YMMV / The Secret History

In the Novel:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The novel often hints that Julian was in on some of the clique's goings-on; he only flees when they're about to be caught. Although unlikely, early portions of the story are written in such a way as to hint that he actively had something to do with it. Maybe not, but he does seem a little too perceptive to just turn a blind eye to the fact that something is going on with his students.
    • Is Bunny genuinely bigoted, or just trying to get a rise out of the rest of the clique? And do they dislike him because he's prejudiced or simply because the way he expresses it is too barbaric and gauche? The world may never know.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: An In-Universe example. Richard's grief over Bunny is slow to be realised (given the circumstances) but apparent throughout the book.
  • Awesome Ego: Henry, thanks to his Magnificent Bastard status.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Camilla is dedicated to Henry in spite of his personality flaws.
  • Ho Yay: Henry is deeply devoted to Julian, and takes his departure very hard.
    He turned his blind, unseeing eyes upon me.
    "I loved him more than my own father," he said. "I loved him more than anyone in the world."
    • Richard telling Camilla he loved Henry too.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Henry is the classic cold-but-charismatic mastermind.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Henry plans, carries out and covers up Bunny's murder. The rest of the group helps, more or less.