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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]]
31st Aug '15 4:56:23 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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!!! Book Only * ACupAngst: Averted, as Alison doesn't even ''want'' her breasts to develop in the first place. And then when they do, she's unpleasantly surprised to learn they're very tender and can be quite painful to the touch. * AmbiguouslyGay: Alison thinks this about herself for quite a while, wondering if she can really say she's a lesbian before she's even had sex. * ArtShift: For the close-ups of the photographs, Alison puts much more detail into them, making them appear more lifelike. * 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?" * ComingOfAgeStory * ContinuityNod: DykesToWatchOutFor fans should be able to spot Ginger, Lois, and Harriet at the college LGBT group. * {{Corpsing}}: Alison finds herself unable to grieve normally when hearing of her father's death. She laughs when telling her librarian boss that her father died, unable to believe that Bruce can suddenly be dead, and at the funeral she and her brothers share eerie grins. * ADateWithRosiePalms: Alison begins masturbating shortly after getting her period at 13. * DoingItForTheArt: In-universe and out of universe examples: ** Helen sewing all of her costumes for various plays, refusing to use the same one twice, and recording every line in the play so as to memorize hers perfectly. ** Bruce hand-paints Easter eggs to match flower colors. Not to mention how he treats the house. ** Out of universe, Alison spending several years working on the graphic novel, mainly working from photographs of herself in the characters' poses. * IcarusAllusion: The first chapter and then the last two pages have Alison discuss the parallel between Icarus/Daedalus and herself/her father. It's one of the major recurring themes of the book. * ImagineSpot: Alison has a brief imaginary outburst at her father's funeral of yelling at the minister. The next panel cuts back to reality, where she is quiet and polite. * OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Helen makes the move to divorce Bruce after Alison comes out of the closet. Alison wholeheartedly supports her mother's decision when it's mentioned. * 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]] * NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Several little asides stress this, like "Yes, it really was a Sunbeam Bread truck" and "Honest to God, we had a painting of a cockatoo in the library." * 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." * {{Shotacon}}: [[spoiler: During the Bicentennial in New York, Alison's brother, John, is stalked by a pedophile. He gets away safely.]] * ShoutOut: Over the course of the book Alison compares her life and its contents with most of the major literary canon, starting with Myth/GreekMythology and ending with {{Ulysses}}. Books and plays come up a lot in this story. * SuperOCD: Alison develops this as a young teenager; it gets so bad that her mother notices, first reading to her in the bathtub and then writing her diary for her. * UnreliableNarrator: To go with the SuperOCD, Alison starts adding "I think" to her diary, even adding a shorthand symbol that makes her handwriting illegible. * WhatTheHellHero: Helen calls out Bruce multiple times, though for Alison they register as nasty fights. Case in point, when Helen reminds Bruce that John is waiting to be picked up. !!! Musical Only * AdaptationExpansion: Alison's family gets more screen-time, mainly her brothers and mother, so that we see more CharacterDevelopment. * BSODSong: "Edges of the World" for Bruce in the musical, which depicts his last thoughts before his suicide. * DarkReprise: Helen Bechdel's "Days and Days" in the musical is a dark reprisal of "Welcome to Our House in Maple Avenue." * DistantDuet: In the musical, there are moments where Alison finds herself singing across time with her late father. * HopeSpot: ** There are a few moments when it seems like Bruce and Alison might be getting along, before something (usually Bruce himself) messes it up. One notable instance is Bruce trying to help Alison with her map project for school. He encourages her to practice more, and says she has the potential to be a real artist when she grows up... before going all ControlFreak and trying to make her do it ''his'' way, which understandably upsets her. Bruce then gets upset about Alison getting upset, and the whole thing ends with Bruce storming off, and Alison hurt and confused. ** In the musical, the scene just before "Telephone Wire" counts. Bruce is glad to see Alison, and seems to be getting along well with her new girlfriend Joan, Joan even helping him clean. He and Alison play a duet together on the piano and go for a drive together. The whole thing is painful for adult Alison to watch, since she knows it's the last time she saw her father before he killed himself, and they never fully bridged the gap between them. * ImagineSpot: "Raincoat of Love" in the musical is Small Alison fantasizing about what she ''wishes'' her family was like. * IronicEcho: "I might still break a heart or two..." * ItsAllAboutMe: It's very telling that two of the most prominent lyrics associated with Bruce in the musical are "He wants" and "I want." * IWantSong: In the musical, "Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue" is a "He [Bruce] wants" song. Then a more subtle straight example in "Ring of Keys," when young Alison, while having trouble articulating it, realizes she wants to dress similarly to the butch delivery woman. * PensieveFlashback: In the musical, Alison watches the show's events with the audience, often walking through the scene and commenting on it, sometimes even speaking directly to the people in them. However, no one from the past can see or hear her. * PlotRelevantAgeUp: The events of the play are slightly timeshifted; one particular example is that Alison seeing the ButchLesbian delivery woman during "Ring of Keys" is played and sung by (at the time) eleven-year old Sydney Lucas; in real life, this happened when Alison was four or five. * ShutUpKiss: Joan delivers one to Alison in the middle of Alison's worried ramblings, which leads to their first sexual encounter. * StepfordSmiler: Helen is this in spades. When she breaks down during her DarkReprise, it's quite heart-breaking when she tells Alison not to repeat her mistakes. * WhatTheHellHero: Retroactively, Alison does this to Bruce in the musical when looking back on her childhood and realizing how awful he was at times.

