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''The Legend of Rah and the Muggles'' is a children's book written and published by Nancy Stouffer (now referring to herself as "N.K. Stouffer") in 1984. (That title is a modification; the book title didn't actually feature the word "muggles" when it was released; Stouffer added it later to increase her chances of winning her lawsuit.) The book languished in obscurity until 1999, when Stouffer sued Creator/JKRowling (author of the wildly popular ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book series) for intellectual property damages, claiming that Rowling had stolen elements from ''Rah'' and used them in the ''Potter'' books without permission, primarily the use of the word "muggles". The subsequent lawsuit was eventually laughed out of court, as Stouffer was unable to verify her claim that she originally trademarked the term.

The tale opens with a nuclear war caused by government corruption, in a way that's guaranteed to send any 6-year-old to a [[NightmareFuel somewhat restless]] sleep, followed by an AuthorFilibuster about the abuse of eminent domain laws. If this jars with the colourful FairyTale kingdom depicted on the front cover (which in fairness isn't too bad) then it should. It's like watching an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HandyManny'' with [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]] and [[KillEmAll genocide]]. The title character somehow brings sunlight back to the land of the Muggles, who [[HollywoodEvolution evolved implausibly quickly]] from the survivors of the apocalypse. No attempt is made to HandWave the conditions AfterTheEnd that led humanity down that particular evolutionary path, let alone with such speed. The subsequent chapters present a disjointed and incoherent account of the lives of Rah, his brother Zyn and the Muggles, as several years will often be skipped in-between chapters.

Simply put, ''Rah and the Muggles'' is to children's literature what ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'' is to swords and sorcery, minus the [[SoBadItsGood unintentional hilarity]]. For a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the story, [[http://www.magespace.net/mugrev.html this link]] should tell you just about all you need to know. If you want to know more, see Tropers/ZeldaQueen's [[http://zelda-queen.livejournal.com/29637.html more detailed dissection.]] [[SchmuckBait Or you could buy the book.]]
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!!This book provides examples of:

