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* OpenSecret: [[spoiler:The students know you're reading their [=AmieConnect=] stuff.]]

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* OpenSecret: OpenSecret:
** Akira coming out is treated like this. Everyone knew it for years and figured he knew himself already. The fact that he ''didn't'' know is treated as the ''real'' surprise.
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[[spoiler:The students know you're reading their [=AmieConnect=] stuff.]]


''[[http://www.scoutshonour.com/donttakeitpersonallybabeitjustaintyourstory/ don't take it personally babe, it just ain't your story]]'' [[[AllLowercaseLetters sic]]] is a 2011 UsefulNotes/RenPy-based VisualNovel by Creator/ChristineLove, creator of ''VisualNovel/DigitalALoveStory'' and ''VisualNovel/AnalogueAHateStory''.

Set in the year [[NextSundayAD 2027]], the protagonist is a middle-aged guy called John Rook who, in the midst of a nasty mid-life crisis, switches careers and becomes a high school English Literature teacher. His new school has a zero-tolerance policy on bullying, and to help facilitate this, Rook is (discreetly) given complete and total access to the school's social networking service, including all the private messages of his students.

Can Rook sort out his own personal problems, learn to be a good teacher to his students ''and'' keep the lid on his voyeurism?

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''[[http://www.scoutshonour.com/donttakeitpersonallybabeitjustaintyourstory/ don't take it personally personally, babe, it just ain't your story]]'' [[[AllLowercaseLetters sic]]] is a 2011 UsefulNotes/RenPy-based VisualNovel by Creator/ChristineLove, creator of ''VisualNovel/DigitalALoveStory'' and ''VisualNovel/AnalogueAHateStory''.

Set in the year [[NextSundayAD 2027]], the protagonist is a middle-aged guy called John Rook who, in the midst of a nasty mid-life crisis, switches careers and becomes a high school English Literature teacher. His new school has a zero-tolerance policy on bullying, and to help facilitate this, Rook is (discreetly) given complete and total access to the school's social networking service, including all of the private messages of his students.

Can Rook sort out his own personal problems, learn to be a good teacher to his students students, ''and'' keep the lid on his voyeurism?



!!''don't take it personally babe it just ain't your story'' provides examples of:

* AffectionateParody: The first 12channel thread you view is one long one on the typical VisualNovel. It's got shameless {{fanservice}}, [[WordSaladTitle the amazingly Japanese title]], romance, {{utsuge}}, {{tsundere}}, and more JapaneseMediaTropes than you can shake a stick at. It's also one of the typical VisualNovel fan and anti-fan: the former tries to desperately convince others that [[AllAnimeIsHentai it's got more to it than sex, while the latter thinks it's only about boning a big-breasted 15-year-old girl.]]

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!!''don't take it personally babe personally, babe, it just ain't your story'' provides examples of:

* AffectionateParody: The first 12channel thread you view is one long one on of the typical VisualNovel. It's got shameless {{fanservice}}, [[WordSaladTitle the amazingly Japanese title]], romance, {{utsuge}}, {{tsundere}}, and more JapaneseMediaTropes than you can shake a stick at. It's also one of the typical VisualNovel fan and anti-fan: the former tries to desperately convince others that [[AllAnimeIsHentai it's got more to it than sex, while the latter thinks it's only about boning a big-breasted 15-year-old girl.]]



* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Ms. Yamazaki, one of Akira's moms. When she confronts you over [[spoiler:Taylor's bullying]], she's ''incredibly'' brusque, straightforward, and furious, which [[spoiler:carries onto when she calls Rook about something she just figured out, which flips out Rook, as it has to be about his spying.]] [[spoiler:It isn't.]]

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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Ms. Yamazaki, one of Akira's moms. When she confronts you over [[spoiler:Taylor's bullying]], she's ''incredibly'' brusque, straightforward, and furious, which [[spoiler:carries onto when she calls Rook about something she just figured out, which flips out Rook, as it has to be about his spying.]] spying]]. [[spoiler:It isn't.]]



* AlphaBitch: Taylor, who [[spoiler:harasses Akira repeatedly after manipulating Nolan and Akira into giving her information, to the point where Akira breaks up with Nolan.]]

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* AlphaBitch: Taylor, who [[spoiler:harasses Akira repeatedly after manipulating Nolan and Akira into giving her information, to the point where that Akira breaks up with Nolan.]]



* AmbiguouslyBi: Nolan. He ''says'' he's just dating [[spoiler:Akira]] [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy to make him happy]] and have a friend, but it very quickly becomes clear that things are more serious than that, especially given his reaction to [[spoiler:Taylor [[ManipulativeBitch convincing]] Akira to break up with him]].
** He later changes his Amie profile's romantic interest section to [[spoiler: "straight with one exception" when his relationship with Akira becomes official]].

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* AmbiguouslyBi: Nolan. He ''says'' he's just dating [[spoiler:Akira]] [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy to make him happy]] and have a friend, but it very quickly becomes clear that things are more serious than that, especially given his reaction to [[spoiler:Taylor [[ManipulativeBitch convincing]] convincing Akira to break up with him]].
him]]]].
** He later changes his Amie profile's romantic interest section to [[spoiler: "straight [[spoiler:"straight with one exception" when his relationship with Akira becomes official]].



