[[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer Factual errors]] in the review of literature could probably be avoided if there wasn't so much pesky ''reading'' involved.

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* Daniel Handler's ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': A website identified goth-girl fashion icons Emily the Strange and Ruby Gloom as characters; and numerous pages including at least one on this very wiki call LemonySnicketTheUnauthorizedAutobiography something like "The Unofficial Biography". A preview of ''The Beatrice Letters'' claimed that the punch-out letters in the book spelled out the "real" title of the thirteenth book ... Nope. Similarly, every preview of ''The Beatrice Letters'' claimed that the punch-out letters would spell out two different secret messages, but if there is a second one, it's nothing more than a RedHerring.
* Some paperback editions of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'' indicate that Lazarus Long goes back in time to become his own ancestor. While he does [[spoiler:sleep with his mother, this occurs after his birth, when he is a young child. A bit incestuous, true, but not paradoxical.]]
** The synopsis writer was probably thinking of a different Heinlein story, ''Literature/AllYouZombies'', [[spoiler: in which the protagonist not only becomes one of his/her ancestors, s/he becomes [[{{Squee}} all of them]].]]
** The same thing happened in the slipcover for the hardback edition of ''Literature/ToSailBeyondTheSunset'', followed by the statement that [[spoiler: Maureen was not only Lazarus's [[IncestIsRelative mother and wife, but his daughter.]]]]
* The book ''Futurespeak: A Fan's Guide to the Language of SF'' contains ''numerous'' examples where the author failed to do the research. One of the most notable (if only for SF critic John Clute's alleged claim it had "more mistakes than words") defines "Slan" as superhumans from a series beginning with ''Galactic Lensman'', a 1925 novel by A.E. Van Vogt. (There was never a book called ''Galactic Lensman''; the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series started in 1937, with ''Galactic Patrol''; the Slans aren't even ''from'' the ''Lensman'' series; Creator/AEVanVogt's name has a lowercase "v" on the "van"; van Vogt didn't write the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series, Creator/EEDocSmith did; the book in which van Vogt created the Slans was called ''Slan'', and was published in 1948; and the entry is phrased as though "Slan" were the plural, which it isn't).
** A book erroneously titled ''The Anime Encyclopedia'' not only fell under this trope, they leaped under its wheels like [[UrbanLegend crazed Krishna worshippers beneath a juggernaut.]]
* A popular history book described ''ConanTheBarbarian'' as being the work of Creator/JRRTolkien. Um...''no'', although Tolkien once mentioned he 'rather liked' the ''Conan'' stories.
** The ''Writer's Almanac'' daily email celebrated Creator/JRRTolkien's birthday in 2006 with a lengthy and loving tribute ... in which they said that ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' was "the story of Bilbo Baggins, a lowly hobbit who sets out on a quest to destroy a magic ring." As one commenter on [[http://misssnark.blogspot.com Miss Snark]] put it, "For Bilbo, it was a short quest." (In fact, Tolkien [[WhatCouldHaveBeen at one point considered]] making Bilbo the protagonist of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', but it would have contradicted too strongly the ending of ''Literature/TheHobbit'', which said that Bilbo lived HappilyEverAfter.)
** A deliberately poorly-written synopsis from [[http://www.flyingmoose.org/tolksarc/homework.htm the Tolkien Sarcasm Page]] was used as a source by the London Times.
* Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/NeilGaiman were interviewed for the book ''Literature/GoodOmens'' by a New York radio presenter who hadn't quite figured out that the book was fictional. The interviewer hadn't read the book, and was probably just given some cards with notes on them by an assistant. The presenter thought it was a book about the nice and accurate prophecies of Agnes Nutter. (Which it is, but she never existed.) Sort of as if Gaiman and Pratchett had written a book about Nostradamus.
** The American version of the novel topped this. Somebody had very clearly gone through every page turning British English into American English spellings, and rewriting some Anglocentric incidental detail to make more sense to American readers. They were obviously ignorant of the existence of an English east coast seaport serving the ferry trade to Scandinavia and the Low Countries. A reference to Aziraphile and Crowley's Agreement is rendered nonsensical by changing the place-name '''Hull''' to '''Hell'''. Hull may not be the most pleasant place in England and its most famous son has a legendary association with Greed and Anger - but it exists, guys. It exists.
