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1st Nov '17 6:28:32 PM marymichael
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* ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' is overflowing with this. Includes the main character, Dave, going from being beaten and nearly killed by a monster disguised as a policeman to talking to a dead friend using a bratwurst as a phone, a ghost trapping Dave and John in a house and then transforming itself into a meat monster [[spoiler:"PREPARE TO MEAT YOUR DOOM!"]], and John making a snarky joke about [[BestialityIsDepraved "beastiology"]] to John watching a video of thousands of people [[spoiler:including children]] being maimed by giant spiders and left to writhe.
26th Oct '17 7:25:31 PM darkemyst
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** In the Battle of Hogwarts, there's an amusing scene when Percy defeats Pius Thickness ("Hello Minister, did I mention I'm resigning?"). Immediately afterwards, [[spoiler:[[ShooOutTheClowns Fred gets killed]].]]

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** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' during the Battle of Hogwarts, there's an amusing scene when Percy defeats Pius Thickness ("Hello Minister, did I mention I'm resigning?"). Immediately afterwards, [[spoiler:[[ShooOutTheClowns Fred gets killed]].]]
8th Oct '17 9:31:23 PM LancelotG
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* Due to the [[MatureAnimalStory nature of the series]], it's rather frequent in ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' for the prose style to switch back and forth between jovial Creator/JRRTolkien and ruthless Creator/GeorgeRRMartin for a few pages, or even paragraphs. For example, at one point in ''Mossflower'', the heroes need to outsmart two dimwitted villains, so they pull the old trick also seen in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' of starting an argument among them by imitating voices, leading them to comically quarrel over their cheese. [[spoiler:One of them then fatally impales the other in his anger, then in shock at what he's done, stumbles backwards into a sinkhole and drowns.]] Our protagonists then sing a happy little song about this as they carry on.

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* Due to the [[MatureAnimalStory nature of the series]], it's rather frequent in ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' for the prose style to switch back and forth between jovial Creator/JRRTolkien and ruthless Creator/GeorgeRRMartin for a few pages, or even paragraphs. For example, at one point in ''Mossflower'', the heroes need to outsmart two dimwitted villains, so they pull the old trick also seen in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' of starting an argument among them by imitating voices, leading them to comically quarrel over their cheese. [[spoiler:One of them then fatally impales the other in his anger, then in shock at what he's done, stumbles backwards into a sinkhole and drowns.]] Our protagonists then sing a happy little song about this as they carry on.on.
* Robert Browning's poem "Porphyria's Lover" begins on a stormy night when the speaker, alone in a dark and dreary cottage, is visited by a woman who he believed had rejected him, who has deserted a party and walked through the rain to find him. She lights a fire in the grate, leans on his shoulder, and confesses that she has loved him all along. [[spoiler:Eager to preserve this beautiful moment, he strangles her in her own hair.]]
13th May '17 3:56:25 AM Andyroid
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** Pratchett also manages to do utterly hilarious and tear-jerkingly dramatic at the exact same moment. I'll only say: "THAT! IS! NOT! MY! COW!"

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** Pratchett also manages to do utterly hilarious and tear-jerkingly dramatic at the exact same moment. I'll only say: "THAT! moment in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'': "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THAT! IS! NOT! MY! COW!"COW!]]"
1st Apr '17 3:57:37 PM jamespolk
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* Literature/ErastFandorin novel ''Literature/SpecialAssigments'' actually consists of two separate novellas. The first, ''The Jack of Spades'', is a whimsical comic story in which Fandorin is chasing a LovableRogue ConMan. The second, ''The Decorator'', involves Fandorin's hunt for a brutal SerialKiller.

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* Literature/ErastFandorin detective novel ''Literature/SpecialAssigments'' ''Literature/SpecialAssignments'' actually consists of two separate novellas. The first, ''The Jack of Spades'', is a whimsical comic story in which Fandorin is chasing a LovableRogue ConMan. The second, ''The Decorator'', involves Fandorin's hunt for a brutal SerialKiller.
1st Apr '17 3:57:12 PM jamespolk
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* Literature/ErastFandorin novel ''Literature/SpecialAssigments'' actually consists of two separate novellas. The first, ''The Jack of Spades'', is a whimsical comic story in which Fandorin is chasing a LovableRogue ConMan. The second, ''The Decorator'', involves Fandorin's hunt for a brutal SerialKiller.
7th Dec '16 8:02:10 AM MarsJenkar
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** ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' is particularly egregious, since the mood whiplash effect arguably results in an OutOfGenreExperience. The book goes from a scene where Sandy actually thinks a pig farmer is really a bunch of 12 foot tall ogres and the pigs are captive princesses (which is a laugh out loud hilarious scene) to a gut wrenching description of slavery. It feels like going from a ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' type absurdist satire to high drama.

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** ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' is particularly egregious, since the mood whiplash effect arguably results in an OutOfGenreExperience. The book goes from a scene where Sandy actually thinks a pig farmer is really a bunch of 12 foot tall ogres and the pigs are captive princesses (which is a laugh out loud hilarious scene) to a gut wrenching description of slavery. It feels like going from a ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' type absurdist satire (or a ''Literature/DonQuixote'' misadventure) to high drama.
6th Dec '16 12:16:00 PM JohnPrestwick
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** In the Battle of Hogwarts, there's an amusing scene when Percy defeats Pius Thickness ("Hello Minister, did I mention I'm resigning?"). Immediately afterwards, [[spoiler:[[ShooOutTheClowns Fred gets killed]].]]
21st Jul '16 10:01:35 AM Morgenthaler
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** In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', this is usually because of [[SadClown Harry's sense of humor]]. Once, the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Nicodemus has him in a totally inescapable position, giving him the opportunity to join him--and if he refuses, Nick will just cut his throat after he finishes his breakfast. Harry promptly cracks a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' joke, and when Nicodemus is a bit nonplussed, says, "Must be a Creator/DCComics fan."

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** In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', this is usually because of [[SadClown Harry's sense of humor]]. Once, the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Nicodemus has him in a totally inescapable position, giving him the opportunity to join him--and if he refuses, Nick will just cut his throat after he finishes his breakfast. Harry promptly cracks a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' joke, and when Nicodemus is a bit nonplussed, says, "Must be a Creator/DCComics fan."
23rd Nov '15 10:18:16 AM TheGreatUnknown
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* It's not usual for the characters in ''Literature/UncommonAnimals'' make jokes in dark moments, but the first story, The Hunted, goes from Mina and Jennelle [[EatingTheEyeCandy drooling over]] the 'delivery boy' to Mina being terrified of him in the space a sentence.

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* It's not usual for the characters in ''Literature/UncommonAnimals'' make jokes in dark moments, but the first story, The Hunted, goes from Mina and Jennelle [[EatingTheEyeCandy drooling over]] the 'delivery boy' to Mina being terrified of him in the space a sentence.sentence.
* Due to the [[MatureAnimalStory nature of the series]], it's rather frequent in ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' for the prose style to switch back and forth between jovial Creator/JRRTolkien and ruthless Creator/GeorgeRRMartin for a few pages, or even paragraphs. For example, at one point in ''Mossflower'', the heroes need to outsmart two dimwitted villains, so they pull the old trick also seen in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' of starting an argument among them by imitating voices, leading them to comically quarrel over their cheese. [[spoiler:One of them then fatally impales the other in his anger, then in shock at what he's done, stumbles backwards into a sinkhole and drowns.]] Our protagonists then sing a happy little song about this as they carry on.
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