** TheRant: And be prepared to hear plenty of reasons why high school English is awful.

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** TheRant: [[TheRant And be prepared to hear plenty of reasons why high school English is awful.]]



* BilingualBonus: Akira's mom posts on [=AmieConnect=] on the topic of [[spoiler:his coming out]] in Japanese. [[spoiler:It roughly translates to "It's about time you did lololol"]] Though not in a very natural-sounding way.

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* BilingualBonus: Akira's mom posts on [=AmieConnect=] on the topic of [[spoiler:his coming out]] in Japanese. [[spoiler:It roughly translates to "It's about time you did lololol"]] Though lololol,"]] though not in a very natural-sounding way.



** [[spoiler: The fact that the entire class pulled a large prank on him thinking that Isabelle killed herself, up to and including getting someone to play a ghost and spam his inbox with creepy messages, didn't help things either.]]

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The fact that the entire class pulled a large prank on him thinking -- making him think that Isabelle killed herself, up to and including getting someone to play a ghost and spam his inbox with creepy messages, messages -- didn't help things either.]]



* CastFullOfGay: Even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a message by Taylor. Although out of the 8 main characters, 4 are straight, [[spoiler:2]] are gay, and [[spoiler:2]] are [[AmbiguouslyBi most likely]] bisexual, so it's a pretty even split.

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* CastFullOfGay: Even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a message by Taylor. Although out of the 8 eight main characters, 4 four are straight, [[spoiler:2]] two are gay, and [[spoiler:2]] two are [[AmbiguouslyBi most likely]] bisexual, likely bisexual]], so it's a pretty even split.



* ChivalrousPervert: Rook if you decide to romance Arianna. When she over at his house watching TV he's almost in physical pain from his arousal but refuses to even entertain the idea of having sex with her.

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* ChivalrousPervert: Rook Rook, if you decide to romance Arianna. When she is over at his house watching TV TV, he's almost in physical pain from his arousal arousal, but refuses to even entertain the idea of having sex with her.



** [[spoiler: The girl in the Kimono that's been guilt tripping you as a joke?]] She the daughter of your character from ''VisualNovel/DigitalALoveStory''.

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The girl in the Kimono that's been guilt tripping you as a joke?]] She She's the daughter of your the player character from in ''VisualNovel/DigitalALoveStory''.



** Akira mentions a book written by his grandmother, Eriko Yamazaki, called 'Digital Shinigami.' In ''Digital: A Love Story'', Yamazaki is a poster on the Gibson BBS, who mentions that she won't be posting much anymore - even mentioning a book she was in the process of writing - due to her daughter, Ichigo (or, Akira's mother) being born.
** Both of Akira's mothers previously appeared in ''Cell Phone Love Letter'', a kinetic novel that told the story of how they got together.



** SadistTeacher: At times, he gets frustrated to the point of being this, and can [[spoiler:verbally beat the shit out of Taylor if he's in a relationship with Arianna and she attempts to blackmail him over it]], and point-blank tells Kendall that he doesn't care if she fails or not later on, after being frustrated with Kendall's constant distractedness. [[spoiler:The principal tells you point-blank to not care about Isabella's suicide, as her parents weren't paying tuition.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Isabella... But not really. Akira and almost the entire class pulls a prank on you when they figure out you thought she killed herself.]]
* EasterEgg: If you're bored/perverted enough and got Kendall and Charlotte together and type in the bit.ly urls they provide when they're both posing for each other, the urls lead to (now dead) links. [[spoiler:You can get into the pictures, but that requires sleuthing and a very shameful mind.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Isabella... But not really. Akira and almost the entire class pulls pull a prank on you when they figure out you thought she killed herself.]]
* EasterEgg: If you're bored/perverted enough and bored and/or perverted enough, got Kendall and Charlotte together together, and type in the bit.ly urls they provide when they're both posing for each other, the urls lead to (now dead) links. [[spoiler:You can get into the pictures, but that requires sleuthing and a very shameful mind.]]



* FanDisservice: If you [[spoiler: Decide to romance Arianna most of the CG scenes are disturbing.]]

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* FanDisservice: If you [[spoiler: Decide [[spoiler:decide to romance Arianna Arianna, most of the CG scenes are disturbing.]] disturbing]].



* FilleFatale: lampshaded by this [[http://nightmaremode.net/2011/12/love-interest-arianna-bell-essai-the-teachers-vixen-14797/ article's title]].

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* FilleFatale: lampshaded Lampshaded by this [[http://nightmaremode.net/2011/12/love-interest-arianna-bell-essai-the-teachers-vixen-14797/ article's title]].