* ''The Metro'', when doing a piece on the town of Wincanton, home of the Discworld Emporium, who had gotten two new roads named Peach Pie Street and Treacle Mine Road, offered a "comprehensive guide to the diskworld". Yes, with a "k". It then went on to compare Ankh-Morpork to London, listing the disc's newspaper as "The Truth Newspaper". Because that was the title of the book in which the ''Ankh-Morpork Times'' was introduced, and somebody couldn't even be bothered to read the freaking ''blurb''.
** If you read the blurb to the first American edition of ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', you'd be confronted with the question "Who in this world, or any other, would write a novel about a football team that falls victim to a pack of wily elves?" Now, it's understandable that Americans might not "get" Morris dancing, but...
* To continue with Terry Pratchett, several news people have reported on the similarity between the ''Discworld'' series and the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series based on the presence of a wizarding school (Unseen University, which is clearly a college parody and not a magical boarding school like Hogwarts) and the presence of the Christmas-like holiday Hogswatch, which sounds a bit like Hogwarts. Pratchett's responses to these claims have been polite, well-thought out versions of "What? No."
** This response is about the same for claims that he is jealous of Rowling's fame and gobs of money. This is a bit like trying to put down RichardFeynman by saying he wasn't as brilliant as Einstein.
*** This particular brainfart actually predates Harry Potter. As Sir Terry himself put it at the time, "I don't think I've ever been critical of the money Douglas Adams makes, especially since, as has been tactfully pointed out, I myself have had to change banks having filled the first one up."
** He's also been accused of ripping off Harry Potter because Ponder Stibbons looks like him in illustrations (he was first illustrated in the Discworld Portfolio, which was released in 1996). This brought this response from Terry:
--->"Ponder Stibbons was indeed first drawn in 1996. I, of course, used a time machine to 'get the idea' of Unseen University from Hogwarts; I don't know what Paul used in this case. Obviously he must have used ''something''."
*** There is also the fact that ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} The Colour of Magic]]'' was written about a decade before the first ''Literature/{{Harry Potter|and the Philosophers Stone}}'' book was released.
*** Also, Hogwarts: 1997. ''Hog'''father''''': 1996. And the kicker: Hog'''manay''': a Scottish year-end celebration. The earliest ''written'' reference to Hogmanay is from 1'''6'''04.
*** And, indeed, "THE HOGWARTS by MARCUS PLAUTUS MOLESWORTHUS" in ''[[Literature/{{Molesworth}} How To Be Topp]]'' by Geoffrey Willans (1954)
* Similarly, Creator/DianeDuane's ''YoungWizards'' series has been accused of ripping off ''Literature/HarryPotter'' by people who don't realize that Diane was writing them ''twenty years'' before JK Rowling first put pen to paper.
* Speaking of ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Many websites professing that ''Harry Potter'' teaches witchcraft have cited the line from the first book, "There is no good and evil; there is only power and those too weak to seek it," as "proof". This takes the line completely out of context, as it was said by the ''villain'' of the book. A Christian media-review site cites that line among the many reasons to avoid the films -- not ignoring the fact that a villain said it, but saying [[ButNotTooEvil it doesn't matter who said it]].
** The most ironic part? Rowling herself has said that she is an Anglican/Protestant Christian who believes in God.
** Other Christian alarmists have cited an interview where JK Rowling proclaims her allegiance to Satan as proof of the series' evil. The source of this damning testimony? ''TheOnion.''
*** Someone sent ''Reader's Digest'' an angry letter after they had JK Rowling on the cover. They then sent another one that complained about their first letter being truncated when published, in which they revealed their source for their outrage was ''The Onion''. ''Reader's Digest'' did the print equivalent of patting them on the head and saying, "There, there..." The two letters and response from the editor can be [[http://robinabrahams.com/2010/04/01/april-fools/ read here.]]
** Prior to the release of the first film, Warner Bros. produced [[TheBoardGame several board games]] based on the series, including a trivia game written by people who clearly had only read the first book as well as ''just'' the title of the second one. Consequently, they apparently decided that the "Chamber of Secrets" referred to the chambers Harry, Ron and Hermione passed through in order to get the stone. Uh... no.
