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Compare and Contrast is a Veronica Mars Alternate Universe Fic by emmaliza, based on the question: what if Veronica was killed instead of Lilly?

The story starts almost a year after Veronica was murdered suddenly on the Kane estate - a crime Celeste Kane was convicted of, and led to the downfall of the Kanes social standing. That was followed by Lilly releasing the Aaron Echolls sex tapes, accidentally leading to wife Lynn's suicide, Jake Kane walked out on his children, and Lilly accidentally fell pregnant, had an abortion, but had photos of her at the clinic published against her will.

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Reputation ruined and self toughened, Lilly begins to realise there's more to Veronica's murder than the public story. And it's up to her to find out what really happened.


This work contains the following tropes

  • Engineered Public Confession: Lilly does this to Keith, to blackmail him into releasing the proof that Celeste didn't kill Veronica.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Of all the things that happen to Lilly, the one that makes her cry the most is the betrayal of Caitlin.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each chapter is named after an episode from Veronica Mars, such as "Betty and Veronica" ("Lilly and Veronica"), "Leave It To Beaver" ("Get It Back From Beaver"), "Papa's Cabin" ("Papa's Cabinet"), etc.
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  • Mama Bear: This is Lynn's reason for killing Veronica, as she was only trying to protect Logan after all.
  • No Bisexuals: Lilly mentions in chapter 6 that Caitlin doesn't believe in bisexuals.
  • Rape as Drama: Veronica was drugged and raped a week before her death, and thought Logan had done it.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Caitlin's plan to get revenge on Aaron by framing Logan for rape more or less falls under this.
  • Would Hit a Girl: As Cassidy gets increasing crazy in chapter 8, he slaps Lilly.

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