Literature / Roswell High
was a series of Young Adult
novels written by Melinda Metz that led to the creation of the tv series Roswell
The series mainly revolved around a group of six teenagers
, three of which happened to be aliens.
There were a total of ten books in the series. Their titles are The Outsider
, The Wild One
, The Seeker
, The Watcher
, The Intruder
, The Stowaway
, The Vanished
, The Rebel
, The Dark One
, and The Salvation
. The first five books came out before the TV show started, after which they were re-released with new covers (with the actors on them). The rest of the series was released following that.
Tropes in this series include:
- Alien Among Us: More than one of them.
- The Alleged Car: Mr. Hughes' pick-up.
- Aura Vision: The aliens see auras all the time. The humans can see them as well during the group connection.
- Big Bad: Books 1-5: Valenti; books 6-9: DuPris; book 10: the collective consciousness
- Buffy Speak: A decent bit under the standard definition. Special mention for actually using the word "wiggins".
- Cliffhanger: Every book except the first and last ends in one of these.
- The Cheerleader: Stacey for sure. Isabel would probably also been seen this way by the school at large.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Isabel
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: From book #9, The Vanished: " Mr. Manes thrust the tip of the weapon through the hole and squirted a long stream of chemicals into the cavern."
- The Empath: An alien can feel the other aliens' emotions. They can also tell the emotions of others from the state of their auras.
- Fantastic Racism: The first alien we meet outside of the core three and Ray, Nicholas, disdains humans and regards them as being as worthless as insects.
- Happily Adopted: Max and Isabel. Michael, the remaining alien of the core three, was not so lucky — as he grew up being tossed between various foster home, some with Abusive Parents.
- Healing Hands: Max heals Liz in the first chapter. The most famous example, but not the only.
- Humanity Is Infectious: Trevor
- Innocent Aliens: The crew of the ship were apparently scientists.
- Just Friends: Max and Liz go through this.
- Keet: Adam. The guy is amazed by toast.
- Kill It with Fire: Adam (DuPris) at the end of book 5.
- Mind over Matter: The aliens' powers are used to manipulate physical objects many many times.
- No Social Skills: Adam
- Obfuscating Stupidity: DuPris. Also, Ray, a little.
- Psychic Link: The connection that the aliens can form. It goes both ways between two aliens. One way between an alien and a human (athough Max proved with Liz that he could make it go the other way at least).
- Psychic Nosebleed: Maria once when she thought she had psychic powers in book 3. Although, the nosebleed seems to have more to do with the bounty hunters attacking than the visions.
- Roswell That Ends Well: duh.
- Sacrificial Lion: Adam, who is killed very suddenly by DuPris.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: Type B
- Shapeshifting: both kinds are used within the series.
- Six Student Clique: The characters fit this trope far better than Five-Man Band.
- The Main Character - Max
- The Muscle - Michael
- The Quirk - Alex
- The Pretty One - Isabel
- The Smart One - Liz
- The Wild One - Maria in the quirky aspect. Isabel would also be this in the wild child aspect.
- The Seventh Ranger - Trevor embodies this the best, but also Cameron and Adam. (Although the latter also seems kind of like a Tagalong Kid, except he isn't actually any younger).
- Sorting Algorithm of Mortality: Up until Trever comes along, every alien outside of the core three meets an untimely death.
- Stalker With a Crush: Max at the beginning. Also, in book three (except then it's far more than a crush.)
- Technicolor Eyes: Max's eyes, according to Liz. His eyes are apparently a really odd shade of blue, with a touch of silver. Also, Nikolas.
- Teen Genius: Liz and Max.
- Touch of Death: The same power that makes healing possible, also makes this possible.
- Wrap It Up: Although it's not a TV show, the final novel in the series has a similiar feel to it, wrapping up loose ends. Apparently, a decision was made to end the series because the books being published for the TV show were selling better. Slightly ironic in that the show was later Cut Short.