--> Life comes at you fast. It runs through your body and tries to escape and be expressed in any way possible. It's a lot like lightning.

--> Once upon a time, there was a boy.
--> Once upon a time, there was a boy who wanted to fly.
--> Once upon a time, there was a boy who flew.

''Struck by Lighting'' is an 2012 film written by ChrisColfer. It is a {{coming of age story}} centered on [[SmallTowns small-town]] resident Carson Phillips, a teenager using blackmail on various students to make a newspaper to submit to a college.

!!Tropes used in this movie (or at least the promo) include:
* AbusiveParents: Carson's mom, Sheryl put anti-depressants in his food so it would improve his mood and keep him from leaving home to go to college.
* AlcoholicParent: Sheryl, Carson's mom.
* AlphaBitch / TheCheerleader: "Contraception" Claire Matthews.
* {{Blackmail}}: Carson blackmails the ''entire school'' to make them write for his literary magazine.
* [[spoiler: BoltOfDivineRetribution: It's actually a reward.]]
* CampGay: Scott Thomas.
* DeadpanSnarker: Carson.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: It's no secret that Carson dies in the end, but he also doesn't get into the university of his dreams (and the only one he applied to), the entire school hates him, his literary magazine failed miserably, and he never got to make it out of Clover. At least he is much less impulsive and cynical after he died.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Carson:''']] "I never graduated. I never went to Northwestern. I never wrote for ''Magazine/TheNewYorker''. I never won the Nobel Peace Prize. I never changed the world. I never got out of Clover. These were just delusions that occupied my time."
** Stated in the movie but used as a CruelTwistEnding in the book.
* [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Everything Sounds Sexier in Spanish]][=/=]LatinLover: One of the students pretends to be a spanish exchange student in order to seduce girls.
* FatBestFriend: Malerie is Carson's best friend.
* FilmOfTheBook: Came out the same time as the movie, also written by Chris Colfer.
** The book pretends to be Carson's diary, and only reveals he dies at the end.
* FreudianExcuse: The reason behind Claire's bitchy behavior is because she always wanted to be a ballerina. In the second grade, everyone, with the exception of Carson, laughed at her dreams of becoming a ballerina and suddenly just gave up on her dreams.
** Carson's bitterness and {{Jerkass}} attitude towards his classmates is due to his parents' horrible divorce and his jerk of a father leaving his mother for a younger woman.
* {{Goth}}: Vicki Jordan.
* HatedHometown: One that hates back.
* HeelRealization: Carson gives a monologue in the book before heading to the parking lot, about how he want to be never pressed by other people, to the point that he would willingly blackmail and manipulate.
* InsistentTerminology: Carson seems to exclusively refer to sex as "fornication".
* {{Jerkass}}: Carson's father.
** Carson also is this due to his bitterness and sarcasm towards his peers after his parents' divorce, which could count as a FreudianExcuse.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Carson.
* MoralityPet: Malerie is the only person that Carson is never sarcastic to.
** Future Farmers of America.
* MostWritersAreWriters
* [[spoiler: PosthumousNarration: Carson.]]
* ScandalGate: Clovergate.
** "Nixon is so crooked, he have to screw his boots on!"
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:The entire plot of the movie is this, at least for Carson - he finally manages to write a story of his own and complete his literary magazine, but he dies before anyone can read it. It differs from a ShootTheShaggyDog because it is implied in the movie that his death is a good thing for everyone especially himself.]]
* StraightGay: Nicholas Forbes.
* StrawNihilist: Carson's mother. She goes as far as [[spoiler:saboutaging his projects]] merely because she thinks life is hopeless.
* TimeShiftedActor: Chris uses Adam Kolkin to play himself as a child; the same was done on one episode of {{Glee}}.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: They leave out the fact that [[spoiler: Carson is struck by lightning and dies in the opening scene of the movie.]]
* {{Plucky Comic Relief}}: Malerie.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: One of the most common complaints critics had against the movie was that they found Carson to be extremely arrogant and didn't manage to unlikable. Although some people found it to make his character even better so it isn't [[TropesAreNotBad that bad]].
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