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Basic Trope: A character is described by the narrator as resembling a celebrity.

  • Straight: Alice is described as resembling a young Anne Hathaway in her introduction.
  • Exaggerated: All of the characters are described as resembling celebrities: Alice's lover Bob is described as looking like Brad Pitt, her goofy best friend Claire is described as looking like Kate Winslet, Big Bad Devious Danny looks like Peter Lorre, and Romantic False Lead Ethan is described like George Clooney.
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  • Downplayed: The narrator notes how Alice tried to make her hair look like Anne Hathaway's.
  • Justified: The book is a novelization of a film in which Hathaway played Alice.
  • Inverted: Anne Hathaway looks like Alice.
  • Subverted: The narrator says "Alice, in the early morning light, looked like a young Anne Hathaway... No, Reese Witherspoon... No, Christina Applegate... No, come to think of it, Alice didn't look like anyone besides her little old self".
  • Double Subverted: "Wait - she kinda really did look like Anne Hathaway."
  • Parodied: "As Alice walked down the street, Old Man Martins called out 'You look like Louise Brooks today, little lady!' 'Who the hell is Louise Brooks?' Alice yelled back."
  • Zig Zagged: In chapter 1, Alice is described as looking like Anne Hathaway, but later in chapter 23 is described as looking like Anna Kendrick, and then in chapter 45 as Natalie Portman.
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  • Averted: Never is Alice compared to any celebrity, past or present.
  • Enforced: The writer wants Hathaway to star in a flim adaptation based on her book.
  • Lampshaded: "My name is Mary Sue and I look like Anne Hathaway and Taylor Swift and Beyoncé and Sandra Bullock and Amy Lee! Aren't I special!"
  • Invoked: Alice mentions that she is styling her hair to look like Anne Hathaway.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice is mentioned as styling herself to look less like Anne Hathaway.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Out of universe, Anne Hathaway sues for defamation for the use of her image.
  • Reconstructed: Anne Hathaway does not win, and the court case ends up giving the book much additional publicity.

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