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* RippedFromTheHeadlines - Maybe. Some speculate that it was loosely, very loosely, inspired by the Sylvia Likens case (which was a tragedy of its own, also involving kids being very cruel to a teen girl, but was of a very different nature than this book). Others say there are more differences than similarities.
* TeensAreMonsters - Very much so.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth - [[spoiler: The epilogue suggests that this is why Barbara died.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Barbara [[spoiler:suddenly quits being a distressed damsel and almost manages to fight her way to freedom, all while still tied up. The only reason she fails is due to her unwillingness to hurt one of the children]].

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines - Maybe. Some speculate that it was loosely, very loosely, loosely inspired by the Sylvia Likens case (which was a tragedy of its own, also involving kids being very cruel to a teen girl, but was of a very different nature than this book). Others say there are more differences than similarities.
* TeensAreMonsters - Very much so.
The premise of the books is teenagers capturing and tormenting an adult.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth - [[spoiler: The epilogue suggests that this is why [[spoiler: Barbara died.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Barbara [[spoiler:suddenly quits being a distressed damsel and almost [[spoiler:almost manages to fight her way to freedom, all while still tied up. up.]] The only reason she fails is due to her unwillingness to [[spoiler: hurt one of the children]].



* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:In the very last scene, Barbara and Jack are happily married and have children.]]

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* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:In In the very last scene, Barbara [[spoiler:Barbara and Jack Jack]] are happily married and have children.]]



* DyingAsYourself - [[spoiler:Paul.]] Right before [[spoiler:he dies, the cloud of insanity is finally lifted from his mind]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding - [[spoiler: Barbara's physical rescue comes easily enough, but it takes the rest of the book to emotionally overcome what happened to her.]]

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* DyingAsYourself - [[spoiler:Paul.]] Right before [[spoiler:he dies, dies]], the cloud of insanity is finally lifted from his mind]].
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* EarnYourHappyEnding - [[spoiler: Barbara's [[spoiler: physical rescue rescue]] comes easily enough, but it takes the rest of the book to emotionally overcome what happened to her.]]



* HeelFaceTurn - [[spoiler:Bobby]]
* HumiliationConga - [[spoiler:John; this culminates in him being raped in prison and later committing suicide.]]
* KarmaHoudini - [[spoiler:Played Straight with Cindy. Downplayed with Diane, who serves out a prison sentence but then later jumps parole when she's released; as of the epilogue, her current whereabouts are unknown.]]

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* %%* HeelFaceTurn - [[spoiler:Bobby]]
* HumiliationConga - [[spoiler:John; [[spoiler:John]]; this culminates in him being raped in prison and later [[spoiler: committing suicide.]]
* KarmaHoudini - [[spoiler:Played Straight Played straight with Cindy. [[spoiler:Cindy]]. Downplayed with Diane, [[spoiler:Diane]], who serves out a prison sentence but then later jumps parole when she's released; as of the epilogue, her current whereabouts are unknown.]]



* RedemptionEqualsDeath - [[spoiler: In the epilogue, a now-teenaged Bobby dies saving a girl who he thought was drowning. She wasn't really drowning, she thought he was cute and was just trying to get his attention. His father speculates on whether, in his last moments, Bobby finally found the ability to forgive himself.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath - [[spoiler: In the epilogue, a [[spoiler: now-teenaged Bobby Bobby]] dies saving a girl who he thought was drowning. She [[spoiler: wasn't really drowning, drowning]], she thought he was cute and was just trying to get his attention. His father speculates on whether, in his last moments, Bobby [[spoiler: Bobby]] finally found the ability to forgive himself.]]



** [[spoiler:Barbara and Jack, although their relationship takes its sweet time to get to that point.]]
** [[spoiler:In Bobby's portion of the epilogue, a girl attempts to invoke this by pretending to drown; he ends up drowning himself when trying to save her.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks - [[spoiler:Jack.]]

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** [[spoiler:Barbara and Jack, Jack]], although their relationship takes its sweet time to get to that point.point.
** In Bobby's portion of the epilogue, a girl attempts to invoke this [[spoiler:by pretending to drown]]; he ends up [[spoiler: drowning himself when trying to save her.
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** [[spoiler:In Bobby's portion of the epilogue, a girl attempts to invoke this by pretending to drown; he ends up drowning himself when trying to save her.]]
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%%* SpannerInTheWorks - [[spoiler:Jack.]]


The author, Mendal W. Johnson, died shortly after the novel was published. There's some speculation as to whether or not this is essentially one massive AuthorAppeal-fest, but most will tell you, the book is '''very''' well-written, and definitely gets under your skin. One review [[http://www.badmovieplanet.com/3btheater/books/pulp/letsgoplayadams.html here]] attests to that.


%%* BondageIsBad

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%%* BondageIsBad* BondageIsBad - Yes, the fetish version. John is implied to at least have a foot fetish; he may have a bondage fetish, or not. But he is the most messed up of the characters.



