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9th Jul '17 5:02:50 AM CutePenguin123
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** in the ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' series, there is at least one scenario per book where Protagonist Greg gets in trouble.\\

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** in In the ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' series, there is at least one scenario per book where Protagonist Greg gets in trouble.\\
9th Jul '17 5:01:45 AM CutePenguin123
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* In ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', the eponymous Count preys upon innocent Lucy, until the all-knowing Dr Van Helsing arrives. After Lucy dies, returns as a vampire, and is bloodily dispatched by the shaken heroes, Van Helsing and Mina Harker put together the scattered diary records and other clues to discern the villain behind it, and the group bands together to hunt down Dracula. \\

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* ** in the ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' series, there is at least one scenario per book where Protagonist Greg gets in trouble.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That he would just explain what happened that got himself there.\\
'''Instead''': He opts to run away or [[NeverMyFault tries to make himself look better]].\\
'''The Result''': Greg ends up in more trouble than he may have already been in.\\
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In ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', the eponymous Count preys upon innocent Lucy, until the all-knowing Dr Van Helsing arrives. After Lucy dies, returns as a vampire, and is bloodily dispatched by the shaken heroes, Van Helsing and Mina Harker put together the scattered diary records and other clues to discern the villain behind it, and the group bands together to hunt down Dracula. \\
8th Jul '17 1:02:32 PM Jayalaw
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* Literature/GoneWithTheWind: Rhett and Scarlett's daughter, Bonnie, is showing to be a very promising horse rider. Rhett has brought her a Shetland pony, and soon girl and pony are learning how to ride sidesaddle ''and'' jump over bars... but now [[DaddysGirl Bonnie]] wants to take more risks.\\

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* Literature/GoneWithTheWind: Literature/GoneWithTheWind:
** Rhett Butler falls for Scarlett after he witnesses her tossing a knickknack in a fit of anger. He doesn't tell her at the time, since her anger was due to Ashley Wilkes refusing to break his engagement to Melanie Hamilton for her. Scarlett outlives her first husband, and Rhett keeps in contact with her.\\
'''You'd Expect''': That Rhett would eventually admit to Scarlett how he feels about her. Not telling her at the beginning was understandable, since she is TheTease and a SpoiledBrat, but he sees that she is resourceful and will do anything, including sleep with him, to save her home Tara.\\
'''Instead''': He doesn't. Rhett can't muster up any emotional honesty due to his belief that Scarlett destroys the ones that she loves. As a result, he becomes as emotionally abusive to her as she becomes to him. When she comes to him begging for money, while he's been sentenced to death, he's hurt that she only would give herself to him to save her home and lets her beg until he admits that he can't help her. And when he propose to her, after her second husband dies, he tells her that they ought to get married "for fun" and hopes to win her over by treating her like a pet. The end result is that by the time Scarlett realizes she loves Rhett, he's burned out from their marriage and decides to leave her. He even lampshades that they should have been communicating with each other.
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Rhett and Scarlett's daughter, Bonnie, is showing to be a very promising horse rider. Rhett has brought her a Shetland pony, and soon girl and pony are learning how to ride sidesaddle ''and'' jump over bars... but now [[DaddysGirl Bonnie]] wants to take more risks.\\
3rd Jun '17 8:27:13 PM KoopaKid17
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* The original ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'' book and its Creator/{{Disney}} AnimatedAdaptation has the segment where Pooh eats rabbit out of house and home. Rabbit has a front door and a back door.\\
'''You'd Expect:''' Pooh to realize he's now clearly too fat to crawl out the front door and use the back door.\\
'''Instead:''' He tries squeezing through the front door and gets stuck. He has to wait day after day until he can be thin enough to wiggle free.
11th May '17 2:33:45 PM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'': Sten, a BloodKnight obsessed with defeating the wielder of the Heart of War, loses a fight with said man (a fella named Josef) and, because his need to fight Josef caused him to abandon the job he was supposed to be doing, gets kicked out of the League of Storms.\\
'''You'd expect:''' Sten realizes victory isn't happenning and returns to the life of a successful gladiator he once was. '''Or:''' Sten decides he's obviously not good enough, so he trains with his own magic sword and challenges Josef later. '''Or:''' Sten threatens Nico to get Josef to fight him again in an environment more conductive to a duel than a cramped barn. '''Or:''' Sten does literally anything other than what he actually did.\\
'''Instead:''' Sten goes to the Master of the Dead Mountain - the demon he ''knows'', being a former League knight, possesses people who accept his "aid" - and... accepts his aid. End result: Sten loses his soul and individuality, world almost ends, Josef still kills him.
8th Apr '17 1:04:56 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Redwall}}'': In ''The Bellmaker'', a small team of Redwallers have joined an army of the natives of Southsward in the hope of overthrowing a pair of tyrants who have ruled their land with a cruel paw. One of them is Rufe Brush, a naive squirrel who doesn't have much experience of the world beyond Redwall. During the final battle, Rufe and his friends go up against one of the tyrants, who Rufe hits with a stone- but doesn't kill.\\

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* ''{{Redwall}}'': ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'': In ''The Bellmaker'', a small team of Redwallers have joined an army of the natives of Southsward in the hope of overthrowing a pair of tyrants who have ruled their land with a cruel paw. One of them is Rufe Brush, a naive squirrel who doesn't have much experience of the world beyond Redwall. During the final battle, Rufe and his friends go up against one of the tyrants, who Rufe hits with a stone- but doesn't kill.\\
20th Jan '17 5:04:52 AM 06tele
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* "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been": The main conflict takes place between Connie, a 15-year-old girl, and a young man named Arnold Friend, in her yard.\\