** Also shows up in the students' posts after they discuss Rook's reasons for changing their study of ''Romeo and Juliet'' to ''Twelfth Night''. [[spoiler:Specifically, they express surprise that he's taking Isabella's suicide so seriously. Well, hell, it's a ''suicide''. Of course he's taking it seriously! But once you realize that Isabella's death was a hoax, their surprise becomes more understandable: it's them realizing that Rook truly has fallen for their prank]].
** The "this is not going to have a happy ending" meta-conversation in Chapter Three as the class goes into ''Film/BattleRoyale,'' where [[spoiler:someone kills herself. Except not, because she actually moved away.]]
** [[spoiler:During Kendall and Akira's performance, they mention the plot to ''Digital: A Love Story''. They then spoil the plot to the sequel: a girl faking her death actually just moves away.]]

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** Also shows up in the students' posts after they discuss Rook's reasons for changing their study of ''Romeo and Juliet'' to ''Twelfth Night''. [[spoiler:Specifically, they express surprise that he's taking Isabella's suicide so seriously. Well, hell, it's a ''suicide''. Of course he's taking it seriously! But once you realize that Isabella's death was a hoax, their surprise becomes more understandable: understandable; it's them realizing that Rook truly has fallen for their prank]].
** The "this is not going to have a happy ending" meta-conversation in Chapter Three as the class goes into ''Film/BattleRoyale,'' where [[spoiler:someone kills herself. Except not, because she actually just moved away.]]
away]].
** [[spoiler:During During Kendall and Akira's performance, they mention the plot to ''Digital: A Love Story''. They then spoil the plot to of the sequel: a game they're in: [[spoiler:a girl faking her death actually just moves away.]]away]].



* GratuitousJapanese: Akira calls one of his mothers “Mom” and the other “Ka-san” (Japanese equivalent to “Mom”)
** On Akira's [[spoiler:coming out post]] Ichigo (one of his moms) posts this in the comments. It roughly translates to "finally olololol"

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* GratuitousJapanese: Akira calls one of his mothers “Mom” and the other “Ka-san” (Japanese equivalent to “Mom”)
“Mom”).
** On Akira's [[spoiler:coming out post]] post]], Ichigo (one of his moms) posts this in the comments. a comment that is this. It roughly translates to "finally olololol"[[spoiler:"finally olololol."]]



* HasTwoMommies: Akira is stated to have a mother and ''another'' mother.

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* HasTwoMommies: Akira is stated to have has a mother and ''another'' mother.



* HotTeacher: John Rook is ''extremely'' well preserved for being nearly forty years old, a fact that does not go unnoticed by the students. It's the reason why Arianne begins to pursue him.
* IdiotBall: Although clearly shaken up by it, John never follows up [[spoiler: on the disappearance and apparent suicide of one of his students with any more]] than a single email, not even bothering to ask other classmates about her condition in person. John also believes is trapped and must admit to [[spoiler: eavesdropping on Amie]] despite having only stated that he [[spoiler: assumed a disappeared student might have died *and* having been stalked by someone who claims that he could have prevented her death. Which even without Amie would be a decent reason to assume she'd died]]. There were some odd leaps in logic that lead into that trap. Also, Rook gets a lecture [[spoiler: for keeping the connection secret despite being explicitly instructed by your employer not to]] which, considering he's presumably in a temporary position, could almost certainly get him fired, [[spoiler: if anything, he could have avoided the entire conversation at that point because it's not his choice to obey policy or not]].
** It's also worth noting that if you follow the Arianne plot, she remarks that [[spoiler: the relationship must be kept secret]], only to later admit she knew [[spoiler:John, and presumably the rest of the school staff, could read amie on a whim]]. Either she's not as clever as she thinks or she doesn't give a second thought to getting John fired. [[spoiler: It's also worth remarking that Taylor can try to blackmail you with this as well, despite /also/ knowing that Amie was essentially open to the school staff anyway]].
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Nolan finally settles on this when it comes to his relationship with [[spoiler:Akira]]. His [=AmieConnect=] status even reflects this: "Straight, but with one exception".
* ImageBoards: Mr. Rook is a lurker on 12channel, and several cast members are heavily implied to be participating. Imageboard culture mostly hasn't changed over the course of 16 years, though there's far less cursing, trolling, and general misanthropy, and someone gets made fun of for using Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir, though Rook ''is'' using a "stupidity filter". [[spoiler:Also, Akira and Kendall act out a thread for their big project...]]
* IronicEcho: Nolan's "there's being pathetic, and being ''pathetic''" comment, his complaint about people emasculating Akira, Rook telling someone to "why don't you have a seat", and Akira being annoyed at something everyone else already knew ''but'' him.

