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''REEL'' (French for ''REAL'') is a ScienceFiction novel that was self-published in 2015 by [[http://dragonaplumes.fr/auteur/ Sophie Renaudin]], author of the ScienceFantasy series ''Literature/LesEnfantsDePromethee''. It takes place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, in a society inspired by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KphWsnhZ4Ag the Venus Project]], where, thanks to the progress of technology and an efficient way of sharing resources, work is no longer mandatory. Everyone has an access to education, communication and entertainment thanks to TheMetaverse, REAL, where every person on Earth has an individual account since birth. However, only a select few choose to do the jobs that machines can't handle. (Such as art and psychiatry.)

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''REEL'' ''RÉEL'' (French for ''REAL'') is a ScienceFiction novel that was self-published in 2015 by [[http://dragonaplumes.fr/auteur/ Sophie Renaudin]], author of the ScienceFantasy series ''Literature/LesEnfantsDePromethee''. It takes place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, in a society inspired by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KphWsnhZ4Ag the Venus Project]], where, thanks to the progress of technology and an efficient way of sharing resources, work is no longer mandatory. Everyone has an access to education, communication and entertainment thanks to TheMetaverse, REAL, where every person on Earth has an individual account since birth. However, only a select few choose to do the jobs that machines can't handle. (Such as art and psychiatry.)


* NoPoverty

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* NoPovertyNoPoverty: Advances in technology means that everyone shares the benefits of society equally.


* BettyAndVeronica: Initially appears to be the case between Neru's teammate [[CatGirl Betti]] ([[CaptainObvious Betty]]) and [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Likaï]] (Veronica), as the former openly hits on Neru, who is [[ObliviousToLove oblivious]] and feels drawn to Likaï. It gets [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] very quickly: [[spoiler: Likaï betrays Neru's trust, and it turns out that [[BitchInSheepsClothing Betti]] was only after the glory of being Neru's girlfriend after he joined the Pantheon - she dumps him as soon as his account gets stolen.]]

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* BettyAndVeronica: Initially appears to be the case between Neru's teammate [[CatGirl Betti]] ([[CaptainObvious Betty]]) (Betty) and [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Likaï]] (Veronica), as the former openly hits on Neru, who is [[ObliviousToLove oblivious]] and feels drawn to Likaï. It gets [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] very quickly: [[spoiler: Likaï betrays Neru's trust, and it turns out that [[BitchInSheepsClothing Betti]] was only after the glory of being Neru's girlfriend after he joined the Pantheon - she dumps him as soon as his account gets stolen.]]


** The story moves on to a similar dynamic between Neru, Fasia (Betty) and Likaï (Veronica), who are both variations of the ManicPixieDreamGirl: Neru only knows Likaï from TheMetaverse and [[AmbiguousGender doesn't even know their gender]], and [[SpiritedYoungLady Fasia]] is a complete stranger he meets in the real world who decides to help him out when no one else would. It is also [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]: [[spoiler: the physical attraction Neru feels towards Fasia is merely that: physical. It doesn't last, and is one-sided from the get-go. In the end Neru fully embraces the fact that he was only ever interested romantically in Likaï, and the latter's GenderReveal doesn't change anything.]]

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** The story moves on to a similar dynamic between Neru, Fasia (Betty) and Likaï (Veronica), who are both variations of the ManicPixieDreamGirl: Neru only knows Likaï from TheMetaverse and [[AmbiguousGender doesn't even know their gender]], and [[SpiritedYoungLady Fasia]] Fasia is a complete stranger he meets in the real world who decides to help him out when no one else would. It is also [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]: [[spoiler: the physical attraction Neru feels towards Fasia is merely that: physical. It doesn't last, and is one-sided from the get-go. In the end Neru fully embraces the fact that he was only ever interested romantically in Likaï, and the latter's GenderReveal doesn't change anything.]]


* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: [[spoiler: In spite of Neru's GameBreaker abilities as Likaï's sentient partner, they still struggle through the Future Tournament, while [[TheAce Sasha]] gets a perfect score fair and square, crushing Likaï's hopes of winning the AI.]] Remember, kids: [[AnAesop cheating doesn't beat real talent.]]

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: [[spoiler: In spite of Neru's GameBreaker abilities as Likaï's sentient partner, they still struggle through the Future Tournament, Tournament due to Likaï's inexperience as a player, while [[TheAce Sasha]] gets a perfect score fair and square, crushing Likaï's hopes of winning the AI.]] Remember, kids: [[AnAesop cheating doesn't beat real talent.]]


