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->''"Turns out the Stranges were hired by the park to see if the kids would reveal the secrets of [[AmusementParkOfDoom Horror Land.]] Since they were willing, they'll have to die. Um... what? So established TV personalities would be willing to get involved in the needlessly complicated murder of three children? I know most of these books contain their own internal logic and you can't really question plot motives, but this book is so brazen in its ineptitude that it makes the first ever case '''for''' illiteracy."''
-->-- '''Troy Steele''', ''Blog/BloggerBeware'', [[http://www.bloggerbeware.com/2008/10/series-2000-13-return-to-horrrorland.html Return to Horrorland]]

Did that book you were just reading [[DarthWiki/WallBanger make a funny sound when it hit the wall]]? If it didn't, you might want to skip over these pages.

'''Examples of ExecutiveMeddling and FanDumb are not Wall Bangers. Such things should be posted on [[ExecutiveMeddling their]] [[FanDumb own]] pages. Furthermore, remember that this page is for specific moments, not entire books.'''

Works With Their Own Page:

* WallBangers/HarryPotter
* WallBangers/{{Twilight}}

[[folder: The Inheritance Cycle]]
* [[Literature/InheritanceCycle ''Brisingr'']]: [[spoiler:Brom was Eragon's father]].
* In ''Eldest,'' Eragon realizes the preciousness of life and turns vegan, and then goes into battle and kills a bunch of soldiers. Apparently, life's only precious if it's on your side.
** This FridgeLogic problem is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Eragon himself in the next book, ''Brisingr.'' He notes that being zealously vegetarian isn't practical when you aren't living in a magical forest, and he gets constant nightmares from having to kill people in war (guilt finally catching up to you, Eragon?). Later in the same book, he gives up vegetarianism. He'd only gone veggie in the first place because killing meat was too easy for him to be spiritually satisfying...
** His nightmares usually consist of getting "a bad feeling," and then having Saphira enter his mind and make everything okay. It's not like his "nightmares" are used for CharacterDevelopment or anything crazy like that.
** It is also pretty much terminated in ''Inheritance'', where he has forgotten all about it and kills people in unnecessarily brutal ways (at one point, rather than say, knocking someone unconscious with his super strength, he takes the enemy's sword, breaks it over his knee, and then eviscerates the man with it, leaving him screaming, choking and dying).
* Eragon is exhausted from battle and has lost the will to live. Then he sees a big bumblebee fly by, and it inspires him to fight on. Why do the beauty of life and the slaughter of enemies have to be so tightly linked?
* The [[ArtisticLicensePhysics misuse of ballistas]] in ''Eldest.'' They were firing the ballistas ''into combat'', guaranteeing massive friendly casualties. (Dear Creator/ChristopherPaolini: they're called "'''siege''' weapons" for a ''reason.'') And then they ''lit the bolts on fire''. Newsflash: lighting arrows on fire has limited applications. Lighting ballista bolts on fire is not getting the concept of ballistas.
* Eragon decides not to free two slaves because he wants to use them to find the Ra'zac (in practice: if the two slaves are taken while Eragon's taking a snooze in a safe place, then they'll know that the Ra'zac are in the cave they're near). Naturally, the Ra'zac kill and eat the slaves. Eragon's response after he callously leaves these men for dead for his minor convenience?
--> [[MoralDissonance "Gee, I wish I could have rescued them. Oh well, it was inevitable."]]
** This one is so bad that even the snarky but relatively composed Kippurbird of ''[[http://eragon-sporkings.wikispaces.com/ Eragon-Sporkings]]'' snaps and falls into a capslocked, frothing, incoherent rage punctuated by screams and smashing her head against the keyboard for six paragraphs.
** If Eragon was a normal protagonist, then this would be less serious. But the book goes on and on about how wise, noble and just he is; it is clear that we are supposed to agree with everything he does. That is a major reason this is a wallbanger.
** Okay, say Eragon freed the slaves. Where would they go? They have no money, no horses, and are miles from any city that wasn't Dras-Leona, where they would be recaptured. Also, the Empire would twig something was fishy, Murtagh and Thorn would come, capture Eragon and poof-there goes the last hope of the free people! Really worth it to temporarily prolong the lives of two people. As for Eragon being pushed as "wise, noble and just"? There is never anything to suggest that. Eragon is an idiot. As he should be, considering he's a seventeen year old farmboy with the fate of the world on his shoulders...
** He freed Sloan and used his magic to insure that Sloan escaped safely, why couldn't he do the same for the other two slaves?
* The chapter in ''Brisingr'' where Eragon chases down a conscripted soldier and [[MoralDissonance strangles him to death with his bare hands]] because 'it was the only way'. When [[WhatTheHellHero Arya confronts him about this]], his brilliant reply is, "he was a threat". Since Eragon is the ''DesignatedHero'', Arya is suitably cowed by this explanation and even apologizes.
** Mighty Eragon could not be bothered to use his [[AssPull seemingly endless]] magical abilities to save the boy or give him a mercy-kill? There's nothing in the text to suggest that he even tried to think of any other way. He just went for it. Considering that some of the people from his hometown (as well as other peaceful folk) were also forcibly conscripted, it shouldn't be too much to ask the hero to put a little effort into his heroism.
** Thanks to their superhuman eyesight, they first see the soldiers when they're at least forty minutes away. They're moving toward the soldiers; they have plenty of time to get out of the way. And Eragon can and has become invisible to avoid detection. Confronting the soldiers at all, let alone an unarmed one begging for his life, was unnecessary.
* The ColdBloodedTorture of Roran after he saved the lives of his entire battalion. He was whipped to within an inch of his life for not following the suicidal orders of his commander. Okay, fair enough, but he accomplished the objective anyway and even saved his commander. He was then immediately taken prisoner and whipped in prime examples of both GoodIsDumb and HonorBeforeReason.
** That one is a case of TruthInTelevision (and perhaps RealityIsUnrealistic). Roran disobeyed a direct command, and so he gets the standard punishment for insubordination. It happens all the time in real militaries. It's mind boggling that the secondary MartyStu character, brother of the last Dragon Rider, and god of the battlefield '''isn't''' a general in the rebel army; but since he isn't, he has to obey all orders.
*** There should have been a tribunal to examine it. Oh, and after the whipping, he becomes a commander. Don't worry about that.
*** In a RealLife example, Richard Garnett's brigade, during the American Civil War, was outnumbered and surrounded on three sides. He retreated, saving men, and for his trouble got court marshaled. Had Stonewall Jackson not died, Garrnett would have been drummed out. So there is historical precedence. Garrnett died in an HonorBeforeReason charge during Gettysburg a month later.
* On that same note, Nasuada ''immediately'' sent Roran out on another mission right after the whipping even though Roran was only partially healed and was still in pain whenever he moved his back the same way. Did she ''want'' him to get killed?
* Roran killed nearly 200 people ''without any real help''. There were exactly three times anyone else on Roran's squad ''did'' anything. When it ended, all 193 dead soldiers somehow got under him, leaving him standing on a huge pile of corpses. He should have collapsed from sheer exhaustion long before that.
** Roran's 200-man massacre in ''Brisingr'' is also a problem because, until then, Paolini had done a decent job of establishing him as a BadassNormal and portraying him as a relatively realistic soldier and leader. Giving him a killing spree wrecks that characterization.
* The moment in Brisingr where his nasty back scar is cured magically by the naked elf twins. Seriously, where did that come from? Why was it necessary to make Eragon a "princeling"? Why didn't Paolini see the potential for character development that Eragon's infirmary meant, and instead make him an InvincibleHero using the assiest AssPull in the series?
* Eragon keeps getting KO'd. One chapter opens with his regaining consciousness and ends with his getting ''knocked out again!''
* One of the smaller bits of banged wall is Eragon's sexuality. Saphira reveals that he can only choose ONE person to be his mate for life. He isn't even allowed to date or to find out if he's gay. Nope! It's all based on LoveAtFirstSight.
* [[http://eragon-sporkings.wikispaces.com/Brisingr_Four Keep in mind, Eragon's pants? Are still down.]]
* The Varden's ''tactics'' during the final battle at Uru'baen. The city has a 300-foot tall wall around it (guess they got used to the lack of sunlight). For comparison, [[http://images.greatergreaterwashington.org/images/201112/051609.jpg]] that's about three hundred feet tall. Not only would they need ladders made of Mythril and Titanium, but their solders would be in ''no'' shape to fight by the time they got to the top.
* The end where Eragon leaves to separate the riders from the empire, leaving only a few eggs for the next generation of riders behind. Um, WHAT?! The evil dictator came from inside the riders' ranks, not from outside it! The ordinary people aren't the problem, it's the overpowered riders who nobody else can defeat! How is just separating the riders going to do any good? If anything it makes it worst, since the riders can fly between the two lands far more easily than ordinary armies ever could, all it does is give any potential Galbatorix 2 candidates an advantage!
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[[folder: The Sword of Truth]]
* The ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series has its ups and downs, but the eighth book, ''Naked Empire'', is reviled almost universally for its [[AuthorTract endless preaching]] and contrived plot. [[StrawCharacter The Bandakarans]] believe that fighting to protect themselves is a horrible crime, but apparently, [[PoisonAndCureGambit poisoning Richard, an innocent third party, and extorting him to fight for them is okay]]. Unfortunately, the antidote is split in three parts for some unexplained reason. This provides the excuse to find these places. After lots and lots of preaching and long speeches, Richard manages to convince the Bandakar to fight for themselves. [[spoiler:In the end, Richard is apparently doomed because one dose of antidote was destroyed, but the very complicated knowledge of how to make the antidote [[DeusExMachina basically just shows up in his head]]. [[BrokenAesop This is in spite of the whole book preaching that you have to work for things and that knowledge doesn't just come to you when you need it]].]]
* The tenth book, ''Phantom'', consists almost entirely of lengthy (two to five--yes, ''five''--page) monologues in which the various characters reiterate every event in the series so far; it contains very few new events. The final book, ''Confessor'', also suffers from this to a degree, but nowhere near as much as in the tenth book.
* ''Confessor'' has a doozy. One character delivers a monologue on how evil the Imperial Order is '''directly to the emperor''', who's been shown to [[BadBoss kill people for much less]], including interrupting his meals and because he was bored. The idea that she could deliver a three page-long lecture to him ''without his interrupting her'' stretches the suspension of disbelief to a ridiculous level.
** It also contains a recap of what happened to a city that TheEmpire conquered. This lasts at least one ''chapter'', possibly two, ''from the witness's point of view''.
* In the second book we are given insight into how the D'haran army (serving the Imperial Order) goes about its business. It is totally undisciplined until they're actually fighting. That doesn't mean that when they're on leave they get rowdy or something. Their active military camps are total chaos, with drunken soldiers killing each other, huge fires lit all over the place, and the camp being spread in an entirely disorganized fashion, to such a degree that Kahlan manages to invade the camp with an army of whitewashed naked people and succeed in killing a number of officers as the first part of a hit-and-run campaign. Until the second they actually start attacking an enemy, at which point apparently they spontaneously become a well disciplined killing machine. This is not how discipline, armies, or ''human beings'' function. You can have an extremely disciplined army or you can have an extremely undisciplined army, you can't somehow have both extremes in the same entity.
* So we have Richard Cypher kill Darken Rahl, the ruler of D'Hara the evil empire busy conquering the countries of the Midlands, find out he's actually the son of Darken Rahl, and thus new ruler of D'Hara. Then, to stop an even greater threat, which includes former D'Haran soldiers, he orders all Midlands countries to become a part of the D'Haran Empire... you know, the one that had just been trying to conquer them under his father. And [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality he's actually ''surprised'' by the fact that some are reluctant, suspecting it might be a plot on his part?]] [[SarcasmMode Gee, why ever might they think that]]?
%%If you're about to add something about the first book's bit about banning fire, please do well to remember that it was the order of a complete lunatic, presumably given under threat of death, and the main characters discuss exactly why it's a stupid as hell thing to do. Nowhere in the book is the ban on fire portrayed as anything BUT a ludicrous thing to do, for exactly the same reasons you're about to whine about it on here.

