History Literature / HouseOfLeaves

15th Sep '16 1:41:40 PM Macecurb
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** And then there's Johnny's lengthy rant after discovering the "ftaires" document (see ThatWasTheLastEntry below), complaining about how old timey people use "f" instead of "s" (actually "'ſ'", an archaic form of "s"), and over the course of which he gradually beginf to replace more and more of his "s"s with "f"s until the final fentence contains no correctly typed "s"f at all. Made somewhat unfettling by the fact that he appearf to be doing thif involuntary and without realizing it.

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** And then there's Johnny's lengthy rant after discovering the "ftaires" document (see ThatWasTheLastEntry below), complaining about how old timey people use "f" instead of "s" (actually "'ſ'", an archaic form of "s"), and over the course of which he gradually beginf to replace more and more of his "s"s with "f"s until the final fentence contains no correctly typed "s"f at all. Made somewhat unfettling by the fact that he appearf to be doing thif involuntary involuntarily and without realizing it.
29th Jul '16 10:18:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* GratuitousForeignLanguage: There are entire paragraphs written entirely in [[GratuitousGerman German]] and [[GratuitousFrench French]] throughout the book, as well as untranslated chunks of ''TheDivineComedy'' and bits of [[AltumVidetur Latin]] and Greek, plus various others. Johnny even comments on the pretentiousness of Zampanò dropping in bits of foreign language where they don't seem to serve any purpose other than making him look erudite.

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* GratuitousForeignLanguage: There are entire paragraphs written entirely in [[GratuitousGerman German]] and [[GratuitousFrench French]] throughout the book, as well as untranslated chunks of ''TheDivineComedy'' ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' and bits of [[AltumVidetur Latin]] and Greek, plus various others. Johnny even comments on the pretentiousness of Zampanò dropping in bits of foreign language where they don't seem to serve any purpose other than making him look erudite.
9th Jul '16 3:37:05 PM twofistguy
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* BeastInTheMaze: The mysterious beast that stalks the explorers of the house, which quickly reveals itself to be an EldritchLocation that twists and changes around them and is compared to a labyrinth. What the beast is is left ambiguous, with various theories in and out of universe calling it a (or maybe ''the'') minotaur, a personification of the house, or an AnimalisticAbomination.

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* BeastInTheMaze: The mysterious beast that stalks the explorers of the house, which quickly reveals itself to be an EldritchLocation that twists and changes around them and is compared to a labyrinth. What the beast is could be, is left ambiguous, with ambiguous. The various theories in and out of universe calling call it a (or maybe ''the'') minotaur, a personification of the house, or an AnimalisticAbomination.
28th Jun '16 5:55:35 PM Orbiting
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* ArcWords: Delial. [[spoiler:It's the name of the starving, near-death child that Navidson took the picture of that made him famous.]

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* ArcWords: Delial. [[spoiler:It's the name of the starving, near-death child that Navidson took the picture of that made him famous.]]]
28th Jun '16 5:54:27 PM Orbiting
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* ArcWords: Delial.

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* ArcWords: Delial. [[spoiler:It's the name of the starving, near-death child that Navidson took the picture of that made him famous.]



* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Holloway.]]

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* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Holloway.]][[spoiler:Holloway]], who is driven to violent madness by the house and eventually kills one of his fellow explorers.
28th Jun '16 5:50:25 PM Orbiting
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* BeastInTheMaze: The mysterious beast that stalks the explorers of the house, which quickly reveals itself to be an EldritchLocation that twists and changes around them and is compared to a labyrinth. What the beast is is left ambiguous, with various theories in and out of universe calling it a (or maybe ''the'') minotaur, a personification of the house, or an AnimalisticAbomination.
10th Apr '16 10:27:09 AM Scorpion451
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Compare ''Literature/TlonUqbarOrbisTertius''. Not to be confused with ''[[NothingIsScarier House]] [[Manga/HouseOfFiveLeaves Of Fives Leaves]]'', and certainly not with ''Anime/DeadLeaves''.

