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YMMV: A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • Adaptation Displacement: More people have heard of The Movie, Simon Birch, which is pretty good in its own right.
  • Genius Bonus: Over and over and over.
  • Magnum Opus: Widely considered this for John Irving.
  • Narm: The death of Tabitha is somewhat undermined by the fact that she was killed by a stray baseball. This is not helped by the text, which describes her as spinning around from the impact of the ball, giving the impression of a Looney Toons cartoon.
  • Shout-Out: To everything from Great Expectations to Jude the Obscure.
  • Tear Jerker: "The Shot."
  • Wangst: This troper only remembers seeing the movie in high school, in a Christian Ethics class. But it was enough to leave this impression. The protagonists seemed to cry and scream and flip out at the drop of a hat. It's understandable to cry at your mother's death, but our protagonist went into full Inelegant Blubbering when he couldn't find some papers. At the time, all this (15 year old) troper could think was "Christ, this kid is a whiner."

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