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Literature / Roswell High

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Roswell High was a series of Young Adult novels written by Melinda Metz that led to the creation of the TV series Roswell.

The series mainly revolved around a group of six teenagers, three of which happened to be aliens.

There were a total of ten books in the series. Their titles are The Outsider, The Wild One, The Seeker, The Watcher, The Intruder, The Stowaway, The Vanished, The Rebel, The Dark One, and The Salvation. The first five books came out before the TV show started, after which they were re-released with new covers (with the actors on them). The rest of the series was released following that.


Tropes in this series include:

  • Alien Among Us: More than one of them.
  • The Alleged Car: Mr. Hughes' pick-up.
  • Aura Vision: The aliens see auras all the time. The humans can see them as well during the group connection.
  • Big Bad: Books 1-5: Valenti; books 6-9: DuPris; book 10: the collective consciousness
  • Buffy Speak: A decent bit under the standard definition. Special mention for actually using the word "wiggins".
  • Cliffhanger: Every book except the first and last ends in one of these.
  • The Cheerleader: Stacey for sure. Isabel would probably also been seen this way by the school at large.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Isabel
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: From book #9, The Vanished: " Mr. Manes thrust the tip of the weapon through the hole and squirted a long stream of chemicals into the cavern."
  • The Empath: An alien can feel the other aliens' emotions. They can also tell the emotions of others from the state of their auras.
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  • Fantastic Racism: The first alien we meet outside of the core three and Ray, Nicholas, disdains humans and regards them as being as worthless as insects.
  • Happily Adopted: Max and Isabel. Michael, the remaining alien of the core three, was not so lucky — as he grew up being tossed between various foster home, some with Abusive Parents.
  • Healing Hands: Max heals Liz in the first chapter. The most famous example, but not the only.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: Trevor
  • Innocent Aliens: The crew of the ship were apparently scientists.
  • Just Friends: Max and Liz go through this.
  • Keet: Adam. The guy is amazed by toast.
  • Kill It with Fire: Adam (DuPris) at the end of book 5.
  • Mind over Matter: The aliens' powers are used to manipulate physical objects many many times.
  • No Social Skills: Adam
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: DuPris. Also, Ray, a little.
  • Psychic Link: The connection that the aliens can form. It goes both ways between two aliens. One way between an alien and a human (athough Max proved with Liz that he could make it go the other way at least).
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Maria once when she thought she had psychic powers in book 3. Although, the nosebleed seems to have more to do with the bounty hunters attacking than the visions.
  • Roswell That Ends Well: duh.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Adam, who is killed very suddenly by DuPris.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: Type B
  • Shapeshifting: both kinds are used within the series.
  • Six Student Clique: The characters fit this trope far better than Five-Man Band.
    • The Main Character - Max
    • The Muscle - Michael
    • The Quirk - Alex
    • The Pretty One - Isabel
    • The Smart One - Liz
    • The Wild One - Maria in the quirky aspect. Isabel would also be this in the wild child aspect.
    • The Seventh Ranger - Trevor embodies this the best, but also Cameron and Adam. (Although the latter also seems kind of like a Tagalong Kid, except he isn't actually any younger).
  • Sorting Algorithm of Mortality: Up until Trever comes along, every alien outside of the core three meets an untimely death.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Max at the beginning. Also, in book three (except then it's far more than a crush.)
  • Technicolor Eyes: Max's eyes, according to Liz. His eyes are apparently a really odd shade of blue, with a touch of silver. Also, Nikolas.
  • Teen Genius: Liz and Max.
  • Touch of Death: The same power that makes healing possible, also makes this possible.
  • Wrap It Up: Although it's not a TV show, the final novel in the series has a similiar feel to it, wrapping up loose ends. Apparently, a decision was made to end the series because the books being published for the TV show were selling better. Slightly ironic in that the show was later Cut Short.


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