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Starstruck originated as an early 1980s stage production and spawned Comic Books and later audio dramas. It parodies Space Opera with a healthy admixture of Soap Opera set in "Anachera", a time period where no particular power bloc holds sway. At no point does the narrative spoonfeed its audience, expecting it to keep track of the various allusions, plot twists and multiple layers of meaning. Apart from that, it has a dense visual style, as well. It rivals (if not exceeds) Watchmen in terms of complexity and intricate World Building.
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For the Disney Channel Original Movie, see Starstruck.


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  • Action Girl:
    • Brucilla the Muscle
    • Galatia-9
  • After the End: By the time Starstruck takes place, a nuclear war literally blew up half the planet. (Remember, the original comics came out in the '80s.)
  • Alternative Calendar: The series takes place in (or shortly after) the first hundred years of "Anachera", so-named because of the lack of any one authority.
  • Anachronism Stew: The "production design" of the comic's clothes, technology and seetings mixes the present day, a Raygun Gothic Retro Universe look and high tech and futuristic, with a dash of Art Nouveau, giving it a unique look.
  • The Chessmaster: Frankly, a big hunk of the cast, including (but not limited to) Glorianna of Phoebus, Ronnie Lee Ellis, Verloona...
  • Eagleland: From what little we see of it, the surviving half of Earth resembles the stereotypical "Eagleland".
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  • Earth All Along: A particular planet gets mentioned a number of times without any reference to its former name of Earth. (But then, half of its landmass went ka-boom long ago.)
  • Felony Misdemeanor: The young Galatia-9 gets given a hefty prison sentence for her graffiti poetry. However, her half-sister sets her up to get an even longer sentence.
  • Future Slang: "Boot" for fuck. (Incidentally, art has turned into a literal dirty word.)
  • Holographic Terminal: Pretty much ubiquitous to The ’Verse. Quite prescient, too, seeing as the first comics came out in the early '80s. (But Blake's 7 had them, too.)
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Averted in the case of the Erotica Anne dolls (they look human, but don't have independent thought).
  • Robot Girl: The Erotica Anne series.
  • Scenery Porn: Present on pretty much every page.
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  • Souvenir Land: The Anarchera era has its own cross between Dale Carnegie and Walt Disney, with his own theme park.
  • Space Cadet: The young Brucilla in the Americadian Space Brigade. (Actually played straight for once, or at least as straight as Starstruck plays anything.)
  • Stylistic Suck: The Purple Prose (and title) of Ronnie Lee Ellis' Hugo Award-winning Mind Spiders from the Planet Xenon.
  • Tricked Into Escaping: Galatia-9 is sent to prison for graffiti. The sentence she's given is on the harsh side to start with, but she gets a much worse one after she's tricked into escaping by a cell-mate who is in league with her stepsister.
  • Used Future: Even in the distant future, a bohemian writer's living room looks pretty much like a bohemian writer's living room.


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