History Headscratchers / HouseOfLeaves

3rd Feb '16 9:41:37 PM rtan
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** My take: Holloway is convinced that there is a monster stalking him in the labyrinth, reasoning that the omnipresent growling and the damage done to left-behind items are its handiwork. It turns out that there is no monster. Perhaps the author is convinced that the myth of the Minotaur must be relevant, indeed even vital to the story given the obvious connections... and then strikes it out when he realizes later that it is not.
2nd Sep '15 5:36:54 PM crashkey
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** Folding and/or crumpling, plus the locket being big, means it could probably fit in there fairly easily.


Added DiffLines:

** Well, clearly, Johnny and/or Zampano and/or the unnamed editor made those typos! ...is the excuse you can use for basically any "mistake" in the book.
1st Jun '15 1:22:21 AM Solle
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Why is the word house written in blue in English, German and French, but not in several other languages (Dutch, Italian, Spanish)? Why does the only Dutch word that has "huis" in it contain a typo, when Danielewsky insists that the book has no unintentional typos?
9th Feb '15 3:03:33 AM MichaelKatsuro
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Johnny lies frequently.

to:

** [[UnreliableNarrator Johnny lies frequently.]]
** Maybe he watched it at Lude's place.
16th Jan '15 6:58:36 AM teridactyl
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* When Johnny finally opens his mother's locket, [[spoiler:he finds the first letter he ever wrote her.]] Granted, he did describe it as a bigger locket than most, but still...How the heck [[spoiler:did she stuff a whole letter into a locket?]] Unless it was written on the back of a fortune cookie note. Or is the locket is also [[spoiler:BiggerOnTheInside "Bigger on the Inside"]]?

to:

* When Johnny finally opens his mother's locket, [[spoiler:he finds the first letter he ever wrote her.]] Granted, he did describe it as a bigger locket than most, but still...How the heck [[spoiler:did she stuff a whole letter into a locket?]] Unless it was written on the back of a fortune cookie note. Or is the locket is also [[spoiler:BiggerOnTheInside "Bigger on the Inside"]]?[[spoiler:BiggerOnTheInside]]?
16th Jan '15 6:57:18 AM teridactyl
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* When Johnny finally opens his mother's locket, [[spoiler:he finds the first letter he ever wrote her.]] Granted, he did describe it as a bigger locket than most, but still...How the heck [[spoiler:did she stuff a whole letter into a locket?]] Unless it was written on the back of a fortune cookie note. Or is the locket is also [[spoiler:BiggerOnTheInside "Bigger on the Inside"]]?
15th Nov '14 12:58:52 PM Ragnr
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** What happens is you die horribly. You're not going to survive this if your first instinct is to shred local spacetime even more, and I doubt the [[color:blue:house]] itself would appreciate getting holes drilled in it.
30th Oct '13 9:46:11 AM MrDeath
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Johnny Truant annoyed the crap out of me. I want to read a creepy mindbender, not a bunch of badly-written stream-of-consciousness. The footnotes could have added a whole new dimension to the story as they were clearly intended to do, if they hadn't been so melodramatic and "gritty". The worst part was Johnny describing his friends helping him get clean and then laughing at me as though I'D ACTUALLY BELIEVED IT! I'm not stupid and frankly you are a transparent, predictable excuse for a character. Fortunately, one can skip everything in Courier and not be worse off as far as the actually story goes. (That said, I thought all the other "extras", like his mother's letters, were awesome). Sorry to be so grouchy, but it just REALLY bugged me.
** Yeah, Johnny bothered me a lot, too. His writing annoyed me so much that I skipped his parts of the book the first time I read it. Then I realized that his writing style is a big part of his characterization, and adds to his plot quite a bit; since then I've found his WordSalad tendencies and constant lying more interesting than irritating. I like his parts of the book now but I can totally see where you're coming from.
** In the beginning, I thought that Johhny's narration added another layer to explain what is going on, but as the book wore on, his footnotes became increasingly erratic, bordering on complete non sequitor. I'd pick through them to try to find how in the hell they relate to the original text, which was far more interesting than what Johnny had to say. You can say that it exhibits Johnny's loss of sanity, but overall, it was distracting, a waste of space, and in the end, I didn't really give a crap that he was going insane because it had no bearing on the real story.
*** It did have bearing on the real story. One of the underlying themes of House of Leaves was obsession, and one of the ideas that Johnny's character exemplified and suggested was that finding the book House of Leaves would drive you insane. This is not for you, after all.
*** Anyone who thinks Johnny is "pointless" is ignoring the dust jacket, which explains where the ideas behind this novel really came from. You know, the mentioning of how the book's readers changed, from the "odd, marginalized youth" to their parents, who used it to "find a way back into the lives of their estranged children". Johnny is the thread (well, one of them anyway) which the reader uses to find their way through the labyrinth.
*** The point of Johnny lying about getting better wasn't to fool the reader. He says he was just trying to fool himself into thinking he has a better life than he does.
30th Oct '13 9:34:56 AM TheFunnyBrony
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

*** The point of Johnny lying about getting better wasn't to fool the reader. He says he was just trying to fool himself into thinking he has a better life than he does.
11th May '13 10:09:08 PM mlsmithca
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** The Labyrinth of Crete is one of, if not THE, archetypical labyrinths, so of course it HAD to be referenced in some way. As for the Minotaur, whether taken literal or not, ThisTroper thought it was pure, unadultered NightmareFuel.

to:

** The Labyrinth of Crete is one of, if not THE, archetypical labyrinths, so of course it HAD to be referenced in some way. As for the Minotaur, whether taken literal or not, ThisTroper I thought it was pure, unadultered NightmareFuel.
This list shows the last 10 events of 46. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Headscratchers.HouseOfLeaves