* AfterTheEnd
* AlternativeCalendar: And clearly not that helpful, since "The Year of the Purple Haze" does little to distinguish a year from any of the 500 other years in which the world was blanketed with a [[TechnicolorScience purple]] cloud of fallout.
** IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every year seems to be named after a particular parable from ''The Ancient Book of Tales''. For example, "The Year of the Gilded Cage" refers to an incident in which pirates stole a number of pets being taken to be sold and released them on Aura, keeping only the gold cages.
* AntiVillain: Zyn, but not in the way the author intended.
* ApatheticCitizens: Nobody does anything about Zyn or the Nevils.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: This book features a type of moss called "Bordonian Moss", which has purple flowers. Moss is not a flowering plant.
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: When the Nevils are creating tar to waterproof Zyn's boat, they end up getting ''second and third-degree burns'' from the heat. Yet all they have to do to heal the burns is jump in the ocean and they're all better, whereas in real life the saltwater would make their burns ''worse''.
* BrightCastle: Depicted on the cover, and apparently where Lady Catherine lives, [[CoversAlwaysLie which features in the first chapter and never appears again]].
* CainAndAbel: Rah and [[CardCarryingVillain Zyn]].
* CardCarryingVillain: Zyn, who following his FaceHeelTurn started talking like a scally.
* ChekhovsGun: Rah's allergy to a type of moss counts as this.
* ChristmasCake: Noona
* ComfortingTheWidow: In the first chapter the twins' mother, Lady Catherine, learns that her "beloved husband" is dead. She mourns extensively. A few days/paragraphs later, she openly flirts with the butler.
* ConvenientEscapeBoat: Zyn and the Nevils use clamshells to escape the island in Chapter 13.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The writing style is a style of writing with many unnecessary repetitions that she repeats unnecessarily many times. Stouffer would be hopeless on ''Radio/JustAMinute''. Also see the quote under FunetikAksent below.
* DeusExMachina: The aforementioned clamshell boats.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The book's introduction drones on for 2,000 words of questionable relevance to the rest of the story and so, for that matter, do the first two chapters. In fact, the story's major conflict (the CainAndAbel plot) isn't even hinted at until about halfway through.
* DoNotCallMePaul: One of the Nevils is named Peter, but he insists on being called by his nickname "Chops".
* EncyclopediaExposita: Rah's "Ancient Book of Tales", which includes a story about {{Killer Rabbit}}s that [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail might seem familiar]]...
* ElementalBaggage: Rah apparently has so much fluid in his tear ducts that his crying can sink boats.
* EvilRedhead: Zyn
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Take a wild guess as to which beverage "Lemonade Lake" (for reasons unexplored) tastes like. [[http://szaleniec1000.livejournal.com/38879.html The parody]] had "[[ParodyNames Coca-Cola Canal]]".
* {{Expospeak}}
* FaceHeelTurn: Zyn and the Nevils.
* FreudianExcuse: Zyn's StartOfDarkness comes from his [[CainAndAbel resentment]] of his brother, and is handled with [[{{Anvilicious}} all the subtlety you'd expect]].
* FunetikAksent: A sea cow who stutters, like so:
-->''"Well, wha-- wha-- what do you know a-- a-- about dat!" It's the ba-- bah-- bahbies Naddie and Neddie were tal-- talking ah-- ahbout," he stuttered to himself. "We got-- got-- gotta get ya ou-- ou-- out-- a here! There's a st-- stor-- storm ca-- ca-- comin'," he stuttered nervously...'' (from [[http://www.insomniaville.com/journal/011402.html here]]). Yes, he even stutters in internal monologue.
** There's also a barracuda with a [[AmericanAccents Brooklyn accent]].
* FunWithAcronyms: The Congress Of United Peoples, or C.O.U.P., in the introduction, which seems to be a TakeThat against the United Nations.
* GrannyClassic: Golda
* GrumpyOldMan: Yur
* HitSoHardTheCalendarFeltIt: The Calendar is reset by a nuclear war. The problem is that it talks about a "Year of the purple haze" (nuclear fallout), when every single year in living memory has been a year of purple haze!
* HollywoodEvolution
* HowDoIUsedTense: Stouffer has this habit of switching into present tense and back in the course of a single sentence.
* InexplicableTreasureChests
* InfantImmortality: Taken to the logical extreme. Place two infants (toddlers?) on a raft and shove them out to sea, let them stay on the raft for ''one full week'' before having the happy sea creatures come to their aid, and then consider how they avoid being (a) horribly sunburnt, (b) half-drowned or maybe ''all'' drowned, (c) salt-burnt, and/or (d) dehydrated and probably dead from that alone. They're ''certainly'' not going to be shiny, happy babies by that point, and that's even leaving in such an important detail as NobodyPoops.
** The lack of sunburn could possibly be {{Handwave}}d with the fact that Lady Catherine apparently covered them with a blanket before sending them off. It's still really weak, especially when you consider (a) that doesn't excuse their heads and (b) there is no more mention of the blanket, nor does it appear in the picture.
* {{Jerkass}}: Zyn is meant to be seen as this.
* LampshadeHanging: The intro pointing out how implausible the whole situation was is an example of the bad, "Message from Fred" kind.
* MagicAIsMagicA: Averted (notable, given the genre); magic exists, but completely at random with no apparent rules behind it.
* MoodWhiplash: From ParanoiaFuel to TastesLikeDiabetes back to NightmareFuel in record time.
* {{Muggles}}: Surprisingly averted: The Teletubby-like protagonists might be called "Muggles", but they throw random magic around like nobody's business. Granted, this would make sense, as the book ''does'' predate the term in the Harry Potter sense we all know and love... if the author hadn't sued J.K. Rowling over use of the term.
* NeverSayDie: Despite gleefully recounting the annihilation of all life that doesn't fall into the TastesLikeDiabetes category earlier on, the book describes the BigBad's plan as making Rah "sleep forever".
* NobodyPoops
* OcularGushers: If you want to {{Narm}}ify a touching goodbye scene, you can't do better than have someone cry so much that ''they cause a flash flood''. Presumably the [[ElementalBaggage vast volume of water involved]] was stored in one of the massive {{plot hole}}s.
* ThePigpen: Boggs
* PlotHole: So many that the "plot" resembles a block of Swiss cheese.
* PregnantBadass: Lady Catherine, [[InformedAbility supposedly]].
* PreppyName: Lady Catherine's butler is named Walter Randolph Winfred Cherrington.
* RedOniBlueOni: Zyn and Rah.
* TheResenter: Zyn
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: The author has the unfortunate combination of a tenuous grasp of English and a singularly unqualified editor.
* ShapedLikeItself: "Their cries for help went unrecognized as they rang out with piercing screams for help."
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Zyn
* StupidEvil: The Nevils.
* SwissArmyTears: Rah cries so much that it sinks the Nevils' boat.
* TalkingAnimal: A few with cute alliterative names show up, without much consequence; that [[BigApplesauce some of them have New York accents]] would be a major source of FridgeLogic in any other book, but here it barely registers.
* TechnicolorScience: Nuclear fallout is purple; evidently the bombs used in the final war contained radioactive potassium permanganate. Nuclear fission produces, among other things, radioactive iodine - hence the use of iodine pills to protect against exposure by saturating the body with normal iodine so the radioactive stuff doesn't get absorbed. Iodine, at least in vapour form, is purple. However, it doesn't colour fallout purple, and its half-life is so short that you can forget about it after a week or two.
* TimeSkip: Random numbers of years will pass between chapters.
* TooDumbToLive: Zyn and the Nevils decide to take shelter in a radioactive tree, and refuse to move out even after developing serious health problems.
* UnequalPairing: Lady Catherine falls in love with her butler.
* VanityPublishing: Twice, in fact. The first publisher went bankrupt, then the book was picked up by a new publisher hoping to capitalize on the plagiarism controversy...which ''also'' went bankrupt.
* {{Veganopia}}: Nominally. The [[http://www.realmuggles.com/characters.html character list]] claims that Muggles are vegetarians, but we also hear of them eating {{killer rabbit}}s.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Zyn is meant to be seen as this.
** WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: What he comes off as. He's not even scary, just angry-more like, in another book, would come off as a well-written redeemable bully.
* [[WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma Wanton Cruelty To The Common Apostrophe]]: Very frequently, including on Stouffer's own website.
* WeirdMoon: One that can shine through a cloud thick enough to block the sunlight.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The vanishing treasure chest, and pretty much ''every single character'' besides the brothers who appears in the first two chapters or so.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: So which nation/continent is "Aura"?
* WriterOnBoard
* WritersCannotDoMath: Stubby, who starts out as a five-year-old boy, is described in a later chapter as a "fifteen-year-old boy"...''twenty-two years'' after Rah and Zyn's arrival on the island.

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