Created By: GracieLizzie on October 4, 2007
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Lighter and Fluffier

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Opposite of Darker And Grittier, I've actually seen the phrase used in some trope articles: here for example. When a series either has a spin-off or revisioning 'for kids', or a series gets lighter and fluffier as it goes on. A videogame example: My Sims is fluffier than The Sims (both are great games); other examples The Highlander animated series, and other cartoons based on fairly adult films or TV series (the Buffy cartoon would have had an element of this apparently, they would have removed sex references an replaced them with jokes apparently (which made me think 'what, Angel is turned by a really good joke then?' when I first heard it). Doesn't always result in a bad thing (the aforementioned My Sims). Sometimes misapplied to a show when the press describe them (The Sarah Jane Adventures is Doctor Who aimed more completely at kids, as apposed to the family show Who became, but it isn't afraid of death or spookiness either... it's just more of a romp and a runaround that Who is a the moment).
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  • October 5, 2007
    GracieLizzie
    I think Angel got darker towards the end again but it was chock full of silliness in its middle seasons.
  • October 5, 2007
    SciVo
    Yes, Lighter And Softer is definitely a thing. Like The Daily Puppy, for example, which is exactly what it says. http://dailypuppy.com/
  • October 5, 2007
    GracieLizzie
    Shall I launch? And what is the opinion on Angel?
  • October 4, 2007
    MisterSix
    Yeah, I loved the fact that people actually died in The Sarah Jane Adventures. I guess given that kids watch Doctor Who, with its body count in the millions, toning down things too much for SJA would be silly.

    Angel did this to some degree, just as Buffy went in the opposite direction - the series definitely got goofier and sillier as it went along, in contrast to the early episodes being daaaark.
  • October 4, 2007
    GracieLizzie
    Yeah, I remember that. It seemed to start getting darker again towards the end. Oh and then there's Newsround which is (sort of) a Lighter and Fluffier version of BBC News but not with less depressing stories (they'll report about natural disasters and kidnapped children etc), but a slightly lighter tone and non of the 'boring' stuff like politics or financial news in there unless it is big news (like an election, or a change of the head of one of the big three political parties or something).
  • October 4, 2007
    WilliamWideWeb
    It's actually Darker And Edgier and the term used for Sarah Jane is Lighter And Softer.
  • October 4, 2007
    GracieLizzie
    Ah. Thanks for the correction ^_^. Anyone else support the trope?
  • October 4, 2007
    anowack
    Allegedly, one of the intentions of the Infinite Crisis Crisis Crossover was to reverse the effects of the past decade or so of Darker And Edgier stories, making the DCU Lighter And Softer again. Opinions are divided on the extent to which this was accomplished.
  • October 4, 2007
    JRandomUser
    I dunno, Mister Six. I got the impression that Buffy was a much more optimistic series than Angel ever was. Especially given the two finales...
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