YMMV / Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness: the novella

  • Adaptation Displacement: Apocalypse Now.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It's basically an Anvilicious book about how horrible people can be, so it's kind of hard to avoid this. Of course Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped was in effect when it was written, hence its heavy-handedness.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Considering how dense and omnifaceted the story is, this happens pretty often. There's a ton of ways to interpret Heart of Darknessnote , and many odd ones are surprisingly well-supported. Here's an example.
  • Fair for Its Day: While extremely racist by modern standards, by the standards of the time it was written in this book was incredibly progressive. It should also be noted that the whole point of the book is that, no matter how savage the so-called "savages" of Africa may be, the supposedly "civilized" colonials and Mighty Whiteys are almost infinitely more petty and evil. It should also be noted that, while guilty of stereotyping, the book never refers to Africans as being genetically or biologically inferior to whites.
  • Fridge Horror: Marlow realizes, as he's telling the story, that the General Manager must have purposefully wrecked Marlow's steamer before he arrived so that aid to Kurtz would be delayed. After all, it was "too stupid — when I think about it — to be altogether natural".
  • Narm: The whore! The whore!
  • Values Dissonance: It does portray the native Africans as violent, ignorant, savages and cannibals... and those are the good ones. On the other hand, the European colonists aren't treated any better, being portrayed as amoral and inhumane slave drivers.

Heart of Darkness: the video game

  • Awesome Music: One of the very first games to incorporate symphonic musics, to reinforce the cinematic feel.
  • Demonic Spiders: Nearly anything to be precise. Everything, absolutely EVERYTHING, has a way to One-Hit-Kill you. Shadows eat you, Worms will emerge from a wall, snap you and feast on you in a matter of seconds. Shadows in armor can use "The Power" in various ways, flying shadows likewise and they double for goddamn bats. And that are the few creatures you can actually HARM. The shadow spiders are a perfect match: you usually fight them while climbing, limiting your movements; they drip poison on the handholds that can make you fall, and they evade any shot you can fire at them unless you let them come very close.
  • Goddamned Bats: The shadows mostly, but flying shadows are a perfect match: They fly, they evade everything you throw at them if its the last one and they can throw fireballs that kill you in one hit. Ask anyone about them and they will say they hate them with a passion.
  • Good Bad Bugs: If Andy crouches such that his rear end pokes off the screen, enemies will not come from that side.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It's rated E and was designed as a kids game, sure, but you'll start questioning the demographic when Andy dies in a way that doesn't involve falling off the screen. Here's a compilation of all the gruesome ways Andy can be killed.