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* HotTeacher: John Rook is ''extremely'' well preserved for being nearly forty years old, a fact that does not go unnoticed by the students. It's the reason why Arianne Arianna begins to pursue him.
* IdiotBall: Although [[spoiler:Although clearly shaken up by it, John Rook never follows up [[spoiler: on the disappearance and apparent suicide of one of his students with any more]] anything more than a single email, not even bothering to ask her other classmates about her condition in person. John Rook also believes that he is trapped trapped, and must admit to [[spoiler: eavesdropping on Amie]] despite having Amie, even though he only stated that he [[spoiler: had assumed that a disappeared student might have died *and* having died, and that he had been stalked by someone who claims claiming that he could have prevented her death. Which death, which even without Amie would be have been a decent reason to assume she'd died]]. There were some odd leaps in logic that lead into that trap. Also, that. Additionally, Rook gets a lecture [[spoiler: for keeping the connection secret secret, despite being having been explicitly instructed by your his employer not to]] to do so, which, considering he's that he’s presumably in a temporary position, could almost certainly get him fired, [[spoiler: if fired. If anything, he could have avoided the entire conversation at that point point, because it's it’s not his choice whether to obey policy or not]].
not.]]
** It's also worth noting that if you follow the Arianne Arianna plot, she remarks that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:their relationship must be kept secret]], only to later admit that she knew that [[spoiler:John, and presumably the rest of the school staff, could read amie Amie on a whim]]. Either she's not as clever as she thinks thinks, or she doesn't give a second thought to getting John fired. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's also worth remarking that Taylor can try to blackmail you with this as well, despite /also/ ''also'' knowing that Amie was essentially open to the school staff anyway]].
anyway.]]
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Nolan finally settles on this when it comes to his relationship with [[spoiler:Akira]]. His [=AmieConnect=] status even reflects this: "Straight, but with one exception".
exception."
* ImageBoards: Mr. Rook is a lurker on 12channel, and several cast members are heavily implied to be participating. participating there as well. Imageboard culture mostly hasn't changed over the course of 16 years, though there's far less cursing, trolling, and general misanthropy, and someone gets made fun of for using Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir, though Rook ''is'' using a "stupidity filter". filter." [[spoiler:Also, Akira and Kendall act out a thread for their big project...]]
* IronicEcho: Nolan's "there's being pathetic, and being ''pathetic''" comment, his complaint about people emasculating Akira, Rook telling someone to "why someone, "Why don't you have a seat", seat," and Akira being annoyed at something that everyone else already knew ''but'' him.him already knew about something.



** Trying to live her [[WrongGenreSavvy romantic story]], Arianna is convinced Rook's rejection must be no other than chivalrous care for '''her''', rather than concern for his career or lack of interest; his apologies in the rain, saying she could do better than chase a much older man is insecurity about being good enough for '''her''', instead of trying to let her down gently. Not to mention her entitlement to have him run to comfort her whenever she has private problems, be it surprising him in his flat when he is busy or use his (also coerced) hug to kiss him.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:Akira]] tries to pull this on Nolan [[spoiler:after Taylor manages to convince Akira that Nolan isn't attracted to him and that their relationship was making Nolan miserable]]. Luckily for both of them, Nolan was having none of it.

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** Trying to live out her [[WrongGenreSavvy romantic story]], Arianna is convinced that Rook's rejection must be no nothing other than chivalrous care for '''her''', ''her'', rather than concern for his career career, or lack of interest; his apologies in the rain, saying she could do better than chase a much older man man, is insecurity about being good enough for '''her''', ''her'', instead of trying to let her down gently. Not to mention her entitlement to have him run to comfort her whenever she has private problems, be it surprising him in his flat when he is busy busy, or use using his (also coerced) hug to kiss him.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:Akira]] tries to pull this on Nolan [[spoiler:after Taylor manages to convince Akira that Nolan isn't attracted to him him, and that their relationship was making Nolan miserable]]. Luckily for both of them, Nolan was having none of it.



* KickTheSonOfABitch: When Rook screams at [[spoiler: Taylor about her bullying.]] He feels bad about it but she did having it coming.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: When Rook screams at [[spoiler: Taylor [[spoiler:Taylor about her bullying.]] bullying]]. He feels bad about it it, but she did having it coming.



* LeetLingo: Kendall converses primarily in [[ImageBoards chanspeak]]. This is heavily [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in an [=AmieConnect=] conversation about how conversations between her and [[{{Otaku}} Akira]] turn out utterly incomprehensible to the point Rooks feels incredibly embarrassed to witness their final project, which is a supposed attempt to emulate a chan thread.

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* LeetLingo: Kendall converses primarily in [[ImageBoards chanspeak]]. This is heavily [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in an [=AmieConnect=] conversation about how conversations between her and [[{{Otaku}} Akira]] turn out utterly incomprehensible incomprehensible, to the point that Rooks feels incredibly embarrassed to witness their final project, which is a supposed attempt to emulate a chan thread.



--> "Listen. I'm a twice divorced 38 year old who only got into teaching as a bizarre mid-life crisis. I'm the last person to judge you."

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--> "Listen.'''Rook:''' Listen. I'm a twice divorced 38 year old who only got into teaching as a bizarre mid-life crisis. I'm the last person to judge you."



** Isabella is aware this is how she feels about Alan Mason, her ex-boyfriend

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** Isabella is aware that this is how she feels about Alan Mason, her ex-boyfriend



* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler: Taylor convinces Akira that Nolan isn't attracted to him, and just hangs out with him because he needs a friend, on top of wringing information out of both of them under the pretense of apologizing and talking to them about their significant others.]]

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* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler: Taylor [[spoiler:Taylor convinces Akira that Nolan isn't attracted to him, and just hangs out with him because he needs a friend, on top of wringing information out of both of them under the pretense of apologizing and talking to them about their significant others.]]



