History YMMV / TheSecretGarden

13th Oct '16 3:42:29 PM fearlessnikki
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* CounterpartComparison:
** Mary with [[Literature/ALittlePrincess Sara Crewe]], Frances Hodgson Burnett's other famous heroine. Both are privileged girls raised in India, who get orphaned and sent to England. They're the SpiritualAntithesis of each other - as Sara is SpoiledSweet, raised by a loving father and is loved by all. Mary is a SpoiledBrat, had neglectful parents and is viewed as sour and contrary by everyone. Sara's optimism is tested, as is Mary's cynicism. Sara uses her fond memories of India and her imagination to survive her dreary life in England, while Mary hated India and discovers magic and beauty in England.
** Lilias Craven is compared to Lily Evans from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Both are {{Missing Mom}}s who were rather saintly and missed by everyone. This was exacerbated by the musical changing Lilias's name to Lily and spawning theories that Lily was named after her.



* JerkassWoobie: Colin and Mary both, pre-CharacterDevelopment.

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* JerkassWoobie: Colin and Mary both, pre-CharacterDevelopment. They're spoiled brats and rude to everyone around them. But that's only because they've never been shown love from their parents and have grown up [[FriendlessBackground essentially alone]]. Through others being kind to them, they are able to become nicer people.



* ToyShip: ''Three-way'' {{Toy Ship}}ping.
** TriangRelations: Type 11. Make of that what you will.
*** The 1993 film plays this way up. You can almost feel the U(non)-ST coming off of Dickon and Mary (swing scene particularly), and Colin flat out says he wants to marry her.
* ValuesDissonance: In 1911, the British Empire was in full swing, and it shows in this book. Indian people are referred to as "blacks" and they're considered less respectable than white people. The narration even refers to Mary having used violence against her servants in the past.
** Mary's abuse of the Indian servants, however, is meant to reveal that she is a spoiled brat. Martha also reprimands Mary for her racist attitudes when Mary becomes outraged after learning Martha thought she was "black" at first.
*** It's also quite clear that bringing up a small girl in the belief that she's inherently superior to those around her- even her caretakers- is what made Mary so dysfunctional in the first place.

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* ToyShip: ''Three-way'' {{Toy Ship}}ping.
** TriangRelations: Type 11. Make of that what you will.
*** The 1993 film plays this way up. You can almost feel the U(non)-ST coming off of
A three-way version. Mary has ShipTease with both Dickon and Mary (swing scene particularly), and Colin flat out says he wants Colin. She's not paired with either, allowing shippers to marry her.
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* ValuesDissonance: ValuesDissonance:
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In 1911, the British Empire was in full swing, and it shows in this book. Indian people are referred to as "blacks" and they're considered less respectable than white people. The narration even refers to Mary having used violence against her servants in the past. \n** Mary's abuse of the Indian servants, however, is meant to reveal that she is a spoiled brat. Martha also reprimands Mary for her racist attitudes when Mary becomes outraged after learning Martha thought she was "black" at first.\n*** It's also quite clear that bringing up a small girl in the belief that she's inherently superior to those around her- even her caretakers- is what made Mary so dysfunctional in the first place.



** Also, this: "She used the wrong Magic until she made him beat her." Ben Weatherstaff mentions a woman in the local village who nagged her husband until he ''beat her up'' and left for the pub. Colin's response is that she used the wrong Magic and Ben ''agrees''.
** More a case of SocietyMarchesOn, but we're supposed to see Mary- at least through Martha's eyes- as dysfunctional and hopelessly coddled because at the advanced age of ''nine'' she never goes anywhere by herself. In the same part of the world now, Mary would be at about the minimum age that children would start going out of sight of home without an adult.

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** Also, this: "She used the wrong Magic until she made him beat her." Ben Weatherstaff mentions a woman in the local village who nagged her husband until he ''beat her up'' and left for the pub. Colin's response is that she used the wrong Magic "wrong Magic" and Ben ''agrees''.
** More a case of SocietyMarchesOn, but we're supposed to see Mary- Mary - at least through Martha's eyes- eyes - as dysfunctional and hopelessly coddled because at the advanced age of ''nine'' she never goes anywhere by herself. In the same part of the world now, Mary would be at about the minimum age that children would start going out of sight of home without an adult.
* ValuesResonance:
** Mary's treatment of her Indian servants - including getting violent towards them - is used to illustrate her as a SpoiledBrat. Martha also scolds Mary for her racist attitudes when she gets angry that Martha thought she would be an Indian. That's not to mention that it's implied that bringing a little girl up to believe that she's inherently superior to those around her - even her caretakers - is what made Mary so dysfunctional in the first place.
** The book is also surprisingly ahead of its time for criticising neglectful parenting among upper class families. Both Mary and Colin are spoiled and dysfunctional because they've essentially never been raised by a proper parent. Mary's parents ignored her and had her servants take care of her - and as a result she grew up into a cold little brat, with huge abandonment issues. The story shows that even non-malicious neglect can still cause problems. Lord Craven is just too afraid to care for Colin in case he dies like his mother - but the lack of attention he showed his son still had a negative effect on him. The story points out that children do need love and proper care from their families - in an era where upper class children would still be sent to nannies and governesses, and treated more as heirs to pass property onto.



* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The 1993 film has a scene where Colin is taking photos of Mary and Dickon on the garden swing. When they look into each other's eyes rather lovingly - for too long - Colin angrily says [[MomentKiller "hey!"]] and looks furiously jealous. A love triangle between Mary, Dickon and Colin is never explored, Mary doesn't show romantic interest in either boy again and the incident isn't mentioned again. The very next scene has the children playing happily together only a few minutes later.



* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: Mary's deadpan reactions to Martha the maid's enthusiasm in the 1993 film. Most notably, when Martha deliberately leaves Mary's turtleneck unfolded over her face.

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* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: SugarWiki/FunnyMoments:
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Mary's deadpan reactions to Martha the maid's enthusiasm in the 1993 film. Most notably, when Martha deliberately leaves Mary's turtleneck unfolded over her face.


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-->''She pulls the neck down.''
-->'''Mary:''' What do you think you are doing?
-->'''Martha:''' Ah there you are, Miss Mary. I wondered where you'd gone.
-->'''Mary:''' [[SarcasmBlind You knew perfectly well where I was]].
** And then Martha puts a hat over Mary that falls into her eyes. Mary deadpans "I can't see."
** It's both funny and Awesome when Mary tells Colin off because no one else has. He tries to justify his {{Wangst}} by saying he's ill, but Mary remarks "no one ill could scream like that."
6th Oct '16 7:00:34 PM Pamina
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** The musical's {{Adaptational Name Change}} of Lilias to Lily makes some people assume that {{Harry Potter}}'s Lily must be named after her, since both characters are [[MissingMom Missing Moms]] and [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenores.]]

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** The musical's {{Adaptational Name Change}} of Lilias to Lily makes some people assume that {{Harry Potter}}'s ''{{Harry Potter}}'''s Lily must be named after her, since both characters are [[MissingMom Missing Moms]] and [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenores.]]
6th Oct '16 7:00:07 PM Pamina
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* AdaptationDisplacement: Some details from the 1993 film are taken as happening in the book - such as Mary's parents dying in an earthquake rather than cholera, and Medlock being an overbearing caretaker.

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* AdaptationDisplacement: AdaptationDisplacement:
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Some details from the 1993 film are sometimes taken as happening in the book - such as Mary's parents dying in an earthquake rather than cholera, and Medlock being an overbearing caretaker.caretaker.
** The musical's {{Adaptational Name Change}} of Lilias to Lily makes some people assume that {{Harry Potter}}'s Lily must be named after her, since both characters are [[MissingMom Missing Moms]] and [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenores.]]
6th Oct '16 6:57:13 PM Pamina
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** The musical designates Neville Craven, a doctor who wants Colin to die so he can inherit his brother's estate. In the book, he is in fact a deeply caring man who took up medicine to help his older brother. Granted, it's not quite stated, merely implied by an accusation from Mary. He's still the primary antagonist, though.

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** The musical designates Neville Craven, a doctor who wants whom Mary accuses of wanting Colin to die so he can inherit his brother's estate.estate while it's never stated whether this is true or not, he's still the primary antagonist. In the book, he is in fact a deeply caring man who took up medicine to help his older brother. Granted, it's not quite stated, merely implied by an accusation from Mary. He's still the primary antagonist, though.
9th Jun '16 4:50:23 AM fearlessnikki
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* AdaptationDisplacement: Some details from the 1993 film are taken as happening in the book - such as Mary's parents dying in an earthquake rather than cholera, and Medlock being an overbearing caretaker.



** The musical designates Neville Craven, a doctor who wants Colin to die so he can inherit his brother's estate. In the book, he is in fact a deeply caring man who took up medicine to help his older brother.
*** Granted, it's not quite stated, merely implied by an accusation from Mary. He's still the primary antagonist, though.

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** The musical designates Neville Craven, a doctor who wants Colin to die so he can inherit his brother's estate. In the book, he is in fact a deeply caring man who took up medicine to help his older brother.
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brother. Granted, it's not quite stated, merely implied by an accusation from Mary. He's still the primary antagonist, though.



* DieForOurShip: The 1987 film has a bit of this outside of the story. Since the film makers made it so [[spoiler:''Colin and Mary aren't related'']], they had to get rid of [[spoiler:Dickon.]] The only way to do that was to kill him.

