The Society On Da Run
(mostly abbreviated as TSODR) is a series of popular Science Fiction chapbooks by happy-go-lucky American writer L'Poni Baldwin, whom also wrote
La Cicala di Italia. Dragons and Cicadas is also a collection of poetry and flash fiction from the magazine.
The stories and poems take place in a world inhabited by insectoid aliens, hybrid owls, alien faeries, android vampires, an empire of Space Dragons called Draconizica, and other supernatural anomalies. The collected book also includes it's fair share of Mind Screw
A lot of stories are about the adventures of the seventeen eligible crown princes of the Antonin/Draconizica Empre. A great deal of stories cannot be unread
. They stay in your subconscious for a very
As for its title, this isn't a series about a hip hop society on da run
. Its not about magical boys, either
Tropes in The Society On Da Run include:
- Cicadian Rhythm — Cicadas are a very common theme in the book and they are worshipped by nearly every alien. Cicadas are also a gods that take human form and shift back whenever they like.
- Our Dragons Are Different — The dragons in TSODR are from another planet with their own empire. They arrived on Earth in Pre Cambrian times in their own spaceships and have taken other planets. Interestingly enough, they have bipedal soldiers, human-dragon shifters, their own weapons (like the Big Dragon Rocket Launcher or the atom-collapser handgun, Hol) they have eight languages, sub-breeds/species, and dragon gods. More interesting is the fact that their "God" lays the eggs without help from a female.
- Cast Fullof Pretty Boys — 15 of the main Karrucci Brothers are a perfect example of this trope.
- A God Am I — At one point, Chance Karrucci
- Ancient Astronauts — The Draconizicans, Crotonians, Owl Gods, Cicadas and the Alma Maters.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy — Kendra: the masculine fighter girl. Rory: the pillow hugger
- Taste the Rainbow — this trope applies to the space dragons and their many, many species
- Bishōnen — hmmmm, let's see...Massimo Karrucci, Silvestrio Karrucci, Malikov Ironblade, Rory Kenningston (later subverts this trope), Chamyou Karrucci...that's about it....
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy — Ryodearth Ironblade and Roi "of Everlasting Death" (almost like twins!)
- Alternate Continuity — some parts of the storyline inadvertently follow this trope
- Played for Laughs — many stories use this trope
- Played for Drama — Jonby Yellowkester's feelings for William???
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity — some of the Karrucci brothers demonstrate this trope.
- Upto Eleven — The whole point of the series is to diversify the dragon genre and create something "awesome" out of a boring trope, thus resulting in the space dragon empire.
- One Steve Limit — How many Renas, Raynas and Rainas are I this book?
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot — Wi S Hiin Gyuw3r Ehe RE, Martha Recalcitrant
- MacGuffin Delivery Service — One word: Cosmolunch
- Mr. Seahorse — Ashuton Karrucci, being the god of dragons, has to cope with monthly stomach pains and laying thousands of dragon eggs for two-three days straight. Now that's a dedicated father!
- Corrupt the Cutie — Chance, Ashuton, Rico, Thomas and the majority of the happy-go-lucky troubled dragons.
- Dead to Begin With
- Failure Is the Only Option —
- Fridge Horror
- Psychological Horror — plenty, enough to last a lifetime.
- And I Must Scream — There's tons of it! It happens to Danny when he finds his father dead. With his eyes out. In a puddle of blood.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech — Chance has a Heroic BSOD after killing a rapist and realizes he has to stop killing
- What Is This Thing You Call Love? — Zzysra does not know what love is until she finds out at the last minute
- Heroic BSOD — Tosh falls victim to this when he killed his lover
- Cursed with Awesome —
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse — To everyone in Crota, the Sweet Dragons are like a gift from God
- The Chessmaster — Hewett of Perch Tech, whom influences Skyline by planting a virus inside of her
- Death World — Ashuton enters the world of his dead brother's mind, which is a a sick and twisted funland in the poem Creepypasta 1.0
- Creepy Pasta — Calucci's mind
- Kill the Cutie — Calucci (again), Ashuton at the end of Glances
- Break the Cutie — happens to many of the dragons, usually in three stages.
- Aerith and Bob — Luna and Merlin, Ashuton and Seymour, Rinaldo and Chanceus
- Fangirl — Ashuton when it comes to Butter Pecan ice cream
- Creepy Twins — Poul and Gerald
- Chekhov's Gun — dragon taming in the story Imp Empress
- True Art Is Angsty
- Child Soldier — Mischevous and his crew in the later days of the High Glassian Military
- Bathe Him And Bring Him To Me — Every Dragonboy MUST take a bath before servicing their clients.
- Femme Fatale — The Mother in Arroyo Dale's childhood story
- Aristocrats Are Evil — Everyone in Crota, considering some of them can't think for themselves.
- Mental Fusion — Aureuce Karrucci is the product of this.
- The Virus — seen many times, especially in Dino Macro
- Never Trust a Title — Dino Macro, which has almost nothing to do with Dinosaurs
- Double Meaning Title — Imp Empress = Imp (child), Empress and Impress.
- Prophecy Twist — the ending of Gary's Awakening
- Happiness in Slavery — Overture's undying love for Credente leads to this, until Credente kills one of his friends.
- Ready for Lovemaking — A lot of Dragonboys
- Shameful Strip —
- Equal-Opportunity Evil — No race is safe.