Surviving school? Easy! Keep the narcotic agents away? That's the challenge!
The Hopewell Club (in Spanish: “El Club de Hopewell”) is a web original comedy by Anthony Tesla (Anthony_H on this wiki) about the lives of three high school students: Allyson (a smart , cynical yet romantic girl), Jake (a criminal often involved in things that he doesn't even seem to be able to keep track of) and Sarah (a cute but mentally unastable gothic girl)In essence, it's a Slice of Life kind of work, with some cartoonish and surrealist elements throwed into the mix; the series doesn't take itself too seriously, subverting and lampshading all kinds of tropes and conventions about teen stories, but always in an affectionated way......when is not being...almost anything else. Due to the constant parodies, hommages and Out-of-Genre Experience scenarios, the book series is well known for not being that much of a teen comedy and more like a excuse for satirizing pop culture, both current and some other more "clasical".If you read Spanish, you can read the series here: http://www.wattpad.com/2873268-el-club-de-hopewell-capitulo-i-la-carta; The author is looking for some help to translate it into another language, by the way (I'm just saying...)This page needs...a lot more work, of course...This series provides examples of:
Action Girl: Sarah, and to some degree, her grandmother too.
All Jews Are Ashkenazi: Discused and played with Sarah: She comes from a white family, and her surname sounds Northern European (Greenberg), however, she is stated to have darker skin than her relatives. It's implied that she could have Sephardim blood, but since Sarah's mother Really Gets Around, it's theorized that Sarah could have either Mediterranean, Latin American or Middle Eastern heritage
Affectionate Parody: To Teen films and series in general, BUT specially the Degrassi franchise and the John Hughes's movies.
Ambiguously Bi: Sarah seems to be more like "whinesexual" and while she clearly has a preference for men, there are a couple of times when she doesn't seem to mind the gender of a person she's atracted to.
Author Appeal: Parodies to all kind of films the author considers noteworthy
Badass Israeli: Mr. Weinbach, the PE teacher may be seen as a dark version of this trope
Bechdel Test: Being 2/3 of the main cast female, it's not surprising.
Brainless Beauty: Subverted with Allyson's older sister, Jessica. Allyson wants to believe she's the smart one and Jessica is a pretty-but-dumb kind of girl, but the truth is that Jessica is actually a good student and she always had better grades than Allyson
Bilingual Bonus: From time to time. Russian, Armenian, French and Japanese have been used with no translation provided.
Break the Cutie: A mild example: in the Holiday's Special, Sarah is very excited to see her father for Hannukah he doesn't arrive, she gets better tough
Brilliant, but Lazy: If these kids put half the effort into school that he puts in getting high and avoiding school...
Crossover: Josh and Mel from another Tesla's series, "Conozcan a Josh" (Meet Josh)
Darker and Edgier: Sorta. At least respect other teen books: The author once made clear than he actually loves teen comedies, but the ones that usually dominate websites like Wattpad and Fictionpress are very tame, corny or bland and he wanted to do something different and a edgier.
To some degree, the second book from the series. The first was mostly silly and comedy oriented: The second includes relationships ending, mental breakdowns and death.
Disappeared Dad: Allyson and Sarah; Jake is more ambiguous about his situation with his mother
Distressed Damsel: Discused at one point, in words of Allyson: "Jake is the strong one, and Sarah is the trickster, and I am...the one who always would be kidnapped..."
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Happens from time to time; favorite topics include politics and the electoral process and hommages and parodies to different time periods.
Early-Installment Weirdness: The series always relied on surreal humor, but the very first saga sometimes seems more a relatively straight "teen crush" plot than the Genre Roulette work of fiction the book eventually became. The second saga was also more "childish" and no different than what you might find in, let's say, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Both arcs are now seen as more disperse, random and slow paced than the rest of the series. It wasn't until "Zapping", a one-shot chapter, when "El Club de Hopewell" really started to gain its characteristic traits.
Genre Roulette: The author has even admited that the whole "teen comedy" aspect of the series is more a Excuse Plot, and that Hopewell really got its edge when it stopped trying to be a ordinary teen comedy and focused more in spoofing as many genres as it can
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Of course, this being a PG-13 series and published on the Internet, it can get away with all kinds of jokes that no one on television could, but one or two subtle (and dirtier than average) jokes always find their way.
Lampshade Hanging: ALL OVER THE PLACE. It's actually a key element in Hopewell's humor.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Sarah could be considered as such. But then again, she hasn't been involved in the life of a male character in order to "spicy up" his life. In fact, it could be say that she's more of a odd variation, since if anything, the one she tries to make her life more colorful is Allyson.
Putting on the Reich: The chapters where the PE teacher takes control of the school and instaurates a very harsh regime, including mandatory uniforms, the creation of a secret police spying on their schoolmates nicknamed "Silent Security" and over emphasis on his speech of the need to crush the "outter and inner enemies" to justify his new policies. Cue to irony because the teacher is actually Jewish.
Pun-Based Title: Several episodes, some in Spanish, other in English, some including "For A Fist Of Canadian Dollars", "Born This Nerd", "I Kissed A Friend (And I Like It)" , "The Kids Are All High", "Cinema Infernisso" and "How The Pest Was Born".
Take That Me: Not in the series, but as much as the author loves his own creation, he often bashes the series for all his flaws.
True Companions: This is a series whose principal theme is friendship, after all
Story Arc: Probably one of the defining traits of the series: unlike others Internet novels, that usually follow a single long narrative from begining to end, Hopewell is divided in arcs of about 3-4 episodes each, in order to give it a more "TV-like" sensation to the reader.
Surreal Humor: Break the Fourth Wall or make meat rain from the sky, among other things
Tomboy and Girly Girl: While Allyson is not that masculine, Sarah is a little more feminine in her clothing and her attitudes.
What Could Have Been: The series had a lot of changes before it became what it is now: two of the biggest changes were that originally it took place in London, and that the main cast were 5, not just 3 kids.
When You Coming Home, Dad?: Colleen, Allyson's mother, is by far the best parent of any of the main protagonist, and yet she's barely seen in the series because she's such a workaholic. Sarah's mother, Jordan is a subversion since she's supposely to be always traveling out of the city because of her work...that usually means spend time in Music Festivals selling crafts and (MOSTLY) taking lots of drugs.