Fanfic: Love Aint Easy Its Ezzy
Love Ain't Easy, It's Ezzy follows the adventures of Izzy and Ezekiel after Izzy gets kicked off of TDA. As the story progresses, the two start to become closer, and while it is mostly Izzy helping Ezekiel adapt and improve in the real world, eventually he is there to help her too. It also includes other characters that didn't make it into the season, with their own relationships, problems, and issues.
Provides Examples Of:
- Alternate Continuity: This fic gives us an idea of what might have happened if nothing came of Courtney's gripes about not being in the second season and how far Justin's manipulations could take him in the show without Courtney suing her way on.
- Berserk Button: Izzy doesn't have a big problem with people badmouthing her, or even them calling her "Izzy" instead of "E-Scope" as the story goes on, but Duncan, Courtney, and Eva find out first hand what happens when you insult Zeke around her.Izzy: Who the fuck are you to judge my boyfriend?
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: A non-romantic, non-comedic example. Eva tied up Ezekiel in a lawn chair because of a sexist comment he didn't even make, beat him up when he tried to stand up for Izzy, and tossed him, still tied up, in a swimming pool. If Izzy, Geoff, and Bridgette hadn't saved him, Zeke would have drowned. Aside from a couple mentions of the rescue, no one makes any real note of it.
- Freudian Excuse: Duncan's underlying reason for his harshness toward Bridgette and her relationship with Geoff is so deep-seated that he isn't consciously aware of it until Izzy deduces it: Duncan once had a girlfriend in his hometown who resembled Bridgette in both appearance and attitudes, but she betrayed him by calling the police on him and making a crime he committed sound much worse than it actually was. Right after he was thrown in jail, she started dating his best friend.
- Courtney tries to call out Izzy for dating a supposed misogynist in Ezekiel, only for Izzy to come back with this:Izzy: "This coming from the girl, who acts so professional and by the rules and expects everyone to do the same... and yet you're shagging a criminal!"
- Izzy calls out Eva when the the latter makes fun of seeing Izzy and Ezekiel being intimate in the hot tub one night. Izzy responds by pointing out Eva's (supposedly) secret "never-ending sex romp" with Noah, which Izzy knew about from the start but previously had no reason to discuss.
- Courtney tries to call out Izzy for dating a supposed misogynist in Ezekiel, only for Izzy to come back with this:
- Insecure Love Interest:
- Eva worries that Noah's family will criticize him because he's dating someone who's not "a college person", as she puts it. Noah assures her that his family won't react poorly.
- Izzy worries that once she tells Ezekiel what her family is really like and how they view her, he will feel the same way and reject her. Ezekiel assures her that he is capable of making his own judgments about her.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Izzy invokes this trope by yelling the "classic" battle-cry when she attacks a couple of rude customers, one of whom hit Ezekiel.
- Morality Pet: D.J. is the self-centered Heather's voice of reason. Heather still makes fun of the others, but reins in her feelings and notions when DJ asks her to. It's a slow, but steady process from how she was on TDA.
- Oh Crap!: In the final three of TDA, Justin won the "natural disaster" film challenge, got to choose who to eliminate, and didn't hesitate to pick Beth, who he'd been stringing along the entire contest. Cue Chris dropping a twist that the person who came in second, Beth, actually gets to make the choice of who is gone... Harold says it best, in his own nerdy way:Harold: "Looks like Sephiroth just revealed the evil behind his pretty face."
- Odd Friendship: Bridgette started off really disliking Ezekiel, but ends up being one of his closest friends throughout the story.
- Pair the Spares: Lampshaded and discussed by Katie and Tyler near the end of the story, believing that 11 boys and 11 girls were brought on the show in the hope that they would all hook up with someone else on the show. Katie exploits this deduction by asking Tyler to "take a chance on her", and Tyler admits that he's "always willing to give someone a chance."
- Peeping Tom: Izzy spies on couples' intimate encounters, and even films one.
- Pet the Dog: Subverted when Heather warns Beth that Justin is using her. The subversion is that Heather's motives for this seemingly good deed are entirely selfish.
- Running Gag: Zeke and Izzy sneaking onto the TDA set for various reasons, including looking for Izzy's friend "Snakey" and being flung onto the set by Ferris wheel. The twist on the end of this gag is that it actually gets both of them back on the show as contestants.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Justin, especially when he interacts with or talks about Beth and Izzy during TDA. He eventually realizes what he had done, apologizes to Beth over the next season of Total Drama, and then courts her for real.
- Wacky Marriage Proposal: Ezekiel doesn't mean for his proposal to be wacky, but his friend Tyler has a way of accidentally breaking things. Izzy finds it very funny until she realizes what Ezekiel is actually saying.