History YMMV / Spenser

26th Dec '15 3:30:48 PM SirSapphire
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: The tv series made Hawk into one, it even led to his own short-lived spin-off.
1st Jun '13 10:09:25 PM Twentington
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* GeniusBonus: Any given one of Parker's books is a mixed bag of references to film, poetry, history, and theater, to the point where the now-defunct Spenser fansite "Bullets and Beer" took a lot of time and effort sorting through it all.
1st Jun '13 10:08:49 PM Twentington
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* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: The play "Handy Dandy" featured in ''Walking Shadow'' is apparently extremely confusing and obtuse, and when interviewing the playwright Leonard O (who proves to be an enormous snob) about the case, Spenser lampshades it to hell and back and manages to catch O off guard when he points out that he stole the Tiresias stuff from Eliot. O insists it was a "homage" but Spenser isn't fooled.
20th Jun '12 1:50:31 AM EmperorNorton
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* BrokenBase: Spenser's fanbase skews older, so there isn't a great deal of discussion of it online. That said, many readers are vocally annoyed by Susan Silverman.

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* BrokenBase: Spenser's fanbase skews older, so there isn't a great deal of discussion of it online. That said, many readers are vocally annoyed by Susan Silverman.is a reasonably controversial character, owing mostly to Spenser's near-constant adulation of her in the narration.
20th Mar '12 10:44:40 PM Katsuhagi
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* CanonSue: Arguably averted, although it's a common criticism leveled against the series. Spenser was more prone to making serious mistakes or getting badly injured in earlier books, but after Susan permanently returns to the series post-''A Catskill Eagle'', Spenser becomes increasingly less capable of error. He still screws up often enough that he's not quite there, but [[YourMileageMayVary YMMV]].
** It also helps that he usually has no goddamn idea what he's doing for most of a book, and usually just keeps talking to people and turning over rocks until he happens across the right information. Most of the time, Spenser's mistakes have the most far-reaching consequences to people other than himself.

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* CanonSue: Arguably averted, although it's a common criticism leveled against the series. Spenser was more prone to making serious mistakes or getting badly injured in earlier books, but after Susan permanently returns to the series post-''A Catskill Eagle'', Spenser becomes increasingly less capable of error. He still screws up often enough that he's not quite there, but [[YourMileageMayVary YMMV]].
** It also
and it helps that he usually has no goddamn idea what he's doing for most of a book, and usually just keeps talking to people and turning over rocks until he happens across the right information. Most of the time, Spenser's mistakes have the most far-reaching consequences to people other than himself.
20th Mar '12 10:44:09 PM Katsuhagi
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* FanDiscontinuity: It is a common opinion that after a certain point, Parker went on creative autopilot and the books began to suffer for it. Where that point is, on the other hand, is a subject of some debate. ''Rough Weather'' and ''The Professional'', the last two novels before Parker's death, are widely considered to be the series's nadir, but some fans will place the point of no return - the point where a fan would perhaps do better to pretend that the books ended before then - as early as ''Chance''.
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