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* DieForOurShip: DieForOurShip:
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The 1987 film has a bit of this outside of the story. Since the film makers made it so [[spoiler:''Colin and Mary aren't related'']], they had to get rid of [[spoiler:Dickon.]] The only way to do that was to kill him.



** Speaking of ''Back to The Secret Garden'', Lizzie Buscana is a HeartwarmingOrphan who travels to Misselthwaite Manor from America at Lady Mary [[spoiler: Craven's]] request to take the place of one of the orphan's now living at the manor in desperate need of surgery at an American hospital. When Lizzie arrives she quickly gains two LoveInterests in the form of Robert and Steven, orphans who now live and go to school at Misselthwaite Manor.

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** Speaking of ''Back to The Secret Garden'', Lizzie Buscana is a HeartwarmingOrphan who travels to Misselthwaite Mistelthwaite Manor from America at Lady Mary [[spoiler: Craven's]] request to take the place of one of the orphan's now living at the manor in desperate need of surgery at an American hospital. When Lizzie arrives she quickly gains two LoveInterests in the form of Robert and Steven, orphans who now live and go to school at Misselthwaite Manor.



* NightmareFuel: In any of the film adaptations, Mary walking through the house to find Colin can be deeply unsettling. The 1987 version takes this UpToEleven with scary music and a lightning storm raging outside the manor -- and let's not forget the cutaways to the light playing off of the dark, ugly statues.

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* NightmareFuel: NightmareFuel:
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In any of the film adaptations, Mary walking through the house to find Colin can be deeply unsettling. The 1987 version takes this UpToEleven with scary music and a lightning storm raging outside the manor -- and let's not forget the cutaways to the light playing off of the dark, ugly statues.



* TheWoobie: The '93 movie gives us a dream sequence of a toddler Mary being abandoned by her mother in the jungle, and crying piteously. It's pretty heartbreaking.

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* TheWoobie: RewatchBonus: The 1993 film has a sequence where Mary in her first morning wanders around Mistelthwaite and finds her aunt's room. She hears crying and Medlock shouting "Martha!" - which turns out to be {{Foreshadowing}} that Colin is hidden away in the house.
* TheWoobie:
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The '93 movie gives us a dream sequence of a toddler Mary being abandoned by her mother in the jungle, and crying piteously. It's pretty heartbreaking.
23rd Dec '15 8:47:22 AM TheFuzzinator
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* NightmareFuel: The mere fact that Mary spent who knows how long wandering around an estate full of dead people, not realizing what's even going on. If the soldiers hadn't showed up, she might well have starved, surrounded by decaying corpses.
11th Sep '15 6:56:10 AM BlindJustice-2515
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* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: Mary's deadpan reactions to Martha the maid's enthusiasm in the 1993 film. Most notably, when Martha deliberately leaves Mary's turtleneck unfolded over her face.
-->'''Mary:''' Let me out of here.
15th Apr '15 9:54:52 PM Anicomicgeek
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* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Creator/DeanStockwell Colin]] in the 1949 adaptation is [[Series/QuantumLeap Al]].
15th Jan '15 7:53:42 PM TigressJade
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** Lizzie and Robert become [[spoiler: an OfficialCouple]] during their FetchQuest to find the [[spoiler: original door to the Secret Garden]] which was replaced [[spoiler: when Martha Sowerby was unable to find it after Mary left for America with Colin]].

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** Lizzie and Robert become [[spoiler: an OfficialCouple]] during their FetchQuest to find the [[spoiler: original door to the Secret Garden]] which was replaced [[spoiler: when Martha Sowerby was unable to find it after [[spoiler: Mary left for America with Colin]].
15th Jan '15 7:50:14 PM TigressJade
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** The sequel to the 1987 version ''Back to The Secret Garden'' also does this when Dickon gets a fair bit of mention from Martha and Mary as he [[spoiler: died in the war before the end of the last film]] resulting in Mary and Colin [[spoiler: KissingCousins ending up married.]]
** The 1993 version gives [[spoiler: Dickon]] a HappyEnding, although the ShipTease between Mary and Dickon and Mary and Colin gets a more AmbiguousEnding.

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** The sequel to the 1987 version ''Back to The Secret Garden'' also does this when Dickon gets a fair bit of mention from Martha and Mary as he [[spoiler: died in the war before the end of the last film]] resulting in Mary and Colin [[spoiler: KissingCousins ending up married.]]
** The 1993 version gives [[spoiler: Dickon]] a HappyEnding, although the ShipTease between Mary and Dickon and Mary and Colin gets a more AmbiguousEnding.[[spoiler: AmbiguousEnding]].
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