What always happens in books but never happens in real life?

#1

Smirking. If people smirked in real life as much as in fiction, there'd be an epidemic of slapped faces, with me at the epicenter.

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Intrigued Panda
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1 year ago

I smirk a lot, so I guess I should stay away from you then

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#2

*She/he could see it in her eyes...* Seriously, we don't actually do that.

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Martz Migraña
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1 year ago

Sometimes it gets very specific, kinda like "he saw in her eyes that when she was 6 years old she had a terrible fear of blue lizards because one of them once bit her in her pinky finger just outside a hardware store in Knoxville"

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#3

The good guys win, girls don't get their periods or cramps, women's issues are non-existent, the main characters are always "clumsy" but then are super pretty/handsome, smart or good at combat. And no lgbtq+++ people get beaten up, harassed, or murdered in the streets for loving who they love.

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Cryo
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1 year ago

this is literally trials of apollo lmao

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#4

Ugly Duckling trope - all she had to do was lose the glasses and put her hair down...

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HooowlAtTheMoon
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1 year ago

Yeah it's not like that at all.

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#5

I never got my hogwarts letter at 11, no one has knocked on my door telling me I'm long lost royalty, all the wardrobes I've walked into have a back, and I've never once had a moment where the sky shined upon me as the chosen one. I'm a few years away from Gandalf popping up like a daisy asking me if I want to go on an adventure.

There's still hope.

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Cryo
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1 year ago

still hope

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#6

happy ending

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Anonymousplease
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1 year ago

Why the down votes? There aren't always happy endings,

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#7

This is kind of dumb but......
No one ever needs to go to the bathroom in the middle of a huge scene (exploring a new realm/saving the universe etc) in books

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Intrigued Panda
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1 year ago

Maybe they just hold it? I managed to hold all the way through Endgame once

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#8

It always starts raining when the main character is sad.

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HooowlAtTheMoon
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1 year ago

Yeah, why can't I have a sunny cheerful day where the main character is in the worst mood and everyone is so happy everywhere?

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#9

Identical twins with the same personality.

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*me*
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1 year ago

Yeah. I know some twins who have exact opposite personalities

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#10

The good guys win. Justice was served etc

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*me*
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1 year ago

Yesyesyesyesyes

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#11

The secret heir trope - ie the orphan kid finds out he's secretly been a prince, wizard, etc.

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Roadkill The Brave
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1 year ago

I once read a book called 'Split Heirs', where the Queen has triplets. In their country the three would be killed, she had 2 boys and 1 girl so she tells the nursemaid to take 1 boy and the girl away to save their lives. She takes both boys on accident so the girl has to be raised as a boy. That book, OMG it's a wild ride that almost reminds you of Prachett, keeps making references to one of the boys and sheep, it's a hilarious chaotic mess and I love it. I lost it a couple moves ago but I would buy it again.

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#12

I have never spent time in front of the mirror contemplating my boobs and butt, which most male authors seem to think women do. (Mostly I admire my tattoos in the mirror and flex.)

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Jayne Kyra
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1 year ago

I recommend the "men writing women" subreddit. A treasure trove of cringe-worthy things.

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#13

Entering/exiting houses through windows. Like, yeah, technically you can do it, but NOBODY DOES. Windows are not meant to be an entrance. What is up with that, Edward Cullen? Romeo? Forrest Gump? Prince from Rapunzel? Ron Weasley? Sara Crewe?

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Night Owl
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1 year ago

It's because they want/need to be sneaky

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#14

Finding out that a magical/fantastical world really does exist only it kept hidden from normal people.

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HooowlAtTheMoon
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1 year ago

Aha, you think this never happens in real life, but in reality you're just one of the normal people...

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#15

Only one person - an ignored scientist, the janitor, a teenager, or a dog (yeah, dogs are people too - LOL) can save the world from destruction.

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#16

When they bleed a lot yet somehow still live.

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#17

The popular guy falls for unpopular girl

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J. F.
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1 year ago

Or the other way around - also a big NOPE

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#18

People never have to pee unless they have some funny line for it.

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HooowlAtTheMoon
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1 year ago

I always have a funny line when I have to pee

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#19

I have yet to visit a dimly lit, dusty bookstore where the odd little old proprietor gives me a secret book for free and nods knowingly when I take it with me.