*** Even if he doesn't turn her down. [[spoiler: She surprises him in his flat and tries to guilt-trip him into sex, then.]]

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*** Even This applies even if he doesn't didn't turn her down. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She surprises him in his flat and tries to guilt-trip him into sex, then.sex.]]



* MoralEventHorizon: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] [[InUniverse in-universe]] regarding Kimi, a character in a ShowWithinAShow of a magical girl anime who betrayed her best friend.

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* MoralEventHorizon: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] [[InUniverse in-universe]] regarding Kimi, a character in a ShowWithinAShow of a magical girl anime who betrayed her best friend.



* MythologyGag: "J. Rook" was the administrator of the Lake City Local BBS board in ''Digital: A Love Story''. He even acknowledges that his last job was "with computers". This John Rook was also born in 1988, the year ''VisualNovel/DigitalALoveStory'' takes place in.
** Akira also mentions a book written by his grandmother, Eriko Yamazaki, called 'Digital Shinigami'. In ''Digital: A Love Story'', Yamazaki is a poster on the Gibson BBS, who mentions that she won't be posting much anymore - even mentioning a book she was in the process of writing - due to her daughter, Ichigo (or, Akira's mother) being born.
* NonUniformUniform: Apparently, nobody cares about the dresscode... except for Kendall. [[ButchLesbian Ironically.]]

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* MythologyGag: A "J. Rook" was the administrator of the Lake City Local BBS board in ''Digital: A Love Story''. He even acknowledges that his last job was "with computers". computers." This John Rook was also born in 1988, the year ''VisualNovel/DigitalALoveStory'' takes place in.
** Akira also mentions a book written by his grandmother, Eriko Yamazaki, called 'Digital Shinigami'. In ''Digital: A Love Story'', Yamazaki is a poster on the Gibson BBS, who mentions that she won't be posting much anymore - even mentioning a book she was in the process of writing - due to her daughter, Ichigo (or, Akira's mother) being born.
* NonUniformUniform: Apparently, nobody cares about the dresscode...dress code... except for Kendall. [[ButchLesbian Ironically.]]



* OldSaveBonus: [[spoiler:Ichigo's friend (the shinigami)]] will have [[spoiler:the last name]] you entered for your character in ''Digital: A Love Story'' if you have a completed save file for it.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Akira, who talks in {{all lowercase letters}}, leet speak, chan slang, and all the stereotypical grammatical failings of a teenager, [[spoiler:speaks in perfect English when he breaks up with Nolan.]] Everyone immediately wonders what the hell is going on.

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* OldSaveBonus: [[spoiler:Ichigo's friend (the shinigami)]] will have [[spoiler:the the last name]] name you entered for your character in ''Digital: A Love Story'' if you have a completed save file for it.
it on your computer.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Akira, who talks in {{all lowercase letters}}, leet speak, chan slang, and all the stereotypical grammatical failings of a teenager, [[spoiler:speaks in perfect English when he breaks up with Nolan.]] Nolan]]. Everyone immediately wonders what the hell is going on.



* PsychologistTeacher: Rooks points out he had to deal with the students' private issues more than the subject, and continually agonizes about it.

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* PsychologistTeacher: Rooks points out that he had to deal with the students' private issues more than the subject, subject he's teaching, and continually agonizes about it.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Yes, you can give one to [[spoiler:Taylor]]. No, you're [[spoiler:not going to get one from Mrs. Yamazaki.]]

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Yes, you can give one to [[spoiler:Taylor]]. No, you're [[spoiler:not going to get one from Mrs. Yamazaki.]]Yamazaki]].



* SchoolgirlLesbians: Kendall and Charlotte, though the latter seems to call herself pansexual.

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* SadistTeacher: At times, Rook gets frustrated to the point of being this, and can [[spoiler:verbally beat the shit out of Taylor if he's in a relationship with Arianna and she attempts to blackmail him over it]], and point-blank tells Kendall that he doesn't care if she fails or not later on, after being frustrated with Kendall's constant distraction. [[spoiler:The principal tells you point-blank to not care about Isabella's suicide, as her parents weren't paying tuition.]]
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Kendall and Charlotte, though Charlotte (though the latter seems to call herself pansexual.is pansexual).



* SharedUniverse: With Christine Love's other game, ''Digital: A Love Story'', which is set in the Lake City of 1988. Turns out [[spoiler:it NeverWasThisUniverse. In this universe, the Internet evolved from an AI cloning itself, and AIs are a common sight.]] ''Digital'' even features a brief appearance by Eriko Yamazaki, Akira's grandmother and author of some of the books Mr. Rook assigns. (Confusingly, there's also a "J. Rook", despite how young that would make John; perhaps his father?)

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* SharedUniverse: With Christine Love's other game, ''Digital: A Love Story'', which is set in the Lake City of 1988. Turns out [[spoiler:it NeverWasThisUniverse. In this universe, the Internet internet evolved from an AI cloning itself, and AIs are a common sight.]] sight]]. ''Digital'' even features a brief appearance by Eriko Yamazaki, Akira's grandmother and author of some of the books Mr. Rook assigns. (Confusingly, there's also a "J. Rook", despite how young that would make John; perhaps his father?)



