16 3:30:44 PM nombretomado
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** A storyline that ran for several issues of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'' had Destiny lose the book and several characters using it to change events, so it ''can'' be edited. Note however that this story is from the main DCUniverse and so not canonical with Sandman's version.

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** A storyline that ran for several issues of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'' had Destiny lose the book and several characters using it to change events, so it ''can'' be edited. Note however that this story is from the main DCUniverse Franchise/DCUniverse and so not canonical with Sandman's version.
23rd May '16 9:54:58 AM Doug86
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* The titular comic book in the series ''DarkOracle'' can tell the future and is rewritten by the decisions of the characters.

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* The titular comic book in the series ''DarkOracle'' ''Series/DarkOracle'' can tell the future and is rewritten by the decisions of the characters.
3rd Mar '16 1:46:15 AM Waddle
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* The trope is somewhat parodied in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders'' with the character [[Music/OingoBoingo Boingo]] and his Stand Thoth, who manifests itself as a comic book in which the future is progressively drawn in a [[ArtShift really weird art style]] and with a childish writing. It's a Prophecy-type book as everything that is drawn in Thoth ''will'' happen, even if it seems implausible at first because of some overlooked details. For example, the book said at one point that a character will hit a woman in the neck and she would thank him for that, but it didn't said that was because there was a scorpion on her neck. Later, it is said that this character will defeat the entire good guys team by putting his fingers in the nose of one of them (the book just didn't show that because of that, the team would cross the road and ''get hit by a car'').

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* The trope is somewhat parodied in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders'' with the character [[Music/OingoBoingo Boingo]] and his Stand Thoth, who manifests itself as a comic book in which the future is progressively drawn in a [[ArtShift really weird art style]] and with a [[StylisticSuck childish writing.writing]]. It's a Prophecy-type book as everything that is drawn in Thoth ''will'' happen, even if it seems implausible at first because of some overlooked details. For example, the book said at one point that a character will hit a woman in the neck and that she would thank him for that, but it didn't said that it was because there was a scorpion on her neck. Later, it is said that this character will defeat the entire good guys team by putting his fingers in the nose of one of them (the book just didn't show that because of that, the team would cross the road and ''get hit by a car'').
29th Jan '16 2:44:46 PM SolipSchism
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The Tomes of Prophecy and Fate need not mean that YouCantFightFate; a lot of the time they're designed to work without compromising free will, though they do exert (or reflect) a great deal of power over existence. As a carry-on size DeusExMachina, the Tome of Fate [[HowToStopTheDeusExMachina may be safeguarded]] with a number of features, especially when it doubles as a CosmicKeystone. It may be a ClingyMacGuffin that can't be destroyed except under specific circumstances, paired with a magic quill, ink, or eraser to make rewriting it more difficult, or out and out made "read only" to avoid {{Edit War}}s.

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The Tomes of Prophecy and Fate need not mean that YouCantFightFate; a lot of the time they're designed to work without compromising free will, though they do exert (or reflect) a great deal of power over existence. As a carry-on size DeusExMachina, the Tome of Fate [[HowToStopTheDeusExMachina may be safeguarded]] with a number of features, especially when it doubles as a CosmicKeystone. It may be a ClingyMacGuffin that can't be destroyed except under specific circumstances, paired with a magic quill, ink, or eraser to make rewriting it more difficult, or out and out made "read only" to avoid {{Edit Administrivia/{{Edit War}}s.
28th Oct '15 3:09:52 PM Quag15
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* One interpretation of the book of the Literature/BookOfRevelation is that it is this trope.

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* One interpretation of the book of the Literature/BookOfRevelation ''Literature/BookOfRevelation'' is that it is this trope.
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