History YMMV / TheCatcherInTheRye

11th Dec '17 12:57:32 PM Anddrix
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* LoveItOrHateIt: It's either a perfect representation of teenage angst or a pointless book about a whiny annoying little git.
4th Dec '17 10:32:11 AM Pichu-kun
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Holden is either a shining beacon of morality amongst all that was wrong with the 1950s, or a whiny prototype EmoKid (and a rather hypocritical one at that) who refuses to let himself see anything good in the world, or someone who has good insights and potential but is weighed down by cynicism and bitterness, OR just one of the first examples of teenage disillusionment in a post-World War II world. Or you think he's telling you to kill pop-culture icons (see LoonyFan in the Trivia sec). It really depends on the reader.

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Holden is either a shining beacon of morality amongst all that was wrong with the 1950s, or a whiny prototype EmoKid (and a rather hypocritical one at that) who refuses to let himself see anything good in the world, or someone who has good insights and potential but is weighed down by cynicism and bitterness, OR just one of the first examples of teenage disillusionment in a post-World War II world. Or you think he's telling you to kill pop-culture icons (see LoonyFan in the Trivia sec). It really depends on the reader.



* HilariousInHindsight: Why is this book so frequently banned? Because it uses the word "Fuck"- during a scene in which Holden, discovering it scribbled where grade-schoolers can see it, tries to scrub it out so it can never offend anyone again. Considering how much Holden swears BEYOND "fuck," this is somewhat justified. However, this does miss the point, considering how iconic the book is.
** The underage protagonist spending the entire novel smoking, drinking (when he can get served), hiring a prostitute (though he doesn't actually sleep with her), having a generally negative attitude AFTER being kicked out of school might also have something to do with why people ban it...

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* HilariousInHindsight: Why is this book so frequently banned? Because it uses the word "Fuck"- during a scene in which Holden, discovering it scribbled where grade-schoolers can see it, tries to scrub it out so it can never offend anyone again. Considering how much Holden swears BEYOND "fuck," this is somewhat justified. However, this does miss the point, considering how iconic the book is.
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is. The underage protagonist spending the entire novel smoking, drinking (when he can get served), hiring a prostitute (though he doesn't actually sleep with her), having a generally negative attitude AFTER being kicked out of school might also have something to do with why people ban it...



* MemeticMutation: Holden Caulfield thinks you're a phony. It's on t-shirts.

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* MemeticMutation: Holden Caulfield thinks you're a phony. It's on t-shirts. Just Holden's usage of "phony" all the time is memetic.



** Catcher in the Rye is uncontroversial by today's standards. See the LoonyFan entry in the Trivia section for what helped fuel an undeserved reputation as a dark and controversial book.
** Its current 'tame' status was referenced in a recent episode of WesternAnimation/SouthPark, where the boys, disappointed by the book's content, try to write the most disgusting story imaginable.

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** ''The Catcher in the Rye Rye'' is uncontroversial by today's standards. See the LoonyFan entry in the Trivia section for what helped fuel an undeserved reputation as a dark and controversial book.
** Its current 'tame' status was referenced in a recent an episode of WesternAnimation/SouthPark, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', where the boys, disappointed by the book's content, try to write the most disgusting story imaginable.
16th Jul '17 11:39:06 AM Angeldeb82
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** The underage protagonist spending the entire novel smoking, drinking (when he can get served), hiring a prostitute (though he doesn't actually sleep with her), having a generally negative attitude AFTER being kicked out of school might also have something to do with why people ban it ...

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** The underage protagonist spending the entire novel smoking, drinking (when he can get served), hiring a prostitute (though he doesn't actually sleep with her), having a generally negative attitude AFTER being kicked out of school might also have something to do with why people ban it ...it...



** In the '50s, Holden Caulfield probably was a great character, just for being so ''[[DarkerAndEdgier different]]'' from other literary protagonists of the time. Today... not so much. Considering that so many characters are like him nowadays, he [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation can sometimes come off as the]] UrExample of a JerkassStu.

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** In the '50s, Holden Caulfield probably was a great character, just for being so ''[[DarkerAndEdgier different]]'' ''{{d|arkerAndEdgier}}ifferent'' from other literary protagonists of the time. Today... not so much. Considering that so many characters are like him nowadays, he [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation can sometimes come off as the]] UrExample of a JerkassStu.Jerkass Stu.



