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Literature / Midnight

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Midnight is a 2003 children's novel by English author Jacqueline Wilson. The book is about a girl called Violet and her brother, Will. Violet is a dreamy girl and is always away in her own world, filled with fairies designed by her favourite author, Casper Dream. Last Christmas, they found out that Will was adopted when Will was rude to their grandmother and she said something about bad blood.

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  • Bathroom Search Excuse: Violet's friend Marnie sneaks into Violet's adopted brother William's bedroom and claims she was just looking for the bathroom.
  • Big Brother Bully: Will to Violet, rather disturbingly so, a standout example being when he blindfolds Violet and leads her into the neighbour's abandoned house and their bat-filled loft.
  • Contrived Coincidence: When Violet has a Freak Out over Will and Jasmine, she runs out of the house and gets a train, which happens to cost all the money she has on her. When she gets there, she ''just so happens' to bump into her favourite author, who gives her a ride home and then goes on to write a book and name the protagonist after her.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Will, it would seem, as he is mentioned a couple of times to be barefoot in the house.
  • Easily Embarrassed Youngster: Violet has a whole lot of things she finds embarrassing, mainly her love of the supernatural, the fact that she still plays with toys, the fact that she hasn't developed breasts yet, and the fact that she only has four non-family friends.
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  • Even the Guys Want Him: According to Violet, even some boys at school have a crush on Will.
  • Expy: Word of God says that several of the Casper Dream illustrations and characters are mirrored with the main characters:
    • Violet- The Violet Fairy, who is shy and easily trampled upon.
    • Will- The Changeling, a demanding, difficult fairy child who is left as a substitution for a human baby.
    • Jasmine- The Enchantress, a beautiful sorceress who has an irresistible influence on others.
    • Mum- The Hearth Fairy, a timid sprite who tries to bring harmony to a household.
    • Dad- The Ogre, a monster who bullies the weak.
    • Jonathan- The Elf King.
    • Gran- The Black Witch, one who practices malicious magic for evil purposes.
    • The Original Will- The Wraith, an apparition of someone who is about to die.
    • Marnie and Terry- Hobgoblins, dull and quarrelsome domestic faeries.
    • Additionally, Jasmine is most likely an Expy of Selina from Jacqueline Wilson's earlier book, The Power Of The Shade, although she is somewhat nicer.
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  • Extreme Doormat: Violet views her mother this way, noting she does everything her father says and never retaliates when he belittles her and is depressed to note that she behaves similarly around Will and resolves to be stronger than her mother.
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: Violet, which borders on Big Brother Attraction when she admits that at age fourteen she still harbours hopes of them living together when they grow up. Will is adopted, but Violet didn't know this for most of her life, and still sees him as a big brother.
  • Freak Out: Violet when she finds Will and Jasmine kissing.
  • Jerkass Realization: Will is genuinely worried about Violet when she runs away and hugs her in relief when she finally returns, acknowledging that he was being mean to her for no reason.
  • Kids Raiding the Wine Cabinet: Violet (who is thirteen), her classmate Jasmine, and her adoptive older brother William (who's an older teen but not eighteen yet) try some wine while the parents are away.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Violet owns a first edition copy of The Smoke Fairy by Casper Dream, which is now highly prized by collectors (it is his first published work and only a few copies exist, as it was subsequently banned from sale.) Violet's aware of how valuable it would be, but treasures it so much that she will never sell it.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Will, especially towards Violet. When Violet starts hanging around with Jasmine, he gets jealous and offers to take her to Brompton, after weeks of barely acknowledging her. Violet herself is aware he's just doing it to make her pick between him and Jasmine and turns him down.
  • Oblivious Adoption: Will, up until the beginning of the novel, didn't know he was adopted. The entire book is arguably him sulking over not being told about it.
  • Pet the Dog: Will sews up all of Violet's fairies in Midnight after she destroys them during an argument, then hangs them up in a tree outside her window.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Will was adopted because he looked exactly like their parents' first baby, who died of cot death.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Violet and Jasmine; in fact, it wouldn't be difficult to interpret Violet's long, romanticised descriptions of Jasmine as her being in love with her, or at least having a crush. It's even lampshaded by Marnie and Terry.
  • Spoiled Brat: Jasmine, arguably. Her response to a teacher telling her to wear more appropriate clothes to school is to call her an "old bat" and draw crude drawings of her and her father dotes on her. She claims to have been neglected by her soap-actress mother, but she's an Unreliable Narrator at best.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Marnie and Terry aren't wrong when they point out Jasmine is arrogant and selfish, but Violet doesn't care.
  • Those Two Guys: Marnie and Terry, two hopelessly unpopular girls Violet is acquaintances with until Jasmine shows up.


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