History Literature / HouseOfLeaves

7th Sep '17 3:43:08 AM dvorak
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* InterfaceScrew: See "Footnote Fever." Also some pages are backwards or upside down.
29th Aug '17 1:23:53 PM Eagal
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* FictionalDocument: ''The Navidson Record'', most of the references ([[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], but also [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when some of the references turn out to be [[RealLife real]] books), the book itself.



** FictionalDocument: ''The Navidson Record'', most of the references ([[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], but also [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when some of the references turn out to be [[RealLife real]] books), the book itself.
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31st Jul '17 3:09:20 PM LB7979
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** ''The Navidson Record'' itself. From the description of its massive plot, inserted segments and tortuously long LeaveTheCameraRunning moments, it becomes clear that the film must considerably exceed regular movie length.
11th Jun '17 11:38:45 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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''[[CosmicHorror House]] Of Leaves'' is presented as Johnny's attempts to make sense of it all, aided by elaborate literary criticism, footnotes, references to poetry in at least half a dozen languages, as well as photographs, collages, scribblings and old letters. It was originally released, for free and incomplete, on the internet; this release as well as its reception are addressed in later print versions of the book. Everything about the story may be seen ThroughTheEyesOfMadness. Though considering the eyes which read it are your own...

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''[[CosmicHorror House]] Of Leaves'' is presented as Johnny's attempts to make sense of it all, aided by elaborate literary criticism, footnotes, references to poetry in at least half a dozen languages, as well as photographs, collages, scribblings and old letters. It was originally released, for free and incomplete, on the internet; Internet; this release as well as its reception are addressed in later print versions of the book. Everything about the story may be seen ThroughTheEyesOfMadness. Though considering the eyes which read it are your own...
10th Apr '17 9:45:54 AM LB7979
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* NewHouseNewProblems: The inner story all starts when Navidson moves into what he thinks is the perfect getaway.

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* NewHouseNewProblems: The inner story all starts when the Navidson family moves into what he thinks they think is the perfect getaway.place that will solve their relationship problems. At the end, [[spoiler:after everything they have gone through in / with the House, their relationship ''is'' actually much better, subverting the Trope.]]



* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: The children, Chad and Daisy, thoroughly scare their teacher with their black, creepy drawings. Daisy also creeps her father out when she says what he first thinks is "I wanna play always!" and he realizes she actually had said "I wanna play hallways", referring to the House.



* NothingIsScarier: ''House of Leaves'' is pretty much Exhibit A for this trope.

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%% ZCE * NothingIsScarier: ''House of Leaves'' is pretty much Exhibit A for this trope.



* ReallyGetsAround: In addition to drugs, Johnny and Lude's lives seem to revolve around sex.

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* ReallyGetsAround: ReallyGetsAround:
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In addition to drugs, Johnny and Lude's lives seem to revolve around sex.sex.
** Karen's sister in an interview says Karen, before she got into a relationship with Navidson, slept around, and calls her a slut. It may or may not be true, as the sister is not on good terms with Karen and might be making it up to badmouth her.



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%%* TotallyRadical: Johnny Truant.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A dog and a cat are part of the family when they move into the House. A chapter is dedicated to explaining that the House has no effect on animals, and they aren't disturbed by the House at all, in contrast to the humans. Then the dog and the cat are never mentioned again. Also In Universe Trope, as Zampanò mentions in one of his notes that he wonders what happened to the pets.
12th Mar '17 10:22:58 AM LB7979
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* DysfunctionJunction: Many of the Exploration Unit get all weird during the treks.
11th Mar '17 11:29:29 PM LB7979
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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Holloway]]

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Holloway]][[spoiler:Holloway commits suicide with his gun in order to not get killed by the Minotaur, after he [[AccidentalMurder accidentally murdered]] Jed, ran off and got lost in the maze, and just before the Minotaur is about to close in on him.]]



* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The house, especially behind that one door.

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* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The house, especially house
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behind that one door.door that leads into the maze. Hallways that can go on almost forever - and adjust to the expectations of who enters them. The hallways are also continually rearranging themselves.
** The first sign things are about to get really creepy, at the beginning of the book: a closet room suddenly appears between two other rooms in the house, where there wasn't one before. Freaks Will and Karen out big time; but then they discover the maze and it gets taken Up to Eleven.



* BreakingTheFourthWall: In the middle of one of his crazed ramblings, Truant begins to suspect that he, Zampanò, and the Navidsons don't really exist and have been created by the house in some way. That sound you hear is the author laughing to himself.
** Also, at one point toward the end of the book, Navidson begins reading the book. The book you're reading. The book that talks about Navidson reading a book. Navidson finishes the book before the book finishes.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: BreakingTheFourthWall:
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In the middle of one of his crazed ramblings, Truant begins to suspect that he, Zampanò, and the Navidsons don't really exist and have been created by the house in some way. That sound you hear is the author laughing to himself.
** Also, at At one point toward the end of the book, Navidson begins reading the book. The book you're reading. The book that talks about Navidson reading a book. Navidson finishes the book before the book finishes.finishes.
** Narrator Johnny at one point tells the reader he just totally made up his last few entries. And mocks you because you should have noticed the conspicuous lack of [[SirSwearsALot swear words]] in those entries, that should have given away they're fake!
18th Feb '17 2:50:15 PM LB7979
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Thumper" is what Johnny calls the woman he has the most consistent crush on throughout the book - after a tattoo she has. Though Johnny hears her real name near the end of the book, he never reveals it to the reader.

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: OnlyKnownByTheirNickname:
** Will Navidson is called "Navy" (apparently a short for his last name) instead of his first name by everybody, including his wife and his brother (this seems kind of awkward seeing this brother of course shares the same last name).
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"Thumper" is what Johnny calls the woman he has the most consistent crush on throughout the book - after a tattoo she has. Though Johnny hears her real name near the end of the book, he never reveals it to the reader.
18th Feb '17 2:37:50 PM LB7979
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* StrawFeminist: Camille Paglia. She's calm and talks about how the house represents "the feminine void" when Karen talks to various celebrities, artists, journalists, critics, and professors about the house, and what it represents, but when Truant tries to verify their stories, out of the two responses he gets, Paglia's is on a postcard that says "Fuck off".

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* StrawFeminist: Camille Paglia. She's calm and talks about how the house represents "the feminine void" when Karen talks to various celebrities, artists, journalists, critics, and professors about the house, and what it represents, but when Truant tries to verify their stories, out of the two responses he gets, Paglia's is on a postcard that says "Fuck off"."Get lost, jerk".
18th Feb '17 2:05:07 PM LB7979
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Thumper

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Thumper"Thumper" is what Johnny calls the woman he has the most consistent crush on throughout the book - after a tattoo she has. Though Johnny hears her real name near the end of the book, he never reveals it to the reader.
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