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Literature / Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger

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Emily, the genius goth girl is back.

This time, after an accident in her lab, she duplicates herself, leaving two Emilys and a lot of chaos. The questions, though, who is the real Emily? Or are they both real? Why won't the cats hang around either one any more? Is one of them evil and trying to kill the other? Emily, and Emily, find out these questions.

Written by Rob Reger and Buzz Parker, this book expands on the Emily the Strange comics and is a sequel to Emily the Strange: The Lost Days.

This story provides examples of:

  • Absurdly-Spacious Sewer: A new, unused part of the sewer had walls up to about twelve feet high.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: To the black Jackal spider
  • Book Ends: At the beginning, Emily is packing or rather procrastinating in lieu of packing. She does this at the end.
  • Broken Aesop: Somewhat subverted. Despite all the trouble caused by her duplication device, she still wants to get it working again, though this time with better safeguards.
  • Call-Back: Emily finds more uses for the liquid black rock from the previous book. Raven is still with Emily.
  • Can Not Tell A Lie: A side effect of the duplication for Emily
  • Continuity Nod: Emily realizes she lost the ability to calculate terminal velocity. In the previous book, Jakey told her that she was probably the only person in town who did know it.
  • Doppelgänger: The point of the book. Emily accidentally duplicated herself.
  • Epistolary Novel: Emily writes a diary at first instead of packing.
  • Evil Twin: While not twins per se, one of the duplicate Emilies turns out to be very, very evil.
  • Funetik Aksent: As Emily is writing the story, she makes fun of Venus Fang Fang for her accent by writing exactly what she heard. She has a lot of fun when VFF says "enema" for enemy.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: Emily comments that a number of phrases she used would be good names for bands such as Sewer Mural and Dark Artifact.
  • MacGyvering: very capable. She even explains it:
    I accidentally duplicated myself using a device I built from items I found in a junk store dumpster
  • Mysterious Animal Senses: Emily's four cats stop hanging out with her after her duplication. Since her personality was split, the cats didn't recognize either Emily.
  • Noodle Incident: Some of the things Emily (the one who is writing the diary) didn't know about herself. Especially why the phrase "nothing but a thin broth" is so funny.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: They even call each other 'Other Me' and they definitely annoy each other. Eventually becomes Evil Me Scares Me
  • Rhyming Names: Binary Larry and Hex Lex.
  • Something Only They Would Say: An interesting variant. To determine which Emily is the right one, a game of Emily Jeopardy was created to determine who was the real Emily. The two Emilys came up with questions for the other.
  • Speaks in Binary: Binary Larry, appropriately. He encoded messages on the sewer wall using only binary language. Emily also speaks the same binary language as she starts to translate it.
    • Beyond Binary with Hex Lex, a referred-to character who chisels code in the sidewalk in hexadecimal (base 16).
  • Spot the Imposter: The point of the book, except the two Emilys are trying to determine which one is the real one.
  • Spy School: Not an official school, but Venus Fang Fang agrees to train Emily in covert operations.
  • Teen Genius: Emily created a duplicating device! She is even called out on this trope, particularly when she outsmarts Venus Fang Fang's backyard alarm system.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Inverted. Thirteen is Emily's favorite number.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: After losing the Emily Jeopardy, Emily discovers that she may be the clone Emily, not the real one.