Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Literature / BackToTheFuture

Go To



* RealityEnsues: Arguably the reason for the weirdly slow pacing at various points. It's more realistic for Marty to sit around and wait all day to see his father after school, than it is for him to meet and talk to George about Lorraine immediately. An example of TropesAreNotGood, as the slowed-down pacing [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality takes away from the suspense and drama of the story.]]

to:

* RealityEnsues: Arguably the reason for the weirdly slow pacing at various points. It's more realistic for Marty to sit around and wait all day to see his father after school, than it is for him to meet and talk to George about Lorraine immediately. An example of TropesAreNotGood, Administrivia/TropesAreNotGood, as the slowed-down pacing [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality takes away from the suspense and drama of the story.]]


* FemmeFatale: A female Libyan (she wasn't in the movie).
* FlatCharacter: Jennifer. She's there to spout a couple awkward lines of dialogue[[note]](which were thankfully not in the movie)[[/note]] in the beginning, and that's about it.

to:

* FemmeFatale: A female Libyan named Uranda (she wasn't in the movie).
* FlatCharacter: Jennifer. She's there to spout a couple awkward lines of dialogue[[note]](which were thankfully not in the movie)[[/note]] in the beginning, and that's about it.



* InsistentTerminology: The Libyans are consistently referred to as terrorists.

to:

* InsistentTerminology: InsistentTerminology:
**
The Libyans are consistently referred to as terrorists.



* PlotHole: In the beginning of the novel, unlike the movie, Doc says he got the idea for the time machine by having a dream about the [=DeLorean=] many years ago. (This brings up [[VoodooShark a LOT of questions]] regarding what relationship Doc had with John [=DeLorean=], by the way.) However, later on, when Marty meets 1955!Doc, he says he got the idea for the ''flux capacitor,'' not the [=DeLorean=], which admittedly makes much more sense.

to:

* PlotHole: In the beginning of the novel, unlike the movie, Doc says he got the idea for the time machine by having a dream about the [=DeLorean=] many years ago. (This brings up [[VoodooShark a LOT of questions]] regarding what relationship Doc had with John [=DeLorean=], by the way.) However, later on, when Marty meets 1955!Doc, the Doc of 1955, he says he got the idea for the ''flux capacitor,'' not the [=DeLorean=], which admittedly makes much more sense.



* VitriolicBestBuds: Marty and Doc, weirdly enough, appear to be this. Doc, in particular, likes to put Marty down a lot; when he gives him the [[ExpospeakGag rhythmic ceremonial ritual]] speech, Marty is confused, so Doc quickly adds - "Dance, ''to you''." Marty also insults 1955!Doc by telling him [[BrutalHonesty straight up]] that his mind-reading device won't work.
* VoodooShark: If Doc had a dream about the [=DeLorean=] a long time ago, what was his involvement with John [=DeLorean=] and the [=DeLorean Motor Company=]? Did he give Mr. [=DeLorean=] the idea for the car? Did he ever ''work'' for the company?

to:

* VitriolicBestBuds: Marty and Doc, weirdly enough, appear to be this. Doc, in particular, likes to put Marty down a lot; when he gives him the [[ExpospeakGag rhythmic ceremonial ritual]] speech, Marty is confused, so Doc quickly adds - "Dance, ''to you''." Marty also insults 1955!Doc the Doc of 1955 by telling him [[BrutalHonesty straight up]] that his mind-reading device won't work.
work.
* VoodooShark: If Doc had a dream about the [=DeLorean=] a long time ago, what was his involvement with John [=DeLorean=] and the [=DeLorean [=DeLorean=] Motor Company=]? Company? Did he give Mr. [=DeLorean=] the idea for the car? Did he ever ''work'' for the company? company?



* WritersCannotDoMath: When Doc checks to see if it really has been 30 years since he got the idea for the time machine[[note]] reminder: the dates being compared are November 5, 1955 and October 26, 1985,[[/note]] Doc gets "twenty-nine years, eleven months, and 355 days". ...except the actual difference is 29 years, 11 months, and 21 days. Gipe is off by almost an entire year.

to:

* WritersCannotDoMath: When Doc checks to see if it really has ''really has'' been 30 years since he got the idea for the time machine[[note]] reminder: the dates being compared are November 5, 1955 and October 26, 1985,[[/note]] Doc gets "twenty-nine years, eleven months, and 355 days". ...except the actual ''actual'' difference is 29 years, 11 months, and 21 '''21''' days. Gipe is off by almost an ''an entire year.year''.


