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YMMV: Alfie's Home

  • Accidental Innuendo: Alfie's narration about his future home life: "I play with both my kids. We share a lot, spend time together, and touch in good ways."
  • Bile Fascination: Why else would anyone read this?
  • Narm: Uncle Pete's face looks absolutely hilarious when he's touching Alfie. Blame the Off Model drawings for that.
    • Or as some people put it: "Oh no, Alfie's been molested by Conan O'Brien!"
  • Squick: It's about a boy being molested; this is to be expected.
  • Overshadowed By Controversy: Take a guess.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: There is a positive, uplifting message in this book, but it was mishandled and broke into a million pieces. Specifically that you can still lead a happy and normal life if you're molested as a child. However, the entire "homosexuality is a problem that must be cured, you're not really gay - just confused" shtick rather detracts from the overall positivity of any uplifting message intended.
  • Unfortunate Implications: One of the things that get resolved in the end is the kid learning that he's not gay. Whew!
    • "Remember kids. You're not gay! You were just lacking a father figure and so you look for comfort in men!"
    • Also, arguing with your wife in front of your kids will make them feel unloved and consequently make your brother (or brother in-law) molest them.
    • So being gay is the result of being molested as a child? (What if he'd been molested by a woman?)
    • Child molestation isn't a crime that you need to go to jail for; just apologize!
    • Dysfunctional families can easily solve all of their problems in just a few short therapy sessions.
    • Uncle Pete, the only possibly gay character in the book, is a pedophile.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Oh, so, so much. This book has caused controversy because of the implications.


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