Literature: Théâtre Illuminata Trilogy
[Curtains open. Enter PAGE EDITOR, stage left.]PAGE EDITOR: Welcome, one and all! Thank you for coming. As you can see on your ticket stub, today's performance is of the always illuminating Théâtre Illuminata, a Young Adult Fantasy series in three acts by Lisa Mantchev.
- Act 1: Eyes Like Stars (2009)
- Act 2: Perchance to Dream (2010)
- Act 3: So Silver Bright (2011)
This series provides examples of:
- Betty and Veronica: Gender-flipped, with Nate as the Betty and Ariel as the Veronica.
- Bishōnen: Ariel.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: Mantchev has stated that she imagines Bertie as looking like Ellen Page.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Yes Bertie,we know that nasty stage manager can be a bit of a meanie, but does it really warrant attacking him with a sword with threats of cutting off an appendage when he's simply trying to make a point?
- Fairy Companion: Peaseblossom, Mustardseed, Moth, and Cobweb to Bertie.
- Love Triangle: Between Bertie, Nate and Ariel.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Bertie's mother is Ophelia from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
- Mushroom Samba: Bertie and Ariel share one after drinking from Alice's "Drink Me" bottle.
- Only One Name: Most of the Players, including Nate and Ariel.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Bertie.
- Parental Abandonment: Bertie has no idea who her parents are. By the end of Act 1, however, she only has a Disappeared Dad to consider.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: Anyone who rightfully calls Bertie out on her rotten behavior is immediately branded wrong, and when she screws up, she just blames it on others, never taking responsibility for any of her actions.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Happens to both Bertie and Peaseblossom in Eyes Like Stars.
- Shout-Out: Theatrical references and large numbers of Public Domain Characters aside, we also have a fairy worrying that she may be "eaten by a grue... -some monster".
- Small Annoying Creature: The fairies. Imagine always being followed around by 4 loud, obnoxious insects who easily redefine the Bratty Half-Pint.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Beatrice Shakespeare Smith. Also an example of Meaningful Name.