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%%* DrivenToSuicide: May's twin sister, April. [[spoiler: Later, May as well.]]

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%%* * DrivenToSuicide: May's twin sister, April. April, committed suicide when she was fifteen. [[spoiler: Later, May eventually ends up taking her own life as well.]]



%%* FriendlessBackground: Lily.

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%%* * FriendlessBackground: Lily.Lily had no friends back in her hometown.


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* MaybeEverAfter: For [[spoiler: Lily and Zach. They admit they're attracted to each other, but the fact that they're in the South in the sixties does them no favors. Zach promises that one day when the world is different, they can get together then.]]


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* PetTheDog: When T. Ray talks to Lily about her mother's death right before she starts kindergarten, Lily remembers that he "almost sounded kind" when speaking to her, and although he quickly loses his temper, the conversation remains surprisingly soft for him.
** He also genuinely thanks the neighbor who cares for Lily in the months after Deborah's departure and death, saying that they wouldn't have gotten by without her help.
** Eventually, he also [[spoiler: allows Lily to stay in Tiburon instead of taking her back with him.]]


* IamNotPretty: Lily seems to think she's pretty average, and hopes that she'll become prettier when she's older. However she seems to have no issues attracting boys, given that both Zach and his friends are implied to find her very attractive.

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* IamNotPretty: IAmNotPretty: Lily seems to think she's pretty average, and hopes that she'll become prettier when she's older. However she seems to have no issues attracting boys, given that both Zach and his friends are implied to find her very attractive.


* AluminumChristmasTrees: For those who don't live in the south, the part in which the characters have Coke with Peanuts in it can come off as unusual. This actually is a thing in the DeepSouth.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: For those who don't live in the south, the part in which the characters Lily and August decide to have Coke with Peanuts peanuts in them for dessert one night. Some thought this was a shared quirk between Lily, her mother, and August, since June's response was that of disgust. However, Coke with peanuts in it can come off as unusual. This is actually is a thing people do in the DeepSouth.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: For those who don't live in the south, the part in which the characters have Coke with Peanuts in it can come off as unusual. This actually is a thing in the DeepSouth.


* AdaptationDyeJob: Lily has black hair in the novel, but is played by blonde DakotaFanning in the movie. Her mom has black hair as well - they have a StrongFamilyResemblance - and thus is blonde in the film as well.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: Lily has black hair in the novel, but is played by blonde DakotaFanning Creator/DakotaFanning in the movie. Her mom has black hair as well - they have a StrongFamilyResemblance - and thus is blonde in the film as well.


''The Secret Life of Bees'' is a 2002 novel by Sue Monk Kidd. It centers around fourteen-year-old Lily Owens, a girl living under the care of her abusive father and constantly tormented by her blurred memory of the day her mother died. When she runs away from home along with her nanny, Rosaleen, the two head for Tiburon, a town written on the back of one of Lily's mother's possessions, and end up getting taken in by a trio of beekeeping sisters.

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''The Secret Life of Bees'' is a 2002 novel by Sue Monk Kidd. It centers around

Lily Owens is a
fourteen-year-old Lily Owens, a girl living who lives under the care of her abusive father and T-Ray. She's constantly tormented by her blurred memory of the day that her mother died. died, and desperately wishes to know what really happened. When she runs away from home along with her nanny, Rosaleen, a former orchard worker who T-Ray promoted to Lily's nanny and general housekeeper, is arrested and beaten just for being black, Lily is horrified when T.Ray casually mentions that the man who did it will come back and finish the job.

Threatened with losing Rosaleen and being severely punished by T.Ray for standing up for her, Lily decides that ''now'' is the time for her to finally leave her home, and find out what really happened to her mother. She breaks Rosaleen out of the hospital, and
the two head for Tiburon, a town written on the back of one of Lily's mother's possessions, possessions.

There Lily meets the Boatwright sisters, three black women who are determined to make their mark on the world, despite the prejudice of 1950s America. Beekeeper August, the oldest sister, takes to Lily,
and end up getting taken in by a trio teaches her not only how to take care of beekeeping sisters.
the bees, but several important life lessons as well.


%%* AnimalMotifs: Bees.

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%%* * AnimalMotifs: Bees.Bees. Bees are said to be hard workers who work together in harmony underneath their mother, the Queen Bee. Many parallels are made to the hardworking Boatwright sisters and their attempt to make a mark on the world despite the colour of their skin holding them back, all while united underneath the Virgin Mary's watchful eye.



* {{Bookworm}}: August is incredibly well read, and is often seen with a book in hand when she isn't working. She even tells Lily that while growing up, her mother would allow her and her sisters to forgo chores and do and eat whatever they like during the month that they're named after. August spent the entire time reading.



%%* ComingOfAgeStory

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%%* ComingOfAgeStory* ComingOfAgeStory: For Lily, who starts out as a young girl who dreams of finding her mother and seeing the world beyond the four walls of her bedroom, envying the bees who are able to go wherever they please. Lily also learns that she's quite prejudice towards black people, even if it's subconsciously, which is something she quickly overcomes on getting to know the Boatwright sisters.
* ConsummateLiar:
** Lily is quite talented at lying, she's certainly quick at thinking up things on the spot. Her lies are only ever seen through by [[spoiler: the worldly and wise August, who admittedly has the upper hand because she knows who Lily ''really' is from the moment she shows up on her doorstep.]]
** Rosaleen is also pretty quick off the mark when it comes to telling a tale, and can easily keep up with Lily if they're forced to make up something on the spot.