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* Joyce Carol Oates's short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been": The main conflict takes place between Connie, a 15-year-old girl, and a young man named Arnold Friend, in her yard.\\
4th Jan '17 12:54:19 PM StFan
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* ''TheFaultInOurStars''. Hazel and Augustus have traveled to Europe to visit Van Houten, the author of ''An Imperial Affliction''. Little do they know, he's a colossal jackass and a drunk.\\

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* ''TheFaultInOurStars''.''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars''. Hazel and Augustus have traveled to Europe to visit Van Houten, the author of ''An Imperial Affliction''. Little do they know, he's a colossal jackass and a drunk.\\



'''Instead''' Hazel and Augustus receive a nasty shock. Van Houten repeatedly insults and belittles them, claims that Augustus 'must have a brain tumor the size of a golf ball' and drives Hazel to tears. It's only ''then'' that the assistant intervenes and does what she can to make their trip to Europe not a complete disaster.\\

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'''Instead''' Hazel and Augustus receive a nasty shock. Van Houten repeatedly insults and belittles them, claims that Augustus 'must have a brain tumor the size of a golf ball' and drives Hazel to tears. It's only ''then'' that the assistant intervenes and does what she can to make their trip to Europe not a complete disaster.\\
27th Dec '16 2:17:14 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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'''Instead''' - They get so focused on gallantly tracking down and destroying Dracula's earth-boxes that they ignore the pleas and warnings of Renfield, despite ''knowing'' his connection to the Count, and being chivalrous Victorian chauvinists, leave Mina behind...alone...unprotected...while they do so. When she's suddenly pale, exhausted and shaken by recurring nightmares identical to Lucy's, they conclude that she's just tired from her 'unwomanly' exertions as part of their group. Several times they see a big black bat flapping about and don't realize who it is. [[UnwittingPawn Dumbasses]].

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'''Instead''' - They get so focused on gallantly tracking down and destroying Dracula's earth-boxes that they ignore the pleas and warnings of Renfield, despite ''knowing'' his connection to the Count, and being chivalrous Victorian chauvinists, leave Mina behind...alone...unprotected... alone... unprotected... while they do so. When she's suddenly pale, exhausted and shaken by recurring nightmares identical to Lucy's, they conclude that she's just tired from her 'unwomanly' exertions as part of their group. Several times they see a big black bat flapping about and don't realize who it is. [[UnwittingPawn Dumbasses]].



'''Instead:''' In a later book, Murphy takes one of the Swords with her into a battlefield- despite knowing that she can't wield it without breaking it (and having plenty of other, safer, weapons at her disposal), and if a Sword breaks, the forces of capital 'G' Good would be terribly crippled. Naturally, once things get rough, she draws the Sword...and Nicodemus promptly takes advantage of her stupidity to emotionally blackmail her into destroying the Sword.\\

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'''Instead:''' In a later book, Murphy takes one of the Swords with her into a battlefield- despite knowing that she can't wield it without breaking it (and having plenty of other, safer, weapons at her disposal), and if a Sword breaks, the forces of capital 'G' Good would be terribly crippled. Naturally, once things get rough, she draws the Sword... and Nicodemus promptly takes advantage of her stupidity to emotionally blackmail her into destroying the Sword.\\



'''Even Worse:''' After [[spoiler:Molly]] recovers from the slap, she is understandably [[{{Understatement}} reluctant]] to discuss ''anything'' with Andi...so Andi shoves her into a wall. This does not make the situation any better. In fact, it almost results in Andi getting beaten to a pulp.

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'''Even Worse:''' After [[spoiler:Molly]] recovers from the slap, she is understandably [[{{Understatement}} reluctant]] to discuss ''anything'' with Andi... so Andi shoves her into a wall. This does not make the situation any better. In fact, it almost results in Andi getting beaten to a pulp.



'''Instead:''' [[spoiler:Ashfur]], for some reason, wholeheartedly believes the words of the woman whose children he is about to murder. In fact, he has such faith in her honesty that he immediately lets his victims go...apparently thinking that they value 'being honest to a serial killer' over 'not burning to death'. Yes, [[spoiler:Ashfur]]'s batshit crazy at this point, but...really?

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'''Instead:''' [[spoiler:Ashfur]], for some reason, wholeheartedly believes the words of the woman whose children he is about to murder. In fact, he has such faith in her honesty that he immediately lets his victims go... apparently thinking that they value 'being honest to a serial killer' over 'not burning to death'. Yes, [[spoiler:Ashfur]]'s batshit crazy at this point, but... really?



'''Instead''': That never happens (otherwise, we'd have no story). Connie spends the next half hour or so arguing with Arnold, with Arnold trying nicely ... then not so nicely ... to make her come with him. When Connie finally recognizes Arnold for who he is -- a predatory creep who is probably in his mid-30s -- and tries to call the police, Arnold has gotten into the house and taken the phone away from her. He also does other things to her, with the strong implication that she is raped. In the end, Connie is forced to leave with Arnold, her fate left unknown.

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'''Instead''': That never happens (otherwise, we'd have no story). Connie spends the next half hour or so arguing with Arnold, with Arnold trying nicely ... then not so nicely ...nicely... to make her come with him. When Connie finally recognizes Arnold for who he is -- a predatory creep who is probably in his mid-30s -- and tries to call the police, Arnold has gotten into the house and taken the phone away from her. He also does other things to her, with the strong implication that she is raped. In the end, Connie is forced to leave with Arnold, her fate left unknown.
6th Dec '16 1:51:10 PM SwampAdder
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** "The Three Garriedbs": Evans shot [[HeterosexualLifePartners Watson]] in front of Holmes. That gets him to [[NotSoStoic panic]] and [[BigBrotherInstinct trips off that protective instinct towards Watson]]. BewareTheQuietOnes, indeed.
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