** Akira's mothers, Hazuki and Ichigo, are characters in Christine Love's 2007 game, ''Cell Phone Love Letters''.
* [[spoiler:{{Shinigami}}]]: It starts stalking you after the [[spoiler:supposed]] death of [[spoiler:Isabella]]. [[spoiler:Turns out to be a friend of Akira's mom, as part of an incredibly elaborate prank.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: That could be you, depending on what advice you give to the various members of the resident [[LoveDodecahedron Love Nonagon.]] Isabella and Taylor play this role for Arianna and Rook, whether Rook turns her down or not.
* ShoutOut: Rook: "Nothing's really changed at all since then? '[[Literature/{{Neuromancer}} Things aren't different; things are things.]]' Is that it?"
** Rook uses ''Film/BattleRoyale'', Theatre/TwelfthNight, and Hiroshi Ishizaki's Chain Mail: Addicted to You as part of the curriculum.

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** Akira's mothers, Hazuki and Ichigo, are characters in Christine Love's 2007 game, kinetic novel, ''Cell Phone Love Letters''.
Letter''.
* [[spoiler:{{Shinigami}}]]: It {{Shinigami}}: [[spoiler:It starts stalking you after the [[spoiler:supposed]] supposed death of [[spoiler:Isabella]]. [[spoiler:Turns Isabella. Turns out to be a friend of Akira's mom, as part of an incredibly elaborate prank.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: That could be you, depending on what advice you give to the various members of the resident [[LoveDodecahedron Love Nonagon.]] Nonagon]]. Isabella and Taylor play this role for Arianna and Rook, whether Rook turns her down or not.
* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Rook: "Nothing's really changed at all since then? '[[Literature/{{Neuromancer}} Things [[Literature/{{Neuromancer}} 'Things aren't different; things are things.]]' ']] Is that it?"
** Rook uses ''Film/BattleRoyale'', Theatre/TwelfthNight, ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'', and Hiroshi Ishizaki's Chain ''Chain Mail: Addicted to You You'' as part of the curriculum.



* SmittenTeenageGirl: Arianna with Rooks, based on how hot and smart he appeared on the first day.

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* SmittenTeenageGirl: Arianna with Rooks, Rook, based on how hot and smart he appeared on the first day.



** The AffectionateParody of typical romance {{Visual Novel}}s in Rook's first 12channel thread, staring an enormous-breasted {{tsundere}} [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend childhood friend]]. Look closely at the subtitles in each thumbnail.
* TeacherStudentRomance: You can have a fairly platonic one with Arianna... or you can dive right into it and make out with her in chapter one. You can also avoid it entirely, though it requires deliberately being a jerk to her. If you continued down the path, in the end, Rook and Arianna have an actual relationship.
* ThisIsReality: [[spoiler: Taylor]] tries to defend her bullying with this by saying what happens in the real world when someone does that. Rook logically points out that doing what she did in the real world would get you fired.

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** The AffectionateParody of typical romance {{Visual Novel}}s in Rook's first 12channel thread, staring starring an enormous-breasted {{tsundere}} [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend childhood friend]]. Look closely at the subtitles in each thumbnail.
* TeacherStudentRomance: You can have a fairly platonic one with Arianna... or you can dive right into it and make out with her in chapter one. You can also avoid it entirely, though it requires deliberately being a jerk to her. If you continued down the path, in the end, Rook and Arianna have an actual relationship.
relationship in the end.
* ThisIsReality: [[spoiler: Taylor]] [[spoiler:Taylor]] tries to defend her bullying with this by saying what happens in the real world when someone does that. Rook logically points out that doing what she did in the real world would get you fired.fired in the real world.



* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: Arianna's first attempt to get with Rook revolves around her knowing that Rook didn't bring his umbrella, not expecting rainy weather, and insisting that Rook come with her (and her umbrella) by deliberately involving this trope. You can either go with it, or walk home in the rain.
* WishfulProjection: Arianna says "you are handsome, smart, kind" etc. to the man she knows maybe for two days. Though even "knowing" may be a strong word for hearing him introduce himself and seeing what he looks like. Even the [[SarcasmMode terribly humiliating]] rejection was a reason for further idealization (he rejected me out of responsibility. What a gentleman!) This applies (to a lesser extent) to the rest of the class, who decide he is a CoolTeacher (and handsome, as well) and can give wise advices about their interpersonal issues. Rook is not happy about it.
** Isabella acknowledges this of her first romance and whenever she runs into her significant other time and time again. It makes her terribly sad. [[spoiler:And dead. Maybe.]]
* YouBastard: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], or perhaps [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged]]. You're set up to think [[spoiler:you'll get chewed out for creeping on all of your students' private conversations]], when in fact [[spoiler:you get a far milder lecture on how the concept of privacy has changed]].

