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YMMV: The Turner Diaries

  • Acceptable Targets: *inhales deeply*... Jews, blacks, Hispanics, Chinese, Arabs, mixed-race people, liberals, conservatives, moderates, libertarians, communists, feminists, LGBTQ people, crossdressers, fetishists, sadomasochists, rednecks, interracial couples, the "unfit", and all white people who don't also hate the above.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Considering the book's key premise is that "all non whites are inferior untermench who WILL BE EXTERMINATED!!! EXTERMINATE!!! EXTERMINATE!!!", and that all whites who take issue with this are just as subhuman in their "race treason" (and thus slated for extermination the same time as the Jews, Blacks, Hispanics, etc), this book has hardly been a fondly appreciated literary classic. Most bafflingly the book also targets almost all white supremacists (i.e., its target audience) as being gutless cowards and drunks who will be swept away along with the untermench by the new "master race" which entirely consists of omnicidal Nazi psychopaths.
  • Bile Fascination: This book's notoriety has drawn the attention of people unaffiliated with its insane political viewpoints.
  • Designated Hero/Designated Villain: Even with literally every single racist stereotype Neo Nazis have about blacks, jews, liberals, gays, feminists, non nazi white people, etc, in full effect and taken up to 11, the "villains" still seem far less evil and monstrous than the "heroes" due in no small part to the lack of omnicidal extermination campaigns.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: All Jews and Non-Whites have been annihilated... in a lengthy campaign involving nuclear and chemical warfare, which has reduced Earth to a tenth its population and will most likely yield a severe fallout. But hey, at least this means the monstrous protagonists will die horrifically in said fallout.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop
  • Fridge Horror: A number of tropers actually had to read the book carefully to create these pages.
  • Genius Bonus: Take a good look at the colors of the book cover: red, white, and black. Look familiar together, don't they?
  • God-Mode Sue: The Organization itself. At no point does anyone give it any sort of real resistance despite the fact at the beginning it's woefully understaffed and later on it's massacring people left and right and detonating nukes without hesitation at cities. The Organization suffers no real setbacks, no serious resistance, has no spies or traitors within it's ranks, and always accomplishes it's goals 100% of the time. Anytime anything negative occurs to the Organization it winds up actually being a plus in the long run to them. Countries and people seem to just roll over and allow themselves to die at the Organization's hands, while real life has shown as that the Organization would have been completely overwhelmed with massive government retaliation the moment it actually attempted to control territory.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Barring every attempt to make this book a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, the climax of the book involves the protagonist flying a plane into the Pentagon. Making it worse, the book's author responded to the 9/11 attacks by writing in favor of al-Qaeda. He did reject any notion that white supremacists should form an alliance with Arab terrorists, though only on the grounds that his racism overrode his desire for terrorism against Jews.
    • The increasingly-stricter demands by public groups for gun control makes one wonder just how stupid the idea of Congress throwing out the Second Amendment might be.
  • Idiot Plot: The plot kicks off with the US population, including the Supreme Court, accepting the outlawing of privately-owned guns, second amendment be damned. In fact, lets cut to the chase and say that everyone who isn't racist is a moron nigh-on by default.
    • Not only that but every single action any organization opposed to The Order does is incredibly stupid, to the point that organizations will actively do things that harm themselves for no real reason other than to crudely justify why the revolution is successful in the first place. Three man bands of racist revolutionaries are somehow able to walk right into military bases and steal massive quantities of weapons and even after being caught in the act escape relatively unscathed despite the fact they're driving heavy loaded down trucks full of unsecured explosives.
  • Mary Suetopia: What the author seems to think an all-white world would be.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Day of the Rope.... to cut a long story short, the "heroic white freedom fighters" conquer Los Angeles and proceed to massacre all white women who have ever slept with a non white, or even merely been friends with them, and any white man who did the same, as well as any whites who opposed them.
  • Overshadowed By Controversy: This book is probably best known for its association with Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City Bomber.
  • Strawman Has a Point: To be expected in a novel with a white supremacist agenda. At one point, the attorney general of the United States government comes on television to describe the heroes as "depraved, racist terrorists".
    • A libertarian member of the racist organization early in its existence argues (quite correctly) that their wave of terror is doing nothing more than causing the government to clamp down even harder on normal Americans and that they're killing too many innocents which is causing the general public to hate them, which is entirely true. Of course the main character/narrator acts as if the man is insane and executes the man for his objections.
  • Values Dissonance: Partially because of the extreme political values, the book is incredibly divisive.


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