[[folder: The Wheel of Time]]
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series is a rather enjoyable {{Doorstopper}} series with a few frustrating views on the dynamics between men and women. This became much more than an irritation at the end of ''The Dragon Reborn'' when, upon hearing some female friends of his had been captured (by ''Black Ajah'' and a ''Forsaken''), [[LoveableRogue Mat Cauthon]] rides all the way to Tear, breaks into The Stone of Tear (a nigh impenetrable fortress), beats his way past many well armed guards and a High Lord to the prison cells, and breaks open the cell where they are kept, only to have the three [[StrawFeminist powerful, self-assertive women]] tell him that they have everything in hand and give him the impression that he should be grateful to ''them'' for some reason. Books later, two of their friends [[WhatTheHellHero finally call them on this]] and ''force'' them to apologize, which they do -- with ''more'' veiled insults, looking the whole time at their friends for approval. Granted, they'd have [[JerkAss behaved the same way]] if a ''woman'' had rescued them... but in these books, women only treat women that way if there isn't a male around.
* Elayne's treatment of Mat after she finds out about his (unwilling) relationship with Queen Tylin qualifies. Even after she finally realizes that ''he'' was the one forced into the relationship, she still mutters something about "[[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale exactly what he deserves]]." Yeah, Mat gets shafted like that ''a lot''. She outright mocks him for it. The entire Tylin storyline was stupid: it involves the "ruler" (she only controls Ebou Dar) of a weak nation basically raping Mat (one of Rand's lead Generals!) while everyone else does nothing but frown -- mostly at Mat.
* Mr. Jordan did remember that Egwene is not the whole White Tower, right? Sure, Egwene got a CrowningMomentOfAwesome; but it ceases being awesome if you realize that it happens at the expense of the entire White Tower Aes Sedai. He didn't have to write Elaida as an insane moron just so Egwene could look good. He didn't have to write the Aes Sedai as incompetent channelers so Egwene could take all the glory. The Ajah heads came off like bickering children who have to have their hands forced before making even the most obvious right choice. In the entire Aes Sedai civil war, the only Aes Sedai presented as competent are Siuan, Egwene, and Verin.
* Egwene is captured when she sneaks into the White Tower using a technique that not only was thought long lost and somewhat mythical, but also is converting the harbor chain into the most valuable substance on earth. Yet, at first, everybody meekly accepts Eliada's insistence that Egwene be treated as less than a novice.
* Siuan is healed of being permanently cut off from magic by Nynaeve; aside from Nynaeve restoring to Siuan a power so magnificent that some are said to have burned themselves out or died from intoxication with it, and also rescuing her from a life of never being able to touch what she once had, that all is supposed to be impossible. Siuan is grateful for about five minutes. Granted, she was weaker magically than she was before, but it's still better than nothing. And stilling is supposed to be practically a death knell.
* The Dragon is Reborn, three ta'veren have shown up, the seals on the Dark One are breaking, the Forsaken are loose, [[WindsOfDestinyChange the winds of change are blowing violently]], chaos is thriving, war is erupting everywhere, a mighty empire that uses Aes Sedai slaves is invading, the time for the Last Battle draws near. The Aes Sedai, who have long been awaiting this time, who could have used their influence to unify everybody with Rand, who could have provided all sorts of magic support (even when not fighting dark friends), who could have provided him with their wisdom and counsel, who could have provided information through their spy networks instead (1) depose Siuan Sanche, who is a very effective Amyrlin Seat, and replace her with someone badly suited for the Seat (2) cause a civil war in the White Tower, (3) continue to play all sorts of politics among their own side, and (4) pull shenanigans with Rand Al'Thor, to try and make him their puppet, even though he is ta'veren and the wheel weaves around him.
* As entertaining as the work is, the Wheel of Time series has to be at least 60% to 70% IdiotPlot. Many of these people are [[InformedAbility wise rulers, skilled diplomats, ancient and sage practitioners of magic, and tactical geniuses]] but more often than not act like their world is a giant Junior High with weapons.
* The Dark One. Seriously, who voluntarily works for a [[NamesToRunAwayFromRealFast being called]]? This is only [[IHaveManyNames one of his names]], another being "Father of Lies." Yet the Darkfriends believe he'll ''keep'' his promise of eternal life, rather than simply destroy them along with everything else if he ever wins? Idiots.
* The sexist comments by most female characters towards men, saying they're all idiots who need women to lead them around get old ''real'' fast. Especially as the women saying it have [[NotSoDifferent done some very dumb things themselves]]. They come off as {{hypocrite}}s and {[straw feminist}}s who have no basis shown in their personal experiences or culture for such attitudes.

[[folder: The Stephen King 'Verse]]
* The seventh book of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, mostly because of the sudden switch to [[spoiler:AnyoneCanDie. Eddie is killed by a random diseased guy, [[MagnificentBastard Randall Flagg]] is torn apart by the lamest villain in history, Jake is hit and killed by a ''minivan'', and [[AndYourLittleDogToo even Oy]] gets killed by the lameass villain who shall go unnamed here. The EldritchAbomination BigBad, the Crimson King, turns out to be a demented old fart incapable of doing more than throwing grenades and yelling "EEEEEEEEE!".]] Oh, and the ShaggyDogStory ending.
** Oh, and you know about all those awesome {{flashback}}s to the good old gunslinger days with shootouts and intense warfare left and right? It's not covered in detail.
** [[DeusExMachina Patrick Danville]].
** [[spoiler: Giving Randall Flagg RapeAsBackstory.]] Way to cheapen and destroy one of your best villains, Steve-o.
** AnyoneCanDie is one thing. But Stephen King foreshadows it with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the head. In the chapter preceding a death, King dedicates roughly every other sentence to shouting in the reader's ear through a metaphorical megaphone that "SOMEONE IS GOING TO DIE IN THE NEXT CHAPTER!" For ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Every. Single. Character. Death.]]'' Yeah, let's keep reminding the readers over and over and ''over'' again that the characters they've gotten to know and love are all going to bite it one by one; [[SarcasmMode surely that'll make them want to keep reading]].
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand'': After 800 (in the uncut version) or so pages, about four-fifths of the way through the book, [[spoiler: Trashcan Man shows up and blows everybody up with a nuclear bomb]]! '''''WHAT?'''''
** [[WordOfGod King has admitted]] that everything starting with [[spoiler:the bomb in Nick Andross's closet]] came about after an ''epic'' bout of writer's block. He claims that he was trying for DeusExMachina. (Note how often characters talk about how they're being directed by outside forces.) Chalk it up to CreatorBreakdown.
** Also from ''Literature/TheStand'': there's an extensive scene where Tom is hypnotically programmed for his mission to Flagg's city. He's told that if he meets anyone on his way back, he should kill them. Someone points out that he may meet someone from their side. All right; his hypnotic command is changed to "if you meet people in a group, it's fine, but if you meet someone alone, kill them". Obvious ChekhovsGun, right? Especially when Stu is seriously injured and left for dead. Tom finds him alone... and they enjoy a long, rather uneventful trip back to town.
*** Remember, though, when they gave Tom that instruction, his face clouded over. Another character remarked that it looked like the suggestion didn't take, and when the time came he'd decide for himself. ''There's'' your ChekhovsGun. Though three sentences in a thousand-odd pages are easy to miss.
*** Stu wasn't ''completely'' alone, he had the dog with him. Tom's mental capacity is such that he could've been unsure if a man with a dog qualifies as "alone" or not, which adds enough uncertainty to further reduce the suggestion's potency.

[[folder:Others 1]]
* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series is a gritty fantasy series set in the midst of a vicious civil war where bad guys frequently win and bad things happen to good people all the time. One scene from the third book ([[spoiler:The Red Wedding]]), a ShootTheShaggyDog scenario, caused numerous dedicated fans to do a Wall Banger... and often rush over to pick the book up and keep reading.
** The Wallbangerish nature of the Red Wedding didn't come from implausibility; if it had, then readers would not have retrieved the book. It just came from a feeling of wasted time. A variety of interesting characters and plot intricacies appeared to have been [[ShootTheShaggyDog thrown out all at once for the sake of a shock.]] Perhaps some of them have been picked back up. Other than the apparent pointlessness of that twist, that chapter was ''so good''.
** And don't forget the depiction of sex scenes. It's almost unbelievable those weren't written by some aroused 12-year old, who never saw a real naked woman, let alone knew how sexual intercourse is actually performed.
** Or the avoided chances for drama and character development. The conflict between Jon Snow's allegiance to the Night Watch and the people he was supposed to infiltrate was built up for a good part of an entire book. Finally, the big battle scene comes around which will inevitably end with him having to make a decision between the two, with both sides having good arguments for why he should choose one or the other way. The scene ends with a cliffhanger... only to be picked up after a long pause of several other POV chapters, revealing that [[spoiler:he was saved in the last second from having to decide at all and basically got a big ResetButton that made the entire storyline void.]] This conflict is revisited in ''A Dance with Dragons''. [[spoiler: He's using the Watch to help wildlings escape from attacks on the Others, and the officers don't like it but grudgingly go along. It is seemingly concluded when they literally stab Jon in the back because he again breaks the Watch's oath of neutrality, this time of his own volition, to go south and fight Ramsay Bolton.]]
* Creator/AynRand's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' has a 90-page monologue on the evils of any system other than free-market capitalism. The rest of the book has its wallbanger moments, but that one makes you want to chuck the damn thing out a window.
** From a literary standpoint, how does it make any sense that John Galt's response to increasing collectivism in America (which he sees as bad) is to form what is clearly a union?
* CarlSagan's ''Literature/{{Contact}}'' has a GovernmentConspiracy cheat ending. Fortunately, TheFilmOfTheBook changed this.
* Nancy Stouffer's ''Literature/TheLegendOfRahAndTheMuggles'' (which is [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible So Bad, It's Horrible]]) contains so many that the wall in question probably has a hole in it by now. In the intro alone, we have an {{Anvilicious}} rant about government corruption, a [[UnfortunateImplications casual use of racist terminology]], a nuclear holocaust (did we mention that the book is [[ParanoiaFuel aimed at primary school kids]]?), "radiation" used to refer to [[ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics radioactive material rather than the energy it emits]], a cloud opaque to sunlight that lets moonlight through, seawater curing ''second- and third-degree burns'', and humanity [[HollywoodEvolution evolving into ersatz Teletubbies in 500 years]]. And just to drive the Wall-Bangingness home, the author claims it was the inspiration for ''Literature/HarryPotter'', solely due to the use of the word "Muggles".
** All this, and no one notices that the "Muggles" look almost exactly like the old fifties cartoon "{{Henry}}."
** The fact that the children reading the book ought to sympathize with Rah and hate Zyn is pretty stupid, considering that Zyn starts out as the one who acts like a typical hero in a children's tale (he's the one who wants to hunt for treasure) while Rah acts like the wussy character whom children would consider a killjoy. It doesn't help matters that Zyn's downward spiral is less out of evil and more out of frustration and depression, which probably could have been avoided ''if his darling brother would sit down and talk to him''. Instead, Rah weeps and does nothing, while Yur and Golda say that Zyn's problems are all his own doing. [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Gee, what a great thing to teach kids!]]
* A fun example of a Video Game Book Sucking is the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' novelization by Keith R.A. [=DeCandido=]. It includes such idiocy as a [[MildlyMilitary Private being promoted to Sergeant on his first day;]] [[HollywoodTactics a soldier dropping his rifle and switching to]] [[SniperPistol his pistol for a long-range precision headshot]]; [[HollywoodScience radioactive rainwater killing trees in hours but not harming the rest of the environment]]; Tiberium mutants being identified as Scrin units; and the latest and niftiest weapons in GDI's arsenal being given to an "elite" unit that spends 90% of its time mucking about with its terminally imbecilic collection of morons doing nonessential, secondary operations, instead of the make-or-break battles being waged in the game. It says something about how bad the book is when a disgruntled, unpaid fan [[Fanfic/TiberiumWars begins writing a full-length response]] that puts the official version to shame.
