Struck by Lighting
Life comes at you fast. It runs through your body and tries to escape and be expressed in any way possible. It's a lot like lightning.
is an 2012 film written by Chris Colfer
. It is a coming of age story
centered on small-town
resident Carson Phillips, a teenager using blackmail on various students to make a newspaper to submit to a college.
Tropes used in this movie (or at least the promo) include:
- Abusive Parents: Carson's mom, Sheryl put anti-depressants in his food so it would improve his mood and keep him from leaving home to go to college.
- Alcoholic Parent: Sheryl, Carson's mom.
- Alpha Bitch / The Cheerleader: Claire Matthews.
- Blackmail: Carson blackmails the entire school to make them write for his literary magazine.
- Camp Gay: Scott Thomas.
- Deadpan Snarker: Carson.
- Downer Ending: It's no secret that Carson dies in the end, but he also doesn't get into the university of his dreams (and the only one he applied to), the entire school hates him, his literary magazine failed miserably, and he never got to make it out of Clover.
"I never graduated. I never went to Northwestern. I never wrote for The New Yorker
. I never won the Nobel Peace Prize. I never changed the world. I never got out of Clover. These were just delusions that occupied my time."
- Everything Sounds Sexier in Spanish/Latin Lover: One of the students pretends to be a spanish exchange student in order to seduce girls.
- Fat Best Friend: Malerie is Carson's best friend.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason behind Claire's bitchy behavior is because she always wanted to be a ballerina. In the second grade, everyone, with the exception of Carson, laughed at her dreams of becoming a ballerina and suddenly just gave up on her dreams.
- Carson's bitterness and Jerkass attitude towards his classmates is due to his parents' horrible divorce and his jerk of a father leaving his mother for a younger woman.
- Goth: Vicki Jordan.
- Hated Hometown
- Insistent Terminology: Carson seems to exclusively refer to sex as "fornication".
- Jerkass: Carson's father.
- Carson also is this due to his bitterness and sarcasm towards his peers after his parents' divorce, which could count as a Freudian Excuse.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Carson.
- Morality Pet: Malerie is the only person that Carson is never sarcastic to.
- Most Writers Are Writers
- Posthumous Narration: Carson.
- Scandal Gate: Clovergate.
- Shaggy Dog Story: The entire plot of the movie is this, at least for Carson - he finally manages to write a story of his own and complete his literary magazine, but he dies before anyone can read it.
- Straight Gay: Nicholas Forbes.
- Straw Nihilist: Carson's mother. She goes as far as saboutaging his projects merely because she thinks life is hopeless.
- Time Shifted Actor: Chris uses Adam Kolkin to play himself as a child; the same was done on one episode of Glee.
- Trailers Always Lie: They leave out the fact that Carson is struck by lightning and dies in the opening scene of the movie.
- Written by Cast Member
- Plucky Comic Relief: Malerie.