The Legend of Rah and the Muggles is a children's book written and published by Nancy Stouffer (now referring to herself as "N.K. Stouffer") in 1984. (That title is a modification; the book title didn't actually feature the word "muggles" when it was released; Stouffer added it later to increase her chances of winning her lawsuit.) The book languished in obscurity until 1999, when Stouffer sued J. K. Rowling (author of the wildly popular Harry Potter book series) for intellectual property damages, claiming that Rowling had stolen elements from Rah and used them in the Potter books without permission, primarily the use of the word "muggles". The subsequent lawsuit was eventually laughed out of court, as Stouffer was unable to verify her claim that she originally trademarked the term.The tale opens with a nuclear war caused by government corruption, in a way that's guaranteed to send any 6-year-old to a somewhat restless sleep, followed by an Author Filibuster about the abuse of eminent domain laws. If this jars with the colourful Fairy Tale kingdom depicted on the front cover (which in fairness isn't too bad) then it should. It's like watching an episode of Handy Manny with explosions and genocide. The title character somehow brings sunlight back to the land of the Muggles, who evolved implausibly quickly from the survivors of the apocalypse. No attempt is made to Hand Wave the conditions After the End that led humanity down that particular evolutionary path, let alone with such speed. The subsequent chapters present a disjointed and incoherent account of the lives of Rah, his brother Zyn and the Muggles, as several years will often be skipped in-between chapters.Simply put, Rah and the Muggles is to children's literature what The Eye of Argon is to swords and sorcery, minus the unintentional hilarity. For a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the story, this link should tell you just about all you need to know. If you want to know more, see Zelda Queen's more detailed dissection.Or you could buy the book.
Alternative Calendar: And clearly not that helpful, since "The Year of the Purple Haze" does little to distinguish a year from any of the 500 other years in which the world was blanketed with a purple cloud of fallout.
Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every year seems to be named after a particular parable from The Ancient Book of Tales. For example, "The Year of the Gilded Cage" refers to an incident in which pirates stole a number of pets being taken to be sold and released them on Aura, keeping only the gold cages.
Artistic License - Biology: This book features a type of moss called "Bordonian Moss", which has purple flowers. Moss is not a flowering plant.
Artistic License - Medicine: When the Nevils are creating tar to waterproof Zyn's boat, they end up getting second and third-degree burns from the heat. Yet all they have to do to heal the burns is jump in the ocean and they're all better, whereas in real life the saltwater would make their burns worse.
Comforting the Widow: In the first chapter the twins' mother, Lady Catherine, learns that her "beloved husband" is dead. She mourns extensively. A few days/paragraphs later, she openly flirts with the butler.
Developing Doomed Characters: The book's introduction drones on for 2,000 words of questionable relevance to the rest of the story — and so, for that matter, do the first two chapters. In fact, the story's major conflict (the Cain and Abel plot) isn't even hinted at until about halfway through.
Do Not Call Me Paul: One of the Nevils is named Peter, but he insists on being called by his nickname "Chops".
"Well, wha— wha— what do you know a— a— about dat!" It's the ba— bah— bahbies Naddie and Neddie were tal— talking ah— ahbout," he stuttered to himself. "We got— got— gotta get ya ou— ou— out— a here! There's a st— stor— storm ca— ca— comin'," he stuttered nervously... (from here). Yes, he even stutters in internal monologue.
Hit So Hard The Calendar Felt It: The Calendar is reset by a nuclear war. The problem is that it talks about a "Year of the purple haze" (nuclear fallout), when every single year in living memory has been a year of purple haze!
Infant Immortality: Taken to the logical extreme. Place two infants (toddlers?) on a raft and shove them out to sea, let them stay on the raft for one full week before having the happy sea creatures come to their aid, and then consider how they avoid being (a) horribly sunburnt, (b) half-drowned or maybe all drowned, (c) salt-burnt, and/or (d) dehydrated and probably dead from that alone. They're certainly not going to be shiny, happy babies by that point, and that's even leaving in such an important detail as Nobody Poops.
The lack of sunburn could possibly be Handwaved with the fact that Lady Catherine apparently covered them with a blanket before sending them off. It's still really weak, especially when you consider (a) that doesn't excuse their heads and (b) there is no more mention of the blanket, nor does it appear in the picture.
Muggles: Surprisingly averted: The Teletubby-like protagonists might be called "Muggles", but they throw random magic around like nobody's business. Granted, this would make sense, as the book does predate the term in the Harry Potter sense we all know and love... if the author hadn't sued J.K. Rowling over use of the term.
Never Say "Die": Despite gleefully recounting the annihilation of all life that doesn't fall into the Tastes Like Diabetes category earlier on, the book describes the Big Bad's plan as making Rah "sleep forever".
Technicolor Science: Nuclear fallout is purple; evidently the bombs used in the final war contained radioactive potassium permanganate. Nuclear fission produces, among other things, radioactive iodine - hence the use of iodine pills to protect against exposure by saturating the body with normal iodine so the radioactive stuff doesn't get absorbed. Iodine, at least in vapour form, is purple. However, it doesn't colour fallout purple, and its half-life is so short that you can forget about it after a week or two.
Time Skip: Random numbers of years will pass between chapters.
Too Dumb to Live: Zyn and the Nevils decide to take shelter in a radioactive tree, and refuse to move out even after developing serious health problems.