* Similarly, some of the ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' novelizations, because of massive CharacterDerailment. Sam Fisher turned from a gruff if likeable and extremely competent stealth operative with a love for his country into a ClusterFBomb-throwing, overtly sexual fool with an unrealistic dislike for the army (''why did he volunteer and/or stay then?'' would be the question) and a penchant for screwing up.
** Incidentally, the equally awful, written-by-the-same-author ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' novelization suffered from exactly the same problems, but the fandom as a whole, being generally mellow, welcomed it with open arms for being SoBadItsGood - even making [[http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y53/miksamouse/chirstmasinjune.jpg image macros of the stupider lines]]. (One possible mitigating factor is that the fans were already used to rolling with absurdity in the [[VideoGame games]] [[WallBangers/VideoGames themselves]].)
* Philip Pullman's ''[[HisDarkMaterials The Northern Lights]]'': This excellent, exciting story full of magic and mystery and suspense gets abruptly paused so the ''villain'' can {{Anvilicious}}ly [[CharacterFilibuster lecture the reader]] about the evils of Christianity. This stays the theme for the next two books: God = evil, sin = good, church = lie, childhood = sucks. Considering how awesome the first book started, all this griping seriously ruined the mood.
** And then there's [[DiabolusExMachina the ending]], where we learn where Spectres come from and why Dust is in peril. Every part of it [[AssPull comes out of nowhere]], and it's riddled with so many {{Plot Hole}}s that it looks like Swiss cheese. The origin of Spectres is not foreshadowed, and breaks the rules of magic given elsewhere in the series. The author and the angels go out of their way to prevent a HappyEnding.
** The beginning of ''The Amber Spyglass'' is just frustrating. So, Mrs. Coulter [[spoiler:kidnapped Lyra, and now Will followed her all the way to the cave where they are. Will tried a direct approach, which didn't go well because he was seen by Mrs. Coulter, and they exchanged about two sentences. After getting away, Will started to notice that he ''didn't'' want to hurt Mrs. Coulter, that he ''didn't'' want to put her in danger ''nor'' to punish her.]] Simply looking at her for a second and hearing a single sentence made the kid feel attracted to her. It ''doesn't matter'' how symbolic the scene is; it ''doesn't matter'' if this was to show that Will is growing up and contacting his sexual side; it ''doesn't even matter'' how unbelievably sexy Mrs. Coulter might be. None of this excuses that Will [[spoiler: put his most important companion in the entire journey]] in danger just because he saw a pretty lady who, unfortunately, is also a major villain. That nearly earns his unhappy ending.
* ''Literature/TheDreamers'' series by David and Leigh Eddings is bad as a whole; but the last book, ''The Younger Gods,'' is particularly annoying. After four hundred-some pages of characters and situations lifted wholesale from Eddings' earlier, better novels, the story ends with [[spoiler: one of the creator-god characters going back in time and hitting the proverbial ResetButton, ensuring that the entire plot of the series ''is RetGone.'']]
* 99% of ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' is pure genius. Buffalo Bill's fatal ClickHello? Not so much.
* The ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' series was originally about a morally-healthy necromancer detective and her fight against mythical beasties in St. Louis. She eventually got into a funky LoveTriangle with the leaders of the city's top Vampire and Werewolf clans; that was okay, since they themselves were not evil and would help her in her fight against their own kind... as long as the ones they were hunting were a legitimate threat against the humans or other creatures in the city. It helped flesh out her mission and made her realize the fine line between the normal, pedestrian critters that just want to live in peace and the true monsters in the world. The DarthWiki/WallBanger comes shortly after her return from New Mexico, when we learn she's turned into an unholy HornyDevil SoulJar for the EldritchAbomination she's sworn to keep locked up (with both vampirism and at least ''six'' different strains of therianthropy in her blood, to boot), making her a ''bigger'' threat to the world as we know it than nearly ''every single evil creature she's fought before or since''. Unfortunately, [[GodModeSue Anita]] will be too busy [[DeusSexMachina having sex with anything with legs]] for the issue to ever be seriously addressed for long - unless you count the sex as addressing the issue, since her being chaste is what would release the abomination in question. She also seems to forget that she is legally a U.S Marshal who probably shouldn't be getting too involved in vampire and lycanthrope politics. Of course the implications of a public servant helping armed factions and setting up defense treaties for these factions on U.S soil also never gets addressed.
* In another example of [[VideoGameMoviesSuck Video Game Books Suck]]: the ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'' {{novelization}}. The main character is a stupid, unsympathetic thug who sleeps with any woman; [[TheEeyore Xan]] - the intelligent cynic - died because he argued with a ghoul; the author did not get the point of Minsc being an AffectionateParody of {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s; [[LovableTraitor Yoshimo]] became a fat, cowardly turncoat who was only useful for the magic sword he has... The thug-hero just killed people because he was told to, and then there was [[TheWoobie Imoen's]] [[SuddenlySexuality sudden lesbianism]] around a drow female. Oh yeah, and drow eat spiders, which is like Hindus eating cows. And BigBad BadAss MagnificentBastard Irenicus isn't even in four-fifths of the book and [[SmugSnake wasn't even close to magnificent]].
** The {{novelization}} of the first ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' was horrific, too. Khalid is randomly killed off by an ochre jelly to free Jaheira to be the main character's squeeze, most of the game's {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}[=PCs=] aren't even referenced, and Xan was [[TheChewToy eaten by a giant spider]]. Evidently, [[UnexplainedRecovery he got better]], or at least well enough to die again.
* ''[[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy Tehanu]]'' is okay for its first half because Ursula [=LeGuin=] is a good writer. Halfway through, things start to change. Certain members of the town disliked Tenar because she was an assertive woman; these were, of course, villains. In itself, not a big problem. Then, a [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Wizard's Curse]] activates, and Tenar unwittingly lures her (male) friend and adopted daughter into her enemy's trap. This enemy, however, had a prior history set against only her friend, not her. In a previous book in which her friend and that enemy had faced each other, the enemy was pretty much obsessed with not dying. That's about it. He never mentioned anything about women or how he regarded them at all. Ever. It wasn't an indirect attack against Tenar's friend via attacking her, nor was it a personal attack on her specifically. The enemy apparently just up and hated women in the twenty-five years since the novels last wrote about him. This was bad, but seriously, the ''worst'' part of it:
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** [=LeGuin=], brilliant as she can be, ''does'' have the worst time when she tries to "[[AuthorTract send a message]]". See: ''Literature/ChangingPlanes'', specifically the chapters "The Royals of Hegn" and "Great Joy". Most. Blatant. AuthorTract. Ever. (This is sad, because "The Building" is freaking great.)
** And The Other Wind is even worse. In the first three books, the Dry Land is presented as a relatively dreary afterlife that's been there since as long as anyone can remember, a place that it makes sense to want to avoid except that doing so is messing with the laws of nature and has too many consequences. In The Other Wind, it's revealed that [[spoiler:it used to be a pleasant place for dragons only, but the earliest wizards stole it, but in the process [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally made it a dry land, and prevented humans from reincarnating, which was their former fate-after-death]].]] [[TheReveal Dark secrets and lost knowledge]] like that are often a good plot device, but then [=LeGuin=] turns the Roke Wizards into {{Straw Character}}s defending the actions of these people and calling it the crowning achievement of humanity, ''when according to continuity they shouldn't have even known about it''.
* While the book as a whole was okay, the {{novelization}} of ''Creator/TomClancy's VideoGame/EndWar'' had the Russian Federation literally ''invading'' Canada, taking over several cities, destroying nearby American military installations, and even committing war crimes against the general populace. How did the Canadian Prime Minister react? ''He did absolutely nothing.'' He never mobilized his military forces, and he actively ''refused'' America's offer to intervene, all because the Russians made some scary demands. Man, WhatAnIdiot.
** The Russians ''did'' just force the Joint Strike Force to [[NukeEm drop a kinetic strike on Paris]], and the JSF had most of its forces overseas fighting the Russians on other fronts. The Canadian Prime Minister may have honestly believed the Americans couldn't save Canada, and the Russians in ''EndWar'' are ''seriously'' scary dudes. But even the general Canadian populace [[WhatTheHellHero were not happy]] with their Prime Minister's response...
** Given the interdependence of the Canadian and American economies and infrastructure, especially when it comes to energy and defense, the idea that the US would take "No" for an answer is laughable. That goes double when American bases are destroyed. If they refused after that, then America would treat ''them'' as the enemy.
* Every time PiersAnthony takes up one of his previously "finished" universes, walls shall be banged. While ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' may have become a HurricaneOfPuns with panties thrown in, the Literature/ApprenticeAdept series suffered much much worse. In particular: the unexplained alteration of the totems of Adepts Green, Tan, and Yellow, in the second "trilogy". When we first met Green in ''Juxtaposition'', he used mystic gestures and hand signs to work his magic. When he re-appears in ''Out Of Phaze'', he's a fire mage. (Apparently, Anthony remembered the scene where a wall of green flame warned Stile and Lady Blue off his territory, and didn't look further). Tan's Evil Eye had been shown to be capable of damn near anything as long as he had direct line of sight on his target. In ''Out Of Phase'', it's shown to be mind control and nothing but. (Damn good mind control, mind you; but he had to make eye contact and could only zap one person at a time). Yellow, who was the potions mistress of the Adepts, suddenly gets a [[WhatKindOfLamePowerisHeartAnyway demotion]] to controlling animals (her secondary niche in the original trilogy... and she used potions to do it).
* ''Eternity'', one of the later installments in Piers Anthony's ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, has a scene where a female character is transformed into a man and immediately loses control and tries to rape her companion because [[AllMenArePerverts men are such BURNING ENGINES OF LUST that they have to learn their whole lives to CONTROL it]]. Worse, literally half the book was about the sexual escapades of a judge in his fifties and the 15-year old junkie ex-prostitute who [[HotForStudent somehow wound up in his care]] after he presided over her trial. Even though the entire cast of the book knows about this, not a single one of them ever does anything but gush over how nice it is that they're in love; they justify it by saying that since she spent time in Purgatory, where time runs differently, she's now absolutely legal, and there's no problems! Oh, and the GenderFlip scene was specifically meant to teach the protagonists to empathize with the judge, who was steadfastly refusing to act on his attraction at the time.
** Also in ''... And Eternity'': a particularly unpleasant encounter in which the 15-year-old junkie hooker is seducing someone (for reasons too complicated to go into) while telepathically communicating, and with the HandWave that he's not evil for wanting to have sex with a 15-year-old girl. "If the laws were just changed a little..." Anthony has a lot of [[DirtyOldMan Dirty Old Ephebophiliac]] schtick already; but then she "heard" in her head that no, this man was truly sick because he wanted boys. So, it's [[AuthorAppeal OK to want young girls]], but young boys are right out...
** Try ''Under a Velvet Cloak,'' the last book in the ''Incarnations of Immortality'' series. We have the "sympathetic" pedophile, who wouldn't be quite so bad if Anthony at least used the shotacon rationale: boys can be sexually curious. Instead, Anthony implies that the man takes and [[{{Squick}} outright molests them.]] Also, the book ends with a literal sex battle which the main character must win by [[BrotherSisterIncest doing her brother...]] And those are just some of the worst examples.
** Everyone's relationships for the first three books are forced, contrived, or rape-based. Zane hooks up with Luna because Luna's dying dad's last will was that they hook up. Norton and Orlene hook up because Orlene's husband's postmortem wish was that they get Orlene pregnant. Niobe and Cedric have a forced marriage while he was still a minor; she fell in love with him only after he rescued her from a gang-rape. What's-her-face the "liberated feminist" and Samurai (yes, a Japanese martial artist NAMED Samurai. That ALONE is a wallbanger)... he practically rapes her. It turns out he's accepted a deal from Satan to bomb the UN; the payment is a martial arts technique to painfully, slowly cause a victim's organs to fail. When Fate shows up to talk Samurai out of it, he immediately assumes she's a prostitute - what other reason can a woman have to speak to a man? Naturally, she calls him a pig, and so he tries to rape her on the spot. She escapes to a public place, throws a flowerpot at his head, and gets away. He says that, because she dishonored and embarrassed him, she owes her virginity as payment. They bring in War to beat Samurai fairly in combat to pacify him, AND War agrees to teach Samurai the fatal technique instead of Satan. Samurai STILL demands her virginity. She agrees. And the next day, has "a flush to her face that might have been love". BOOK TO WALL.
