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-- William Shakespeare, ''{{Hamlet}}''

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-- William Shakespeare, ''{{Hamlet}}''
''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''


** To replace her EmbarrassingFirstName, Binnie also tries on a bunch of different names, from Vivian to Rapunzel. She finally settles on [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Eileen]]]].

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** To replace her EmbarrassingFirstName, Binnie also tries on a bunch of different names, from Vivian to Rapunzel. She finally settles on [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Eileen]]]].[[spoiler:Eileen]].


* TheHomeFront: Merope, Michael, and Polly all observe this. Polly went ''specifically'' to observe how the British went from panic at the beginning of the Blitz to being more calm and stoic.


''Blackout / All Clear'' is one book divided into two, written by Creator/ConnieWillis, and set in her "Fire Watch"-universe (along with ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' and ''Literature/ToSayNothingOfTheDog''). The books were published only a few months apart, in 2010, and were given a HugoAward as a single work.

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''Blackout / All Clear'' is one book divided into two, written by Creator/ConnieWillis, and set in her "Fire Watch"-universe (along with ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' and ''Literature/ToSayNothingOfTheDog''). The books were published only a few months apart, in 2010, and were given a HugoAward UsefulNotes/HugoAward as a single work.


* FakeAmerican: 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.


* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: Played straight with the worries of the characters, after they can't get back to the future, possibly because it doesn't exist any more. [[spoiler:Ultimately adverted, and then a real life [[WildMassGuessing Wild Mass Guess]] is presented to invert the entire concept. Considering some of the astronomically lucky breaks that English got, including many that were due to time travelers, a theory that universe is using time travel to retroactively make the Germans ''lose'' the war is not entirely crazy.]]

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* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: Played straight with the worries of the characters, after they can't get back to the future, possibly because it doesn't exist any more. [[spoiler:Ultimately adverted, averted, and then a real life [[WildMassGuessing Wild Mass Guess]] is presented to invert the entire concept. Considering some of the astronomically lucky breaks that English got, including many that were due to time travelers, a theory that universe is using time travel to retroactively make the Germans ''lose'' the war is not entirely crazy.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Michael insists on telling Colin everything he knows about Polly and Eileen and where they are before they go back to Oxford...delaying things enough that Michael doesn't survive.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Michael insists on telling Colin everything he knows about Polly and Eileen and where they are before they go back to Oxford... delaying things enough that Michael doesn't survive.]]


** The whole Fortitude South counterespionage cell in 1944 uses the names of the characters from ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''. However appropriate, it's bizarre to hear the (male) commander referred to as "Lady Bracknell".

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** The whole Fortitude South counterespionage cell in 1944 uses the names of the characters from ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''.''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''. However appropriate, it's bizarre to hear the (male) commander referred to as "Lady Bracknell".


* WorldWarII: Like all of the books in the series except ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'', the Blitz is apparently the nexus of all space and time.

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* WorldWarII: UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Like all of the books in the series except ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'', the Blitz is apparently the nexus of all space and time.



Should not be confused with the GameShow ''Series/{{Blackout}}'', or the VideoGame ''Videogame/{{Blackout}}''.

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Should not be confused with the GameShow ''Series/{{Blackout}}'', or the VideoGame ''Videogame/{{Blackout}}''.


''Blackout'' and ''All Clear'' is one book divided into two, written by Creator/ConnieWillis, and set in her "Fire Watch"-universe (along with ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' and ''Literature/ToSayNothingOfTheDog''). The books were published only a few months apart, in 2010, and were given a HugoAward as a single work.

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''Blackout'' and ''All ''Blackout / All Clear'' is one book divided into two, written by Creator/ConnieWillis, and set in her "Fire Watch"-universe (along with ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' and ''Literature/ToSayNothingOfTheDog''). The books were published only a few months apart, in 2010, and were given a HugoAward as a single work.


And then things start to go wrong. Events don't go as planned. Things [[ItGotWorse get worse]]. And suddenly, none of their drops to the future are opening. Nobody, it seems, is coming to get them...

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And then things start to go wrong. Events don't go as planned. Things [[ItGotWorse get worse]].worse. And suddenly, none of their drops to the future are opening. Nobody, it seems, is coming to get them...


* FridgeBrilliance: 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 [[spoiler: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."]]



* TearJerker: 50% of the books are tearjerkers. The rest are moments of [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]] and [[MomentOfAwesome awesome]].
** Of particular note is [[spoiler:Sir Godfrey]]'s goodbye ("[[spoiler:Is it a comedy or a tragedy?]]") and [[spoiler:Eileen]]'s experiences at VE Day.


''Blackout'' and ''All Clear'' is one book divided into two, written by ConnieWillis, and set in her "Fire Watch"-universe (along with ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' and ''Literature/ToSayNothingOfTheDog''). The books were published only a few months apart, in 2010, and were given a HugoAward as a single work.

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''Blackout'' and ''All Clear'' is one book divided into two, written by ConnieWillis, Creator/ConnieWillis, and set in her "Fire Watch"-universe (along with ''Literature/DoomsdayBook'' and ''Literature/ToSayNothingOfTheDog''). The books were published only a few months apart, in 2010, and were given a HugoAward as a single work.



What ConnieWillis said about ''Blackout'' and ''All Clear'':

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What ConnieWillis Creator/ConnieWillis said about ''Blackout'' and ''All Clear'':

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