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* BettyAndVeronica: Initially appears to be the case between Neru's teammate [[CatGirl Betti]] ([[CaptainObvious Betty]]) and [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Likaï]] (Veronica), as the former openly hits on Neru, who is [[ObliviousToLove oblivious]] and feels drawn to Likaï. It gets [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] very quickly: [[spoiler: Likaï betrays Neru's trust, and it turns out that [[BitchInSheepsClothing Betti]] was only after the glory of being Neru's girlfriend after he joined the Pantheon - she dumps him as soon as his account gets stolen.]]
** The story moves on to a similar dynamic between Neru, Fasia (Betty) and Likaï (Veronica), who are both variations of the ManicPixieDreamGirl: Neru only knows Likaï from TheMetaverse and [[AmbiguousGender doesn't even know their gender]], and [[SpiritedYoungLady Fasia]] is a complete stranger he meets in the real world who decides to help him out when no one else would. It is also [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]: [[spoiler: the physical attraction Neru feels towards Fasia is merely that: physical. It doesn't last, and is one-sided from the get-go. In the end Neru fully embraces the fact that he was only ever interested romantically in Likaï, and the latter's GenderReveal doesn't change anything.]]

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: [[spoiler: In spite of Neru's GameBreaker abilities as Likaï's sentient partner, they still struggle through the Future Tournament, while [[TheAce Sasha]] gets a perfect score fair and square, crushing Likaï's hopes of winning the AI.]] Remember, kids: [[AnAesop cheating doesn't beat real talent.]]

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* TheAce: Sasha, the only person Neru admires aside from Likaï, is introduced as one of the best video gamers in TheMetaverse. [[spoiler: He lives up to his reputation by getting a perfect score on the Future Tournament.]]

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* CatGirl: Betti's avatar. Her cat ears flatten when she gets angry, making them a virtual mix of AnimalEaredHeadband and UnusualEars.

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Neru.

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* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler: [[FalseFriend Likaï]] befriends Neru to steal his account, and Neru, in turn, joins the tournament as Likaï's partner in order to sabotage their game, but instead the two of them develop a genuine bond of trust as they play together.]]


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* FalseFriend: [[spoiler: Likaï, who steals Neru's account, and Neru's three teammates, who refuse to help and turn their back on him at the first sign of trouble. [[BecomingTheMask Likaï does grow to genuinely like Neru, though.]]]]

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* CoolOldGuy: Den. He is a successful artist but still found the time to raise his granddaughter on his own.


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* PromotionToParent: [[CoolOldGuy Den]], Fasia's grandfather.


->''""Keep yourself busy?" Don't you find that a little...sad? You sound like a prisoner."''

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->''""Keep ->''"'Keep yourself busy?" Don't you find that a little...sad? You sound like a prisoner."''


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* NoPoverty


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* {{Utopia}}: As a result of NoPoverty. The setting seems pretty much perfect. The people? [[HumansAreFlawed Not so much.]]


* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Likaï at first, although [[DeconstructedTrope there is a lot more to them than Neru suspects]]: [[spoiler: Likaï is only trying to gain Neru's trust in order to steal his account and get into the tournament.]]



* ParentalAbandonment: Fasia was raised by her grandfather. See the spoiler tag for LonersAreFreaks above.

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* ParentalAbandonment: Fasia was raised by her grandfather. See the spoiler tag for LonersAreFreaks above.above.
* WasItAllALie: Neru's main motivation after [[spoiler: his account gets stolen]] is to find out the thief's reason for betraying his trust.

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->''""Keep yourself busy?" Don't you find that a little...sad? You sound like a prisoner."''
-->-- '''Likaï'''


* AmbiguousGender: Likaï changes the appearance and gender of their avatar constantly. Neru refers to them as a 'he' or a 'she' depending on the current gender of their avatar. This behavior is common online, but Neru is too embarrassed to ask directly about someone's gender, in spite of his friends' claims that people do it all the time.
* TheMetaverse: REAL.

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* AmbiguousGender: Likaï changes the appearance and gender of their avatar constantly. Neru refers to them as a 'he' or a 'she' depending on the current gender of their avatar. [[GenderIsNoObject This behavior is common online, online]], but Neru is too embarrassed to ask directly about someone's gender, in spite of his friends' claims that people do it all the time.
* LonersAreFreaks: Neru hardly ever disconnects unless his mother tells him to. He is completely lost when he has to step outside in the real world and is very awkward towards Fasia.
** Fasia's parents are much worse: [[spoiler: they are so addicted to REAL that they only disconnect to eat, bathe or get some sleep, and [[ParentalAbandonment neglected their daughter so much that her grandfather had to step in and raise her himself.]]]]
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TheMetaverse: REAL.REAL.
* ParentalAbandonment: Fasia was raised by her grandfather. See the spoiler tag for LonersAreFreaks above.

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