''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future]]: The Novelization Of The Feature Film'' is a {{novelization}} of the first movie written by one George Gipe. It was written before the movie's script was finalized, so we get a whole lot of extraneous detail, weird characterizations, and DeletedScenes. But this isn't just your average EarlyDraftTieIn novelization - oh, no. It's much stranger than that. There's odd PacingProblems, bizarre conversations, and general WTF-ery galore. Just when you think the book can't get any weirder, it does. ''It really does.'' Obviously, the book is of major interest to any BTTF fan. The author also novelized several other movies, co-wrote two film comedies with Creator/CarlReiner and Creator/SteveMartin, and then suffered AuthorExistenceFailure after being stung by a bee the year after this book came out.

to:

''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future]]: The Novelization Of The Feature Film'' is a {{novelization}} of the first movie written by one George Gipe. It was written before the movie's script was finalized, so we get a whole lot of extraneous detail, weird characterizations, and DeletedScenes. But this isn't just your average EarlyDraftTieIn novelization - oh, no. It's much stranger than that. There's odd PacingProblems, bizarre conversations, conversations and general WTF-ery galore. Just when you think the book can't get any weirder, it does. ''It really does.'' Obviously, the book is of major interest to any BTTF fan. The author also novelized several other movies, co-wrote two film comedies with Creator/CarlReiner and Creator/SteveMartin, and then suffered AuthorExistenceFailure after being stung by a bee the year after this book came out.

Added DiffLines:

** It's worth noting that as this novel was based upon an early draft script, it would have predating the casting of the lead roles, and Marty was famously recast a month after filming began. All this means that Gipe would not have been able to base any characterizations on the actors - or, at least, not Michael J. Fox as Marty.


''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future]]: The Novelization Of The Feature Film'' is a {{novelization}} of the first movie written by one George Gipe. It was written before the movie's script was finalized, so we get a whole lot of extraneous detail, weird characterizations, and DeletedScenes. But this isn't just your average EarlyDraftTieIn novelization - oh, no. It's much stranger than that. There's odd PacingProblems, bizarre conversations, and general WTF-ery galore. Just when you think the book can't get any weirder, it does. ''It really does.'' Obviously, the book is of major interest to any BTTF fan.

to:

''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future]]: The Novelization Of The Feature Film'' is a {{novelization}} of the first movie written by one George Gipe. It was written before the movie's script was finalized, so we get a whole lot of extraneous detail, weird characterizations, and DeletedScenes. But this isn't just your average EarlyDraftTieIn novelization - oh, no. It's much stranger than that. There's odd PacingProblems, bizarre conversations, and general WTF-ery galore. Just when you think the book can't get any weirder, it does. ''It really does.'' Obviously, the book is of major interest to any BTTF fan.
fan. The author also novelized several other movies, co-wrote two film comedies with Creator/CarlReiner and Creator/SteveMartin, and then suffered AuthorExistenceFailure after being stung by a bee the year after this book came out.


* TheDitz: ''Almost everyone'' in the book says or does something really stupid at some point. It's not so bad in Biff and Lorraine's case, as they're supposed to be not too bright, but it's very bad whenever Marty and Doc ''of all people'' decide to do something stupid.

to:

* TheDitz: ''Almost everyone'' in the book says or does something really stupid at some point. It's not so bad in Biff and Lorraine's case, as they're supposed to be not too very bright, but it's very bad whenever Marty and Doc ''of all people'' decide to do something stupid.


''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future]]: The Novelization Of The Feature Film'' is a {{novelization}} of the first movie written by one George Gipe. It was written before the movie's script was finalized, so we get a whole lot of extraneous detail, weird characterizations, and DeletedScenes. But this isn't just your average couple-of-scenes-removed-from-the-movie novelization - oh, no. It's much stranger than that. There's odd PacingProblems, bizarre conversations, and general WTF-ery galore. Just when you think the book can't get any weirder, it does. ''It really does.'' Obviously, the book is of major interest to any BTTF fan.

to:

''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future]]: The Novelization Of The Feature Film'' is a {{novelization}} of the first movie written by one George Gipe. It was written before the movie's script was finalized, so we get a whole lot of extraneous detail, weird characterizations, and DeletedScenes. But this isn't just your average couple-of-scenes-removed-from-the-movie EarlyDraftTieIn novelization - oh, no. It's much stranger than that. There's odd PacingProblems, bizarre conversations, and general WTF-ery galore. Just when you think the book can't get any weirder, it does. ''It really does.'' Obviously, the book is of major interest to any BTTF fan.


** There's a weird deleted scene where Doc ogles a woman in an 80's copy of ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}''.

to:

** There's a weird deleted scene where Doc ogles a woman in an 80's 80s copy of ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}''.