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Compare ''Literature/TlonUqbarOrbisTertius''. Not to be confused with ''[[NothingIsScarier House]] [[Manga/HouseOfFiveLeaves Of Fives Leaves]]'', [[Film/KillBill The House Of Blue Leaves]] and certainly not with ''Anime/DeadLeaves''.
20th Mar '16 5:47:42 PM crashkey
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: One could interpret the house's behavior as a sort of twisted wish fulfillment. [[spoiler: Holloway wanted an ultimate adventure, he got it, and lost his life and sanity in the process. Tom wanted to be as respected as his Pulitzer prize winning brother. After the house killed him, Will lamented about his failure to save Delial and saw Tom as a hero. The Navidsons wanted to come together as a family, the house terrorized them until they ultimately did. The children were traumatized in the process and Will lost a limb and parts of his face to frostbite, but you can't deny that they were together in the end.]]

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: One could interpret the house's behavior as a sort of twisted wish fulfillment. [[spoiler: Holloway wanted an ultimate adventure, he got it, and lost his life and sanity in the process. Tom wanted to be as respected as his Pulitzer prize winning brother. After the the]] house killed [[spoiler:killed him, Will lamented about his failure to save Delial and saw Tom as a hero. The Navidsons wanted to come together as a family, the the]] house terrorized [[spoiler:terrorized them until they ultimately did. The children were traumatized in the process and Will lost a limb and parts of his face to frostbite, but you can't deny that they were together in the end.]]



* CreepyChild: ''"Daddy, I wanna play always [[spoiler:hallways]]!"'' And other instances; for example, at school all the kids are told to draw their houses. The Navidson children turn in pieces of paper that they colored ''several'' coats of black, with monsters in the margins. [[spoiler:They have more at home. They're ''completely'' black]].

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* CreepyChild: ''"Daddy, I wanna play always [[spoiler:hallways]]!"'' [[spoiler:h]]allways!"'' And other instances; for example, at school all the kids are told to draw their houses. The Navidson children turn in pieces of paper that they colored ''several'' coats of black, with monsters in the margins. [[spoiler:They have more at home. They're ''completely'' black]].



* DeusExMachina: ''House of Leaves'' is a book in the book. [[spoiler:Navidson burns it to help him survive his final trek.]]

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* DeusExMachina: ''House of [[spoiler:of Leaves'' is a book in the book. [[spoiler:Navidson Navidson burns it to help him survive his final trek.]]



* EldritchLocation: The house itself evidently.

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* EldritchLocation: The house itself evidently.house, of course.



* GoingByTheMatchbook: One of the countless reviewers of ''The Navidson Record'' thought that he could locate the house via a screencap of Navidson's matchbook. [[spoiler:Nope. It did merely lead him to a bar in England which Navidson has visited years ago.]]

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* GoingByTheMatchbook: One of the countless reviewers of ''The Navidson Record'' thought that he could locate the house via a screencap of Navidson's matchbook. [[spoiler:Nope. It did merely lead led him to a bar in England which Navidson has visited years ago.]]



** Also when [[spoiler:Navidson miraculously escapes the labyrinth on his own and the family makes preparations to leave once and for all. And then the house takes a turn for the {{yandere}}.]]

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** Also when [[spoiler:Navidson miraculously escapes the labyrinth on his own and the family makes preparations to leave once and for all. And then the the]] house takes [[spoiler:takes a turn for the {{yandere}}.]]



* MagicRealism: To an extent. While the characters recognise something is clearly very wrong with the house, Zampanò prefers to discuss what is going on in the characters' heads in long narrative sections, which Johnny notes several times are actually not very academic ''or'' factual.

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* MagicRealism: To an extent. While the characters recognise recognize something is clearly very wrong with the house, Zampanò prefers to discuss what is going on in the characters' heads in long narrative sections, which Johnny notes several times are actually not very academic ''or'' factual.



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* PostModernism: [[spoiler:Maybe the book, is, in fact, the labyrinth. There certainly isn't a labyrinth anymore after Navidson burns a copy of ''House of Leaves''.]] With perhaps an equal degree of straight and parody of post-modernism. Of course, it's impossible to actually parody post-modernism so the effect just becomes even more recursive which becomes even more the point.

