YMMV: The King in Yellow

  • Values Dissonance: The American reforms apparently include banning "foreign-born Jews," among other questionable things, and are claimed to have ushered in an era of "tolerance and equality."
    • Of course this is according to the narrator of the story, who's also a blackmailer and batshit crazy. So you don't necessarily have to take the sentiment at face value.


Thom Ryng's play "The King in Yellow":

  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: At various points the play indulges in ham-fisted political commentary about civil liberties and indefinite detention and various other comments that the reader might assume are obvious references to post-9/11 America. Until you remember that the book was written in 1999!
  • The Woobie: Camilla, a silly, superficial princess who goes mad from the revelations of the Stranger.