History MoodWhiplash / Literature

27th Apr '18 5:43:29 AM MasterFuzzy
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* A much darker example is from ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind,'' which has a spin-off book by the same author called ''The Slow Regard of Silent Things,'' a whimsical story told from [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Auri's]] point of view. The first few chapters show her going about her business, meditating on the universe, etc. Then the following chapter is one line:

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* A much darker example is from ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind,'' which has a spin-off book by the same author called ''The Slow Regard of Silent Things,'' ''Literature/TheSlowRegardOfSilentThings,'' a whimsical story told from [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Auri's]] point of view. The first few chapters show her going about her business, meditating on the universe, etc. Then the following chapter is one line:
27th Apr '18 5:42:17 AM MasterFuzzy
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* In Fred Vargas' ''Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand'', Adamsberg's telling of the story of Judge Fulgence starts very ominously... But when Adamsberg off-handedly mentions that another kid he knew used to throw blown-up toads into Fulgence's garden, Danglard spends an entire page asking how you can blow up toads (by putting cigarettes in their mouth). It's made even funnier by the fact that it's usually Adamsberg who gets sidetracked.

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* In Fred Vargas' ''Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand'', Adamsberg's telling of the story of Judge Fulgence starts very ominously... But when Adamsberg off-handedly mentions that another kid he knew used to throw blown-up toads into Fulgence's garden, Danglard spends an entire page asking how you can blow up toads (by putting cigarettes in their mouth). It's made even funnier by the fact that it's usually Adamsberg who gets sidetracked.sidetracked.
* A much darker example is from ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind,'' which has a spin-off book by the same author called ''The Slow Regard of Silent Things,'' a whimsical story told from [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Auri's]] point of view. The first few chapters show her going about her business, meditating on the universe, etc. Then the following chapter is one line:
-->"On the third day, Auri wept."
24th Feb '18 11:12:27 PM Abracadabrantes
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* 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.]]

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* 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.]]]]
* In Fred Vargas' ''Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand'', Adamsberg's telling of the story of Judge Fulgence starts very ominously... But when Adamsberg off-handedly mentions that another kid he knew used to throw blown-up toads into Fulgence's garden, Danglard spends an entire page asking how you can blow up toads (by putting cigarettes in their mouth). It's made even funnier by the fact that it's usually Adamsberg who gets sidetracked.
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.
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