* Regrettably, Elizabeth George finally did it in ''With No One As Witness''; about three-quarters into a readable (if coincidence-heavy and bordering on the Thomas Harris) installment in the InspectorLynley series, [[spoiler: Lynley's (pregnant) wife]] [[StuffedIntoTheFridge gets shot and winds up brain-dead on a respirator]]; what's more, the shooting turns out to have been ''completely unrelated'' to the case at hand, or to anything other than a borderline AuthorTract on the horrors of gang violence among disenfranchised youth. Moreover, the rest of the book is derailed by the [[{{Wangst}} angstfest]]. At least it wasn't [[spoiler:Havers]].
* EnidBlyton's fiction may have been popular when it was written, but much of it contains a LOT of stuff that would be DarthWiki/WallBanger material [[ValuesDissonance nowadays]]:
** ''Hurrah for Little Noddy'', the second of her Noddy books. Noddy has been working at the local garage to earn money. On his last day there, he forgets his hat and goes to collect it at night. At the garage, he witnesses goblins driving off with all the cars that were stored there. Problem: the garage owner, upon discovering all his cars are gone, accuses Noddy of theft and uses Noddy's hat as 'evidence' that the little wooden man committed the crime. It never occurs to him or to Mr Plod that Noddy couldn't have stolen EVERY SINGLE car from the garage by himself. Book, wall. Wall, book.
** Another example occurs in ''Well Done, Noddy!'' Big Ears gets into an accident which ruins his bicycle, and Noddy decides to save up and buy him a new one. He receives a request for some delivery work, and off he goes to collect some sacks and take them to Red Goblin Corner. Unfortunately, he wasn't supposed to take the sacks, and Mr. Plod fines him as punishment. There's one ''HUGE'' problem with this: Noddy was given the request by Mrs. Tubby Bear, whom he trusts, who in turn received the message from a goblin. Mr. Plod KNOWS that goblins love mischief, and he KNOWS that Noddy had no reason to doubt Mrs. Tubby. But he acts as though Noddy deliberately stole the sacks, when in truth the only thing the little nodding man can be accused of is being tricked! What makes this frustrating is the ending: Noddy manages to catch the goblin, and makes that goblin create a new bicycle for Big Ears. Now, if Mr. Plod had dropped the IdiotBall, then he could have staked out the goblin alongside Noddy; the ending would be the same! NOTHING justifies Plod's actions, not even ValuesDissonance.
* In ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', when the identity of the BigBad is finally [[TheReveal revealed]], you find out that, until then, he was actively trying to get away from people who were unwittingly willing to help him reach his goals. When he finally realizes that he does need their help, he lets them know his true intentions; it's as if he wanted to make sure that they would never help him.
** Things end on a thrilling cliffhanger as the heroine realizes - putting together several reasonably well-hidden clues throughout the book - that she may be the secret hidden descendant of Jesus that the villain is searching for. The cliffhanger is pretty awesome in a [[GuiltyPleasures schlocky kind of way]]; the Wallbanger is the resolution, in which [[DesignatedHero Robert Langdon]] simply pooh-poohs this moments later. That is NOT the way to resolve a cliffhanger. Oh, and if you do bear with the book after that? The heroine [[spoiler: [[SuetifulAllAlong turns out to be the descendant of Jesus after all]]!]]
** The big mystery that is Leonardo's backwards writing. The book tries to smooth over the reveal with lots of LampshadeHanging about how "Wow! It was so obvious! And scholars like us should have picked up on it right away!" Yes, it was, and yes, you should have.
** In Dan Brown's ''AngelsAndDemons'', Robert Langdon mentions that a dollar bill has the motto "Novus Ordo Seclorum" printed on it, which he translates as "New Secular Order." But "Seclorum" means "of the ages." You would think Langdon, a Harvard professor who specializes in religious symbology, would have a high school level understanding of Latin - no, wait, they don't teach Latin in American high schools much anymore - but more understanding than that. He didn't even pick the popular, less {{egregious}} mistranslation "New World Order."
** Many saints have had kids. Mary Magdalene having them wouldn't be a big deal. All the genetic testing in the world of her remains (assuming you can identify them) against the living descendants wouldn't reveal who the dad was. And since many people believe she was a prostitute, which was acknowledged in the book, all the church would have to do in regards to any accusations of Jesus being the father would be to say, 'Yeah, sure. Find ''His'' remains, prove they're His, and then, test them against the descendants. Until then, we honor her, her descendants are blessed to come from such a woman, but the dad was likely a john.' And even if Jesus ''did'' have children, that wouldn't necessarily make them anything special. As one article on the book pointed out, by now much of the entire ''world'' would be descended from him.
* ''[[Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huckleberry Finn]]'' does this when Tom Sawyer comes back in the end. The book's momentum screeches to a crashing halt so that Creator/MarkTwain can spend several chapters running down classic romances such as ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''.
** Creator/ErnestHemingway calls attention to this in his book ''The Green Hills of Africa'', and calls the last bit of Huck Finn "cheating". Blame it on chronic writer's block.
** There's an argument that Twain was ''trying'' [[StylisticSuck to be boring]] to symbolize how, after slavery officially ended, the struggle for true freedom just dragged on and on. Decide for yourself whether that's brilliant or stupid.
*** This makes a lot of sense; there's even an eerily prophetic moment where Tom, amused at the games they're playing with Jim, says that it would be really fun to try to stretch this out eighty years or so. The book was written in the 1880s, and it wasn't until the 1960s that African-Americans really started to gain equality in the South.
** The truth is that Twain struggled for a long time to find an appropriate ending to the book after the "I'll go to hell" speech. He finally just gave up, threw Tom Sawyer back in and called it a night.
*** He couldn't have ended with the "I'll go to hell" speech?
* Pretty much any TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} book written by C.S. Goto. In addition to his infamous portrayals of multilasers, all of his books come off as some kind of badly written fanfiction. And then there's his {{novelization}} of the ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' series...
** [[NeverLiveItDown Backflipping Terminators.]] That is all.
** Here's quick examination of the factual errors and breaches in basic human logic in the [[http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/12/warrior-brood-c-s-goto-book-review-bellarius/ first chapter of just one of his novels]]. This includes a heavy weapons squad charging into combat to die fighting a huge monster rather than just ''shooting it.''
* The children's book series ''Literature/{{Replica}}'' after book 10. It started out as a decent FollowTheLeader to ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' with an intriguing premise and backstory (a young girl learns she's one of 12 genetically engineered clones with superior abilities, and she's being hunted by an evil organization). After about book 10 though, it almost completely derails into DarthWiki/{{Wall Banger}}y and {{Narm}}, featuring [[HollywoodScience cartoonish science]] and fantastic plots not previously present in the series, things such as these: a kid with a magic bracelet that stole people's talent; lightning-induced superpowers; the main character getting shrunk down and inserted into another person's body, where she learns she can talk to the cells; a villain whose cyborg body runs on ''store-bought'' batteries; and a main character who [[CharacterDerailment degenerates]] into {{Jerkass}} and TooDumbToLive territory.
* Not even dictionaries are immune! ''The American Heritage Dictionary Fourth Edition'' defines {{Anime}} as "a style of Japanese animation characterized by a bright, stylized art, futuristic settings, violence, and sex." [[SarcasmMode Because every anime is]] ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'', ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', '''and''' ''Bible Black''.
** [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles At least they didn't bring up the Naughty Tentacles]]...
* Robert Newcomb's [[ChroniclesOfBloodAndStone The Fifth Sorceress]], a book some say may be worse than the Literature/InheritanceCycle, has DarthWiki/{{WallBanger}}s all round; but what took the cake was when the DesignatedHero, Tristan, was given a sword by TheDragon and told to behead his father. Tristan goes and does just that. No hesitation whatsoever. ''Then,'' only after killing his dad, does he go to attack TheDragon, saying, "You made me kill my father!". [[http://eragon-sporkings.wikispaces.com/Fifth_Thirteen Kippurbird's sporking says it better.]]
** The funny thing is, the book's characterizations and ideas are internally consistent. The villains weren't {{Straw Feminist}}s. The protagonist wasn't a KavorkaMan, just MrFanservice. The [[HumansAreWhite complete lack of nonwhites]] wasn't intended as racist -- after all, why should a fantasy world mimic our own in racial diversity? Then the main character's sister [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn joined the villains]] and promptly turned into a DepravedBisexual]]. Arrgh! And this is the first of a series, and the sequel is out now...
* ''Series/{{Dexter}} in the Dark.'' The events of this book bring in forces that had not been hinted at before and are barely hinted at later.
** That bit seems to have been written out of the series by editor fiat, due to fan backlash.
*** It's a shame too. With a more ambiguous, MaybeMagicMaybeMundane ending, it could be a fascinating storyline.
* ''Literature/TheDraka'' novels by Creator/SMStirling has this. [[TheEmpire An empire spanning Africa and the Middle East]] [[VillainSue conquers all of Eurasia]] with technology far too advanced to be there; the rest of the world acts like idiots and does nothing when they could and should have. [[IdiotPlot That's the plot in a nutshell.]] Do the math.
* Creator/TamoraPierce's ninth Literature/CircleOfMagic book, ''The Will of the Empress''. [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil The book summary on Amazon.com]] says that [[spoiler:Daja is gay. Daja]] comes out in this book, but it gets precisely one slightly awkward conversation and is never mentioned as even a ''possible'' negative by ''anyone'' ever again. Regardless of your views on homosexuality, it's jarring that in this series, which has tackled gender relations, race, the role of nobility, gang violence, ''selling female children as slaves'', drug addiction, and a few other controversial issues, where even minor characters tend to have a wide diversity of opinions, one of the leads being a lesbian seems [[SuddenlySexuality pasted on yey]].
** [[spoiler:Thom and Roger, another couple in the Tortall books, and Rosethorn and Lark in the Circle books,]] are all [[WordOfGay gay couples]]; excluding scenes with [[spoiler:Daja]], there's exactly one scene that mentions homosexuality at all. In that scene, one person insults another by implying that he engages in homosexual behavior; Kel is wtf because "some men prefer other men and some women prefer other women," and it is not an issue where Kel grew up. Pierce's treatment of the issue is a pleasant change except for the 'pasted on yey' bit you speak of. In the WordOfGay thread on Pierce's forum, she mentions that she wanted one of the Circle four to be gay, but had trouble deciding which: her choices were ButchLesbian (Daja), LipstickLesbian (Sandry), DoesNotLikeMen (Tris, though she also hit that with Lalasa), and TheCasanova with a string of [[TheBeard beards]] (Briar, who was already established as a flirt, and [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday there's a better trope name, isn't there?]]).
** Re: ''Will of the Empress'': the fact that the climax was Sandry getting kidnapped ''again''. Or rather, the fact that TP spent the whole damn book talking about bride kidnapping (and Berenene controlling people and birds in cages and whatnot, geddit?), and had Sandry get kidnapped and escape once ''before'' the climax, and still expected it to be suspenseful when it happened again. It was like reading the same book twice.
** No, the climax was them plowing through the magical border barrier. From a CharacterDevelopment point of view, the climax could even be afterwards, when Sandry gives up her estate. (Because there was no way Berenene could have WON, and kept them in Namorn, so the whole barrier climax was a bit of a CurbStompBattle.)
* Literature/TheExecutioner #160: Storm Warning is about post-Saddam Iraq in 1992 after the first Gulf War, despite a later book mentioning his gassing of the Kurds. Also the whole Iraqis getting away with kidnapping coalition force soldiers in Kuwait City at the time is unlikely. [[http://www.mackbolan.com/display.php3?num=166 Even the second review agrees]]. Other Executioner books probably have major wallbangers, but the wall bangers listed in the review were silly.
