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Tara Duncan is the heroine of a popular French fantasy book series for young adults, written by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian. She is a young "spellbinder", who has been labeled the "French little sister" of Harry Potter. An animated series has been produced by Moonscoop which can be legally watched here.

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  • Alpha Bitch: Angelica.
  • A Taste of the Lash: Used on good guys with a frightening regularity for books aimed at young readers.
  • The Beautiful Elite: All main characters are gorgeous (even Big Bad Magister claimed to be this), and every new guy encountered by Tara (Robin, Sylver, then Archangel) is said to be even more handsome than the previous one, depending on them being a possible Love Interest at the moment.
    • Betty is the only exception, being pudgy and with glasses.
    • Zig-Zagging Trope: She loses weight and her glasses in book five during her imprisonment. Back on Earth her parents notice she's now a "gorgeous young lady." Then she regains her weight.
  • Big Bad: Magister.
  • Big Eater: Tara is reported to be one, but is curiously underweight. It's later stated that the practice of magic drains the user's body fat.
  • Bound and Gagged: Happens at least once per book to one or several good guys.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: See a A Taste of the Lash above. Subverted with Tara, as her Familiar was once tortured instead of her, yet their mental bond made the whole thing unbearable.
  • Cool Pet: Galant, Tara's familiar, isn't only a Familiar Pegasus, he's the only one with magic powers.
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  • Costume Porn: The "changeline" is a device that allows Tara to wear any fashion, including stilettos, despite her being a 15-year old.
  • Cure Your Gays: The love spell on Selena was so powerful that it even worked on Various, her cousin, who was supposed to be gay. Even when said spell vanished, Various retained an interest in women, as he settled down with Lisbeth.
  • Direct Line to the Author: The characters say that their story is true, and that Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian is Tara's official biograph.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: The entire planet of Otherworld dislikes guns.
  • Dude Magnet: Tara has had two arranged marriages proposed to her; not only that, but every boy of her age was once attracted to her except her childhood friend Fabrice, who considers her a sister...Except in book 6, where he admired her beauty a bit too much.
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  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Tara is so overpowered that she came close to destroying Earth in book 4.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Tara and her sister Mara are imperial princesses, Sparrow a minor one, the dragon Charm is one, the demon Sanhexia is one, and Fafnir is kind of a princess too.
    • Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian is herself related to a family that reigned over Armenia 12 centuries ago, explaining this Author Appeal.
  • Familiar: Every spellbinder has one. Those animals go spontaneously to The Chosen One, share a telepathic bind with them, and have golden eyes.
  • Fiction 500: Tara's family is insanely rich, either on Earth or on Otherworld.
  • Hotter and Sexier: When the characters started to reach 15, they openly talked of making love. Not to mention Double Entendre descriptions about Robin training with a ghost.
  • Lemony Narrator: Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian mocks her characters in footnotes, gives comparisons of their gestures with famous movies, and, in later books, gave the chapters overly descriptive long titles.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: New characters are added in every book, and they are all encountered again in later ones.
  • Long-Running Book Series: Each book is a Doorstopper.
  • Muggles: They're called Nonsos (No Sorcerers). The animated series refers to them as Non-spells.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Betty, the only prominent nonsos character, and who stayed on earth most of the time for that reason.
  • Not Brainwashed: Fabrice, regarding his Face–Heel Turn fueled by his lust for power. Later on, he thus seems Easily Forgiven.
  • Planetary Romance: Autremonde (Otherworld) is more of this than Another Dimension because it's really another planet (even if it's reached via Cool Gate).The dragons's planet counts too.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality : Tara dumps Robin despite the latter being a perfect, faithful boyfriend during 9 books, for her common best friend; and she was the one who was guilty of killing him accidentally (he got better) or kissing other boys in front of him.
  • Self-Insert Fic: The title character shares some similarities with her author, Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian. Notably physical traits (both blond and dark-eyed) and ancestry. The author is related to the Mamikonian family, which reigned over Armenia more than 12 centuries ago; it's a Republic nowadays. Included in the books, this detail results in Tara being an imperial princess, and the direct heir to a throne.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse. Literally: Tara inherited a love curse from her mother. Robin, Jeremy, and Sylver all fell for her before it's revealed (it turned out to be genuine feelings for Robin, however). Inexplicably, she's still described with a magnificent beauty after said spell was broken, and Cal becomes infatuated with her (maybe done under influence in the animated version), despite having resisted the curse until book 8 and being in love with another girl, Eleanor, until then.
  • Villain Over for Dinner: Tara once ran into her mother having tea with Magister.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Tara can shapeshift into anything, from a dragon to a vampire.

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