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#20

Well I never got to meet a mysterious stranger who will end up saving my life and I will end up falling in love with them and they'll tell me that I'm actually a demon slayer and my father is a supervillian thing and I have a long lost brother who also wants to destroy the world and my best friend turns into a vampire but the mysterious stranger who i fell in love with is actually my sibling even though i am in love with him but actually surprise they're not but i gotta save the world like 8 times
Never happened. Thoroughly dissatisfied with my boring life.

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Broken Angel
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1 year ago

...Mortal Instruments? I love that series. And true, it has never happened.

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#21

Sad face but happy eyes. like how?

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#22

Obviously, we had Trump, McConnell and a host of others of this ilk to prove that we are living in a Stephen King novel, and not reality.

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Jeannie Bristow
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1 year ago

And the most frightening part is that King's novels never have a satisfying ending

#23

“Hey, sis!” “Hey little bro!” Why would anyone address their sibling that way unless they want to make it VERY obvious they’re related?? No one does that(that I know of). Usually I just say “hi Demon 1”

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i'll sleep when im dead
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1 year ago

I call my big sister my big blister and my little sisters 'the gremlins'

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#24

Love at first sight

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Pawlise Glemtepassord
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1 year ago

Uh, I mean, I used to think that was unlikely too. Then it happened to me, out of the blue. Happened to him too, this is our 13th year together. And yep, it was the moment our eyes met, cliché as heck.

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#25

Happy endings

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Marina Ilina-lyew
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1 year ago

If you think about it, there is never an ending the story continues on. Live is just one big adventure

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#26

While wandering the moors after discovering your fiancé is a bigamist-wanna-be who keeps his crazy wife locked in the attic, you eventually collapse on the doorstep of your long-lost cousins.

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albernistuff 4sale
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1 year ago

*Whilst

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#27

The love triangle!

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HooowlAtTheMoon
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1 year ago

Sometimes it happens. Not always, but sometimes.

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#28

- A depressive detective that suffers PTSD and/or alcoholism solves an insolveable case on his own while finding love during the investigation

- Teenager are capable of handling even the most extreme situations, from fighting in a death arena with minimal training to messing up a whole military base during an alien invasion

- The bad guys are never fully able to win. No matter the ressources or power they have, the good guys always overpower them and never have to face restrictions or consequences what so ever.

- Everything is possible for the protagonist; being it by a Deus Ex Machina, being born as the chosen one or through pure willpower. Failing is no option and if it happens it's not significant.

- The creepy person is somebody special with loveable attributes and turns out as the best chance for being a love interest.

- It takes only one (maximal two) days to learn any skill, no matter if it's knitting or engineering cold fusion reactors

- The misfit is the one ending up with power or in the overall best position. Bullies and people mistreating the misfit always have something bad happen to them.

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#29

People getting the absolute crap beaten out of them & tending to their own wounds. Broken ribs/ankle? Wrap it up! Deep cuts? Stitch it yourself or cauterize it! Then go somewhere remote to recover.

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Elizabeth Molloy
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1 year ago

My sister has stitched herself up a few times!

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#30

In books nobody ever has to to poop. They're forever stopping to eat or grab some coffee or whatever, but never go to the bathroom. As a child I learned, Everybody Poops😁

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#31

I've been reading romance novels since I was 11 (started out with Harlequin romance - remember those?). It has screwed up every single relationship I've ever had. Still waiting for my Fabio look alike, Scottish, Alpha-Male, Duke to come and sweep me off of my feet and whisk me to the Maldives on his private jet, where I'll be lavished with unnecessary luxury. He will love me unconditionally and be faithful until the day we die.

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Verena Gitterle
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1 year ago

Get a dog.

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#32

The unimportant characters can die of an arrow in their leg while the important ones can survive boing crushed by a cat, stabbed 19 times, missing a limb and being shot in the head.

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Verena Gitterle
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1 year ago

And then they say: " It`s only a fleshwound!"

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#33

the protagonist enter a foriegn place, they always speak the same language as the natives

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#34

The hero and heroine always hate each other before they fall in love. It’s such a cliche in books but I’ve never heard of it happening in real life.