* The Karen Traviss-authored ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' novel ''Aspho Fields'' features:
** A COG that has no industrial capacity to replace any of their vehicles, despite having gigantic custom-built battle rigs equipped with specialized Grindlift launchers that could only have been built after E-Day by seriously heavy industry. Also, in the games, Jacinto is ''stated as being turned into a heavy industry war complex''!
** Fertile women in the COG are barred from military service and are reduced to breeding stock, while non-fertile ones are conscripted along with everyone else. But the COG needs all the manpower it can get, and we can quite clearly see and hear female King Raven pilots, Centaur drivers, and Gear infantry in ''Gears of War 2.''
*** All games after ''2'' have shown female Gears with their faces exposed. Traviss wrote the story for ''3''; it would seem that Epic finally realized what was happening and applied the power of positive ExecutiveMeddling.
** The Locust, being extreme tactical and strategic geniuses, set up an elaborate trap for a large, critical, strategic food supply convoy carrying irreplaceable farming equipment, without which Jacinto will starve to death in months. But they aren't targeting the convoy; the target is the half-dozen Gears ''escorting'' the convoy. Because a half-dozen infantry are more strategically vital than farming equipment for feeding a few million people.
* DeanKoontz's ''Darkest Evening of the Year''. In part, it's because of his recycled terrible-pasts-but-determined-to-be-happy protagonists with SnarkBait dialogue, served with a side of his New Age preachiness; but there's also a genuine DeusExMachina. At the climax, out of nowhere, the golden retriever Nikki (who up until this point had shown nothing more unusual than mild intelligence for a dog) can suddenly ''fly'', and she ''heals the mortally wounded protagonists of gunshot wounds''. The only thing to justify the dog's supernatural origin is the artistic husband's being obsessed with drawing the dog's eyes and trying to capture their mysterious depths. The dog is implied afterward to carry the soul of the protagonist's dead daughter. But, what the hell? Do we all become {{badass}} seraphim messengers in the next life!?
** Nikki healing the wounds might have been okay. But she also healed the psychological trauma of being shot at. And the daughter's autism. It's been a well-known fact that Dean Koontz is crazy about dogs... but apparently ''crazy'' was meant a bit more literally in this case. The third ''Dean Koontz's Frankenstein'' book has Deucalion healing the heroine's brother's autism at the end. Apparently Koontz thinks that autism is so horrible that curing it is an appropriate reward for a hero.
** ''[[{{Anvilicious}} One Door Away From Heaven]]'': The over-the-top [[{{Demonization}} evil]] of the villain and everyone with the ''least'' [[StrawCharacter sympathy for his beliefs]]. Additionally, this was Koontz's attempt—after writing several books where "aliens" turn out to be [[spoiler:devils]]—at having an "alien" turn out to be [[spoiler: more-or-less an ''angel'']]. (He didn't pull it off well).
* Book The Eleventh of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has a scene in which the protagonists lecture the antagonists about how they wear the faces of "good authors" and that wearing Edgar Guest is a sign of villainy because his poetry sucks. This is even more headache-inducing when you consider how the series had been attempting to build a strong sense of BlackAndGrayMorality and proves that even Daniel Handler can't resist making a petty out-of-place TakeThat.
** [[GainaxEnding The ending]] has also polarized the fans of the series: some find it to be [[LeftHanging too enigmatic]] and [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse inconclusive]].
* For those of us who were able to get into the ''{{Stardoc}}'' series at all... [[spoiler:[[{{Tsundere}} Dr. Cherijo Grey Veil Torin]] marrying [[JerkSue Duncan Reever]]]]. Or at least [[spoiler:taking him back after all the [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] and [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor heel-face-flipflopping]] he does in ''Endurance'']]. And just when it was getting better: if it wasn't the entire LaserGuidedAmnesia sequence, the last book—what with [[spoiler:{{retcon}}ning the setting's entire history]] and all, much ''less'' Cherijo [[spoiler:forgiving Duncan for managing to ''entirely'' out-douchebag himself]] while [[spoiler:Xonea]] starts randomly being a {{yandere}} again—pretty much tore it.
* ''TheVampireChronicles'' became this when Lestat 'found God.'
* The ending of PeterFHamilton's ''Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy''. The series is an excellent story about a brutal war between humanity and [[spoiler: the returning super-powered souls of its own dead]]. The last half of the third book has most of the main characters leave on a mission to another galaxy to find a solution, which turns out to be this: LovableRogue finds omnipotent alien artefact, [[spoiler: temporarily becomes a god, zips around the universe fiddling with space-time to put every single horrible situation set up by the previous books right, gives up his powers and, in a spectacularly out-of-character move, settles down on a provincial farming planet to live HappilyEverAfter]]. The resolution of the plot can scrape by fine, but the OutOfCharacter personal ending for the rogue? Ridiculous.
** When Joshua Calvert and his crew find the Artifact they were searching for, Calvert asks, "How do I use this thing?" [[spoiler: He is told, by the thing in question, "You ask".]] Fitting in its way, but startling nonetheless.
* Yes, ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' have already done this, but ''Legends of Literature/{{Dune}}: The Butlerian Jihad''. It's not worth reading twice because at least 75% of the elements in the original novel are forced by the narrative to come into existence in less than a decade. Melange. Shields. Atreides. Harkonnen. The first flickers of high-speed CasualInterstellarTravel. The Bene Gesserit. Seriously, are the authors playing Chubby Bubbies with Duneiverse elements?
* The novel ''IAmTheMessenger'' by Marcus Zusak is a good novel until you reach the epilogue. The story until then has been built around a series of mysterious tasks that the protagonist is asked to accomplish. After he finishes the last of them, it looks like there's going to be a [[TheReveal reveal]] of who has been giving these tasks. Then [[spoiler:the protagonist ''BreaksTheFourthWall'' (in a book that has not broken the fourth wall any time before) to inform the reader that he is aware he is a character in a novel and that the author was assigning him these tasks]]. It seems like the author didn't know how to end it. [[spoiler: Good thing the protagonist was willing to accomplish that task!]]
** The last card contained the easiest tasks. While the other ones sent our main character to distant places to diverse, usually hard-to-understand tasks, the last one was basically solved this way: [[spoiler:"you, get a job. You, talk to your daughter. You, dance with me".]] End. So much for the "greatest challenges", huh?
*** Just because they were accomplished with easy actions does not mean they are easy tasks. When's the last time you convinced someone to change the way their life was going?
* Creator/TerryPratchett's novel ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' has one [[TheReveal reveal]] too many. The [[spoiler:DeusExMachina]] destroys the book for most of its negative audience.
** The plot (and, by rule of analogy, some of the characters) were lifted from G. K. Chesterton's [[spoiler: The Man Who Was Thursday]]. However, it made much more sense in that book, which was a deliberate MindScrew.
*** That's debatable. The two plots really have little in common besides [[spoiler: FlockOfWolves]], which is its own trope. Pedantry, away!
* The ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' books have had some bad ones, mostly concerning the treatment of [[AlwaysChaoticEvil vermin.]]
** In ''Eulalia'', there is an unusually bad-tempered watervole who is captured by the vermin army and dressed like one of them for a trap. He's captured by the Redwallers, and they discover he's not vermin; but then the protagonist who encountered him before mentions that he's a jerk. This is the cue for the Redwallers, who are usually caring and tolerant to anyone who's not actively trying to hurt them, to treat him like dirt, ''rough him up for information,'' refer to him as "that thing" and, the next day, ''banish him from the abbey forever'' for no particular reason. Now, he does murder one of them later, but maybe if they had treated him decently...
** The next one is in the book, ''Doomwyte.'' The villains are a flock of crows and their reptile allies. The actions of the heroes cause their cave to collapse; at the same time, a huge, insane viper is going berserk inside the cave and has killed most of them. The survivors, mostly reptiles, run for the exit and run into a "heroic" pack of mice and shrews who were on their way to confront them. The book explicitly states that the reptiles are just trying to get to the exit. The mice ''slaughter'' them.
** From ''High Rhulain'': There is a scene in which, after the heroine kills a rat, she appears shaken and explains that she doesn't enjoy killing. Her father ''yells at her'' for this dislike of killing, and it is attributed to her being young and stupid. Her father also ruthlessly pursues a small group of rats who are probably in their early adolescence, hell-bent on killing them because there is a small chance they might attack Redwall. ''Three or four rat kids''.
** From ''Triss'': You know who [[EvilAlbino Princess Kurda]], is, don't you Triss? The [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen black-hearted princess]] whose father murdered your father and enslaved your family? The person who killed old Drufo--your father's oldest and closest friend--in front of you [[HeroicSacrifice when he tried to get you to freedom?]] The girl who travelled halfway around the world to hunt you down like an animal? You remember? Good. Then explain what, providing that Kurda [[HoistByHisOwnPetard had watched where she was going at the battle's end]], you were doing to do with her, since you wouldn't kill the now-weaponless Princess "in cold blood". Were you just going to let her go, thereby making Drufo's death [[SenselessSacrifice unnecessary and pointless]] and enabling Kurda to keep coming at you?
** Another Wall Banger in that book is that Triss's journey back to Riftgard to free the slaves is just barely skimmed over in an epilogue, told from the point of view of another slave. ''Really?''
** From ''Outcast of Redwall'': Bryony casually dismissing Veil's HeroicSacrifice at the end, saying "Veil was bad. I know that now." Um, lady? YOU RISKED YOUR LIFE TO BRING HIM BACK, HE SACRIFICED ''HIS'' LIFE TO SAVE YOURS, THE ABBESS HERSELF SAYS THAT THIS PROVED THAT THERE WAS SOME GOOD IN VEIL, ''AND NOW YOU'RE JUST WRITING HIM OFF AS A BAD SEED?'' What's worse, after Bryony says this, Abbess Miriam immediately decides that this makes her worthy to become the next Abbess when she steps down. THUD.
** The title itself. Redwall itself doesn't appear until Book 2, Veil ends up there in the middle of it, and becomes an Outcast at the end of Book 2. Essentially, the title is referring to the novel's ''B plot.'' Brian Jacques would've been better off calling it "Sunflash the Mace" or something.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** Caspian's evaporating cousin? We hear about the birth of Miraz's son at the start of ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', but this child is never mentioned again: not by the conspirators who goad Miraz in hopes he'll get killed, not by the author when the Telmarines must choose to stay in Narnia or go to Earth, not even by the owls who worry about Narnia's lack of a royal heir in ''Literature/TheSilverChair''. Given how this unnamed infant is, in fact, ''Miraz's rightful heir'' in the reckoning of Telmarine royalists, you'd think ''somebody'' would've mentioned this infant prince's fate.
** Also, to anyone who was still reading ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' by then, ''Literature/TheLastBattle.'' This book tries to mix the nigh-hopeless mood of Ragnarok with the ultimate triumph of Aslan, and it doesn't go down easy. And the characterization is flatter here because of the themes of the work.

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* For those of you considering reading Creator/KevinJAnderson's ''Literature/TheSagaOfSevenSuns'' series: Don't. The ''Suns'' universe has advanced robotics and AI. Androids are common. But, when humanity gains access to hundreds of unexplored worlds, who do they send to do the initial surveys of the unknown, potentially hostile environments? Humans. Lone, unarmed humans. And what happens when a surveyor fails to return? They "X" that planet off their list and move on to the next. Several plot points hinge on this monumental stupidity on the part of humanity.
* ''[[Literature/TheInkworldTrilogy Inkheart]]''. [[BigBad Capricorn]] is able to take over an entire town using only three mooks who have ''no special powers at all''. It's like the villagers didn't even try to call the authorities for help. Oh wait - they apparently ''did'' call the authorities, who sent only ''one'' policeman, who was easily blackmailed by Capricorn to hide his town forever. ''One'' ordinary policeman was able to conceal ''a town that was practicing slavery and human sacrifices'' for ''years''.
