YMMV / The Diary of a Young Girl

  • Ambiguously Bi/Les Yay: Anne Frank did talk about a light sexual encounter with one of her female friends, and expressed interest in other women, but was also almost undoubtedly into Peter.
    • Bi the Way: Anne wrote of her explicit attraction to women.
      Anne: I also had a terrible desire to kiss [Jacque], which I did. Every time I see a female nude, such as the Venus in my art history book, I go into ecstasy. Sometimes I find them so exquisite I have to struggle to hold back my tears. If only I had a girlfriend!
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The diary has been assigned in some North Korean classrooms. Students are taught that while Anne had a beautiful dream, she was naïve and stupid for failing to fight against the Nazis. The students are then taught the importance of fighting against other "Nazi" nations, particularly the United States.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Everything Anne says about what she's planning to do when she'll leave the house falls into this.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The diary is surprisingly popular in Japan, where it was an instant best seller when published.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The conclusion to the entry in which Anne is recounting how she accidentally threw her beloved fountain pen into the stove fire.
    Anne: I'm left with one consolation, small though it may be: my fountain pen was cremated, just as I would like to be someday!
    • She most likely wasn't cremated though, as it's now commonly assumed that she died of typhus and was buried in the mass grave.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Several, but the biggest one comes at the end:
    Anne: It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.
  • Older Than They Think: Some of the things alluded to in the diary, such as a 12-year-old boy rumored to have "gone all the way", the cohabitation, without marriage, of Dussel and his girlfriend, and Anne's own libertine attitudes toward sexuality, would startle many readers who believed that such things started in The '60s.
  • Tear Jerker: Everything in the diary. Every happy moment, every fight, every sad entry, and every philosophical observation is made absolutely heart breaking because we know what will happen to them.
    • What happened to Anne and her family after the diary was written is just depressing, and especially when we read about the residents' dreams for After The War, about Anne who wanted to become a journalist and writer or Margot who wanted to become a nurse in Palestine.
    • At one point, Anne speaks of her desire to write meaningful things and to go on living even after her death. It's the only dream of hers that came true.