* AbusiveParents: {{Downplayed}}. While he didn't overtly abuse Alison, Bruce was still an awful person to her at various points in her childhood.
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* AbusiveParents: {{Downplayed}}. While he Bruce didn't overtly physically abuse Alison, Bruce but he was still an awful person to her at various points in her childhood.

** 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. When telling of things he did, she offers several different versions of what could have been the motivations behind them.
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** 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.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.

* AudienceSurrogate: Joan when she sees the Bechdel family home for the first time. "You described it, but I had ''no'' idea."
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* AudienceSurrogate: Alison's first girlfriend Joan when she sees the Bechdel family home for the first time. "You described it, but I had ''no'' idea."

* BoyishShortHair: Alison as an adult and teen wears her hair this way. Lampshaded by Small Alison in the musical.
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* BoyishShortHair: Alison as an adult and teen wears her hair this way. Lampshaded by Small Alison in the book and musical.

'''Bruce:''' ''(DeathGlare)'' If I see you without it again, I'll wail you.
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'''Bruce:''' ''(DeathGlare)'' If I see you without it again, I'll wail wale you.

!!! Book Only * ArtShift: For the close-ups of the photographs. * 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?" * ContinuityNod: DykesToWatchOutFor fans should be able to spot Ginger, Lois, and Harriet at the college LGBT group. * {{Corpsing}}: Alison finds herself unable to grieve normally when hearing of her father's death. She laughs when telling her librarian boss that her father died, unable to believe that Bruce can suddenly be dead, and at the funeral she and her brothers share eerie grins. * DaydreamSurprise: Alison has a brief imaginary outburst at her father's funeral. The next panel cuts back to reality, where she is quiet and polite. * DoingItForTheArt: In-universe and out of universe examples: ** Helen sewing all of her costumes for various plays, refusing to use the same one twice, and recording every line in the play so as to memorize hers perfectly. ** Bruce hand-paints Easter eggs to match flower colors. Not to mention how he treats the house. ** Out of universe, Alison spending several years working on the graphic novel, mainly working from photographs of herself in the characters' poses. * IcarusAllusion: The first chapter has Alison discuss the parallel between Icarus/Daedalus and herself/her father. It's one of the major recurring themes of the book. * OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Helen makes the move to divorce Bruce after Alison comes out of the closet. Alison wholeheartedly supports her mother's decision when it's mentioned. * 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." * {{Shotacon}}: [[spoiler: During the Bicentennial in New York, Alison's brother, John, is stalked by a pedophile. He gets away safely.]] * ShoutOut: Over the course of the book Alison compares her life and its contents with most of the major literary canon, starting with Myth/GreekMythology and ending with {{Ulysses}}. Books and plays come up a lot in this story. * SuperOCD: Alison develops this as a child; it gets so bad that her mother notices, first reading to her in the bathtub and then writing her diary for her. * UnreliableNarrator: To go with the SuperOCD, Alison starts adding "I think" to her diary, even