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The Hopewell Club (in Spanish: “El Club de Hopewell”) is a web original comedy by Anthony Tesla (Anthony_H on this wiki) about the lives of three high school students: Allyson (a smart , cynical yet romantic girl), Jake (a criminal often involved in things that he doesn't even seem to be able to keep track of) and Sarah (a cute but mentally unastable gothic girl)

In essence, it's a Slice of Life kind of work, with some cartoonish and surrealist elements throwed into the mix; the series doesn't take itself too seriously, subverting and lampshading all kinds of tropes and conventions about teen stories, but always in an affectionated way...

...when is not being...almost anything else. Due to the constant parodies, hommages and Out-of-Genre Experience scenarios, the book series is well known for not being that much of a teen comedy and more like a excuse for satirizing pop culture, both current and some other more "clasical".


If you read Spanish, you can read the series here:; The author is looking for some help to translate it into another language, by the way (I'm just saying...)

This page needs...a lot more work, of course...

This series provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Sarah, and to some degree, her grandmother too.
  • All Jews Are Ashkenazi: Discused and played with Sarah: She comes from a white family, and her surname sounds Northern European (Greenberg), however, she is stated to have darker skin than her relatives. It's implied that she could have Sephardim blood, but since Sarah's mother Really Gets Around, it's theorized that Sarah could have either Mediterranean, Latin American or Middle Eastern heritage
  • All Men Are Perverts: Jake.
  • Aborted Arc (The idea about the Principal La Fontaine and his backstory is abandoned early in the series when it was originally planned as a more explored theme)
    • Fixed to a little degree in the Wattpad version, where is implied that he might be Sarah's real father
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  • Adaptation Expansion: The Wattpad version includes new episodes and tries to close some holes from the original fictionpress version, and there are even new chapters for older stages of the series.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Allyson towards Ryan, her first crush.
  • All There in the Manual: The blog of the author releaseas details about the characters from time to time.
  • Affectionate Parody: To Teen films and series in general, BUT specially the Degrassi franchise and the John Hughes's movies.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Sarah seems to be more like "whinesexual" and while she clearly has a preference for men, there are a couple of times when she doesn't seem to mind the gender of a person she's atracted to.
  • Ambiguously Brown: more like "ambiguosly tanned", Sarah is declared as such, when the group is confronted as racist because all of them are white (It Makes Sense in Context)
  • Author Appeal: Parodies to all kind of films the author considers noteworthy
  • Badass Israeli: Mr. Weinbach, the PE teacher may be seen as a dark version of this trope
  • Brainless Beauty: Subverted with Allyson's older sister, Jessica. Allyson wants to believe she's the smart one and Jessica is a pretty-but-dumb kind of girl, but the truth is that Jessica is actually a good student and she always had better grades than Allyson
  • Bilingual Bonus: From time to time. Russian, Armenian, French and Japanese have been used with no translation provided.
  • Break the Cutie: A mild example: in the Holiday's Special, Sarah is very excited to see her father for Hannukah he doesn't arrive, she gets better tough
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: If these kids put half the effort into school that he puts in getting high and avoiding school...
  • The Bully: Jake
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Zig-Zagged: The earliest and latest episodes of the seasons always seem a little more serious that the big bunch in the middle
  • Cool Big Sis: The way Jessica (Allyson's older sister) likes to see herself; Allye begs to differ.
  • Cool Loser: The main characters.
  • Canada, Eh?: Averted, but parodied in a couple of times
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Sarah
  • Cool Old Lady: Sarah's grandmother, Ruth
  • Characterization Marches On: Slighty, but the earlier episodes of the series show us small differences in two characters of the main cast.
    • Allyson used to be more shy and silent; while she's still an introverted person, she's not afraid to make her voice be heard when in need.
    • Sarah was always crazy and random, but her behavior wasn't always as "riskeé" as in latter episode.
  • Christmas Special: More like "Holiday" Special (Sarah being Jewish and Jake...part of the "Seinfeld Church"). Two, so far.
  • Comedic Sociopathy
  • Crossover: Josh and Mel from another Tesla's series, "Conozcan a Josh" (Meet Josh)
  • Darker and Edgier: Sorta. At least respect other teen books: The author once made clear than he actually loves teen comedies, but the ones that usually dominate websites like Wattpad and Fictionpress are very tame, corny or bland and he wanted to do something different and a edgier.
    • To some degree, the second book from the series. The first was mostly silly and comedy oriented: The second includes relationships ending, mental breakdowns and death.
  • Disappeared Dad: Allyson and Sarah; Jake is more ambiguous about his situation with his mother
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly Jake, but Allyson has her moments too.
  • Distressed Damsel: Discused at one point, in words of Allyson: "Jake is the strong one, and Sarah is the trickster, and I am...the one who always would be kidnapped..."
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Happens from time to time; favorite topics include politics and the electoral process and hommages and parodies to different time periods.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The series always relied on surreal humor, but the very first saga sometimes seems more a relatively straight "teen crush" plot than the Genre Roulette work of fiction the book eventually became. The second saga was also more "childish" and no different than what you might find in, let's say, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Both arcs are now seen as more disperse, random and slow paced than the rest of the series. It wasn't until "Zapping", a one-shot chapter, when "El Club de Hopewell" really started to gain its characteristic traits.
  • Erudite Stoner: Averted: if anything, they are even dumber when high
  • Even the Girls Want Her: It has been made implicit that the Arts Teacher (a female) has a crush on Sarah
  • Fiery Redhead: Inverted: If anything, Allyson is the shyest and less self-confident member of the group
  • Genki Girl: Sarah
  • Genre Roulette: The author has even admited that the whole "teen comedy" aspect of the series is more a Excuse Plot, and that Hopewell really got its edge when it stopped trying to be a ordinary teen comedy and focused more in spoofing as many genres as it can

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