%%* DefrostingIceQueen: June for the first portion of the novel.

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%%* * DefrostingIceQueen: June for the first portion of the novel. is very cold towards Lily to start with, but gradually warms up to her once she gets to know her better. [[spoiler: Turns out it's because Lily greatly resembles her mother, who June still holds a grudge against.]]


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* IamNotPretty: Lily seems to think she's pretty average, and hopes that she'll become prettier when she's older. However she seems to have no issues attracting boys, given that both Zach and his friends are implied to find her very attractive.


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* MoodWhiplash: Lily is starting to settle in with the Boatwright sisters, June has warmed up to her, May has confirmed that Lily's mother did stay there some time ago and hasn't had one of her 'episodes' for a very long time. [[spoiler: Then Zach is arrested for something he didn't even do, and May kills herself when she finds out, having had enough of living in such an awful world.]]


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* PromotionToParent: August and June are this for the emotionally vulnerable May. While it's never quite stated if May genuinely has some sort of disorder, it's clear that she relies on her sisters to take care of her, especially during her 'episodes'.


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* XMeetsY: Literature/ToKillAMockingBird meets ''Franchise/SilentHill''.


* XMeetsY: Literature/ToKillAMockingBird meets SilentHill.

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* XMeetsY: Literature/ToKillAMockingBird meets SilentHill.''Franchise/SilentHill''.


* GirlsNeedRoleModels: Lily is in desperate search for a female figure who can teach her about femininity throughout the course of the story.


* AdaptationDyeJob: Lily has black hair in the novel, but is played by blonde DakotaFanning in the movie.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: Lily has black hair in the novel, but is played by blonde DakotaFanning in the movie. Her mom has black hair as well - they have a StrongFamilyResemblance - and thus is blonde in the film as well.



* CallingParentsbyTheirName: Lily refers to her abusive father as "T.Ray".

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* CallingParentsbyTheirName: CallingParentsByTheirName: Lily refers to her abusive father as "T.Ray".



* HeroicBSOD: Lily has a temporary one after [[spoiler: talking with August about her mother and learning that her mother left her behind when she ran away. She gets out of it after talking with August some more and finding out that her mother came back on the day of her death to get her.]]
** Also one from [[spoiler: May, after she finds out about Zach being arrested. [[DrivenToSuicide It does not end well]].]]

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* HeroicBSOD: HeroicBSOD:
**
Lily has a temporary one after [[spoiler: talking with August about her mother and learning that her mother left her behind when she ran away. She gets out of it after talking with August some more and finding out that her mother came back on the day of her death to get her.]]
** Also one from May [[spoiler: May, after she finds out about Zach being arrested. [[DrivenToSuicide It does not end well]].]]



* KillTheCutie: The sweet [[spoiler:May]] commits suicide after [[spoiler:Zach is arrested.]]



%%* ParentalNeglect: T. Ray toward Lily.

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%%* * ParentalNeglect: T. Ray toward Lily. He is a distant father, emotionally and physically.



%%** Averted with May and August.



%%* TheSixties

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%%* TheSixties* TheSixties: The book takes place in South Carolina during 1964.



** [[spoiler: KillTheCutie: She commits suicide after Zach is arrested.]]



* YoureNotMyFather: Lily cannot bring herself to call T. Ray her father for much of the novel, since she feels he "isn't exactly the Daddy type."
** [[spoiler: Only towards the end of the novel does she finally call T. Ray "Daddy", although this was done in order to snap him out of his trance. ]]

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* YoureNotMyFather: Lily cannot bring herself to call T. Ray her father for much of the novel, since she feels he "isn't exactly the Daddy type."
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[[spoiler: Only towards the end of the novel does she finally call T. Ray "Daddy", although this was done in order to snap him out of his trance. ]]


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* CallingParentsbyTheirName: Lily refers to her abusive father as "T.Ray".


A movie based on the novel was released in 2008, starring Creator/DakotaFanning, Music/QueenLatifah, SophieOkonedo, and Music/AliciaKeys.

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A movie based on the novel was released in 2008, starring Creator/DakotaFanning, Music/QueenLatifah, SophieOkonedo, Creator/SophieOkonedo, and Music/AliciaKeys.


%%* AngstySurvivingTwin: May. [[spoiler: It's ultimately subverted when May commits suicide.]]

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%%* * AngstySurvivingTwin: May. [[spoiler: It's ultimately subverted when May commits suicide.]]



%%* SelfMadeWoman: August Boatwright.

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%%* * SelfMadeWoman: August Boatwright.Boatwright. There's only ONE black business in town and it's hers.



%%* TenderTears: May, the most sensitive of the Boatwright sisters by far.

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%%* * TenderTears: May, the most sensitive of the Boatwright sisters by far.far, because of her trauma.



%%* XMeetsY: Literature/ToKillAMockingBird meets SilentHill.

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%%* * XMeetsY: Literature/ToKillAMockingBird meets SilentHill.

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