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* PostModernism: [[spoiler:Maybe the book, is, in fact, the labyrinth. There certainly isn't a labyrinth anymore after Navidson burns a copy of of]] ''House of [[spoiler:of Leaves''.]] With perhaps an equal degree of straight and parody of post-modernism. Of course, it's impossible to actually parody post-modernism so the effect just becomes even more recursive which becomes even more the point.



* TheScottishTrope: Zampanò tried to avoid invoking the darkness or the "Minotaur" as much as he could, even crossing it out. At times, the House itself becomes this -- Johnny thinks it's what caused him to spill a bunch of ink on papers that would have scientifically examined the House.

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* TheScottishTrope: Zampanò tried to avoid invoking the darkness or the "Minotaur" as much as he could, even crossing it out. At times, the House house itself becomes this -- Johnny thinks it's what caused him to spill a bunch of ink on papers that would have scientifically examined the House.house.



** Of course, given that Paglia [[spoiler: was never actually interviewed about the house]], she could have responded negatively 'because' her description in the book sounds like a caricature of herself.

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** Of course, given that Paglia [[spoiler: was [[spoiler:was never actually interviewed about the house]], the]] house, she could have responded negatively 'because' her description in the book sounds like a caricature of herself.



* SurprisinglyHappyEnding: Or at least bittersweet, and only for the Navidson family: [[spoiler:Navidson manages to make it out of the final expedition alive, despite the House spawning bottomless pit after bottomless pit and eventually trapping him in infinite darkness. He gets out, the kids return to normal (mostly), marries Karen, and moves away. The House itself is cordoned off.]]

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* SurprisinglyHappyEnding: Or at least bittersweet, and only for the Navidson family: [[spoiler:Navidson manages to make it out of the final expedition alive, despite the House spawning the]] house [[spoiler:spawning bottomless pit after bottomless pit and eventually trapping him in infinite darkness. He gets out, the kids return to normal (mostly), marries Karen, and moves away. The House itself The]] house [[spoiler:itself is cordoned off.]]



* TentativeLight: The climax. In an interesting twist, Navidson [[spoiler:burns a book titled ''House of Leaves'']] to give him light. And in doing so, [[spoiler: he may have saved himself.]] Possibly.

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* TentativeLight: The climax. In an interesting twist, Navidson [[spoiler:burns a book titled titled]] ''House of [[spoiler:of Leaves'']] to give him light. And in doing so, [[spoiler: he may have saved himself.]] Possibly.



* TitleDrop: In ''The Navidson Record'' and one of Zampanò's miscellaneous poems. And not just TitleDrop but [[spoiler:Self Drop -- Johnny runs into a band (the real-world book's author's sister's) on his search for the house which has read]] the version of ''House[[spoiler: of Leaves'']] originally released online, including footnotes and edits by Johnny and The Editors.

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* TitleDrop: In ''The Navidson Record'' and one of Zampanò's miscellaneous poems. And not just TitleDrop but [[spoiler:Self Drop -- Johnny runs into a band (the real-world book's author's sister's) on his search for the the]] house which [[spoiler:which has read]] the version of ''House[[spoiler: of ''House [[spoiler:of Leaves'']] originally released online, including footnotes and edits by Johnny and The Editors.
3rd Feb '16 10:37:08 AM MrDeath
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* * DocumentaryOfLies: The InUniverse reviewers who theorize endlessly about ''The Navidson Record'', or are consulted about its content, take it entirely for granted that it's this trope. Except for Creator/StephenKing, who wants to visit the house. The main thing that makes those reviewers believe it's fake is the labyrinth, because no way that could be real... Right?

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* * DocumentaryOfLies: The InUniverse reviewers who theorize endlessly about ''The Navidson Record'', or are consulted about its content, take it entirely for granted that it's this trope. Except for Creator/StephenKing, who wants to visit the house. The main thing that makes those reviewers believe it's fake is the labyrinth, because no way that could be real... Right?
3rd Feb '16 10:36:55 AM MrDeath
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* * DocumentaryOfLies: The InUniverse reviewers who theorize endlessly about ''The Navidson Record'', or are consulted about its content, take it entirely for granted that it's this trope. Except for Creator/StephenKing, who wants to visit the house. The main thing that makes those reviewers believe it's fake is the labyrinth, because no way that could be real... Right?
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