YMMV / Blackout

Subjective Tropes for the Game Show:

  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: The $100,000 Pyramid meets Super Password and whatever Jay Wolpert is on when he devises these shows, given his track record.
  • What An Idiot:
    • Whoever decided that, in promos for the show's debut, to show off the Blackout Button by muting Goen right as he says the debut date. While yes, the debut date was shown as a graphic, it doesn't help those who can't see that.
    • One contestant who had to describe the word "birthday":
    "This is the day you were born-" *BUZZ*

Subjective Tropes for the Novel:

  • Fake American: Michael Davies posing as Mike Davis. This is because he was supposed to go to Pearl Harbor first, but his assignments were switched at the last minute.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Other than her very early books, Willis' novels are very firmly divided into the categories of comedy and tragedy. Except this one - which is it? It turns out that Sir Godfrey has been telling us all along in his stage instructions, "This is a comedy, not a tragedy!" and ultimately asks this of Polly (knowing she knows the future) who tells him, "It is a comedy."
  • Tear Jerker: At least 50% of the books are tear jerkers. The rest are moments of heartwarming and awesome.
    • Of particular note is Sir Godfrey's goodbye ("Is it a comedy or a tragedy?") and Eileen's experiences at VE Day.