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Misused: Death By Newbery Medal get usage counts

I would like to go through this page and remove nonexamples — because the trope isn't just about children's books where somebody dies, it's about such books that win awards, are widely assigned in schools, are praised and touted by adults.

 2 Madrugada, Thu, 22nd May '14 5:05:02 PM Relationship Status: In season
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Your'e correct that the trope isn't simply "Children's books where somebody dies." But you're not correct that the defining feature is "it's about such books that win awards, are widely assigned in schools, are praised and touted by adults."

The trope is plot and characterization trope. I've bolded the important parts of this (extended) definition:

"There is a Slice of Life story about childhood and coming of age. The main character has a best friend (an animal, another child, or a family member) who is a source of joy, wisdom, and understanding in their life. This friend is often frailer, more unworldly, or otherwise more "special" than The Protagonist. Bonus points if the character is cute or adorable.

At the end of the story, this very special best friend is abruptly killed off, usually in a clear-cut case of Diabolus ex Machina. A favorite trick is to have the death happen entirely off-screen. The more horribly poignant the tragedy the better.

All this is generally accompanied by lots of "end of the innocence" angsting from the main character, along the lines of "That was the day my childhood ended..." Really, it's just the author's way of having a child suddenly make the jump to adulthood via a single defining tragedy. "

Whether a book has won an award or not is irrelevant to whether it's an example or not.

edited 22nd May '14 5:07:51 PM by Madrugada

...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
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Bold is not always easy to spot in a quoteblock. Maybe we can pare the summary down to:

A Best Friend of the main character who enriches their life and (usually near the end) tragically dies/is killed, usually as a metaphor for the main character coming of age and leaving the innocence of childhood behind.
 4 Madrugada, Thu, 22nd May '14 7:00:23 PM Relationship Status: In season
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Ok, But it's not "usually" as a metaphor for coming of age and loss of innocence. That's an integral part of the definition. So is the fact that it's a Slice of Life story. It may be a side story on another type of work, but the hero's best friend happening to die in something like a war story or heroic fantasy story isn't Death by Newbery Medal

edited 22nd May '14 7:05:08 PM by Madrugada

...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
Ok, got it. The name's misleading then? But some of the examples are still not good.

 6 Madrugada, Thu, 22nd May '14 9:29:48 PM Relationship Status: In season
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You can't read a trope name and assume that it's also the definition. You need to read the actual definition. But yes, there are some bad examples that need to be cleared up.
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
Is there any particular reason we need a spelling note at the bottom of the description?

 8 Madrugada, Fri, 23rd May '14 5:03:03 AM Relationship Status: In season
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The spelling note is there to cut down on the number of misspelled redirects. We shouldn't need to keep a redirect from a misspelling, but in this case, we have one.
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
 9 Willbyr, Mon, 23rd Jun '14 9:01:52 AM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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This thread's in the running for a Newbery.
 10 bwburke 94, Tue, 24th Jun '14 4:56:26 AM from Massachusetts Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
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Considering that the current name is both misleading and often misspelled, renaming the trope makes sense.
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