** A series of articles published by a major newspaper prior to the release of the fourth book announced "sensational changes" at Hogwarts, such as the arrival of the new potions professor, a certain Lucius Malfoy. While Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers have changed hands annually for decades (none of whom were Malfoy either), no new potions professor appeared until book six (and ''he'' was technically an old professor returning).
** A Swiss teenage magazine published an article right before the release of DH, claiming that the next book will contain "the first Harry Potter sex scene ever". They also published a list of possible endings for the book, including "Dumbledore isn't dead, [[HesJustHiding he hid in the lake]] after Snape killed him," (er... what about the body?) and "Ron turns evil and slips poison into Harry's pumpkin juice". After DH was actually released, they claimed that "Ginny gives Harry her virginity as a birthday gift."[[note]]In the actual book, they just have a passionate kiss [[MomentKiller and are interrupted by Ron.]][[/note]] They also published a Draco/Harry manip and seemed to believe that Daniel Radcliffe and Tom Felton came out of the closet and were in a relationship.
** If you speak German, the (infamous) German gag dubber Coldmiror has a field day with this trope [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xLzlxHxBFA and makes TWO videos]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51IAPDppNFM collecting mistakes in German magazines]]. Harry's owl Hermine (the German name for Hermione) indeed...
*** Or the many ways Voldemort can be misspelled.
** Also for the Potter books, there's [[http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Potters-muggles-guide-magic/dp/1929771053/ref=cm_cr-mr-title this pathetic excuse for a reader's guide]]. It's full of mistakes that even a ten-year-old would recognize, ranging from the spelling of Hagrid's name to the plot of the second and third books, which the author seems to think are the same.
** An article quoted a section of ''Half-Blood Prince'', which gave us a description of the Half Blood Prince (which would have been rather amusing, had they actually done that). Instead, the description was of Scrimgeour, the new Minister of Magic.
** (Inappropriately) in an article about a poisoning with aconite: "Aconite, or wolfsbane, was supposedly used by witches in the Middle Ages to kill their enemies. It features in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when Professor Snape uses it to stop Remus Lupin turning into a werewolf." Or... not. Thanks, Daily Mail. Well, he uses a potion called the Wolfsbane Potion (in Prisoner of Azkaban) to render Lupin a more docile werewolf. At least they got the wolfsbane part right.
** In WebVideo/BennettTheSage[='s=] DramaticReading of ''FanFic/MyImmortal'', he mistook "Hogsmeade" for a misspelling of "Hogwarts". Apparently, someone in the comments pointed this out and he paid attention, because in subsequent videos he started {{Lampshading}} his lack of knowledge about the PotterVerse, stating at one point that "Professor Slutborn" could be a real ''Potter'' character for all he knew.
** The guys over at [[http://www.exposingsatanism.org/harrypotter2.htm Exposing Satanism]]. According to them, Voldemort is God(wait, they claim to be Christians, yet they seriously think GodIsEvil?), Harry is the Antichrist, Voldemort raped Ginny...
* DaveBarry points this out brilliantly in his book ''Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)'' with the page quote and this one as well:
-->''We see this all the time. Journalists, rushing to get a story out under deadline pressure, will report, based on preliminary information, that a ship sank, and 127 people, many of them elderly, perished. Then, upon further investigation, it turns out that nobody, in fact, perished, although one elderly person was slightly injured by a set of dentures hurled by another elderly person in an effort to get the first elderly person to stop talking so loud. Then it turns out that this happened at a nursing home, as opposed to a ship, although the elderly people were watching a video of ''{{Titanic}}'' at the time, and although there were only four of them, as opposed to 127, the nursing home is located on Route 124, which is only three less than 127, which is not that much of an error when you consider the deadline pressure that journalists operate under.''
* A review was circulated on several sites of the ''Mortal Instruments'' trilogy by Cassandra Cla(i)re, formerly a BigNameFan in the Harry Potter fandom. It claimed that she took the title of her books from a Harry/Draco FanFic she had once written, and quoted a few paragraphs. In fact they came from another of her stories, and the fanfic originally titled ''Mortal Instruments'' was a tale of BrotherSisterIncest between Ron and Ginny.
