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Noughts & Crosses
Noughts & Crosses
series is set in a world where
the people with dark skin (Crosses) are dominant over the white people (noughts)
, written by Malorie Blackman. The title is a reference to the game Noughts and Crosses
This series consists of: Noughts & Crosses An Eye For an Eye Knife Edge Checkmate Double Cross This series provides examples of: Alpha Bitch: Bliss, one of Callie Rose's classmates. To the point where she calls Callie's hair "Blanker hair." Averted with Cara Imega, who cares for Jude regardless of race until she is killed off by Jude. Alternate History: The reason why there is so much prejudice against noughts is because they were enslaved by people from Africa, rather than the other way round. Beta Couple: Cara Imega/Jude, and Tobey and Callie Rose. But Not Too White: Which is the in-universe equivalent of But Not Too Black. Children Are Innocent: Played completely straight in young Callum, Sephy, Callie. Brutally averted by the younger peers in Callie's school. Crapsack World: If you're a nought. Also, Britain is a rare example of dystopia/ Crapsack World in that society functions well. Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming: At the end of noughts And Crosses, Sephy and Callum confessing to each other that they love each other as he is hanged. The eventual reconciliation between Sephy and Callie at the end of Checkmate is truly beautiful. Does This Remind You of Anything?: And how. Much of the attitude against noughts mirrors prejudice against Black people during segregation in America, and to a lesser extent attitudes towards black people in Britain until the 1960's. The Liberation Milita are realistic Well-Intentioned Extremist, and Kamal Hadley's political policy of "sending white people back where the came from," resembles some peoples ideas about immigration in (modern) Britain. There is even a reference to a KKK-esque band of Crosses who tied a nought to the back of a car and dragged him till he died for being in a Cross only area. Downer Ending: Depends on which book you read. The only reason the trope averts itself is because the And the Adventure Continues. Dude, She's Like in a Coma: Tobey to Callie Rose. Drowning My Sorrows: Jasmine from the start, then Sephy as a teenager. White Menial Labour: Meggie is a housemaid, Sarah is a cleaner, Tobey works in a shop for a while, Callum in a garage... Not So Fantastic Racism Fantastic Slur: Nought, Cross (although those are politically correct, "nought," means to be nothing, not worthwhile,) Blanker, Dagger, Halfer. The list goes on. Earn your happy ending: Toby's struggle throughout his entire A Day in the Limelight book is for this cause. The entire series is this because it is the final book Generation Xerox: Sephy names Callie Rose after her father. La Résistance: The Liberation Militia Mama Bear: Meggie. Mcgregor. And Jasmine Hadley. Meaningful Name: Persephone (Sephy) Hadley. The Ophelia: Lynette, in a creepy, realistic way. "But I'm a Cross. Look at my skin, so dark and rich..." Papa Wolf: Ryan Mcgregor to his children. President Evil: Kamal Hadley was planning on being Prime Minster, but he didn't succed. Rebellious Princess: Sephy. (A modern version as politicians daughter). Save the Villain: Sephy to Jude, so she can help his mother, Meggie. Sleazy Politician : Kamal Star-Crossed Lovers: Sephy and Callum. Token White: It is mentioned by Meggie that in all T.V shows there will only be ONE nought if any. Unfortunate Implications: Invoked In-universe. Where Da nought Women At: Lynette and her mentioned boyfriend, Jed. They are almost killed because of it, sending her over the edge. Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: JUDE.