%%* DamselInDistress

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%%* DamselInDistress* DamselInDistress - Barbara is probably the most extreme version of this trope in existence, since she is held captive and imperiled the entire book starting from the very beginning.



%%* DownerEnding
* FatalFlaw: [[spoiler: Barbara manages to get the upper hand and fight off her captors and nearly forces them to free her...all while still bound and gagged, but relents at the last second because she can't bear to hurt Cindy any more than she already is.]]

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%%* DownerEnding
* FatalFlaw: DownerEnding - [[spoiler: The kids get away with it, and a random homeless person is found guilty of their crime.]]
* FatalFlaw -
[[spoiler: Barbara manages to get the upper hand and fight off her captors and nearly forces them to free her...all while still bound and gagged, but relents at the last second because she can't bear to hurt Cindy any more than she already is.]]


The book finally ends with... [[spoiler:Barbara's death, and the kids successfully getting away with it.]]


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* DamselInDistress

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* DownerEnding
* FatalFlaw: [[spoiler: Barbara manages to get the upper hand and [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome fight off her captors and nearly forces them to free her...all while still bound and gagged]], but relents at the last second because she can't bear to hurt Cindy any more than she already is.]]

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* %%* DownerEnding
* FatalFlaw: [[spoiler: Barbara manages to get the upper hand and [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome fight off her captors and nearly forces them to free her...all while still bound and gagged]], gagged, but relents at the last second because she can't bear to hurt Cindy any more than she already is.]]



* KillTheCutie

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* PurpleProse
* RapeAsDrama

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* %%* PurpleProse
* %%* RapeAsDrama



* TookALevelInBadass: Barbara [[spoiler:suddenly quits being a distressed damsel and almost manages to fight her way to freedom, all while still tied up. The only reason she fails is due to her FatalFlaw]].

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* TookALevelInBadass: Barbara [[spoiler:suddenly quits being a distressed damsel and almost manages to fight her way to freedom, all while still tied up. The only reason she fails is due to her FatalFlaw]].
unwillingness to hurt one of the children]].



* TheAtoner - [[spoiler:Bobby; this ultimately gets him killed.]]
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:In the very last scene, Barbara and Jack are HappilyMarried and have children.]]

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* TheAtoner - [[spoiler:Bobby; [[spoiler:Bobby;]] this ultimately gets him [[spoiler: killed.]]
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:In the very last scene, Barbara and Jack are HappilyMarried happily married and have children.]]



* FixFic
* ForWantOfANail

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* %%* FixFic
* %%* ForWantOfANail



* HumiliationConga - [[spoiler:John; this culminates in PrisonRape and later [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]].]]

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* HumiliationConga - [[spoiler:John; this culminates in PrisonRape him being raped in prison and later [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]].committing suicide.]]



* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue

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* %%* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue


The author, Mendel W. Johnson, died shortly after the novel was published. There's some speculation as to whether or not this is essentially one massive AuthorAppeal-fest, but most will tell you, the book is '''very''' well-written, and definitely gets under your skin. One review [[http://www.badmovieplanet.com/3btheater/books/pulp/letsgoplayadams.html here]] attests to that.

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The author, Mendel Mendal W. Johnson, died shortly after the novel was published. There's some speculation as to whether or not this is essentially one massive AuthorAppeal-fest, but most will tell you, the book is '''very''' well-written, and definitely gets under your skin. One review [[http://www.badmovieplanet.com/3btheater/books/pulp/letsgoplayadams.html here]] attests to that.


The author died shortly after the novel was published. There's some speculation as to whether or not this is essentially one massive AuthorAppeal-fest, but most will tell you, the book is '''very''' well-written, and definitely gets under your skin. One review [[http://www.badmovieplanet.com/3btheater/books/pulp/letsgoplayadams.html here]] attests to that.

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The author author, Mendel W. Johnson, died shortly after the novel was published. There's some speculation as to whether or not this is essentially one massive AuthorAppeal-fest, but most will tell you, the book is '''very''' well-written, and definitely gets under your skin. One review [[http://www.badmovieplanet.com/3btheater/books/pulp/letsgoplayadams.html here]] attests to that.


* ChainedToABed - How things start. It only gets worse for her as things go on.



* HumiliationConga - ''Game's End''

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* HumiliationConga - ''Game's End''End''.

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* ChainedToABed - How things start. It only gets worse for her as things go on.


* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Barbara is more of a protagonist than an actual hero, but you get the idea.]]

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* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Barbara TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Barbara is more of a protagonist than an actual hero, but you get the idea.]]



* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter: In the very last scene, Barbara and Jack are HappilyMarried and have children.]]

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* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter: In BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:In the very last scene, Barbara and Jack are HappilyMarried and have children.]]



* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn - Bobby]]

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* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn HeelFaceTurn - Bobby]][[spoiler:Bobby]]



* [[spoiler:RescueRomance]]

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* [[spoiler:RescueRomance]]RescueRomance


The book attracted the attention of TV editor, Barry Schneebeli, who wrote a sequel called ''Game's End''. Due to copyright laws, it was never actually published, but is available online at [[http://barryschneebeli.com/gamesend.html his website]], and you can find a review [[http://www.foxall.com.au/users/mje/GamesEnd.htm here]]). It begins with [[spoiler:the what-if premise of Barbara being saved at the last minute, and the kids' activities exposed as a result]], and explores the resulting media frenzy and criminal trials, as well as Barbara's physical and emotional recovery from her ordeal. Had Schneebeli's project gone to press, it might have brought the original book out of obscurity.

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The book attracted the attention of TV editor, Barry Schneebeli, who wrote a sequel called ''Game's End''. Due to copyright laws, it was never actually published, but is was available online at [[http://barryschneebeli.com/gamesend.html his website]], website]] (the website domain has since expired and the Wayback Machine didn't save the DOC files), and you can find a review [[http://www.foxall.com.au/users/mje/GamesEnd.htm here]]). It begins with [[spoiler:the what-if premise of Barbara being saved at the last minute, and the kids' activities exposed as a result]], and explores the resulting media frenzy and criminal trials, as well as Barbara's physical and emotional recovery from her ordeal. Had Schneebeli's project gone to press, it might have brought the original book out of obscurity.


* {{Deconstruction}} - Pretty much does this to the oft-used comedic plot device of the babysitter being tied up by her charges (ILoveLucy for example). When Barabara is first tied up, it seems like the novel will go in a light-hearted direction. She's more surprised and annoyed, than concerned. That changes in the second or third chapter.

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* DamselInDistress
* {{Deconstruction}} - Pretty much does this to the oft-used comedic plot device of the babysitter being tied up by her charges (ILoveLucy (Series/ILoveLucy for example). When Barabara Barbara is first tied up, it seems like the novel will go in a light-hearted direction. She's more surprised and annoyed, than concerned. That changes in the second or third chapter.



* DistressedDamsel



* FatalFlaw: [[spoiler: Barbara manages to get the upperhand and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fight off her captors and nearly forces them to free her...all while still bound and gagged]], but relents at the last second because she can't bear to hurt Cindy any more than she already is]]

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* FatalFlaw: [[spoiler: Barbara manages to get the upperhand upper hand and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome fight off her captors and nearly forces them to free her...all while still bound and gagged]], but relents at the last second because she can't bear to hurt Cindy any more than she already is]]is.]]



** If you've ever read the book, you might be tempted to write one yourself. [[SincerityMode No one would blame you]].

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** If you've ever read the book, you might be tempted to write one yourself. [[SincerityMode No one would blame you]].you.]]



* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Barbara is more of a protagonist than an actual hero, but you get the idea]]

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* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Barbara is more of a protagonist than an actual hero, but you get the idea]]idea.]]



** [[spoiler:''Game's End'' retconned this two ways. First, Barbara was saved at the last moment. Second, most of the book was about the kids answering for their crimes (and the tragedy their parents go through)]]

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** [[spoiler:''Game's End'' retconned this two ways. First, Barbara was saved at the last moment. Second, most of the book was about the kids answering for their crimes (and the tragedy their parents go through)]]through).]]



* TookALevelInBadass: Barbara [[spoiler:suddenly quits being a distressed damsel and almost manages to fight her way to freedom, all while still tied up. The only reason she fails is due to her FatalFlaw]]

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* TookALevelInBadass: Barbara [[spoiler:suddenly quits being a distressed damsel and almost manages to fight her way to freedom, all while still tied up. The only reason she fails is due to her FatalFlaw]]
FatalFlaw]].



* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter: In the very last scene, Barbara and Jack are HappilyMarried and have children]].

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* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter: In the very last scene, Barbara and Jack are HappilyMarried and have children]].children.]]



* DyingAsYourself - [[spoiler:Paul]] in ''Game's End''. Right before [[spoiler:he dies, the cloud of insanity is finally lifted from his mind.]]

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* DyingAsYourself - [[spoiler:Paul]] in ''Game's End''. [[spoiler:Paul.]] Right before [[spoiler:he dies, the cloud of insanity is finally lifted from his mind.]]mind]].



* {{Mentor}} - Bobby's father, [[spoiler:who helps him find the inner strength to testify against the rest of the five in court.]]

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* {{Mentor}} {{Mentor|s}} - Bobby's father, [[spoiler:who helps him find the inner strength to testify against the rest of the five in court.]]



** [[spoiler:Barabara and Jack, although their relationship takes its sweet time to get to that point.]]

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** [[spoiler:Barabara [[spoiler:Barbara and Jack, although their relationship takes its sweet time to get to that point.]]



* SpannerInTheWorks - [[spoiler:Jack in ''Game's End'']]

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* SpannerInTheWorks - [[spoiler:Jack in ''Game's End'']][[spoiler:Jack.]]


* RapeIsLove - [[spoiler: John views raping Barbara as proving to her that he loves her]]
** Later on, due to StockholmSyndrome [[spoiler:setting in, Barbara begins to return his affections]]


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