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Escape the Night: A Novelization Series by canufeelthemagictonight is an Escape the Night Fan Fic series chronicling the events of the show in novel form, while also filling in a few plot holes and characterization along the way.

Official Summary: The ongoing story of Joey Graceffa, the evil that haunts him, and the Youtubers who must escape the night or die in the attempt.

Please note that a majority of the canon tropes also apply here, though this series is still its own distinct entity and should be treated as such.


The series in general provides examples of:

  • Acceptable Breaks from Canon: Aptly nicknamed by the fandom (and the author!) as "break chapters".
  • Aerith and Bob: From the Confederate general Cash (S2) and SAE members Jael and Ryu (S3); to Creepy Housekeeper Sarah (S1), WW1 soldier Colin (S1), Vampire Princess Alison (S2), The-Man-With-No-Name Benjamin (S3) and Carnival Master Nicholas (S3).
  • Anachronism Stew: Zigzagged. Most non-YouTubers have names fitting to their era, only that there's a few...odd...ones that stand out for their time period.
    • Alison was a popular name in the Middle Ages and the late 20th century, not the Victorian Era. 'Alice' would be more appropriate for the era, honestly.
    • Riley was a ''masculine'' name in the 19th century, but then she was born in at least the 18th century...
  • Anyone Can Die: It's a series of death games, so yes. Almost everyone is up for grabs....
  • Ancient Evil: The settings are always home to a malevolent entity that kills its guests.
  • Back from the Dead: Happens a few times throughout the second and third installments: Joey in Chapter 55 of the second installment, MatPat in Chapter 35 of the third installment, Jael and Ryu in Chapter 54 of the third installment.
    • The Automaton Bride in the second installment may also count.
    • Exaggerated in the fourth installment where eight past guests are brought back to fight for a second chance at life. Colleen is the only one out of these eight to make it out alive, and she had already been revived once in the novel/season.
  • The Big Guy: Oli, DeStorm Jesse, Alex, MatPat and Manny are the most notable ones.
  • Black Guy Dies First: Averted, because although the token "black" characters die around the same time in their respective novels - GloZell in Chapter 24 of the first installment; DeStorm in Chapter 23 of the second installment and Chapter 24 of the fourth installment; Teala in Chapter 24 of the third installment, they are never the first to die. Also discussed.
  • Bury Your Gays: Played with...a lot. But mostly averted because none of the YouTubers are killed off because of their sexuality, as far as we know.
    • Justified for Shane, because he's a member of the Society Against Evil, and He Knows Too Much.
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    • Downplayed for the LGBT guest survivors, because their friends are dead and they almost certainly have PTSD...but they're still alive. This category includes Eva, Tyler, Andrea Russett, Nikita, and Bretman.
    • Subverted for Joey. He came Back from the Dead.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Crown of Oblivion from the second installment was used to power the portal to Purgatory in the fourth installment.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Several YouTubers died in ways which can be classified as such.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: Too many times: accepting the invitations - ALL THREE TIMES, that cursed jack-in-the-box in Chapter 6 of the third installment...ugh.
  • Dark Fantasy: Especially in the second installment, which primarily takes place in the Victorian Era.
  • The Doll Episode: Episode 7 (Chapters 35-39) for Season 1, Episode 6 (Chapter 31-35) for Season 3.
  • Doorstopper: Each installment clocks in at over 100,000 words.
  • Due to the Dead: Funerals are held for the deceased YouTubers at the end of each season.
    • In the second installment, Joey eventually tucks Liza away in a bedroom to show respect in Chapter 30, the non-canon mid-season break.
  • Face Death with Dignity: DeStorm in Chapter 23 of the second installment, then eventually his ex-Arch-Nemesis Alex in Chapter 46 of the fourth installment.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Especially in the second installment. Spread across the first three installments are: demons, vampires, werewolves, gods and goddesses, Steampunk, dimensions, clowns, mermaids, witches, other monsters, etc.
  • Find the Cure!: The first challenge of the entire series is to find the antidote to save Shane's life after he is poisoned. They don't make it in time.
    • Chapter 39 of the first installment has another challenge like this, as doe the finale of the same novel (Chapter 51-54).
    • We return to a similar premise in the third installment, when one of the group was bitten by the Snake Woman and a part of the group had to make the antidote to the venom.
  • Forever War: It was first revealed in Chapter 9 of the first installment that the Society Against Evil had been fighting against the Evil for centuries. Chapter 50 of the third installment officially states that it's an ongoing war.
  • Group Hug: Happens to the winning group in group challenges (the losing one goes up for elimination), then in the finale of the third installment too.
    • Chapter 21 of the second installment: After the Capture the Flag game between the Dark Army and the Confederates.
    • Chapter 22 of the third installment: Once Team Badass Bitch completes their set of challenges.
  • History Repeats
    • In Chapter 49 of the first installment and Chapter 50 of the second installment, Joey fails to save the YouTuber he was partnered with, resulting in their death.
    • In Chapter 34 of the first installment, Matt had the choice between committing suicide or killing Sierra in the exorcism death challenge. In Chapter 49 of the third installment, Nikita had to make the same choice in another death challenge, between herself and Manny. Both times, both chose to save themselves, although the former did not do it on purpose.
    • In the first installment, GloZell antagonizes Joey. In the third installment, Colleen does the same, even though she showed remorse in the end. Guess who Joey decides to betray both times?
    • In Chapter 23 of the first installment and Chapter 34 of the second installment, Joey is voted into betrayal challenges.
