Fridge: Bridge to Terabithia

Fridge Horror
  • This is most likely unintentional, but In Bridge to Terabithia, there is a scene where Jess contemplates whether Leslie felt fear before she died. As a child, this seems sad, but silly as you accept the explanation by Jess' Father ( she hit her head, was knocked out and that's why she died - so she didn't have time for fear at face value. But after this troper read a couple of other books, and heard a couple of warnings about fast water, he think that actually, this explanation is improbable - by such a high stand rocks would be too deep to hit when falling just a few meters. Far more likely is that she was unable to reach the shore because of the current pull effect (current is fastest in the midlle, and anybody in water is drawn towards it) and that her limbs went numb from exhaustion and hypothermia (it was april and rain water is surely cold). So instead of a swift, almost painless death you get a long, hopeless struggle coupled with plenty of horror and despair. Good read.
  • The story delves a bit into the theme of escapism and how playing make believe with Leslie helped Jesse ease into his life... With her death, it leaves some to question if he would just stay holed up in Terabithia, hiding away in his imagination had his dad not come and reconciled with him.
  • Terabithia's creatures are full of this trope, but the Hairy Vultures have an interesting case; they're crude parodies of Gary Fulcher, whose catchphrase is "dead meat". This adds to the perfection of them being vultures. What better animal than a scavenger to have an affinity for dead meat?
  • Jess has survivor's guilt over Leslie dying while he was off with Miss Edmunds. If she hadn't invited him, he almost certainly would have gone out to play. Given the strong current aggravated by the rain, it's possible that Leslie and Jess could have been killed - especially if one fell in and the other jumped in to try and save them.

Fridge Brilliance
  • Leslie's overactive imagination makes perfect sense when one considers her parents. Not just because they're writers but the implication is that they often don't have too much time for their daughter. While they're writing, Leslie is often on her own - encouraging her to think up other worlds or ways to amuse herself.
  • Minor example. Jess thinks Leslie doesn't have dresses to wear to church but she replies that of course she does. Remember how she said she still had her Barbies? She's clearly a Tomboy with a Girly Streak and can clean up nicely when she wants to.