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* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: Arianna's first attempt to get with Rook revolves around her knowing that Rook didn't bring his umbrella, having not expecting expected rainy weather, and insisting that Rook come with her (and her umbrella) by deliberately involving this trope. You can either go with it, or walk home in the rain.
* WishfulProjection: Arianna says "you are handsome, smart, kind" kind," etc. to the man she knows she's known for maybe for two days. Though even "knowing" may be a strong word for hearing him introduce himself and seeing what he looks like. Even the [[SarcasmMode terribly humiliating]] rejection was a reason for further idealization (he rejected me out of responsibility. What a gentleman!) gentleman!). This applies (to a lesser extent) to the rest of the class, who decide he is a CoolTeacher (and handsome, as well) and who can give wise advices advice about their interpersonal issues. Rook is not happy about it.
** Isabella acknowledges this of her first romance and whenever she runs into her significant other time and time again. It makes her terribly sad. [[spoiler:And dead. Maybe.]] [[spoiler:Or not.]]
* YouBastard: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], or perhaps [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged]]. You're set up to think that [[spoiler:you'll get chewed out for creeping on all of your students' private conversations]], when in fact [[spoiler:you get a far milder lecture on how the concept of privacy has changed]].


* TooSoon: An {{in-universe}} example. After one of the students [[spoiler:commits suicide]], Rooks decides that ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' would be rather inappropriate material, and switches to ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' at the last minute.

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* TooSoon: An {{in-universe}} InUniverse example. After one of the students [[spoiler:commits suicide]], Rooks decides that ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' would be rather inappropriate material, and switches to ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' at the last minute.


* LetsPlay: Quite a few on YouTube, but the one narrated by [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBE78F4C7E558AA0E LaCool]] stands out for his hilariously bitter and angry readings of Rook's dialogue with some improvied inner thoughts:

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* LetsPlay: Quite a few on YouTube, Website/YouTube, but the one narrated by [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBE78F4C7E558AA0E LaCool]] stands out for his hilariously bitter and angry readings of Rook's dialogue with some improvied improvised inner thoughts:


* BlondesAreEvil: Taylor is insensitive, spiteful, and peppers her language with casual homophobia. Ultimately subverted, though, [[spoiler: as she is frustrated that nobody cares about her emotions, and that she'll always be designated as a bitch no matter how nice she is.]]


** He later changes his Amie profile's romantic interest [[spoiler:to "straight with one exception" when his relationship with Akira becomes officla]]

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** He later changes his Amie profile's romantic interest [[spoiler:to section to [[spoiler: "straight with one exception" when his relationship with Akira becomes officla]]official]].

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** He later changes his Amie profile's romantic interest [[spoiler:to "straight with one exception" when his relationship with Akira becomes officla]]


** The sixth chapter is named [[Manga/HanaYoriDango Girls ]] [[BoysOverFlowers Over Flowers]].

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** The sixth chapter is named [[Manga/HanaYoriDango Girls ]] [[BoysOverFlowers Over Flowers]].


* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide: Isabella...]] [[spoiler:But not really. Akira and almost the entire class pulls a prank on you when they figure out you thought she killed herself.]]
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: If you're bored/perverted enough and got Kendall and Charlotte together and type in the bit.ly urls they provide when they're both posing for each other, the urls lead to (now dead) links. [[spoiler:You can get into the pictures, but that requires sleuthing and a very shameful mind.]]

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* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide: Isabella...]] [[spoiler:But DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Isabella... But not really. Akira and almost the entire class pulls a prank on you when they figure out you thought she killed herself.]]
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: EasterEgg: If you're bored/perverted enough and got Kendall and Charlotte together and type in the bit.ly urls they provide when they're both posing for each other, the urls lead to (now dead) links. [[spoiler:You can get into the pictures, but that requires sleuthing and a very shameful mind.]]

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* IdiotBall: Although clearly shaken up by it, John never follows up [[spoiler: on the disappearance and apparent suicide of one of his students with any more]] than a single email, not even bothering to ask other classmates about her condition in person. John also believes is trapped and must admit to [[spoiler: eavesdropping on Amie]] despite having only stated that he [[spoiler: assumed a disappeared student might have died *and* having been stalked by someone who claims that he could have prevented her death. Which even without Amie would be a decent reason to assume she'd died]]. There were some odd leaps in logic that lead into that trap. Also, Rook gets a lecture [[spoiler: for keeping the connection secret despite being explicitly instructed by your employer not to]] which, considering he's presumably in a temporary position, could almost certainly get him fired, [[spoiler: if anything, he could have avoided the entire conversation at that point because it's not his choice to obey policy or not]].
** It's also worth noting that if you follow the Arianne plot, she remarks that [[spoiler: the relationship must be kept secret]], only to later admit she knew [[spoiler:John, and presumably the rest of the school staff, could read amie on a whim]]. Either she's not as clever as she thinks or she doesn't give a second thought to getting John fired. [[spoiler: It's also worth remarking that Taylor can try to blackmail you with this as well, despite /also/ knowing that Amie was essentially open to the school staff anyway]].


* GenreSavvy: Somewhat with Rook. He can tell immediatly when Arianna is going to make a move on him.


** Someone posts about themes of bondage (in the 'restraining' sense, not the sexual sense, just to annoy a horny 12channel poster) and restraint in 16th-century Korea. [[AnalogueAHateStory Guess what the next game featured...]]

