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* {{Homage}}: To ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'', according to the author.


* DownerEnding: You weren't expecting a happy ending with a Bachman novel, were you? [[spoiler:Blaze never collects the ransom and he kills several innocent people before being gunned down himself. The only bright spot is thart Joy survives unharmed and returned to his parents.]]

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* DownerEnding: You weren't expecting a happy ending with a Bachman novel, were you? [[spoiler:Blaze never collects the ransom and he kills several innocent people before being gunned down himself. The only bright spot is thart Joy Joey survives unharmed and returned to his parents.]]


'''''Blaze''''' is an early novel written by Creator/StephenKing that predates even ''Literature/{{Carrie}}''. Finding it to be overtly sentimental, King shelved it. He later rediscovered it in the attic and, with much revision, published it in 2007 under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman.

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'''''Blaze''''' ''Blaze'' is an early novel written by Creator/StephenKing that predates even ''Literature/{{Carrie}}''. Finding it to be overtly sentimental, King shelved it. He later rediscovered it in the attic and, with much revision, published it in 2007 under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman.


* DownerEnding: You weren't expecting a happy ending with a Bachman novel, were you?

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* DownerEnding: You weren't expecting a happy ending with a Bachman novel, were you?you? [[spoiler:Blaze never collects the ransom and he kills several innocent people before being gunned down himself. The only bright spot is thart Joy survives unharmed and returned to his parents.]]


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Averted when King rewrote the original manuscript and removed all the dated references to make the novel of a more ambiguous time period.


[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blazebachman_4230.jpg]]'''''Blaze''''' is an early novel written by Creator/StephenKing that predates even ''{{Carrie}}''. Finding it to be overtly sentimental, King shelved it. He later rediscovered it in the attic and, with much revision, published it in 2007 under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman.

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'''''Blaze'''''
is an early novel written by Creator/StephenKing that predates even ''{{Carrie}}''.''Literature/{{Carrie}}''. Finding it to be overtly sentimental, King shelved it. He later rediscovered it in the attic and, with much revision, published it in 2007 under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman.






* LighterAndSofter: By King's standards, especially when compared to the rest of the Bachman canon. It's a heartbreaking novel, but it's not as nihilistic as ''Literature/{{Rage}}'' or ''TheLongWalk''.

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* LighterAndSofter: By King's standards, especially when compared to the rest of the Bachman canon. It's a heartbreaking novel, but it's not as nihilistic as ''Literature/{{Rage}}'' or ''TheLongWalk''.''Literature/TheLongWalk''.

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* BenevolentBoss: During his teen years, Blaze worked for a man named Harry Bluenote, who hired troubled teens, paid them fair wages, and treated them well, even fighting public opinion to give them a good chance at life. He even offered to keep Blaze on, [[spoiler: but died the next day]].
** George was one too. While he made no bones about seeing Blaze as a tool, he treated him well regardless.

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* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: King actually wanted to avoid this and wanted to publish it under just Bachman's name. In the end, the hardcover has both names under equal size and the paperback has "Stephen King writing as..."


* DumbMuscle: Blaze functions as this to George, before and after his death.

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* DumbMuscle: Blaze functions as this to George, before and after his the latter's death.

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* DumbMuscle: Blaze functions as this to George, before and after his death.

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* StockingMask: Blaze robs a grocery store but ''forgets'' to put the stocking on. Fortunately, he scares the salesclerk so much that he can't remember anything to identify him. Blaze later comes back to the same store, this time wearing the stocking, and even points it out to the clerk.


