Literature / Dying a Dream

A timelime on, written by Lemon Flavoured (also known as Cryolemon). Compared to a lot of Alternate History, has a very recent point of divergence, namely December 22 2005.

It's the story of what happens following the shooting down of a British helicopter carrying singer Katherine Jenkins in Southern Iraq by a group linked to the Iranian government, and how that leads to both a war and a change of Prime Minister.

Read it here

Because the author is also a troper, the only things that are spoiler tagged are things which haven't been posted in the actual thread yet.

Contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Pte. Smith in the first epilogue, who becomes the first woman to win the VC.
  • Alternate History: No surprise there.
  • Epigraph: All the chapters open with a song lyric, usually connected in some way to what is going on.
  • In-Joke: The title of the in universe book about J4H comes from a comment the author made in a different thread regarding survivalist groups in the US.
  • La Résistance: J4H see themselves this way.
  • Literary Allusion Title: Some of the chapter titles.
  • The Mole: Caroline Flint and her lover, Amir.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Inverted, the only people who's full names are not shown are real people who aren't famous in real life.
  • Nuke 'em: Averted in the end, when they realise that "them" would be the Russians, who had taken over an Iranian base.
  • Oh, Crap!: Harman after the incident with the rogue pilot(s), although mostly because she wrongly believes it's a military coup.
  • Scrapbook Story: To some extent. Most of the text is from a "present day" (about 2025) history book about the war, but there are sections from Harriet Harman's autobiography and Caroline Flint's diary.
  • Shrug of God: Why Gordon Brown didn't seek the leadership after Tony Blair resigned.
  • Titled After the Song: Well, after the album. Specifically Katherine Jenkins' Living a dream.
    • Some chapter titles also qualify.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The "present day" in the Timeline is about 2025.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The (anonymous) author of the book about J4H, and Harman, in her autobiography.