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Playing With: Doorstopper
Basic Trope: A long book
  • Straight: The Story contains 30 chapters, each around 100 pages.
  • Exaggerated: The Story contains 3,000 chapters, each goes well above 10,000 pages, printed in 10pt fonts.
  • Downplayed: The Story actually consists of a trilogy of books, published as one.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: The Story is a one-shot Short Story or a novella.
  • Subverted:
    • The Story is a compilation of short stories writen over a large period of time.
    • The Story it's big in volume but only a little fraction of each page is used.
    • The Story has really big letters.
    • The Story is mostly composed of blank pages.
    • There are a lot of illustrations.
    • The Story has really thick pages.
    • Given that most of The Story is filler or padding, the author warns the reader to skip them entirely.
    • A much shorter abridged version of The Story is published.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Even when the individual stories are deceptively short, taken as a whole, the series constitutes a Doorstopper Series. (May or may not be combined into an Omnibus), depending on the publisher.
    • Even if the format makes use of lots of pages to comunicate very little information, when taken on a normal format still takes 20 thousand pages.
    • Hardcore fans read the padding and filter anyway.
    • The abridged version is still bigger than most phone books.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob manages to lift The Story over his head, but is promptly flattened by it.
    • Bob uses The Story as an actual doorstop.
  • Zig Zagged: The book is magical and gets bigger or smaller depending on who is reading.
  • Averted: The book is of average length.
  • Enforced: "I want to write a Heroic Fantasy containing many different plot threads, Loads and Loads of Characters, a Love Dodecahedron, etc."
  • Lampshaded: "It's a long story..."
  • Invoked: See "Enforced".
  • Exploited:
    • Bob uses The Story as an improvised weapon.
    • Someone uses The Story literally as a doorstop or paperweight.
    • Bob writes secret information in one of the pages of The Story, knowing that, given its size, nobody will find it.
  • Defied:
    • The writer doesn't want the audience to be intimidated or bored by a long story and either shortens it or doesn't write it.
    • The publisher makes the author compress the story, fearing that a book that length will hurt sales.
    • The story gets Divided for Publication.
  • Discussed: "Did anyone actually finish The Story?"
  • Conversed: "It was so long, I couldn't finish it with my busy schedule."
  • Deconstructed: May be a sign of excessive Padding and/or just plain bad writing. The audience may grow bored and give up.
  • Reconstructed: Padding is not used excessively, and the plotlines keep the audience hungry for more; they end up not giving a damn how long it is.

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