Give me examples of books where characters use teh googles.
August 9, 2010 9:00 AM Subscribe
Character googles her paranormal boyfriend. Fake wikipedia article reading ensues. Is there a TVtropes article for this cliché, or, alternatively, what are some examples?
posted by PhoBWanKenobi to media & arts (23 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've been reading quite a bit of young adult paranormal romance (think Twilight and its clones), and I've encountered a trope that I really really dislike several times--the google scene, which happens when the main character starts to suspect something spooky is going on with the boy she likes, googles "vampire" or "angel" or whatever, and finds an encyclopedia article which either explains precisely what's going on, or gives the author an opportunity to talk about how her version of supernatural creatures is different ("Edward doesn't have fangs!" or what not). I'd imagine that the pre-internet equivalent would be to have the character go to the library and read the World Book or something.
I've stumbled across this in at least four books over the past year--the aforementioned Twilight, Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush, Aprilynne Pike's Wings, and Kelley Armstrong's The Summoning. I could have sworn that I once read a TVtropes article about this very thing, but I've looked through all the articles related to infodumping and wasn't able to find anything. Apologies for pointing anyone to TVtropes, but do any of you mefites recall such an article, or, alternatively, do you know of any other books that do the same thing?