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** Someone posts about themes of bondage (in the 'restraining' sense, not the sexual sense, just to annoy a horny 12channel poster) and restraint in 16th-century Korea. [[AnalogueAHateStory [[VisualNovel/AnalogueAHateStory Guess what the next game featured...]]


* MythologyGag: "J. Rook" was the administrator of the Lake City Local BBS board in ''Digital: A Love Story''. He even acknowledges that his last job was "with computers". This John Rook was also born in 1988, the year DigitalALoveStory takes place in.

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* MythologyGag: "J. Rook" was the administrator of the Lake City Local BBS board in ''Digital: A Love Story''. He even acknowledges that his last job was "with computers". This John Rook was also born in 1988, the year DigitalALoveStory ''VisualNovel/DigitalALoveStory'' takes place in.


''[[http://www.scoutshonour.com/donttakeitpersonallybabeitjustaintyourstory/ don't take it personally babe, it just ain't your story]]'' [[[AllLowercaseLetters sic]]] is a 2011 UsefulNotes/RenPy-based VisualNovel by Creator/ChristineLove, creator of ''[[DigitalALoveStory Digital: A Love Story]]'' and ''VisualNovel/AnalogueAHateStory''.

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''[[http://www.scoutshonour.com/donttakeitpersonallybabeitjustaintyourstory/ don't take it personally babe, it just ain't your story]]'' [[[AllLowercaseLetters sic]]] is a 2011 UsefulNotes/RenPy-based VisualNovel by Creator/ChristineLove, creator of ''[[DigitalALoveStory Digital: A Love Story]]'' ''VisualNovel/DigitalALoveStory'' and ''VisualNovel/AnalogueAHateStory''.






* ContinuityNod: [[spoiler: The girl in the Kimono that's been guilt tripping you as a joke?]] She the daughter of your character from DigitalALoveStory.
** Rook shares a name with J. Rook, the sysop for Lake City Local and a minor character in DigitalALoveStory. He was born during the same time frame, too, and has been involved with computers and admin stuff.

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* ContinuityNod: ContinuityNod:
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[[spoiler: The girl in the Kimono that's been guilt tripping you as a joke?]] She the daughter of your character from DigitalALoveStory.
''VisualNovel/DigitalALoveStory''.
** Rook shares a name with J. Rook, the sysop for Lake City Local and a minor character in DigitalALoveStory.''Digital: A Love Story''. He was born during the same time frame, too, and has been involved with computers and admin stuff.



** [[spoiler:During Kendall and Akira's performance, they mention the plot to Digital: A Love Story. They then spoil the plot to the sequel: a girl faking her death actually just moves away.]]

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** [[spoiler:During Kendall and Akira's performance, they mention the plot to Digital: ''Digital: A Love Story.Story''. They then spoil the plot to the sequel: a girl faking her death actually just moves away.]]



* MythologyGag: "J. Rook" was the administrator of the Lake City Local BBS board in ''DigitalALoveStory''. He even acknowledges that his last job was "with computers". This John Rook was also born in 1988, the year DigitalALoveStory takes place in.
** Akira also mentions a book written by his grandmother, Eriko Yamazaki, called 'Digital Shinigami'. In DigitalALoveStory, Yamazaki is a poster on the Gibson BBS, who mentions that she won't be posting much anymore - even mentioning a book she was in the process of writing - due to her daughter, Ichigo (or, Akira's mother) being born.

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* MythologyGag: "J. Rook" was the administrator of the Lake City Local BBS board in ''DigitalALoveStory''.''Digital: A Love Story''. He even acknowledges that his last job was "with computers". This John Rook was also born in 1988, the year DigitalALoveStory takes place in.
** Akira also mentions a book written by his grandmother, Eriko Yamazaki, called 'Digital Shinigami'. In DigitalALoveStory, ''Digital: A Love Story'', Yamazaki is a poster on the Gibson BBS, who mentions that she won't be posting much anymore - even mentioning a book she was in the process of writing - due to her daughter, Ichigo (or, Akira's mother) being born.



* OldSaveBonus: [[spoiler:Ichigo's friend (the shinigami)]] will have [[spoiler:the last name]] you entered for your character in DigitalALoveStory if you have a completed save file for it.

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* OldSaveBonus: [[spoiler:Ichigo's friend (the shinigami)]] will have [[spoiler:the last name]] you entered for your character in DigitalALoveStory ''Digital: A Love Story'' if you have a completed save file for it.


-->"Well, how could you redeem Kimi after that big betrayal? She’s a great, interesting character, but you kinda can’t forgive her for that."

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-->"Well, how could you redeem Kimi after that big betrayal? She’s She’s a great, interesting character, but you kinda can’t forgive her for that."



* ShoutOut: Rook: "Nothing's really changed at all since then? '[[{{Neuromancer}} Things aren't different; things are things.]]' Is that it?"

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* ShoutOut: Rook: "Nothing's really changed at all since then? '[[{{Neuromancer}} '[[Literature/{{Neuromancer}} Things aren't different; things are things.]]' Is that it?"

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