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YMMV: The Road

The original novel The Road contains examples of:

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: One scene switches to first person.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: The fact that the line "carrying the fire" appears here and in No Country For Old Men hasn't gone unnoticed. One theory has it that The Road is a distant sequel to Old Men. Another theory is that everyone really is in Purgatory and that the boy is their savior.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Pretty much one of the reasons why the ending is so bittersweet. Even though the boy is in good hands, the biosphere may be dead. If so, no one is going to live long once what is left of food is eaten and the remaining humans have all cannibalized each other.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In a rare example, the protagonist does this, stripping the thief down to nothing and sending him off to die a long, cold death in the process.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Lightning-struck man with a melted face sitting on the road and waiting to die.
    • The protagonist and his son enter a house, and the son keeps saying he doesn't want to go in. Then he opens a door and finds the people the bad guys have been eating...alive.
    • The protagonist later sees three men and a very pregnant woman. Three days after, he and his son pass through a camp that has the remains of a beheaded, roasted infant on a spit.
    • The scene in the movie where the father and son come across a camp in the woods with human skulls set up to serve as a warning to trespassers. They try to leave quickly but the bandits return while chasing a woman and her child through a nearby field. The movies cuts away before they are killed but the sounds of her streaming and being hacked apart remain. Also the entire scene set in the cannibals house and basement.
  • Sci-Fi Ghetto: If you value your life, don't bring this book up in front of longtime science fiction fans.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The father's actions as detailed under Kick the Dog on the main page.

The Film of the Book also provides examples of:

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