    • The equivalents of Season 2 Episode 4 and Season 3 Episode 9 mirror each other when a member of the group volunteers to become temporarily Brainwashed and Crazy to further the group's goals to reach the artifacts.
    • In the equivalents of Episode 8 of all seasons, the one dying (Tim, Alison, Rosanna and Alex) accepted their death prior to it occurring.
    • The eqivalents of Episode 9 of both Seasons 2 and 3 involve a demonic creature: the Devourer for the former, the demon dog for the latter.
    • In the equivalents of the finales of both Seasons 2 and 3, the final three face off against the Mooks, while trying to complete their mission. If one of them gets captured, they have five minutes to save him/her.
      • Season 4 continues this, but the time limit dropped to two minutes only.
    • In the equivalents of Episode 4 of both Seasons 2 and 4, Alex and DeStorm face off against each other, and DeStorm dies. The former part is lampshaded by Tana, and even Chapter 23 of the fourth installment is titled History Repeats Itself.
    Tana: History’s repeating itself.
    • The fourth novel in a nutshell. The returning guests are not thrilled at the idea of having to go through this thing again, while Joey is exasperated and resigned at having to go through this a fourth time.
    • On a lighter note, both the third and fourth installments feature a Camp Gay guy (Joey and Bretman, respectively) having to play straight.
    • Also, in Chapter 38 of the second installment and Chapter 43 of the fourth installment, respectively, Tyler and Ro get stuck in a booby trap and must be saved in a limited time frame before everyone dies. Both times, they manage not to let the countdown run out just in time.
    • Oddly enough, the equivalent of Episode 8 in the second, third, and fourth installments all feature a Race Challenge.
    • Furthermore, the second and fourth installments both involve the final three luring the Mooks into a trap to be rid of them.
  • A House Divided: Happens every season.
  • Kill the Cutie: Most of the YouTubers who are deemed cinnamon rolls tend to end up dead. Case in point, Rosanna. In fact, it would probably be easier to list the cinnamon rolls who don't die.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Arthur's brother in the first installment, Riley in the second installment.
  • A meta example - the series can be read on Archive of Our Own.
  • Novelization: It's quite obvious, isn't it?
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. As of the third installment, there have been three characters named Caroline…and two YouTubers whose first names are Matthew. Even before then, two YouTubers named Andrea? This is getting out of hand…
  • Purgatory and Limbo: The World Between Worlds, as shown in the third installment; and in the fourth installment, Joey actively ventures into Purgatory to save a handful of his deceased friends.
  • Riddle Me This: Several challenges, elimination or not, take the form of riddles, most notably three of them in Chapter 40 of the first installment. Five also appear in Chapter 12 of the fourth installment, plus hieroglyphs. Then once again, three are in the Minotaur's Maze.
  • Rule of Three
    • All Seasons
    • Season 1, the First Installment
      • Antidote separated into 3 parts in Chapters 7 and 8.
      • 3 items needed to perform the seance in Chapter 17.
      • 3 steps in the Perverse Games in Chapter 24.
      • 3 riddles to solve in Chapter 40.
      • 3 keys to free Vincent in the equivalent of Episode 9.
      • 3 evil staff members in the ending.
    • Season 2, the Second Installment
      • 3 YouTubers captured by Jorogumo and her minions in the equivalent of Episode 3.
      • 3 Leviathan Seals to wreck in the ending.
      • 3 Lieutenants killed while destroying the Leviathan Seals, also in the ending.
    • Season 3, the Third Installment
      • 3 YouTubers initially captured by the clowns in Chapter 6.
      • 3 rooms in the Funhouse in the equivalent of Episode 7.
      • 3 stages in the challenge of Chapter 39.
      • 3 witches in the equivalent Episode 8.
      • 3 curses to undo in the equivalent of Episode 8.
      • 3 Society Against Evil members sent to defeat the Carnival Master initially in 1978.
      • 3 Life Stones to recover in the ending.
      • 3 people are revived using the Lazarus Harp.
    • Season 4 (All Stars), the Fourth Installment
      • 9 jeweled keys to recover (9=3×3)
      • The medallion used to control the Minotaur was separated into three pieces.
      • 3 riddles to solve in the Minotaur's Maze.
  • Shout-Out: Other than the already canonical ones, the author employs references to different songs, musicals, films, etc. in the chapter titles.
  • Sliding Scale of Adaptation Modification: Would rank a 4 due to the Acceptable Breaks from Canon. Granted, it is a novelization.
  • The Smart Guy / The Smart Girl: Eva, Matt Haag, Alex, Liza, Matthew Patrick and Safiya are the most notable ones.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The whole series is written in this format, constantly switching between the third-person limited POVs of Joey and each of his guests.
  • Time Travel: So far, the first three installments all involve this.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Timothy, DeStorm, Jesse and Nikita all have roles that seem to invoke this.
  • Voted Off the Island: Everyone votes on who competes in the death elimination challenge in each episode, or in some cases (Chapter 20 of the first installment, Chapter 34 of the third installment), who needs to die. They write names down on a strip of paper in the first installment, while picking specially made tarot cards for each contestant starting in the second installment and onward.
  • You Monster!: People call each other "sick" a lot in this series, especially in the first installment, which can be this trope or You're Insane!, depending on the context.

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    Escape The Night: A Novelization 
The adaptation of Season 1.

    Escape The Night: A Sequel 
The adaptation of Season 2.

    Escape The Night: A Continuation 
The adaptation of Season 3.

    Escape The Night: A Restoration 
The adaptation of Season 4.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Chapter 4 is fittingly titled Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, noting that all the YouTubers besides Bretman have gone through previous death games and thus are affected by their past experiences, and usually not in a good way.


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