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When The Wind Blows

Book

  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?
    • This book gets mistakenly shelved in the children's sections of British public libraries all the time. Many libraries put a massive 'ADULT SECTION ONLY' sticker on the front.
    • This book was quite deliberately on the Queensland primary school curriculum at least ten years ago, as part of some vital anvil dropping.note 
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    • It can even be found in middle school libraries, of all places. War and Peace is too, to the surprise of many.
  • The Woobie: In this 1982 graphic novel — as well as its subsequent animated film adaptation — the Bloggs, James (or Jim) and Hilda respectively — are an elderly couple living in Sussex, England. Having survived the Blitz in the Second World War, the couple takes the news of an impending strike lightly, with James wasting no time constructing a crude bomb shelter. When the bomb is dropped onto Sussex, wiping out nearly everything in its path, the Bloggs survive and attempt to rebuild, unknowingly contracting radiation sickness for their efforts. Even as their health began to decline and the rations were becoming scarce, the Bloggs still firmly believed that their government would save them only to then succumb to despair as the acknowledgement of their oncoming deaths became evident. From their unwavering faith in the "Powers that Be" to their tragic ends, the Bloggs stand as a cautionary tale of the consequences a nuclear war has on society.
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Film

  • Awesome Music: The opening theme is by David Bowie, for crying out loud!
    • Roger Waters and his solo band did the remaining soundtrack, and there are two vocal songs on it, "Towers of Faith" and "Folding Flags", both of which are extremely haunting.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Much like Threads, this film points out that there is no way to survive a nuclear war.
  • Squick: There's a brief moment in the movie where Hilda seems to imagine herself as a fairy with butterfly wings. This wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the fact that she's naked in this sequence.
    • After the blast, the Bloggs comment on a smell that's like roast meat, implied to be the smell of roast people.

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