** It fits ''thematically'', if not logically, since "one man and his minions oppressing a town" is a common theme in fairy tales and fantasy stories.
* JamesPatterson destroys the ''MaximumRide'' series in the fourth book. In ''The Final Warning,'' [[spoiler:the main villain is some random guy who happens to know of the Flock's existence. His elaborate scheme to sell them backfires way too easily for someone who is supposed to be a genius. Saving the world from pollution was being constantly shoved down the reader's throats -- including during a scene where the Flock is about to be ''flung around through the air by a hurricane'' -- and Fang was developing a relationship with someone seven or eight years older than him. And he's 14, so her reciprocating would be illegal.]] And in ''Max,'' [[spoiler: Fang is ''still'' flirting with this older woman, and the villain was a guy named "Mr. Chu" and was said to be more dangerous than the previous School. Mr. Chu was given no real backstory or characterization. Plus, the cliff-hanger ending has Fang talking with his older girlfriend; they were seen by Max, who normally would have yelled and possibly gotten violent, but instead did nothing.]]
** Each member of the Flock could beat a black-belt with minimal effort. This is completely uncool.
** The Flock's insistence that they don't need adults (except Max's super cool mom cause she is the best mom ever!!!!) for ''anything''. And then Max has the gall to complain that every time someone offers them something, they want something in return. Well Max, there's this group where adults give you stuff with nothing in return but a thank you (though knowing you even that would be too much), it's called "Children"! Make up your mind, you can't have the best stuff from both sides!
* James Patterson also ended ''The Lake House'' with one. In the final chapter, the BigBad -- who for most of the book was quite intelligent and was even on the verge of pulling off a KarmaHoudini -- suddenly gets the urge to send the hundreds of heavily armed {{Mooks}} he has at his beck and call out for a smoke break so he can pursue the hero alone, unarmed, and with no backup. Talk about picking up the VillainBall and bludgeoning yourself to death with it.
** The fight ends with the BigBad attempting to push the hero (who can fly) out of a window and being dragged to his death. VillainBall is putting it mildly.
* While the ending to ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' is undeniably [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]], if you look at it by [[ValuesDissonance today's standards]], it becomes one of the most absurd cases of EasilyForgiven in classic literature.
* ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheMind'', wherein, at the precise moment Novinha's god damned children are finally going to shut up and [[spoiler: meet the aliens who made the Descolada,]] and things are about to get interesting, [[spoiler: '''the book ends.''']]
** ''Ender's Shadow'' has a scene which not only hurts both Ender's and Bean's established character traits but ''explicitly contradicts'' the same scene in EndersGame. And that's not even counting that Bean is [[spoiler:genetically enhanced]] and somehow also allowed to call the shots on what happens to Ender in Battle School.
* ''[[Literature/TheBooksOfEmber The City of Ember]]'': Why did the scientists give the mayor the instructions on how to leave the city, which would just arouse his curiosity sooner or later? Couldn't they have hid it in some kind of time-activated safe in the center of the city or something? And what was the point of the third book, besides the subplot of that one guy [[spoiler:making contact with the aliens that serve no purpose in the story whatsoever]]?
** The first book counts on the fact that no one had devised a way to carry a light to explore the darkness, which is pretty preposterous.
* Tamora Pierce's ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' uses the plot device of having Beka be unable to remember something important to drag out the story in both ''Terrier'' and ''Bloodhound''. Given that Beka does exercises ''specifically'' to strengthen her memory, this is unbelievable to begin with; but it becomes a true Wall Banger when you take into account that the books are written ''[[EpistolaryNovel in the form of a journal]]''. In both books, she hears or sees something that seems familiar but that she just can't place (and that turns out to be essential to plot resolution); but it never ''once'' occurs to her to reread what we have been reading in case she wrote something useful in there.
* Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'' was the {{Trope Maker|s}} for InvisibleStreaker, as Griffin is forced to walk around naked in order to maintain his undetectability. This is not fun, as it's the middle of winter in Great Britain. And yet, the very first thing that he tests his transparency-induction process on is ''a piece of white woolen fabric''. While he doesn't have the means to render some white clothing invisible after becoming a fugitive, this guy has been contemplating using the process on himself for months beforehand. Even if the cold never crossed his mind, at least he ought to have realized that it ''rains'' in Britain, and prepared to dress accordingly.
** Maybe when he tried turning clothing invisible, he couldn't find it?
** Literary critic John Sutherland (whose published work consists very largely of WildMassGuessing, as he'd be the first to admit) speculated that this was evidence that Griffin was not driven mad by the invisibility process - he was already batshit insane to begin with.
* ''[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} T2: Infiltrator]]'' by S.M. Sterling: It's bad enough that there are entire pages describing one man's attempt to show how Cyberdyne Systems is going to take over the world by ''showing a documentary film he produced about it at the Toronto Film Festival''. It's quite another to have a T-model Infiltrator unit, sent back to the past to oversee the resurgence of Cyberdyne (after failing her mission in the future), acting like a ''psychotic bitch'' as she chases Miles Dyson's brother through the newly built offices in an attempt to kill him, ranting and screaming all the way.
* In ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'', Alyss was separated from Prince Leopold during her ''wedding'', after she had already said her ''vows''. Her stay in Wonderland could not possibly have been more than a few days, and yet, when she sends the doppelganger Alice back to Earth, Leopold has already fallen in love with another woman! So what exactly was Leopold doing for those few days while his '''''fiance''''' was missing?
** Not to mention the bit where the author has Alice mention that the Tweedles were in the book ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' which is completely and utterly wrong- ''in the prologue''!
* The third ''Secrets of My Hollywood Life'' book has Kaitlin (who is about one iota from MarySue) sing and be good about it. Whilst talking about her acting career her agent says she's such a good singer that she'll definitely be cast as Glinda if they ever make a movie out of ''Wicked''. So, let me get this straight, a 16 or so old girl who has no previous singing experience would definitely get one of the hardest and in-demand musical roles in a highly anticipated movie over any of the actual experienced actors after the part? WTF?!
* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'': At some point, someone needed to get Orwell away from the typewriter and tell him that enough was enough when it comes to Winston's torture in Part III. Whereas Orwell's contemporary, Aldous Huxley, wrote a compelling debate between rebel and tyrant at the end of ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', O'Brien just gives an {{Anvilicious}}, 40-page MindRape to Winston. George, there is a way to give a warning about totalitarianism without kicking us in the balls.
** On the subject of ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', the finale of that book featured the tyrant giving a long, detailed and perfectly reasonable justification for the totalitarianism of the World State. We're clearly not ''supposed'' to agree with him, but you potentially ''could''. And what defence does O'Brien offer? None - all that matters is power. This is a book which is praised for providing a deep insight into the totalitarian mindset, and yet it reduces the advocates of authoritarianism to Saturday morning cartoon villains.
* The novel based on the ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'' series features some pretty bad writing and characters, but the moment which made this troper want to smash his head in was the ending. Basically main character Hale has just realized the US government has captured Daedalus, the Chimeran leader, and plan to negotiate with him to buy their country some time, using his life as leverage. Hale comes in on the President and Daedalus, and just because he doesn't agree with this plan murders the President in cold blood. The Chimeran leader escapes as a result, and several people who witnessed the murder don't even think of blaming Hale, several of them the President's own bodyguards.
* ''Literature/TheLovelyBones'' has one when Susie [[spoiler: possesses Ruth's body and asks Ray to make love to her. Which he does.]] What happened to quietly watching everybody's lives without interfering? Not to mention that it's kind of a squick.
** It's not even so much that that happened, but a couple other things, like how uncomfortably descriptive the scene was. It's understandable that Susie would be so excited and be explaining it in such detail, but that doesn't make it any less uncomfortable for anybody who understands the full context. The other problem is directly after this happens, when Susie's brother calls the phone right next to the bed, why did she just say "It's Susie." over and over. She wouldn't say where her body was, or who killed her, she just kept saying who she was, possibly not even in her own voice.
** The worst and most ironic part about this scene is the ''serious'' UnfortunateImplications present in it. [[spoiler: Susie has sex using Ruth's body, but Ruth herself seems to be unconscious and doesn't seem to know what's going on. In a book centered at least somewhat around the horror of rape, Susie and Ray effectively ''raped'' Ruth]].
* ''Literature/TalesOfMu'' gets this kind of bad. It's established early on that most characters are either inexperienced with social dynamics, have some form of mental issues, or both. This generally allows for a pretty big stupid discount. However some characters just blow right through that. Steff generally gets it the worst, because no one expects the words "raped at a young age", "guro fetishist", and "free magical healing any time" to produce a sane or mentally healthy individual. Her friend needs a knife for weapons practice and there's a nice obsidian one no one will miss, she takes it. Out of the necromancy department. Fair enough, since she's training in necromancy and nobody ''did'' miss it. One of her first reactions? ''Stabbing herself in the chest''. Turns out it's a vampiric dagger, and the damage done is repaired because she heals herself with it. No harm done, except she stabs herself again. And again. She misses her friends' birthday party and all her classes to stab herself until her ''soul is torn in half''. Most people think that's stupid of her, but perfectly in character and fine. Then another character gives her a [[strike:breast enhancement]] turn-a-male-body-perfectly-female-with-the-sole-exception-of-retaining-a-penis potion. She has it explained to her repeatedly that that mass needs to come from ''somewhere'' and it will probably have other side effects for a long while, so be very careful and talk it out with friends and lovers. Immediately recovering from tearing her soul in half through sheer stupidity she downs the potion with no preparation despite having plans and classes for several days. Unsurprisingly she winds up near dead for the second time in a week and no one thinks of it as a particularly enormous lapse of judgement by her standards.
** It is seen as an enormous lapse of judgement on the part of Dee, the student who gave her that potion and really, REALLY should have known better.
* Walter Farley, author of ''Literature/TheBlackStallion'' and other horse books, wrote a very good book called The Island Stallion about an island that appears to be just solid rock surrounded by cliffs hundreds of feet above the waterline. The main character, Steve, discovers a way into the center of the island, where a herd of wild horses lives in a hidden canyon, and manages to tame the mighty red stallion he names "Flame". All was very well and good, and a sequel was written in the same vein, with similar acclaim. Then, in the third book, aliens show up. Probably more of a JumpingTheShark moment than a strict DarthWiki/WallBanger, but it certainly makes you want to hurl the book away from you as quickly as possible! What's even more bizarre is that in ''no other'' Walter Farley book are science fiction elements even mentioned in passing!
* ''OrsonScottCardsEmpire'' has terrorists aiming a rocket at the White House using "a protractor -- a simple junior-high protractor!"
* The first book of the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, ''On Basilisk Station'' is a great book, but it has one moment toward the end that is sorely misplaced. It's the first "Honor Death Ride" in the series, and Honor's underequipped ship is chasing a Havenite Q-Ship, trying to stop it from reaching the hyper limit and escaping. It is a tense chase as they're exchanging fire, casualties mounting on both sides, and you're wondering who'll blink first... when the narrative stops to [[InfoDump fill you in on the whole history and mechanics of hyper space]]. '''For ten pages'''. It goes right from thrilling chase to reading like a ''textbook''. And hyperspace travel is one of the staple forms of travel in the series, and that history could've been integrated almost ''anywhere'' else in the book and it would have been fine. Putting it where it is just sucks the momentum out of the thrilling climax.
* ''Blondi'' by German-Jewish actor Michael Degen. It's about a Jewish woman who was {{reincarnat|ion}}ed many times (always as a Jewish woman) through history and thus witnessed many antisemitic pogroms, always getting killed. After getting killed in Auschwitz, she is reincarnated again, this time as... Blondi, UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's German shepherd. The most serious topic on Earth is turned into a farce. And the author is a ''Holocaust survivor.''