** However, she had committed plagiarism in her fanfics previously, so this person had obviously done ''some'' research -- making the errors all the odder.
* A Game Informer preview of the then-upcoming ''{{Genji}}'' for Playstation 2 described it as based on ''TheTaleOfGenji.'' Given that said work was a '''romance''', it would have led to a very different game than the actual result... which was based on ''TheTaleOfTheHeike''.
* There are an awful lot of inaccuracies inside ''and'' outside of news media referring to the [[Literature/{{Dracula}} original novel]] of ''{{Dracula}}'', ranging from claiming that the Count can [[YourVampiresSuck be destroyed by sunlight]] to references to him being destroyed via stake through the heart. Clearly, most people have [[TheFilmOfTheBook just seen one of the movies]] and called it good.
* Parodied in the ''TeenageWorrier'' series when Letty gives advice to the reader on books: "If discussing a book you haven't read, don't pretend you have. I droned on about the Rainbow Lorikeet when Hazel's dad mentioned ''The History of Mister Polly''."
* One reviewer, apparently too busy/lazy to read ''Magician'' by Raymond E. Feist summarised the book as something like "a typical fantasy novel where a boy saves the kingdom from an army of trolls". Mr Feist himself suspects he just looked at the cover of the book for his review since there are a total of 2 trolls in the book, and they don't even survive for a chapter.
** The blurbs for the Riftwar series (at least in some editions) are so badly done that this is almost understandable. The worst is for ''A Darkness at Sethanon'', which mentions "the evil necromancer Macros the Black unleashing his undead hordes". Macros the Black [[DarkIsNotEvil is a good guy]], is not a necromancer, only a few of the enemy are undead, etc...
* One review of the new ''[[TheSagaOfDarrenShan Darren Shan]]'' movie said that it was a rip off of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}. Cirque Du Freak'' came out ''five years'' before ''Twilight''. Screw that, the ''last'' book was out before ''Twilight''! And anyway, the only thing they have in common is vampires.
** Speaking of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', ABC World News did a story about fans' excitement for the second movie ''New Moon''. In it, while talking about the books and their popularity and impact, they showed the book covers. Which is all well and good... except for the fact that the covers were for the ''"House of Night" series'' and ''not'' the highly recognizable ''Twilight'' covers.
** In a less egregious example, you have the incessant Burger King ads portaying the [[ShipToShipCombat vicious combat]] between [[{{Shipping}} Team Edward and Team Jacob]] -- the series is over, any idiot who's heard of the series, or fandoms in general, could tell you that that matter's been settled, regardless of [[DieForOurShip unhappy fans' wishes]].
** L.J. Smith has come under fire lately because of the [[strike:WB]] CW series ''TheVampireDiaries''. The books the series was based on were written and published in 1991 and 1992. The series was brought about by the vampire craze, yes, but the story was well before ''Twilight'' was even a twinkle.
* An Australian magazine claimed that [[TheMillenniumTrilogy Stieg Larsson]] was a neo-Nazi. This is especially puzzling since the man was a democratic socialist who received death threats from far-right and racist organisations for his work against them, and depicted the Nazi characters in his first book as having kidnapped, raped, and killed dozens of women, making one wonder whether the magazine's writers had any familiarity with him whatsoever.
* Games Workshop subsiduary "The Black Library" are guilty of this on the blurbs of ''their own books''. For example, the blurb of ''Redemption Corps'' refers to the main character as both 'Sergeant' and 'Captain' Mortensen. He's a Major.
* Sebastian Faulks' book on British fictional characters makes a reference to the play ''Abigail's Party'', citing "Abigail proposing to put the wine in the fridge" - but the "Abigail" of the play's title is a character who, like Godot, never actually appears onstage. The party hostess who puts wine in the fridge is called Beverly.
* Andre Norton's ''Beastmaster'' series in general. Anyone who writes about it, but hasn't read it, assumes it's about a NatureHero in a loincloth, which it's not.