* AbusiveParents - When he was a child, Blaze's father threw him down the stairs three times for interrupting his television, giving him permanent brain damage in the process.
* BadassAndBaby - Blaze and Joey.
* BrainsAndBrawn - George and Blaze.
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors - Blaze went to one.
* DeadPersonConversation[=/=]SpiritAdvisor - Blaze is guided by his dead partner in crime, George.
* DownerEnding - You weren't expecting a happy ending with a Bachman novel, were you?
* GentleGiant - Blaze.
* InMediasRes - Throughout the novel there are flashbacks from Blaze's childhood all the way to his current situation.
* LighterAndSofter - By King's standards, especially when compared to the rest of the Bachman canon. It's a heartbreaking novel, but it's not as nihilistic as ''Literature/{{Rage}}'' or ''TheLongWalk''.
* LimaSyndrome - Blaze eventually falls in love with the baby and doesn't want to let it go.
* {{Manchild}} - Blaze.
* OneLastJob - What Blaze is on.
* StockholmSyndrome - A strange case. At the end, [[spoiler:after Joey is returned to his parents, he begins to cry because it's the "wrong face".]]
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece - Averted when King rewrote the original manuscript and removed all the dated references to make the novel of a more ambigious time period.
* VillainProtagonist - Well, he does kidnap a child.

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* AbusiveParents - AbusiveParents: When he was a child, Blaze's father threw him down the stairs three times for interrupting his television, giving him permanent brain damage in the process.
* BadassAndBaby - BadassAndBaby: Blaze and Joey.
* BrainsAndBrawn - BrainsAndBrawn: George and Blaze.
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors - BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: Blaze went to one.
* DeadPersonConversation[=/=]SpiritAdvisor - DeadPersonConversation[=/=]SpiritAdvisor: Blaze is guided by his dead partner in crime, George.
* DownerEnding - DownerEnding: You weren't expecting a happy ending with a Bachman novel, were you?
* GentleGiant - GentleGiant: Blaze.
* InMediasRes - InMediasRes: Throughout the novel there are flashbacks from Blaze's childhood all the way to his current situation.
* LighterAndSofter - LighterAndSofter: By King's standards, especially when compared to the rest of the Bachman canon. It's a heartbreaking novel, but it's not as nihilistic as ''Literature/{{Rage}}'' or ''TheLongWalk''.
* LimaSyndrome - LimaSyndrome: Blaze eventually falls in love with the baby and doesn't want to let it go.
* {{Manchild}} - {{Manchild}}: Blaze.
* OneLastJob - OneLastJob: What Blaze is on.
* StockholmSyndrome - StockholmSyndrome: A strange case. At the end, [[spoiler:after Joey is returned to his parents, he begins to cry because it's the "wrong face".]]
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece - UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Averted when King rewrote the original manuscript and removed all the dated references to make the novel of a more ambigious ambiguous time period.
* VillainProtagonist - VillainProtagonist: Well, he does kidnap a child.


[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blazebachman_4230.jpg]]'''''Blaze''''' is an early novel written by StephenKing that predates even ''{{Carrie}}''. Finding it to be overtly sentimental, King shelved it. He later rediscovered it in the attic and, with much revision, published it in 2007 under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman.

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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blazebachman_4230.jpg]]'''''Blaze''''' is an early novel written by StephenKing Creator/StephenKing that predates even ''{{Carrie}}''. Finding it to be overtly sentimental, King shelved it. He later rediscovered it in the attic and, with much revision, published it in 2007 under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman.



* BrainsAndBrawn - George and Blaze.

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* BrainsAndBrawn - George and Blaze.


[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blazebachman_4230.jpg]]'''''Blaze''''' is an early novel written by StephenKing that predates even ''{{Carrie}}''. Finding it to be overtly sentimental, King shelved it. He later rediscovered it in the attic, and with much revision, published it in 2007 under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman.

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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blazebachman_4230.jpg]]'''''Blaze''''' is an early novel written by StephenKing that predates even ''{{Carrie}}''. Finding it to be overtly sentimental, King shelved it. He later rediscovered it in the attic, and attic and, with much revision, published it in 2007 under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman.


[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blazebachman_4230.jpg]]'''''Blaze''''' is an early novel written by StephenKing that predates even ''{{Carrie}}''. Finding it to be over-sentimental, King shelved it. He later rediscovered it in the attic, and with much revision, published it in 2007 under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman.

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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blazebachman_4230.jpg]]'''''Blaze''''' is an early novel written by StephenKing that predates even ''{{Carrie}}''. Finding it to be over-sentimental, overtly sentimental, King shelved it. He later rediscovered it in the attic, and with much revision, published it in 2007 under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman.

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