Playing With: Death by Newbery Medal

Basic Trope: True Art Is Angsty also applies to works aimed at children.
  • Deconstructed:
    • In-universe: Spot was Alice's only friend and consolation when Alice was bullied. His death truly devastates her. She gets another dog, Max, which she hates and mistreats because she feels that he can never replace Spot and as "revenge" for her own bullying. This marks the beginning of Alice's psychological problems.
    • Despair Event Horizon
    • Meta: Children hate the book because the ending makes them sad.
  • Played For Laughs: Spot dies, then everybody admits that they never even liked him, And There Was Much Rejoicing.
  • Played For Drama: "Why, Mom, why did Spot have to die in the last chapter? Why?"

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