adding a shorthand symbol that makes her handwriting illegible. * WhatTheHellHero: Helen calls out Bruce multiple times, though for Alison they register as nasty fights. Case in point, when Helen reminds Bruce that John is waiting to be picked up. !!! Musical Only * AdaptationExpansion: Alison's family gets more screen-time, mainly her brothers and mother, so that we see more CharacterDevelopment. * BSODSong: "Edges of the World" for Bruce in the musical, which depicts his last thoughts before his suicide. * DarkReprise: Helen Bechdel's "Days and Days" in the musical is a dark reprisal of "Welcome to Our House in Maple Avenue." * DistantDuet: In the musical, there are moments where Alison finds herself singing across time with her late father. * HopeSpot: ** There are a few moments when it seems like Bruce and Alison might be getting along, before something (usually Bruce himself) messes it up. One notable instance is Bruce trying to help Alison with her map project for school. He encourages her to practice more, and says she has the potential to be a real artist when she grows up... before going all ControlFreak and trying to make her do it ''his'' way, which understandably upsets her. Bruce then gets upset about Alison getting upset, and the whole thing ends with Bruce storming off, and Alison hurt and confused. ** In the musical, the scene just before "Telephone Wire" counts. Bruce is glad to see Alison, and seems to be getting along well with her new girlfriend Joan, Joan even helping him clean. He and Alison play a duet together on the piano and go for a drive together. The whole thing is painful for adult Alison to watch, since she knows it's the last time she saw her father before he killed himself, and they never fully bridged the gap between them. * ImagineSpot: "Raincoat of Love" in the musical is Small Alison fantasizing about what she ''wishes'' her family was like. * IronicEcho: "I might still break a heart or two..." * ItsAllAboutMe: It's very telling that two of the most prominent lyrics associated with Bruce in the musical are "He wants" and "I want." * IWantSong: In the musical, "Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue" is a "He [Bruce] wants" song. Then a more subtle straight example in "Ring of Keys," when young Alison, while having trouble articulating it, realizes she wants to dress similarly to the butch delivery woman. * NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Several little asides stress this, like "Yes, it really was a Sunbeam Bread truck" and "Honest to God, we had a painting of a cockatoo in the library." * PensieveFlashback: In the musical, Alison watches the show's events with the audience, often walking through the scene and commenting on it, sometimes even speaking directly to the people in them. However, no one from the past can see or hear her. * ShutUpKiss: Joan delivers one to Alison in the middle of Alison's worried ramblings, which leads to their first sexual encounter. * StepfordSmiler: Helen is this in spades. When she breaks down during her DarkReprise, it's quite heart-breaking when she tells Alison not to repeat her mistakes. * WhatTheHellHero: Retroactively, Alison does this to Bruce in the musical when looking back on her childhood and realizing how awful he was at times.
20th Aug '15 5:07:53 PM Jayalaw
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!!! Both the Book and Musical

* ArtShift: For the close-ups of the photographs.

'''Small Alison:''' So would a crew cut.\\
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'''Small Alison:''' [[DeadpanSnarker So would a crew cut.cut]].\\

* BSODSong: "Edges of the World" for Bruce in the musical, which depicts his last thoughts before his suicide.