* {{Tearjerker}}: Virtually every interaction Holden has with Phoebe. She's concerned about her brother because he keeps hurting himself and she's genuinely concerned for his well-being. When she receives his note, she drops everything because she's so scared of losing her brother and it's ultimately what drives Holden to get his shit together. Mind you, she's only ten and Holden leaving wouldn't be the first time she's lost a brother.

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* {{Tearjerker}}: TearJerker: Virtually every interaction Holden has with Phoebe. She's concerned about her brother because he keeps hurting himself and she's genuinely concerned for his well-being. When she receives his note, she drops everything because she's so scared of losing her brother and it's ultimately what drives Holden to get his shit together. Mind you, she's only ten and Holden leaving wouldn't be the first time she's lost a brother.
16th Jun '17 8:00:15 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* {{Tearjerker}}: Virtually every interaction he has with Phoebe. She's concerned about her brother because he keeps hurting himself and she's genuinely concerned for his well-being. When she receives his note, she drops everything because she's so scared of losing her brother and it's ultimately what drives Holden to get his shit together. Mind you, she's only ten and Holden leaving wouldn't be the first time she's lost a brother.

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* {{Tearjerker}}: Virtually every interaction he Holden has with Phoebe. She's concerned about her brother because he keeps hurting himself and she's genuinely concerned for his well-being. When she receives his note, she drops everything because she's so scared of losing her brother and it's ultimately what drives Holden to get his shit together. Mind you, she's only ten and Holden leaving wouldn't be the first time she's lost a brother.
8th May '17 3:23:48 PM dannylightninglightner
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** Holden is either a spoiled brat, or a young person realistically acting out because of the grief of his younger brother dying.
11th Feb '17 7:18:32 PM Benbeasted
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* {{Tearjerker}}: Virtually every interaction he has with Phoebe. She's concerned about her brother because he keeps hurting himself and she's genuinely concerned for his well-being. When she receives his note, she drops everything because she's so scared of losing her brother and it's ultimately what drives Holden to get his shit together. Mind you, she's only ten and Holden leaving wouldn't be the first time she's lost a brother.
1st Dec '16 5:50:50 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** The underage protagonist spending the entire novel smoking, drinking (when he can get served), hiring a prostitute, having a generally negative attitude AFTER being kicked out of school might also have something to do with why people ban it ...

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** The underage protagonist spending the entire novel smoking, drinking (when he can get served), hiring a prostitute, prostitute (though he doesn't actually sleep with her), having a generally negative attitude AFTER being kicked out of school might also have something to do with why people ban it ...
16th Sep '16 6:19:51 AM k410ren
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Holden is either a shining beacon of morality amongst all that was wrong with the 1950s, or a whiny prototype EmoKid who refuses to let himself see anything good in the world, or someone who has good insights and potential but is weighed down by cynicism and bitterness, OR just one of the first examples of teenage disillusionment in a post-World War II world. Or you think he's telling you to kill pop-culture icons (see LoonyFan in the Trivia sec). It really depends on the reader.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Holden is either a shining beacon of morality amongst all that was wrong with the 1950s, or a whiny prototype EmoKid (and a rather hypocritical one at that) who refuses to let himself see anything good in the world, or someone who has good insights and potential but is weighed down by cynicism and bitterness, OR just one of the first examples of teenage disillusionment in a post-World War II world. Or you think he's telling you to kill pop-culture icons (see LoonyFan in the Trivia sec). It really depends on the reader.
28th Jul '16 2:01:46 PM SneaselSawashiro
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** Holden refers to how attractive Stradlater is all the damn time, including calling him a "sexy bastard" at least twice (though, as noted on the main page, this is most likely the result of HaveAGayOldTime.

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** Holden refers to how attractive Stradlater is all the damn time, including calling him a "sexy bastard" at least twice (though, as noted on the main page, this is most likely the result of HaveAGayOldTime.HaveAGayOldTime).
7th May '16 6:15:50 PM Raytina
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* SignatureLine: The very last lines of the book: ''"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."''
* SignatureScene: Phoebe riding on the carousel in the last chapter of the book. The scene has the most fan art out of every other scene in the book and nearly every ''Catcher in the Rye'' book has the scene as its cover picture (like the one on the Main page).
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