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* CallingTheOldManOut: Alison does this via letter after her mother's angry response to the former coming out of the closer. She addresses the angry response point by point in typed words, saying in a nutshell, "I have no idea what you're talking about. WHAT tragedy?"
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* CallingTheOldManOut: Alison does this via letter after her mother's angry response to the former coming out of the closer.closet. She addresses the angry response point by point in typed words, saying in a nutshell, "I have no idea what you're talking about. WHAT tragedy?"
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* SelfDeprecation: Bruce demonstrates this in his letters to Alison after she comes out, and earlier when he got caught with an underage boy and had to anger to the charge of "serving him beer". He says, "I'm not good."

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* SelfDeprecation: Bruce demonstrates this in his letters to Alison after she comes out, and earlier when he got caught with an underage boy and had to anger agree to the charge of "serving him beer". He says, "I'm not good."



** For Alison, the fear that she may have caused her father's "suicide," if it was a suicide, because she was willing to come out of the closet when he wasn't. In the comic she wonders what it might have been like if he ''has'' come out and succumbed to the AIDs epidemic, making his death more painful.

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** For Alison, the fear that she may have caused her father's "suicide," if it was a suicide, because she was willing to come out of the closet when he wasn't. In the comic she wonders what it might have been like if he ''has'' come out and succumbed to the AIDs [=AIDs=] epidemic, making his death more painful.



** {{In-universe}}. Alison and her girlfriend were fond of doing this to classic childhood literature- "God, [[WinnieThePooh Christopher Robin]] was a total imperialist!"
** Also of her father. She admits freely that suicide is only her interpretation of his death, and she can never know for sure whether it is correct(the truck driver who hit him said that Bruce had made it to the side of the road, but then suddenly jumped backwards "as if he saw a snake"). When telling of things he did, she offers several different versions of what could have been the motivations behind them.
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** {{In-universe}}. Alison and her girlfriend were fond of doing this to classic childhood literature- literature. "God, [[WinnieThePooh Christopher Robin]] was a total imperialist!"
** Also of her father. She admits freely that suicide is only her interpretation of his death, and she can never know for sure whether it is correct(the correct (the truck driver who hit him said that Bruce had made it to the side of the road, but then suddenly jumped backwards "as if he saw a snake"). When telling of things he did, she offers several different versions of what could have been the motivations behind them.
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* DrivenToSuicide: Bruce kills himself by stepping in front of a truck. As if this wasn't tragic enough, there's the strong implication that Alison herself is the one who inadvertently did the driving. Though, see AlternativeCharacterInterpretation.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The "limited palette" version, overlapping somewhat with RealIsBrown. The art is black-and-white line drawings, sometimes augmented with a single shade of greenish-gray.
* DrivenToSuicide: Bruce kills himself by stepping in front of a truck. As if this wasn't tragic enough, there's the strong implication that Alison herself is the one who inadvertently did the driving.caused it. Though, see AlternativeCharacterInterpretation.



* HappilyMarried: Bruce and Helen. At first. By the time the show starts, however...
** HappyMarriageCharade: ...They're this.

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* HappilyMarried: Bruce and Helen. At first. By the time the show starts, however...
** HappyMarriageCharade: ...They're this.
however, it's become a HappyMarriageCharade.



* [[RealIsBrown Real Is Greenish-Gray]]



* TomboyishNickname: Alison, aka, Al.

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* TomboyishNickname: [[TomboyishName Tomboyish Nickname]]: Alison, aka, Al.
18th Mar '16 4:51:00 PM Jayalaw
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Helen was a good mother, especially considering she had to run a household with a careless philanderer and three children, but she and Alison had a rockier relationship in real life and in the graphic novel than they do in the musical, which ''ComicBook/AreYouMyMother'' details. In the musical, she seems more worried than angry about Alison coming out and openly tells Alison to live her life the way she wants to, and not sacrifice her "days" for someone else or for an ideal.


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* UnreliableNarrator: Invoked when Alison says that she needs visual references to draw her family because she doesn't trust her memory.


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* AdultFear:
** Helen's married life was full of this: Bruce swept her off her feet during their courtship, married her . . . and then revealed himself as a {{Jerkass}} BitchInSheepsClothing that cheated on her with other men, and sometimes ''underage boys''. She admits that she's not sure how he avoided so much trouble with all of his sneaking around. Part of the reason she's upset about Alison coming out is because of Bruce's actions, and because she knows that Alison will be walking around with a stigma and a "label".
** Bruce was also not the nicest parents, tearing up library books, yelling at his children for normal childlike behavior, micromanaging Alison's dress style because she's the only girl in the family,
** One time Bruce did get in trouble, for "offering alcohol to a minor" instead of the actual crime, which was driving around with an underage lover at night. The judge was merciful on him and instead of making the family move, ordered that Bruce go for counseling.
** In the comic, while the children and Bruce went to New York, [[spoiler: John went wandering off by himself and a "chicken-hawk," or an older man that preys on younger boys, started following him. John got away safely]]. Bruce only says sternly, "Don't go out on your own again" before moving on with the trip itinerary and ostensibly going to hit on younger boys.
** For Alison, the fear that she may have caused her father's "suicide," if it was a suicide, because she was willing to come out of the closet when he wasn't. In the comic she wonders what it might have been like if he ''has'' come out and succumbed to the AIDs epidemic, making his death more painful.