* The 1998 sf textbook ''Decades of Science Fiction'' says "[[MarionZimmerBradley Bradley's]] husband, Leigh Brackett, wrote ''The Literature/{{Darkover}} [[UniverseConcordance Concordance]]: A Reader's Guide'' (1979) to help sort out the complexities of the series." Creator/LeighBrackett was a woman sf author who died in 1978. Bradley's husband and the author of the ''Concordance'' was Walter H. Breen.
* Creator/RussellTDavies once defended Disney's ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' by saying "many more millions of children than have ever read the original Creator/OscarWilde story can come to know and love 'The Little Mermaid'." ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'' might have the same sort of ''feel'' as Wilde's children's stories, but it was by Creator/HansChristianAndersen.
** Similarly, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic claimed in his review of ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI'' that it was part of English literature.
* "Gabriel Ostman, 18 years old, is a highly-skilled hacker." (Translated) First sentence of the blurb of the german book ''Das Netz'' by Wolfgang Holhbein. The character's name is actually Gabriel Richter and he's in his forties. The rest isn't much better.
* [[http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/goodcomicsforkids/2012/03/06/warriors-manga-live-on-for-now/ This article]] about the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' graphic novels includes a picture of what they call the "first and second volumes of the [=SkyClan and the Stranger=] trilogy". They ''do'' have the ''second'' volume of that particular trilogy, but what do they have as the "first" one? ''Warrior's Refuge'', the second volume in the Graystripe's Adventure trilogy, which came out four years and nine volumes earlier. You'd think that the "2" on the front of each would have tipped them off that it wasn't the first volume...
* Contrary to the claims of Publishers Weekly, there are no [[FaunsAndSatyrs satyrs]] in Nancy Springer's ''Apocalypse''[[spoiler:, although Eros could be considered a sort of gender-flipped nymph if you squint. And while Shirley Danyo, in [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse in her role as Pestilence]], develops skin lesions reminiscent of Kaposi's sarcoma, she's ''not'' actually HIV-positive]].
* ''The Stumbling Colossus'' by David Glantz starts with him criticizing the highly controversial Viktor Suvorov. First, Glantz gets his real name wrong. Then, he claims that Suvorov writes about the second Soviet echelon being composed of "black shirted NKVD formations" - a mix up of two different ideas about half a book apart ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the black referred to coats, not shirts]]). Then he states that despite Suvorov's claims, the tank units in this echelon were not combat ready ([[TheWarOnStraw Suvorov makes no such claims]], only stating it is highly unusual for certain armies there to have tanks ''at all''). He also somehow manages to state that "it can be questioned how a man of Suvorov's [[CriticalResearchFailure low]] '''[[CriticalResearchFailure rank]]''' [[CriticalResearchFailure could have access to archive documents]]".[[note]]In the Soviet army, a person was promoted in positions regardless of rank, which could easily lag a few stars behind. Suvorov had a colonel's position, with his '''rank''' being completely irrelevant as anyone with even basic knowledge of the Soviet Army knows. Plus, he prefers using open sources instead of archives.[[/note]] Not surprisingly, the Russian footnotes give quite a few examples of him using badly outdated sources.
* Many, many fans of the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series do this in regard to the explosive "duodec". It is very common to see lists and discussions of ''Lensman'' tropes and technology insisting that duodec is a chemical explosive based on its handling properties - despite the books explicitly referring to it as "atomic", ie. "nuclear" in the language of the day.
* Some reviewers of the first {{Literature/Flashman}} book took it for an actual memoir, perhaps because the author ''was'' an actual historian and added copious endnotes.
* This sort of thing can cause a BIG and obvious discrepancy between the content of a book and the illustration chosen for its cover. Either the illustrator hasn't been able to read the book, or the notes they are working from are inaccurate, or the content of the book has changed in between the original commission and the illustrator's getting to grips with the job.
** The cover illustrations of the first few ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels feature the Librarian as a chimpanzee. The character is, in fact, possibly the most celebrated orang-utan in literature. A character described as "four-eyed" is depicted literally, with four eyes: the illustrator did not grasp that this is a dysphemism for "wears nerdy glasses".
** John Foley's war autobiography went through ''five'' reprints, four of which depicted M4 Sherman tanks on the cover. This despite Foley having commanded a squadron of ''Churchill'' tanks, a fact reiterated throughout the book and on the back-cover blurb. One outstandingly egregious version has Foley's Shermans attacking through a desert village in North Africa - despite the fact the book is explicitly about the period D-Day to Berlin, long after the North African war ended. The error was remedied only on the sixth reprint.
