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.
Subjective Tropes for the Novel:
- Fridge Brilliance: Other than her very early books, Willis's novels are very firmly divided into the categories of comedy and tragedy. Except this one - which is it? It turns out 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: 50% of the books are tearjerkers. 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.