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* OhNoNotAgain: Helen's response to Alison coming out of the closet as a lesbian, and over the phone she reveals to Alison that her father was also gay.


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* WhamLine: In-universe, delivered by Helen over the phone: "Alison, your father has had affairs with men."
4th Feb '16 2:29:38 PM Menshevik
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* SarcasticTitle: Slightly subverted, as it is actually an in-family nickname for the family's funeral home.
4th Feb '16 2:26:38 PM Menshevik
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* TitleDrop: On page 36, Alison talks about her family's funeral home:
-->The "Fun Home", as we called it, was up on Main Street. My grandmother lived in the front. The business was in the back.
31st Dec '15 1:27:50 PM Jayalaw
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The book was followed up by ''Are You My Mother?'' which deals with Alison's relationship with her mother.

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The book was followed up by ''Are You My Mother?'' ''ComicBook/AreYouMyMother'' which deals with Alison's relationship with her mother.
21st Nov '15 1:52:17 PM StFan
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''Fun Home'' is a 2006 comic memoir by Alison Bechdel, creator of ''{{Dykes To Watch Out For}}''. The story focuses on her growing up in rural Pennsylvania, living under her oppressive father, Bruce, a high-school teacher and funeral home director. It also focuses on his history, how he came to be, and his lifelong project of restoring a dilapidated Victorian-era mansion. As she asserts her independence and comes to accept her orientation as a lesbian, she discovers that her father is gay and closeted. Soon after Alison comes out, he is hit by a truck, which she believes to have been suicide.

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''Fun Home'' is a 2006 comic memoir by Alison Bechdel, creator of ''{{Dykes To Watch Out For}}''.''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor''. The story focuses on her growing up in rural Pennsylvania, living under her oppressive father, Bruce, a high-school teacher and funeral home director. It also focuses on his history, how he came to be, and his lifelong project of restoring a dilapidated Victorian-era mansion. As she asserts her independence and comes to accept her orientation as a lesbian, she discovers that her father is gay and closeted. Soon after Alison comes out, he is hit by a truck, which she believes to have been suicide.



* ContinuityNod: DykesToWatchOutFor fans should be able to spot Ginger, Lois, and Harriet at the college LGBT group.

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* ContinuityNod: DykesToWatchOutFor ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'' fans should be able to spot Ginger, Lois, and Harriet at the college LGBT group.
22nd Sep '15 6:14:27 PM Quietomega
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Fun Home was adapted into a [[AllMusicalsAreAdaptations Broadway musical]] which was released on April 2015 and received numerous Tony Awards nomination, and snagged Best Book, Best Score, Best Musical. It notably is the very first mainstream musical to feature a lesbian protagonist.

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Fun Home ''Fun Home'' was adapted into a highly acclaimed [[AllMusicalsAreAdaptations Broadway musical]] which was released on April 2015 and received numerous Tony Awards nomination, nominations, and snagged Best Book, Best Score, and Best Musical. It notably is the very first mainstream musical to feature a lesbian protagonist.
16th Sep '15 7:03:59 PM QuanticCandy
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* TakeThat: ''A flair for the dramatic'' While not a song, has Allison calling out her dad to Joan after receiving a reply to her coming out letter believing that he doesn't know anything about what she's going through. Except it's before she finds out that her Dad [[spoiler: is gay]].
7th Sep '15 7:20:13 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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31st Aug '15 11:39:46 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted; Alison gets her first period at 13, but doesn't tell anyone for several months. She also notes a fair amount of distaste for the experience, since her first few cycles look like "brown secretions".[[note]]This is often the case with a girl's first periods, and even later in life the blood from menstruation is often dark red or brownish-red, not the vivid color of blood from a cut or wound[[/note]]

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* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted; Alison gets her first period at 13, but doesn't tell anyone for several months. She also notes a fair amount of distaste for the experience, since her first few cycles look like "brown secretions"."a slight brown secretion".[[note]]This is often the case with a girl's first periods, and even later in life the blood from menstruation is often dark red or brownish-red, not the vivid color of blood from a cut or wound[[/note]]
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