Created By: MrInitialMan on April 28, 2013 Last Edited By: MrInitialMan on April 30, 2013

Forever Twenty Seven

A musician dies at age 27.

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"Though humans die regularly at all ages, there is a statistical spike for musicians who die at 27."

This is trivia, rather than a trope. Basically, more musicians have died at 27 than any other age. Even Wikipedia has an article on the "27 Club".


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  • April 28, 2013
    Note that the description is simply wrong, as a quick glance at the other wiki's article will reveal. The opinion of Charles R. Cross (whoever that is) does not trump actual scientific reports that say otherwise.

    eta: on the other hand, the notion of the "27 club" is widespread enough that there may be plenty of examples referring to it in media, which might be worth noting. That's probably more on-mission than a mere list of musicians who happen to have died at this age.
  • April 28, 2013
    We don't need an article linking to a wikipedia index of people in that "club" when our article tries to list them also. I think this would work better as a trope (people reference, discuss, or a fictional character "joins" the "club"). In the case it becomes a trope, the list should be omitted. If it's instead turned into an index, the link to wikipedia should be nixed (as well as the redlinks, obviously).

    A better name for my proprosed direction would probably need "reference" in it or something.
  • April 28, 2013
    This isn't even useful trivia. It has nothing to do with tropes. It doesn't help us understand tropes. There's little evidence that this is actually a relevant thing. Motion to discard seconded.
  • April 29, 2013
    This is really nothing more than a statistical aberration. I can't see how it could be a Trope. The closest examples in this vein are "Carousel" from Logans Run, where those who turn thirty "renew" as part of The Masquerade; and the cabal of trend-setters headed by Fiona in the Live Action Josie And The Pussy Cats, where pop groups rise and fall on her whims as a means of Secret Social Engineering.

    As Dun Dun pointed out, this must be something that the characters know about or discover, and further, to be more than trivia, the characters must either sustain or sabotage this mechanism in order to qualify as a Trope. Motion To Discard x 3.
  • April 29, 2013
    Not enough examples, if any, in fiction, and too much uselessness in the trivia. MTD number 4 (if you'll pardon the Incredibly Lame Pun in my Pot Hole).
  • April 29, 2013
    Don't forget Jim Morrison.

    But why not call it the 27 Club?
  • April 30, 2013
    Sorry for trying to add something
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  • April 30, 2013
    A trope about fictional references to the 27 Club could be worthwhile.

    I know there was a Stephen King short story about it, though I can't recall the name offhand.