Literature / Wild Ride
A novel by Jennifer Crusie
and Bob Mayer.
Welcome to Dreamland Adventure Park!
We've got the best ice cream to be found anywhere
, a fortune telling booth that's very
accurate, the Dragon Roller Coaster, and everyone loves the Tunnel of Love, right?
Oh, and did I mention that the entire park is a prison for five Sealed Evil in a Can
demons? And that five people (known as the Guardia
) are magically chosen to keep them imprisoned?
Of course, Halloween
is coming up again, and you know what that means...
- Action Girl: Weaver
- The Alcoholic: Ethan and Glenda have tendencies towards this at the start.
- Badass Family
- Berserk Button: Tura about cheaters (see below), Vanth about kids
- Bond Creatures: Frankie the raven also has Mysterious Animal Senses and Amplified Animal Aptitude.
- But We Used a Condom: Mab and Joe
- The Chosen One: the Guardia members
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: though the colors don't exactly line up as listed here.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Ray
- Deal with the Devil: Ray
- Demonic Possession
- Devil in Plain Sight: It's obvious to the reader early on, if not the characters, that Joe is really Fufluns.
- Disney Owns This Trope: one ride at the park bears a significant resemblance to the It's A Small World Ride. Frequently prompts the question, "Hawaii is a country?"
- Disney Villain Death: Ursula
- The Easy Way or the Hard Way: "I always wanted to say that."
- Embarrassing First Name: Bathsheba Weaver.
- Emotion Eater
- Evil Uncle: Ray
- Face–Heel Turn: Young Fred
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: subverted
- Five-Bad Band: the Untouchables
- Five-Man Band: the Trickster, Seer, Hunter, Sorceress, and Keeper of the Guardia.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Weaver, of all people.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Mab likes it when Oliver has his off.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: spot demon activity
- Government Agency of Fiction: Department 51
- Grand Theft Me: Fufluns does this to Young Fred's Empty Shell body so he can be the official Trickster of the Guardia.
- Heel–Face Turn: Fufluns, Vanth, and Tura aren't on board with the "everyone goes to hell" plan.
- Heroic Lineage: most Guardia members are related to/descended from each other.
- Holier Than Thou: Mab's mother
- Humanity Is Infectious
- Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: interesting variation on this. Ethan and Mab were both produced by human parents, but both their dads were possessed by Kharos at the time of conception, giving them a bit of mutant power. Mab got a double dose because her mother was possessed by Vanth at the time as well. Presumably baby Delphie will have a triple dose of demon exposure.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Mab, or at least be able to fake normal.
- Innocent Bystander
- Killed Off for Real
- Last-Name Basis: Weaver and Joe Oliver.
- Leitmotif: "What Love Can Do."
- Living on Borrowed Time: Ethan, at first.
- Living Toys: Beemer
- Long Lost Sibling: Ethan and Mab have the same demon father, if not biological parents. Uh, whatever that means. Possibly Half-Identical Twins, since Glenda notices a strong resemblance between the two, and since they were conceived on the same night, they have similar birthdays.
- Mama Bear: Vanth
- Married to the Job: Mab
- Meaningful Name: Ethan John Wayne. Well, his mom did know what he was going to grow up to be...
- The Medic: Oliver
- The Mole
- Mood Ring Eyes: Indicate when a demon's inside someone or something or if your parent(s) were possessed by a demon while having sex.
- Mooks: the minions
- My Beloved Smother: Vanth
- Our Demons Are Different
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Preacher's Kid: Weaver
- Prequel: "Wild Night"
- Prophecy Twist: who Mab ends up with is not the Joe she thinks.
- Psychic Powers: Delphia and Mab
- The Reveal
- Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear
- Sixth Ranger: Weaver and Oliver
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: Ethan
- Take Over the World: Kharos's goal, of course.
- Team Mom: Glenda
- Technical Pacifist: Oliver would prefer to keep demons alive for study purposes, but is well aware of the difficulties of this.
- Those Two Guys: Skinny and Quentin
- Trademark Favorite Food: ice cream for Cindy
- Trickster Archetype: Fufluns and the Trickster Guardia member
- True Companions
- Unexplained Recovery: Glenda
- You Said You Would Let Them Go: Fufluns to Kharos
- Your Cheating Heart: Tura's job in life is to take care of these people. Permanently.