** The cover of first Hebrew translation of ''Literature/TheHobbit'' shows [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/he/e/ee/The_Hobbit.jpg Bilbo stabbing a dragon's tail]] (possibly Smaug, although there appears to a different dragon in the background). The illustrator later admitted he had not read the book, and simply assumed this must happen in the story. Then again, at least there aren't any [[http://stuartbuck.blogspot.co.il/2004/12/another-tolkien-letter.html emus]]...
* The cover blurbs for [[Creator/HarryTurtledove Harry Turtledove's]] ''Supervolcano'' series consistently refer to protagonist Colin Ferguson as a retired police officer, when in fact not only is he an active police officer, a major story arc revolves around him tracking down a serial killer [[spoiler: and dealing with the blowback when the killer turns out to be his department's chief. He ''does'' eventually retire due to injuries sustained in an unrelated shootout, but in the last 20 pages of the third book.]]
* The back-cover blurbs of British SF paperbacks sometimes bear little or no relation to the story they're supposed to be synopsising. One of the worst examples was the [[TheSeventies mid-1970s]] paperbacks of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''I, Robot'' and ''The Rest of the Robots'', which spoke of Asimov's so-called "terrifying" and "spine-chilling" visions; whoever was supposed to blurb those books clearly didn't even bother to ''read'' them, but merely saw the word "robot" and jumped to the conclusion that here was yet another thinly-disguised rewrite of ''{{Literature/Frankenstein}}''.
* In Britain in 2005, there briefly appeared a Swiss chocolate called Baci (similar to Ferrero Rochers, but predating them in Switzerland), the wrappers of which contained fortune-cookie-style slips with sayings or quotes on them. One such had the quote "[[GrowOldWithMe Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be]]", which it attributed to George Sand. It's actually the first two lines of ''Rabbi Ben Ezra'' by Robert Browning.
* In-universe example in ''Literature/TheSilkworm'': despite his [[Literature/TheCuckoosCalling new-found fame]], most people still refer to Cormoran Strike by some variation on "Cameron Strick".
* The US [[http://harpervoyagerbooks.com/tag/the-long-earth/ pre-publicity blurb]] for ''Literature/TheLongEarth'' is a reasonably good description of "The High Meggas", the short story ''The Long Earth'' was based on ... and which it bears almost no resemblance to beyond the concept of the Long Earth itself and the presence of a character named Valiente. (And it even gets that wrong: both versions of Valiente have the first name Joshua; the blurb refers to "Steven Valiente".)
* The back cover blurb for the second volume of ''Literature/KingmakerKingbreaker'', ''The Awakened Mage'' starts "Asher has come a long way for a fisherman's son. Together with his friend Prince Gar, he has defended their kingdom against its bitterest enemy, but at great cost." Actually, as the book starts, Asher and Gar are still wholly unaware that the kingdom's bitterest enemy didn't die hundreds of years ago. While they did put a spanner in his works at the end of ''The Innocent Mage'', this was pure accident and they don't know that's what they did.
* In ''A Landscape with Dragons'', Michael D. O'Brien critiques various works, including literature and movies, directed at children, evaluating their consistency with conservative Christian values. In his critique of the works of Creator/MadeleineLEngle, particularly the Time Quartet, he states that Beezie O'Keefe was ruined by the burdens of raising a large family, implying that L'Engle was against large families. Except she wasn't. Instead, what ruined Beezie was a series of DeusAngstMachina events. First, her father died, leaving the family in poverty. To escape their debt, her mother married someone who made sexual advances on thirteen-year-old Beezie, abused her little brother to the extent that he suffered brain damage before having him committed to an institution and causing his untimely death. All of this forced Beezie to marry a {{Jerkass}} of a guy (who came from a long line of shiftless drunks whose hobbies included flinging homeless puppies to death against barns) in order to escape her home life. In fact, in her Austin and O'Keefe novels, L'Engle celebrated large families; and people who looked down on large families and stay-at-home motherhood were accused of inverse sexism.
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