* ContinuityNod: DykesToWatchOutFor fans should be able to spot Ginger, Lois, and Harriet at the college LGBT group. * ControlFreak: Bruce.
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* ContinuityNod: DykesToWatchOutFor fans should be able to spot Ginger, Lois, and Harriet at the college LGBT group. * ControlFreak: Bruce. From how the house looks to his daughter's drawing assignments, "he wants," "he wants." In the book Alison depicts him choosing her clothes for her, even complaining how "she looks like a missionary."

* DarkReprise: Helen Bechdel's "Days and Days" in the musical is a dark reprisal of "Welcome to Our House in Maple Avenue." * DaydreamSurprise: Alison has a brief imaginary outburst at her father's funeral. The next panel cuts back to reality, where she is quiet and polite.

* DistantDuet: In the musical, there are moments where Alison finds herself singing across time with her late father.

* DistantDuet: In GallowsHumor: The kids ''really'' enjoy displaying this; heck, they even name the musical, there are moments where Alison finds herself singing across time with her late father.funeral home the "Fun Home".

* HopeSpot: ** There are a few moments when it seems like Bruce and Alison might be getting along, before something (usually Bruce himself) messes it up. One notable instance is Bruce trying to help Alison with her map project for school. He encourages her to practice more, and says she has the potential to be a real artist when she grows up... before going all ControlFreak and trying to make her do it ''his'' way, which understandably upsets her. Bruce then gets upset about Alison getting upset, and the whole thing ends with Bruce storming off, and Alison hurt and confused. ** In the musical, the scene just before "Telephone Wire" counts. Bruce is glad to see Alison, and seems to be getting along well with her new girlfriend Joan, Joan even helping him clean. He and Alison play a duet together on the piano and go for a drive together. The whole thing is painful for adult Alison to watch, since she knows it's the last time she saw her father before he killed himself, and they never fully bridged the gap between them.

* IcarusAllusion: The first chapter has Alison discuss the parallel between Icarus/Daedalus and herself/her father. It's one of the major recurring themes of the book. * ImagineSpot: "Raincoat of Love" in the musical is Small Alison fantasizing about what she ''wishes'' her family was like. * IronicEcho: "I might still break a heart or two..." * ItsAllAboutMe: It's very telling that two of the most prominent lyrics associated with Bruce in the musical are "He wants" and "I want." * IWantSong: In the musical, "Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue" is a "He [Bruce] wants" song. Then a more subtle straight example in "Ring of Keys," when young Alison, while having trouble articulating it, realizes she wants to dress similarly to the butch delivery woman.

* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Several little asides stress this, like "Yes, it really was a Sunbeam Bread truck" and "Honest to God, we had a painting of a cockatoo in the library."

* PensieveFlashback: In the musical, Alison watches the show's events with the audience, often walking through the scene and commenting on it, sometimes even speaking directly to the people in them. However, no one from the past can see or hear her.

* {{Shotacon}}: [[spoiler: During the Bicentennial in New York, Alison's brother, John, is stalked by a pedophile. He gets away safely.]] * ShoutOut: Over the course of the book Alison compares her life and its contents with most of the major literary canon, starting with Myth/GreekMythology and ending with {{Ulysses}}. Books and plays come up a lot in this story.

* WhatTheHellHero: Retroactively, Alison does this to Bruce in the musical when looking back on her childhood and realizing how awful he was at times.