* ''The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger'', a SherlockHolmes pastiche penned by Creator/MichaelMoorcock, features Holmes and Watson being caught up in a thorny plot to steal an incredibly valuable bejewelled silver statue. The crux of the plot involves the villain [[spoiler:[[VillainousCrossDresser dressing as a woman]] in order to gain the trust of the statue's owner, before stealing it at a later date.]] The problem with this plot is that Moorcock describes the villain as being very tall and powerfully muscled, with a few days' stubble on his chin. [[spoiler:This troper has an extremely hard time believing that somebody so big could convincingly dress as a woman for so long and not be found out.]]
** Sounds more like a StealthParody of how, in the very first Holmes story, a fugitive has a young man [[spoiler: dress up like a woman]] to answer an agony-column ad ... and Holmes (who placed the ad) doesn't seem to notice anything amiss. Most fans assume Holmes just let the ruse stand, so he could track the [[spoiler: cross-dressed]] contact back to the fugitive's hiding place, but Doyle doesn't actually lampshade this.
* ''LeftBehind'' might not have the most intelligent plot, but there are a few things in particular that stand out:
** Even though we're told that ''all'' the children under the age of ten have disappeared, people act as though this were not the case. If all the "Real True Christians" (as blogger Fred puts it sarcastically) would have disappeared, along with every child under ten on Earth, which is the premise of the book, then there would be many, many more kids than adults gone. And despite that, the authors write the book as though the number of disappeared kids seem to be no higher than the number of adults.
** Nicolae Carpathia's speech at the U.N. is incredibly boring, and involves, among other things, reciting the names of all the countries that are members of the U.N. in alphabetical order. In real life, this would be incredibly boring, but in this novel people actually stand up and applaud this unusually boring speech, even though no real opinion has been expressed. It's hard to know what people are applauding, exactly, since all Carpathia says is "The mission of the United Nations is to work for peace" and recites boring trivia nobody cares about. He hasn't expressed any sentiment for people to agree with. To top it all off, he reads it all in nine languages. So to the listeners, eight ninths of the speech would be nonsense in a language they don't understand. And remember: This is how the authors think good speeches sound. No, wait-it's even worse than that. It says he lists not only all the countries, but all the ''leaders'' of said countries, in alphabetical order, IN EVERY LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT THE UN (as in, he repeats each country/leader multiple times in different languages). IRL, as the opening of his speech entered its 14th hour, someone would have stood up and shot him, and everyone else would have cheered. And the worst thing about it is that what everybody in the world is concerned about right now is what caused all these disappearances. Carpathia doesn't even mention them in his speech. It's the ''one'' thing people would want to hear opinions and suggestions about, and still they applaud a speech that doesn't mention it at all.
** In the first book Buck basically gets a fellow reporter killed by a GovernmentConspiracy, because of something he said to a member of said conspiracy. And then, shortly afterwards, he ''makes a deal'' with said conspiracy, in which he agrees to keep quiet about the death (that is partially his fault to begin with) in exchange for personal safety.
** ''"He was no prude, but Rayford had never been unfaithful to Irene,"'' we're told in the first part of the first chapter of the first book. But just a few lines later, we're told that ''"He had long felt guilty about a private necking session he enjoyed at a company Christmas party more than 12 years before. Irene had stayed home, uncomfortably past her ninth month carrying their surprise tagalong son, Ray Jr."'' That's right, he had a "private necking session" (and why add the word "private?" As opposed to what, exactly?) with another woman while his wife was at home pregnant with their soon-to-be-first-born, but he "had never been unfaithful to Irene". The Swedish translator, who realized how moronic this was, simply removed the words "private necking session he enjoyed at a", making the translated result this: "He had long felt guilty about a company Christmas party more than 12 years before." No actual reason is given as to ''why'' he felt guilty. And it's ''still'' better than the idiocy of the original.
** In ''Kingdom Come'', Kenny Bruce's friends, family, and girlfriend are all convinced that he has turned traitor. This is despite the fact that he had previously informed them of his intent to go undercover to infiltrate The Other Light, and that the evidence of his supposed betrayal comes from a known liar and traitor.
** Here's another one: "Buck came to a screeching halt, swerving and sliding about 50 feet before his right front tire blew." To come to a halt doesn't mean that you slide 50 feet. It means that you ''stop.''
** Someone in editing should have informed the authors that "X person automatically feared the worst because they couldn't get a hold of Y person on their cellphone - but Y person had only forgotten to turn their phone on" gets tired after a few books.
** The lost children. Every single parent on Earth would be grieving after the rapture, not being able to meet their kid again. But try to find a single instance where a character actually acts like s/he's mourning a lost child. It's incredibly hard. Nobody actually behaves like a mourning mother or father. Try this family-friendly drinking game -- have a glass of beer every single time a character in the books is crying over a raptured child, and actually bothers to mention the child's name. (The reason it's family-friendly is that it doesn't require any participant to drink the slightest amount of alcohol.)
* Licia Trosi's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheEmergedWorld'' (official English title can be something else, if someone can correct me, please do) is painfully cliched Eragonesque fantasy trilogy. It hit wall in about 1/3 of first book. DoomedHometown of MarySue heroine is a city - tower. It's implied to be really tall with multiple windows. It stands in the middle of plain, plain that is flat as a table. Attacking army of Orc-like creatures is not noticed by anyone until it's by the gates. 'Cause armies are something that moves stealthy.
* Anne Elliot's "IRegretNothing" speech at the end of ''{{Persuasion}}'' -- {{Anvilicious}}, ValuesDissonance, DoubleStandard, BrokenAesop, and blatant {{hypocri|te}}sy. Either Anne or Creator/JaneAusten is trying to "have it both ways." If Anne had defended her decision eight years ago on grounds such as "I now realize that Lady Russell was right for keeping us apart, but for different reasons, and it wouldn't have been safe to get married under such circumstances," it would have at least been fair and consistent. But Anne admits that her own reasoning is that the advice was wrong, but she (Anne) ''was right to yield to it for no other reason than because it's a woman's "duty" to yield to the advice of friends!'' Anne asserts she was right to take what she has since learned to be bad advice, not on the grounds that it turned out to be right in the long run or could have turned out so just as easily, but because she was yielding to persuasion period. Either Anne or Austen just can't bear to have Anne admit she was wrong, and since Wentworth agrees with her completely, and since this is completely consistent with the {{anvilicious}}ness of Louisa Musgrove's accident, it's not meant to be ironic. Instead of treating the theme of persuasion maturely (that may not have been Austen's title, but it ''is'' a prominent theme nonetheless), Anne turns it into a black-and-white issue: not yielding to persuasion (like Louisa) is always wrong, and yielding to persuasion (like Anne) is always right... if you're a woman. A man should be firm, or they'll suffer like Wentworth for yielding to Louisa and Mr. Smith for yielding to Mr. Elliot.
* ''Literature/{{Dracula The Un-Dead}}'' -- Adaptations that reinterpret Mina's traumatic metaphorical rape as something romantic are bad enough, but to do so while claiming you're reclaiming the franchise for the original novel?! Well, Freud would have loved yet another example of support for his misogynist theory that all women are masochists. Ladies, rape is hot! If you don't agree, you're a prude! Denying your sexuality! That is not allowed!
** There's also the fact that the novel [[{{Retcon}} calls the predecessor as "nothing but lies"]]. [[FlatWhat WHAT?!]] And don't forget about the massive CharacterDerailment, the portrayal of Bram Stoker himself, the [[spoiler:"LukeIAmYourFather"]] twist, the blatant sex, and ugh, this is making my head hurt.
** There's a tendency among revisionist literature to deride the canon which it is revising, which just seems a bit cheap.
* Literature/ArtemisFowl: He's supposed to be an awesome genius but in the fourth book when he's in trouble and has some kind of digital handcuffs he asked to Holly how many digits the password has. She said that three and then stated that there were thousands of possibilities... Artemis replies that there are millions. Now if you have 3 digits in which each can have 10 different possibilities (0 to 9) then you have 10^3 = 1000 possibilities. MASSIVE DarthWiki/WallBanger !!
** Especially when in a situation like that, you don't even have to use math. Just realize that each possible combination is a different number, going from 000 to 999. That requires almost no thought at all, and yet super genius Artemis Fowl was off by a magnitude of 3 or 4. Then again, 1000 combinations is still too many to test out when pressed for time, but still. Also, why the hell didn't they just kill the future Opal BEFORE they put her in the tank? Who in their right minds would let a mass murderer live when her only options are godhood or death anyway?
* ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' was a good book, but the zombies are pretty transparently engineered to overcome traditional zombie weaknesses so they can't be killed. Take a look at [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18683_7-scientific-reasons-zombie-outbreak-would-fail-quickly.html this Cracked list]]. Solanum zombies are poison to animals[[note]]which wouldn't necessarily keep animals from ''trying'' to eat 'em, but the strange ability of every species ''except'' humanity to somehow know not to tell Zombies are toxic would[[/note]], can freeze and thaw and still function, have no noticeable effects from heat, can apparently spread via black-market organ transfers[[note]]Note that every infectee who dies rises as a zombie a few minutes later, regardless of how they died. Which means that people died in hospitals, yet somehow ''didn't'' rise in the middle of a crowded ward, which would provoke a health scare.[[/note]](which makes sense), the barriers are all ignored (including closing and locking a standard frakking door, which will stop most people in full control of their cognitive functions, much less zombies), and the military somehow can't find its butt with both hands, making tactical decisions a third-world militia would be too smart to make (but only where it serves the plot). In addition to that, zombies somehow don't need senses to see. And they can survive at the bottom of the ocean, with the interviewees pointing out that between the pressure and salt water, they should be paste[[note]]They can walk along the sea floor, which is weird, cause dead bodies float. In addition to the sea floor being so uneven that it would be like trying to walk over the Himalayas, only worse[[/note]]. It basically stops one bit short of declaring the zombies "magic". And if this deck-stacking weren't enough, humanity is a bunch of complete idiots who have apparently ''never seen a zombie movie in their lives''. Also, against all logic and real-world behavior, the mainstream news suppresses the news of the dead walking because they don't want to cause an economic downturn. IIRC, it was because the placebo Solanum medicine was so popular, they didn't want to reveal it didn't work. Which means that the "African Flu" was well known enough to have a large portion of the economy dependent on a medicine for it, but not enough for significant amounts of people to actually know what it is. The vast amount of legal and illegal guns circulating in the US alone? Ignored entirely. Also, one blog is mentioned before the outbreak. One blog. The entire nerdy blogosphere would crap their pants over the news that zombies were real. And then we find out that it was tearing up the message boards, but ''only in Japan''. Said otaku were members smart enough to hack the emails of gov't officials, yet none of them apparently located a news service or published it on their fricking blog. In fact, the story we hear is from an otaku who relates how the other posters just started dropping off, with the implication that they were either dying of self-neglect, trying to get to safety, or being killed. The narrator's parents had actually left for some time before he was spurred into action by running out of food. Basically, the {{NEET}}[=s=] knew exactly what was going on, but ''none of them told anybody'' until it was far too late.\\
It's a good book, but Brooks had to stack the deck ''and'' put a few aces up his sleeve.
** It's entirely unprecedented to have a disease that somehow turns flesh into something that is toxic to everything, with a 100% communicability and fatality rate. Even the Black Plague had carriers; fleas. Also, if people were dying before they could be infected fully, and the disease cannot infect people who are already dead, then it's impossible for flesh that wasn't infected before death to become infected. Basically, everything about Solanum is impossible (starting with, oh, ''sodomizing the law of conservation of energy'' by making zombies function for years without consuming any nutrients), and the MST3KMantra doesn't work specifically because the canon spends so much time explaining it in scientific terms, only to handwave or ignore inconvenient questions.
*** [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Solanum According to Max Brooks, zombies are somehow reanimated by a virus that allows the body to function with no blood circulation, no oxygen, and no ATP (which is absolutely required for muscle movement)]].
*** The page's WildMassGuessing page had some speculation that can explain that in a non-canonical sense, but the WallBanger is still true when applied to RealLife.