* ForWantOfANail: When Marty first meets 1955!Doc, he pulls the "Flux Capacitor" card ''before'' Doc throws him out. As such, Marty doesn't have anything on hand to convince him... at least until he gets the idea to just up and bring the [=DeLorean=] over.

to:

* ForWantOfANail: When Marty first meets 1955!Doc, the 1955 Doc, he pulls the "Flux Capacitor" card ''before'' Doc throws him out. As such, Marty doesn't have anything on hand to convince him... at least until he gets the idea to just up and bring the [=DeLorean=] over.


* LawOfConservationOfDetail: Repeatedly averted, in a [[BadWriting very bad way]]. The third-person omniscient narrator goes on and on about pointless detail that has nothing to do with the characters or story. For example, it describes one of the Libyans' personalities.

to:

* LawOfConservationOfDetail: Repeatedly averted, in a [[BadWriting very bad way]].averted. The third-person omniscient narrator goes on and on about pointless detail that has nothing to do with the characters or story. For example, it describes one of the Libyans' personalities.


* LawOfConservationOfDetail: Repeatedly averted, in a [[BadWriting very bad way]]. The third-person omniscient narrator goes on and on about pointless detail that has nothing to do with the characters or story. He even describes to us what one of the Libyans personality is like.

to:

* LawOfConservationOfDetail: Repeatedly averted, in a [[BadWriting very bad way]]. The third-person omniscient narrator goes on and on about pointless detail that has nothing to do with the characters or story. He even For example, it describes to us what one of the Libyans personality is like.Libyans' personalities.


** A major one for Doc when it comes to the [=DeLorean=]. In the movie, he invents it 'cause he's a man of ''science!''. The book? He invents it because he wants to get [[TheyCalledMeMad back at all the people who said mean things to him.]] Way to dilute Doc's {{CrazyAwesome}}ness...
** Lorraine is more stupider here than in the movie, making her more of a BrainlessBeauty. She has a thing for emotion manipulation, too - she basically ''forces'' Marty to take her to the dance by guilt-tripping him into it.

to:

** A major one for Doc when it comes to the [=DeLorean=]. In the movie, he invents it 'cause he's a man of ''science!''. The ''science!'' In the book? He invents it because he wants to get [[TheyCalledMeMad back at all the people who said mean things to him.]] Way to dilute Doc's {{CrazyAwesome}}ness...
{{Crazy Awesome}}ness...
** Lorraine is more stupider here than in the movie, making her more of a BrainlessBeauty. She has a thing for emotion emotional manipulation, too - -- she basically ''forces'' Marty to take her to the dance by guilt-tripping him into it.



* {{Badbutt}}: Marty is a weird [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagged]] version. He swears more often & is more smart-assy than in the movie, but he uses some odd-for-a-cool-80s-teen turns of phrase, like "Eureka!" and milquetoast. This is more a side affect of Gipe being from an older generation, though.
* BrainlessBeauty: Lorraine. She's a lot more dumb here than in the movie.

to:

* {{Badbutt}}: Marty is a weird [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagged]] {{Zig Zagged|Trope}} version. He swears more often & and is more smart-assy than in the movie, but he uses some odd-for-a-cool-80s-teen turns of phrase, like "Eureka!" and milquetoast. "milquetoast." This is more a side affect of Gipe being from an older generation, though.
* BrainlessBeauty: Lorraine. She's a lot more dumb airheaded here than in the movie.



** While the movie deliberately shies away from calling Marty's plan & Biff's gestures involving Lorraine a rape, the book comes right out and says it. Assault, too.

to:

** While the movie deliberately shies away from calling Marty's plan & and Biff's gestures involving Lorraine a rape, the book comes right out and says it. Assault, too.



* TheDitz: ''Almost everyone'' in the book says or does something really stupid at some point. It's not so bad in Biff & Lorraine's case, as they're supposed to be not too bright, but it's very bad whenever Marty and Doc ''of all people'' decide to do something stupid.

to:

* TheDitz: ''Almost everyone'' in the book says or does something really stupid at some point. It's not so bad in Biff & and Lorraine's case, as they're supposed to be not too bright, but it's very bad whenever Marty and Doc ''of all people'' decide to do something stupid.



* LawOfConservationOfDetail: Repeatedly averted, in a [[BadWriting very bad way]]. The third-person omniscient narrator goes on & on about pointless detail that has nothing to do with the characters or story. He even describes to us what one of the Libyans personality is like.

to:

* LawOfConservationOfDetail: Repeatedly averted, in a [[BadWriting very bad way]]. The third-person omniscient narrator goes on & and on about pointless detail that has nothing to do with the characters or story. He even describes to us what one of the Libyans personality is like.