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!!! Book Only * ArtShift: For the close-ups of the photographs. * 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?" * ContinuityNod: DykesToWatchOutFor fans should be able to spot Ginger, Lois, and Harriet at the college LGBT group. * {{Corpsing}}: Alison finds herself unable to grieve normally when hearing of her father's death. She laughs when telling her librarian boss that her father died, unable to believe that Bruce can suddenly be dead, and at the funeral she and her brothers share eerie grins. * DaydreamSurprise: Alison has a brief imaginary outburst at her father's funeral. The next panel cuts back to reality, where she is quiet and polite. * DoingItForTheArt: In-universe and out of universe examples: ** Helen sewing all of her costumes for various plays, refusing to use the same one twice, and recording every line in the play so as to memorize hers perfectly. ** Bruce hand-paints Easter eggs to match flower colors. Not to mention how he treats the house. ** Out of universe, Alison spending several years working on the graphic novel, mainly working from photographs of herself in the characters' poses. * IcarusAllusion: The first chapter has Alison discuss the parallel between Icarus/Daedalus and herself/her father. It's one of the major recurring themes of the book. * OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Helen makes the move to divorce Bruce after Alison comes out of the closet. Alison wholeheartedly supports her mother's decision when it's mentioned. * 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." * {{Shotacon}}: [[spoiler: During the Bicentennial in New York, Alison's brother, John, is stalked by a pedophile. He gets away safely.]] * ShoutOut: Over the course of the book Alison compares her life and its contents with most of the major literary canon, starting with Myth/GreekMythology and ending with {{Ulysses}}. Books and plays come up a lot in this story. * SuperOCD: Alison develops this as a child; it gets so bad that her mother notices, first reading to her in the bathtub and then writing her diary for her. * UnreliableNarrator: To go with the SuperOCD, Alison starts adding "I think" to her diary, even adding a shorthand symbol that makes her handwriting illegible. * WhatTheHellHero: Helen calls out Bruce multiple times, though for Alison they register as nasty fights. Case in point, when Helen reminds Bruce that John is waiting to be picked up. !!! Musical Only * AdaptationExpansion: Alison's family gets more screen-time, mainly her brothers and mother, so that we see more CharacterDevelopment. * BSODSong: "Edges of the World" for Bruce in the musical, which depicts his last thoughts before his suicide. * DarkReprise: Helen Bechdel's "Days and Days" in the musical is a dark reprisal of "Welcome to Our House in Maple Avenue." * DistantDuet: In the musical, there are moments where Alison finds herself singing across time with her late father. * HopeSpot: ** There are a few moments when it seems like Bruce and Alison might be getting along, before something (usually Bruce himself) messes it up. One notable instance is Bruce trying to help Alison with her map project for school. He encourages her to practice more, and says she has the potential to be a real artist when she grows up... before going all ControlFreak and trying to make her do it ''his'' way, which understandably upsets her. Bruce then gets upset about Alison getting upset, and the whole thing ends with Bruce storming off, and Alison hurt and confused. ** In the musical, the scene just before "Telephone Wire" counts. Bruce is glad to see Alison, and seems to be getting along well with her new girlfriend Joan, Joan even helping him clean. He and Alison play a duet together on the piano and go for a drive together. The whole thing is painful for adult Alison to watch, since she knows it's the last time she saw her father before he killed himself, and they never fully bridged the gap between them. * ImagineSpot: "Raincoat of Love" in the musical is Small Alison fantasizing about what she ''wishes'' her family was like. * IronicEcho: "I might still break a heart or two..." * ItsAllAboutMe: It's very telling that two of the most prominent lyrics associated with Bruce in the musical are "He wants" and "I want." * IWantSong: In the musical, "Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue" is a "He [Bruce] wants" song. Then a more subtle straight example in "Ring of Keys," when young Alison, while having trouble articulating it, realizes she wants to dress similarly to the butch delivery woman. * NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Several little asides stress this, like "Yes, it really was a Sunbeam Bread truck" and "Honest to God, we had a painting of a cockatoo in the library." * PensieveFlashback: In the musical, Alison watches the show's events with the audience, often walking through the scene and commenting on it, sometimes even speaking directly to the people in them. However, no one from the past can see or hear her. * ShutUpKiss: Joan delivers one to Alison in the middle of Alison's worried ramblings, which leads to their first sexual encounter. * StepfordSmiler: Helen is this in spades. When she breaks down during her DarkReprise, it's quite heart-breaking when she tells Alison not to repeat her mistakes. * WhatTheHellHero: Retroactively, Alison does this to Bruce in the musical when looking back on her childhood and realizing how awful he was at times.
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