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Literature / Sephro

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‘’Sephro’’, by Kate Quinn, was published in 2011 on Amazon. It’s a story about how the Power of Love conquers everything, set to the backdrop of Space Opera. The story takes place from a variety of perspectives, most notably from Sephron gaean (or girl) Craela, and her love Cryss, who meet in the astral plane. A notable case of Four Lines, All Waiting, and a fantasy version of Gratuitous Foreign Language.


Sephro contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Craela
  • Aerithand Bob: Averted. While there is names like Craela, Cryss, Jondu, and Lorianna, there is no Bob in this scenario. It could be said that Cristonian could be the Bob, as his name was originally Christian.
  • All Just a Dream: The opening three pages were all just a dream
  • Alpha Bitch: Tesserai. Out of Nowhere.
  • Astral Projection: How Cryss and Craela meet is through the Astral Plane, across planets. There are no ghosts here.
  • As You Know: Most notable is the story of Clorkhana, where Craela has heard the story multiple times, but Arlaw still explains it anyway.
  • Big NO: Jondu shouts one during the climax.
  • Chekhov's Gun: It says in the opening descriptions that Craela has had a dark event in her past, and being afflicted by a Tamaearni Snake will remind her of said attack.
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  • Defiled Forever: Jondu rapes Craela, and thus, she is still trying to heal as the book opens. And as the book ends.
  • Double Standard: Lorianna firmly believes that the human race should not kill animals, and that anyone who harms animals is a plague on society. This is usually brought up whenever she’s defending her sacrificing of animals.
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: You’ll be hard-pressed to find a single page that doesn’t contain multiple ellipsis, though never just three dots, usually with four, five, or six.
  • Evil Uncle: Jondu is Craela's Uncle
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: Cryss and Lorianna dated at one point.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: The Destroy The World Plot is set aside for personal values, which is set aside for character relationships, which is set aside for exposition and explanation, which is set aside for the Destroy The World Plot. The only thing that goes anywhere is the destroy the world plot, and only then in the last forty or so pages.
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  • Gay Best Friend: Lugh
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: The Fantasy Version. The author actually advises people to look in the back of the book, for definitions of words such as ‘Lor’, ‘Nored’, ‘Zoombah’, ‘Drere Birds’, and ‘Questioning’.
  • Have I Mentioned Iam Gay?: Lorianna. In an Exposition Bomb.
  • Idiot Ball: Most notable is Crystonian, a loving father to his son Cryss and stepdaughter Lorianna. And as a loving father, after Lorianna turns evil, and runs away into the forest, he shrugs, and, instead of helping her, completely abandons her, saying she’ll have to go to some mental hospital.
  • "Inescapable" Prison Easily Escaped: Jondu escapes a super-max planet using off-screen teleportation in the eleventh hour
  • Just a Stupid Accent: Most notable is Epona, whose accent is bordering on racist.
  • Left Field Description: Multiple characters are described through random details to show they’re not human, as well as multiple things that play no actual part in the story are described.
  • Little "No": Jondu gives one in chapter 1.
  • Magic by Any Other Name: There are multiple types of magic, namely hormones (Ot for boys, and Ire for girls), and the magical power of Zoombah.
  • Meaningful Name: Averted. None, absolutely none, of these names have any significance to the plot.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: During Chapters 4 and 5, Cryss and family do not have Irish accents. In Chapter 6 and onward, they do.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Two-Thirds of the way into the book, Craela gains the magical power to shoot lightning from her hands. Out of nowhere. Off Camera. And it said she had the power the whole time.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Craela shouts 'BACK TO SARTOZHIA! in the climax, along with a lot of other things. Dramatic Ellipsis also used.
  • Start of Darkness: Lorianna explains in an overly long exposition that she only turned evil because one of her classmates poured paint on her writing, and she couldn’t use magic to stop her.
  • Villain Teleportation: Inverted and played straight. The entire race of Sephrons has the power to teleport themselves and other people across space, yet no one else uses it.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: If you kill someone, you are made immortal. This is seen as a bad thing.

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