Literature / Tara Duncan
Tara Duncan is the heroine of a popular French fantasy book series for young adults, written by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian. She is a young "spellbinder", who has been labeled the "French little sister" of Harry Potter
. An animated series has been produced by Moonscoop.
Relevant Tropes featured in the books:
- Alpha Bitch: Angelica.
- A Taste of the Lash: Used on good guys with a frightening regularity for books aimed at young readers.
- The Beautiful Elite: All main characters are gorgeous (even Big Bad Magister claim to be this), and every new guy encountered by Tara (Robin, Sylver, then Archangel) is said to be even more handsome than the previous one.
- Betty is the only exception, being pudgy and with glasses.
- Zig-Zagging Trope: She loose weight and her glasses in book five during her imprisonment. Back on Earth her parents notice she's now a "gorgeous young lady." Then she regain her weight.
- Big Bad: Magister.
- Bound and Gagged: Happen at least once per book to one, or several, good guys.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: See a A Taste of the Lash above. Subverted with Tara, as her Familiar was once tortured instead of her, their mental bond making the whole thing unbearable.
- Common Mary Sue Traits
- Cure Your Gays: The love spell on Selena was that powerful, it even worked on Various, her cousin, who was supposed to be gay. Even when said spell vanished, Various kept interest in women as he settled down with Lisbeth.
- Direct Line to the Author: The characters say that their story is true, and that Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian is Tara's official biograph.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Tara and her sister Mara is an imperial princess, Sparrow a minor one, the dragon Charm is one, the demon Sanhexia is one, and Fafnir is a kind of a princess too.
- Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian is herself related to a family that reigned on Armenia 12 centuries ago, explaining this Author Appeal.
- Familiar: Every spellbinder have one.Those animals go spontaneously to The Chosen One, share a telepathic bind with him, and have golden eyes.
- Hotter and Sexier: When the characters started to reach 15, they openly talked of making love. Not to mention Double Entendre descriptions about Robin training with a ghost.
- Lemony Narrator: Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian mocks her characters in footnotes, do comparisons of their gestures with famous movies, and, in later books, gave the chapters overly descriptives long titles.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: New characters are added in every books, and they are all encountered again in later ones.
- Long-Running Book Series: Each book being a Doorstopper.
- Muggles: They're called Nonsos (No Sorcerers).
- Muggle Best Friend: Betty, the only prominent nonsos character, and who stay on earth most of the time for that reason.
- Planetary Romance: Autremonde (Elseworld) is more this than Another Dimension because it's really another planet (even if it's reached via Cool Gate).The dragons's planet count too.
- Self-Insert Fic: The title character shares some similarities with her author, Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian. Notably physically (both blond and dark-eyed) and also in terms of ancestry. The author is related to the Mamikonian family, which reigned on Armenia, but more than 12 centuries ago; and it's a Republic nowadays. Improved in the books, this detail becomes Tara being an imperial princess, and the direct heir to a throne.
- Villain over for Dinner: Tara once ran in her mother having tea with Magister.
Relevant Tropes featured in the series:
- Alpha Bitch: Sandra.
- Alternate Universe: Word of God confirms that the animated series is a different universe from the books, particularly in that Tara will not end up with Robin.
- Animesque: See for yourself◊.
- Animated Adaptation
- Another Dimension: Otherworld
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Tara, Sparrow, and Fafnir.
- Blondes Are Evil: Inverted, black-haired Sandra is evil, and she is contrasted by two good blondes, Tara and Livia.
- Cute Witch: Tara.
- Depending on the Writer: The writers seem to go back and forth on whether it is Sandra or Livia who has a crush on Cal.
- In one episode, Sparrow needs Tara's help for fashion advice. In virtually every other episode, Sparrow is the fashion-obsessed one.
- Some episodes imply that Tara grew up on Earth with a "normal" life, and others make clear she knew about magic her entire life.
- Expy: Sandra greatly resembles Libby from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, even down to being suspicious of Tara's power.
- Inconsistent Dub: Just what is the name of the evil vampire lady who seemed to have some vendetta against Tara's mother? So far, the dub has called her Serena, Solara, and Selenba (her name in the original French).
- Monster of the Week
- Not Using the W Word: Tara is offended when Sandra calls her a witch, since "spellbinders" are apparently a different thing entirely.
- Old Master: Master Chem
- Our Monsters Are Different: Virtually anything and everything (harpies, vampires, werewolves) can cast spells as witches do. Ironically enough, actual witches do not seem to exist.
- Proper Lady: Tara's grandmother Isabella.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Fafnir.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tara and Sparrow, respectively.
- ¡Three Amigos!: Tara, Sparrow, and Cal.