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The Weetzie Bat series by Francesca Lia Block, also known as Dangerous Angels, is a Mythpunk series of six novels set in the Los Angeles of The Nineties. It's about a blended family of eccentric, colorful, oddly named artists falling in love, coming of age, dealing with grief and prejudice, and making really cool independent films - with just a dash of magic to make things interesting.The series' frank treatment of teen sex, drugs and homosexuality has made it controversial; certain schools have even banned it from their libraries. However, it has also garnered both critical acclaim and popularity among readers, and will probably be remembered as a classic, if only for Block's inimitable writing style.
Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys
Missing Angel Juan
Baby Be-Bop (a prequel, set before the first book)
Necklace of Kisses
Pink Smog: Becoming Weetzie Bat (another prequel)
This book series provides examples of:
Aerith and Bob: Weetzie Bat, My Secret Agent Lover Man, Witch Baby, Cherokee, Duck Drake, Valentine Jah-Love, Vixanne Wigg ... and Dirk McDonald. Then there's Ping Chong, which is presumably an ordinary Chinese Name, and Raphael Chong Jah-Love, which is a multicultural combination.
Buffy Speak: When the Bat family talks about "Ducks", they don't mean the birds. Witch Baby defines the term as "a pounceable guy who likes guys". Other exambles are "clutch" used in unusual variations ("I've been so clutch to her"; "Clutch pig" as an insult) and "Lanky lizards!", which is Weetzie's version of Goshdang It To Heck.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Missing Angel Juan revolves around Witch Baby's posessiveness of Angel Juan, and how she learns to give him space and appreciate that not everything revolves around him.
Coming-Out Story: Baby Be-Bop for Dirk. Witch Baby has a scene where Dirk and Duck visit Duck's family, pretending to be Just Friends until a disgruntled Witch Baby outs them both to Duck's mother. She is horrified at first, but soon comes to accept her son anyway.
Embarrassing First Name: Everyone except Dirk, although no one seems to be bothered by them. Weetzie shrugs hers off with "crazy parents, I guess"; Cherokee never even mentions the subject (even though she's white and blonde, which makes her name all kinds of ridiculous) and everyone adjusts extremely quickly to My Secret Agent Lover Man, although Necklace of Kisses does Retcon his real name to Max.
Well, Vixanne does refer to My Secret Agent Lover Man as Max in Weetzie Bat.
In Pink Smog it's revealed that Weetzie's given first name is actually Louise.
Food Porn- And it's all vegetarian food after the first book.
Gayngst: Dirk in Baby Be-Bop. His grandmother believes it's "just a phase", his first love rejects him out of fear and he is seriously beaten by skinheads. The whole book is about him learning not to be ashamed of who he is.
Genre Savvy: When meeting the genie, Weetzie tries to wish for world peace and an infinite number of wishes. The genie refuses both, saying that infinite wishes would be cheating and world peace impossible: "Your world leaders would screw it up anyway."
Half-Human Hybrid: In Baby Be-Bop, it is revealed that Fifi McDonald's bottled genie, the one who granted Weetzie's wishes and brought Dirk together wih Duck, is actually Fifi's father watching over his descendants.
Has Two Mommies: Weetzie's daughter Cherokee has three daddies: Max, Dirk and Duck.
Deconstructed in Necklace of Kisses when a fellow Indian calls him "full of s%&%t". It turns out that Coyote adopted this persona to distance himself from the messed-up state of the native community in general, and his abusive father in particular.
Midlife Crisis: Necklace of Kisses. Weetzie leaves Max and takes a vacation at the Pink Hotel, where she had her prom, to try to figure out her life.
Parental Issues: Practically everyone. Dirk's parents died when he was four; Weetzie's parents are divorced, with her mother being an alcoholic and her father depressive; Duck's father was drowned and his mother is seeing a Jerkass "greaseburger"; Witch Baby has Vixanne for a mother and they barely communicate and she has a tense relationship with biological father Max and adoptive mother Weetzie; Max and Coyote were abused as children.
Power Incontinence: Cherokee. When she starts making animal-themed accessories for her friends and fellow Garage Band members (a set of wings for Witch Baby, goat-hair pants for Raphael, a horned headband for Angel Juan) to help them become more confident onstage, the magic turns them into selfish, greedy, hormonal rock stars and almost ruins her relationship with Raphael.
Rage Against the Mentor: Cherokee calls out Coyote for trying to stop her using her powers. Later she admits that he was right.
Sibling Yin-Yang: Witch Baby, an antisocial punk who loves drums and photography, and Cherokee, a popular, outgoing dancer with a knack for fashion design. They have a The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry as children, but during their teenage years they get along very well.
Your Cheating Heart: Oh boy, book one. Weetzie wants to have a baby. When Max refuses her, she sleeps with Dirk and Duck (at once!) to get pregnant. Max leaves her, has a one-night stand with a sinister stranger named Vixanne Wigg, regrets it, and comes back to Weetzie. The results are Cherokee, the "three-dad baby", and Witch Baby, whom Vixanne abandons on the Bats' doorstep. All that within 100 pages.