* RealityEnsues: Arguably the reason for the weirdly slow pacing at various points. It's more realistic for Marty to sit around and wait all day to see his father after school, than it is for him to meet and talk to George about Lorraine immediately. An example of TropesAreNotGood, as the slowed-down pacing [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality takes away from the suspense & drama of the story.]]

to:

* RealityEnsues: Arguably the reason for the weirdly slow pacing at various points. It's more realistic for Marty to sit around and wait all day to see his father after school, than it is for him to meet and talk to George about Lorraine immediately. An example of TropesAreNotGood, as the slowed-down pacing [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality takes away from the suspense & and drama of the story.]]



* VitriolicBestBuds: Marty & Doc, weirdly enough, appear to be this. Doc likes to put Marty down a lot - when he gives him the [[ExpospeakGag rhythmic ceremonial ritual]] speech, Marty is confused, so Doc quickly adds - "Dance, ''to you''." Marty also insults 1955!Doc by telling him [[BrutalHonesty straight up]] that his mind-reading device won't work.
* VoodooShark: If Doc had a dream about the [=DeLorean=] a long time ago, what was his involvement with John [=DeLorean=] & the [=DeLorean Motor Company=]? Did he give Mr. [=DeLorean=] the idea for the car? Did he ever ''work'' for the company?

to:

* VitriolicBestBuds: Marty & and Doc, weirdly enough, appear to be this. Doc Doc, in particular, likes to put Marty down a lot - lot; when he gives him the [[ExpospeakGag rhythmic ceremonial ritual]] speech, Marty is confused, so Doc quickly adds - "Dance, ''to you''." Marty also insults 1955!Doc by telling him [[BrutalHonesty straight up]] that his mind-reading device won't work.
* VoodooShark: If Doc had a dream about the [=DeLorean=] a long time ago, what was his involvement with John [=DeLorean=] & and the [=DeLorean Motor Company=]? Did he give Mr. [=DeLorean=] the idea for the car? Did he ever ''work'' for the company?



* WritersCannotDoMath: When Doc checks to see if it really has been 30 years since he got the idea for the time machine[[note]] reminder: the dates being compared are November 5th 1955 and October 26th 1985,[[/note]] Doc gets "twenty-nine years, eleven months, and 355 days". ...except the actual difference is 29 years, 11 months, and 21 days. Gipe is off by almost an entire year.

to:

* WritersCannotDoMath: When Doc checks to see if it really has been 30 years since he got the idea for the time machine[[note]] reminder: the dates being compared are November 5th 5, 1955 and October 26th 26, 1985,[[/note]] Doc gets "twenty-nine years, eleven months, and 355 days". ...except the actual difference is 29 years, 11 months, and 21 days. Gipe is off by almost an entire year.


*** Fun fact? The above two moments ''are '''actual''' deleted scenes from the movie''.



* ForWantOfANail: At one point, we get to see what would've happened if Marty pulled the "flux capacitor" card early when talking to 1955!Doc for the first time. The end result is that when 1955!Doc slams the door in his face, Marty has nothing to say to convince him. Ultimately, after going back to Hill Valley and seeing "The Atomic Kid" and taking a nap (yes, really) Marty decides to drive the [=DeLorean=] to the Brown Mansion to show him.

to:

* ForWantOfANail: At one point, we get to see what would've happened if When Marty pulled the "flux capacitor" card early when talking to 1955!Doc for the first time. The end result is that when 1955!Doc slams meets 1955!Doc, he pulls the door in his face, "Flux Capacitor" card ''before'' Doc throws him out. As such, Marty has nothing to say doesn't have anything on hand to convince him. Ultimately, after going back him... at least until he gets the idea to Hill Valley just up and seeing "The Atomic Kid" and taking a nap (yes, really) Marty decides to drive bring the [=DeLorean=] to the Brown Mansion to show him.over.


* OedipusComplex: Seemingly played straight, hilariously (and weirdly) enough. Marty continually insults his father, calling him a nerd every chance he gets (''B to the F'' goes as far as to use the phrase "nerd racist"), and hating him for his severe lack of a spine. While he does insult his mom as well, and expresses disbelief at Doc's creepy "She hasn't given birth to you ''yet,'' so it's O.K. to get down and dirty with her" comments, during the actual make-out scene with her, he seriously gets ''into'' it. The movie, on the hand, falls on the side of inversion. Ahhh, the things that change when you script doctor a movie...

to:

* OedipusComplex: Seemingly played straight, hilariously (and weirdly) enough. Marty continually insults his father, calling him a nerd every chance he gets (''B to the F'' goes as far as to use the phrase "nerd racist"), and hating him for his severe lack of a spine. While he does insult his mom as well, and expresses disbelief at Doc's creepy "She hasn't given birth to you ''yet,'' so it's O.K. to get down and dirty with her" comments, during the actual make-out scene with her, he seriously gets ''into'' it. The movie, on the other hand, falls on the side of inversion. Ahhh, the things that change when you script doctor a movie...

Showing 15 edit(s) of 80

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report