** In the same vein, ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'' was ostensibly a humor book, parodying extremely serious survival guides. But by about the second chapter you realise that Brooks is '''absolutely''' serious about surviving ''real zombies''. Zombies that ''he made up''. It's filled with numerous TakeThat shots against other zombie works, for being "unrealistic" when they are '''more realistic than his''', and ridicules fast (TechnicallyLivingZombie) zombies for [[{{Hypocrite}} being biologically impossible]] when they are far more realistic than his. If you are a firearm or weapons fan, [[GunsDoNotWorkThatWay just rip out]] [[{{Flynning}} and burn]] [[HollywoodTactics that section of the book.]]
*** Isn't the entire premise of the book that classic shambler Zombies actually exist ''in its fictional universe''? Incidentally, said book actually contradicts several points in WWZ, which is supposedly the same continuity. For example, the US Government supposedly covered up a major zombie incident as recently as 1994, less than 20 years before WWZ, yet has no idea what zombies are or how to deal with them. Also, people have been arrested and convicted for killing zombies and being thought of as murderers, yet WWZ has zombies be biologically very clearly distinct from humans. Heck, the autopsies should show the dead zombies ''weren't even biologically alive'' when they were killed. At least a few of them should have what would be normally fatal wounds, except they clearly kept moving, indicating, at the very least, some kind of drug use that made them able to ignore pain, which could give credence to the "murderers'" stories.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein with ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast''-- (no, really, the dash is part of the title apparently) is a double Wall Banger. First with the introduction of the most misandristic, emasculating woman ever in Hilda, who proceeds to use her power when in the captain's seat to get what she wants, then force responsibility on whoever is there when she isn't to again get what she wants. The second part is where they start hopping universes to other fiction, and then they visit frickin' [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]. Oz, in what's supposed to be a serious SF novel.
* Steven Wakefield in ''Sweet Valley Confidential''. Or, more specifically, his SuddenlySexuality. Especially when he had married one woman (Cara), was engaged to another (Billie) until shortly after she miscarried, and had a nervous breakdown over Tricia's death (to the point where he broke up with Cara ''twice'' to pursue {{Identical Stranger}}s who looked like her. It wasn't until one of them called him out on it that he snapped out of it.). This makes no sense if you followed the ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' series.
* While the [[TwistEnding twist endings]] in the ''{{Goosebumps}}'' series of books can be pretty silly at times, a special mention must go to ''Welcome To Camp Nightmare'' for being so ridiculous it becomes a sheer DarthWiki/WallBanger. See, throughout most of the book the protagonist is pursued by a monster in the woods that has already claimed his friends as its victims. Then, [[spoiler:it turns out that the monster isn't real, the fake monster was a test to see if the protagonist could think quickly under stressful and dangerous situations, and it turns out the protagonist and everyone else are aliens who are actually training to travel to Earth.]] Wait... what? The first two parts of the ending, fine. A little silly, but fine. But [[spoiler:aliens?]] Really? It doesn't make any sense. Yes, the other twist endings of the books came out of nowhere at times too, but at least ''they'' had some semblance of logic in the stories' settings.
%%** The ending of ''Chicken Chicken.'' Two words: ''"Pig pig."''
* In ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', Snowball comes up with the idea to build a windmill. Once Napoleon has him exiled, he explains that the plan was his all along. The other animals ask why Napoleon argued so much against it. Squealer explained that Napoleon was using tactics in order to get rid of Snowball. A possible excuse, but what they didn't ask next was if Napoleon urinating on his own plans was also part of the strategy.
** TruthInTelevision. The entire point of this part of the story is this is exactly what Stalin did during his rise to power and conflict with Trotsky.
** Being gullible and believing in propaganda is one thing, as the story is supposed to parallel the Russian Revolution. Yet this particular point is a bit jarring. Did Stalin defecate over his opponent's ideas before claiming them as his own?
*** He may have pissed all over them, [[RuleOfSymbolism metaphorically]].
* In ''Literature/LittleWomen'' most of the Aesops are pretty good lessons, if {{Anvilicious}} but in the chapter where Amy burns Jo's book, the author really drops the ball. Why is Jo being lectured about forgiveness and not letting anger get the best of her when Amy gets off scot free?! Yes, Amy's soon sorry, as she should be, but she's destroyed something very precious to Jo in an act of DisproportionateRetribution. Doesn't Jo have a right to be upset or at least to her family's sympathy?
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' "The Hidden". It's made fairly clear in earlier books that for someone to become morph-capable, they have to touch the cube at the same time as someone who's already morph-capable. But it doesn't appear that this occurs in this book.
** "The Journey" was pushing it a bit too. Unless the phlebotinum of the Helmacron shrink ray also helped with breathing in a shrunken state, it seems they wouldn't be able to get oxygen because their own cells would be too small for anything to get into. Plus, people have immune systems. There's no way they'd go through Marco's body without antibodies destroying them.
** Tobias and his mother at the end. Many fans wonder why in the heck he went off on his own and left her after being so glad to find her.
* ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'': Karen Traviss again. [[WriterOnBoard Everyone hates Halsey for how she made the SPARTAN-IIs]]. Everyone. Traviss has compared her to Josef Mengele. One of the people who hate her is Frank Mendez, who actually helped train the [=S-IIs=]. Her chief tormenter (and longtime rival) is Admiral Parangosky. There were SPARTAN-3s, who were basically the Taiwanese knockoff versions of S-2s, designed to be cheap, easier to mass-produce, and expendable. Halsey had no involvement in their development. The 2s were created by kidnapping kids and replacing them with clones who quickly died. The 3s were all kids who had their families destroyed by the Covenant. The 2s survived most of their missions, while the 3s were sent on suicide missions to likely die by the ''hundreds''. The 3 program was started by Colonel Ackerson, with the help of his right-hand-woman, um, ''Margaret Parangosky''. Oh, and you remember Mendez? ''He helped train the 3s too.''
** ONI apparently decided it was a perfectly good idea to secretly support the faction of the Elites that wants to start a war with humanity. The other faction wants peace. Problem is, if the war faction wins, they go to war with Earth. If the peace-loving faction wins, they might find out who's been supplying their enemies, and ''decide to go to war''. The logic, presumably, is that the Elites are probably going to go to war with Earth anyway, so they might as well destabilize them to buy time to get the upper hand.
** Traviss didn't even let Halsey's ''intelligence'' go unscathed. The woman, who has clearly been shown to be quite intelligent, is implied to only think she's smart because everyone told her she was, which, um, is rather in defiance of the laws of cause and effect. Also, she can't respond to the dressing-downs everyone keeps giving her, despite being really smart.
** There's also the fact that ONI placed the remaining Spartan-III soldiers into the Spartan-IV program. Considering how the book's main "[[WriterOnBoard message]]" is "ChildSoldiers shouldn't be used and people who conscript them are evil", the fact that ONI chooses to utilize them for their skills instead of discharging them on the grounds of PTSD and compensation makes for a very nasty BrokenAesop.
** In fact, just visit the actual page. It's faster. Basically, Traviss stomped all over the previous characterization and basic logic to make a point. Either that, or she wasn't aware of the things she's contradicting in the first place.
* Further more is Karen Traviss portrayal of the Mandalorians in StarWars, in her books she depicts them as a Mary Sue race who are considered superior to Jedi. She clearly ignores canon that they are a ProudWarriorRaceGuy who committed terrible atrocities such as killing unarmed civilians in millions, and get their asses handed to them by the Jedi who saved the galaxy from them. To make things worse, they become some kind of bizarre galactic-level BlackHoleSue, despite having a population of less than one billion in a galaxy where the last war killed trillions. One of the LegacyOfTheForce books has high-ranking Galactic Alliance officials hear some new development and ''immediately'' wonder "''What will the Mandalorians do?''" This is like the President of the United States being concerned about the Cossacks' reaction to the Texas gubernatorial election.
* In RichardKnaak's ''The Veiled Prophet'', the final book of the ''Sin War'' trilogy, a stupid moment comes in the third book, when the protagonist gets in a quarrel with Diablo himself and manages to fend him off by conjuring a mirror-like structure out of water and having Diablo look at his own, magically-terror-inducing face. Ignoring his apparent vulnerability to his own powers, something you would not expect from one of the Prime Evils, there's still the fact that Diablo, the greatest demon in the entirety of the Burning Hells is scared off by a shiny surface. And it's canon, too.
* For the majority of the book, John Varley's ''Mammoth'' handles itself well. And then it completely stumbles and dies at the end. The last chapter is about how the BigBad, having sent himself back in time by mistake, slowly realizes his errors. He comes to lead a tribe of protohumans, develops a deep relationship with and has several children with his trophy girlfriend (who came back with him), and builds dignity and grace. At the end of his life, [[spoiler:he fulfills what he realizes is a StableTimeLoop by becoming the man with the wristwatch found at the beginning of the novel]]. And after spending all this time seeing a deeper side of the villain... the epilogue is a letter from the hero's love interest that refers to him as the "mean old (character name)". Sure, the heroes couldn't see the character growth, but... wait, '''''what?!?'''''
* There are a great many [[DarthWiki/WallBanger Wall Bangers]] in Becca Fitzpatrick's ''Literature/HushHush'' but the one that made me want to put a hole in the wall was the part where, after spending the entire book seeking opportunities to kill Nora and FLAT OUT ADMITTING to specific moments where he had planned on murdering her to gain a human body, Patch suddenly reveals to Nora that simply sacrificing her won't be enough. SHE HAS TO WILLINGLY SACRIFICE HERSELF. Hubuwaaaah? Patch knew THE ENTIRE TIME that Nora had to kill herself in order for him to gain a human body... But he had planned on killing her himself... He knew... [=*Brain explodes.*=]
* ''Literature/TheWitcher'' saga starts to go downhill halfway through the third tome; but the real DarthWiki/WallBanger is the finale, when RocksFallEveryoneDies for the protagonists.
* In ''Literature/HouseOfNight'' novel ''Marked'', Zoey sees AlphaBitch Aphrodite forcing a Blowjob onto an unwilling Erik. Zoey's reaction to this? To launch into an AuthorTract about how girls who give guys blowjobs are idiots who are being used by the guys they give them to. This is despite the fact that the girl was CLEARLY forcing herself on the guy who DID NOT WANT the blowjob.
* [[ButtMonkey Poor,]] [[TheWoobie poor]] Robert Hooke in the non-fictitious ''HorribleHistories''-clone, ''Dead Famous: Issac Newton and his Apple''. In RealLife, Hooke had discovered the law of elasticity, one of the first proponents of the evolution theory, the iris diaphragm in the camera, and gave the world of biology 'cell', to name a few of his many scientific achievements. In this, he gets turned into a DesignatedVillain who constantly gets told off by the narrator for showing up and telling what he did in science (to the point where when he shows what he did, the narrative says something along the lines of "Issac did it better than you", or [[SarcasmMode "Yeah, sure you did".]]) It's to the point on when he first shows up, despite the narrator showing other scientists in astronomy, he gets ignored, where his argument ends with the narrator saying that "Descartes was all wrong [[CriticalResearchFailure and so were you",]] followed by an anvil saying [[TakeThat "So There"]] hitting and crushing him. It's a WallBanger because they don't even give him any credit for what he did right. Makes you feel sorry for the poor guy.
* The ending of ''HandleWithCare''. [[spoiler:Charlotte has won a lawsuit and been awarded $8 million in damages. The money was originally meant to be spent on [[IllGirl Willow]]'s medical bills, but when the Diabolus ex Machina strikes, Willow randomly drowns in a pond. What does Charlotte do with the money now? Donate it to charity? Give it to her best friend as compensation for ruining her career with the lawsuit? Spend it on her other daughter who has been neglected throughout the entire book? Spend it on herself? No, she ''buries the cheque with Willow''.]]
* The TwistEnding of DavidWeber's ''Literature/OutOfTheDark''. Humanity's put up enough of a fight against the aliens that the antagonists - even the sympathetic ones - are going 'Screw it, RocksFallEveryoneDies'. They're preparing kinetic orbital strikes which would result in nuclear winter, and going to write the Earth off until it can be used again. And then, at humanity's darkest hour, [[spoiler:along comes Dracula.]] So much for ''that'' drywall...