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Lori Harris
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1 year ago

It's annoying! The fake antagonizing and devil may care attitude between two characters that start out acting like they can't be in the same space together without being dramatic, sassy and ridiculous about their mutual dislike. Then, one of them trips and is caught by the other, their eyes meet and within seconds everything changes. However, at that point they're still unwilling to admit it so they snap back to acting exactly the same, but now both of them "know" something has changed. Still, they themselves don't pursue the other, they even feign efforts to avoid each other, but fate keeps forcing them together. Despite their best efforts, like a game of existential love "chicken," they finally admit feelings at the end. We have to assume that this highly unlikely approach to a strong, steady relationship works out happily ever after. But why? They're obviously both demonstrating low emotional IQ throughout the story, probably not great at relationships.

#35

Hidden Fantasy worlds
Two friends for life
READING PEOPLES EMOTIONS IN THEIR EYES
There are a lot more that’s I can’t think of right now

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#36

Protagonist gets beaten up by several thugs. Has a few minor cuts & bruises (always a cut lip) and is fine the next day.

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#37

No smoke damage. For real, it's dangerous and there's always no lasting damage in the books. I would be coughing for DAYS.

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#38

Women never seem to have Periods PMS anything like that oh How i wish i was a book character

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Seabeast
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1 year ago

Especially true in books written by men, but surprisingly common even in books by female authors.

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#39

Everything in fiction

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Thorfin Wolfsbane
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1 year ago

...aaaaand that's why it's called fiction, haha

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#40

Opening a wardrobe to go to place much better than this Earth right this moment

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Georgia Hebert
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1 year ago

Wonderful wish though

#41

randomly wondering into a long lost native village and having some sort connection to it

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#42

super hot, manwhore billionaire always gets super innocent virgin girls

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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1 year ago

uhhhhhhhhhh, I'll just *ahem* keep scrolling.

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#43

Parents knocking on door before entering

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beck
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4 months ago

it pisses me off when parents don’t respect those boundaries

#44

•emotions in eyes
•misfit being really skilled
•Creepy character who just wants to fit in
•raining when someones sad or when the (insert bad event here) is over
•everyone lives
•nobody lives
•ex coming back and getting back with main character
•ugly duckling was actually the best
•characters being brave no matter what

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#45

Love and happily ever after...nope....

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#46

I never was sexy and in slow motion when I took of my glasses and let my hair down.

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#47

Characters always figure out how to operate the technology without a learning curve. Turn it on and launch the missile, hack the FBI database, reroute the electric grid!

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#48

No one ever stutters or says anything grammatically incorrect on accident.

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𝓴𝓪𝔀𝓪𝓲𝓲_𝓐𝓾𝓭𝓻𝓮𝔂
1 year ago

So true lmfao

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#49

Gunshots killing people immediately

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Piper McLean
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1 year ago

Or if it’s a main character, twelve shots in the head yet still killing a army single handedly

#50

People falling in love and having this perfect relationship, even if it takes to the last chapter it happens. If life was as easy as that I doubt we’d be lonely.

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#51

"They lived happily ever after"

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#52

People in fantasy stories who travel a lot over countries, valleys and mountains without the need to poop.

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#53

Dragons...

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#54

whenever there's a romantic scene, it *magically* starts raining on them

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#55

AnD tHeY lIvEd HaPpIlY EvEr AfTeR.

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1 year ago

Frick. Repeat. Sorry.

#56

The person who is different and shunned saves everyone from a disaster/villain/etc, this showing everyone their true worth and earning the trust/respect/friendship they always craved.

Total bs. I waited for years, imagining how I would save everyone when x bad thing happened. Would have been a lot faster to actually talk to people and try to make friends.

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#57

Jumping into a pool with all your clothes on at parties

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#58

"He got blasted by the beam, and he got up"
Yeah no, I fall on my butt and I'm done

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#59

Books: They were wrote by authors that happen to have 5 elements that are called Characters, Conflict, Settings, Plot and Theme. They help us understand the story so what doesn’t happen in life is what happens in books - Talking Animals, Robots malfunctioning itself and etc.
Real Life: We do normal stuff like play, sleep, eat, run and etc. But we prefer something more than books like video games and TV

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#60

Both characters knowing they love each other. Like they both go in for the kiss but in real life most likely one doesn’t like the other.

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#61

In romance novels, they always end up together. It's always a heterosexual couple.

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