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", "lesser" whites, 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 untermenschen 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 untermenschen by the new "master race" which entirely consists of omnicidal Nazi psychopaths. Truth in Television: Nazis and neo-Nazis alike had little respect for the Ku Klux Klan, as American History X makes clear. Also since Neo-Nazism tends to attract fringe people, a lot of white supremacist ranks aren't filled with the brightest or most fit people. Especially fitting since Adolf Hitler himself didn't live up to his ideals of Aryan Purity.
  • Bile Fascination: This book's notoriety has drawn the attention of people unaffiliated with its insane political viewpoints.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: There is practically nobody worth rooting for in this book. Turner and his cohorts are Villain Protagonists (albeit not intended as such by the author) and everyone else seems to be a racial stereotype.
  • Designated Hero: 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 Eleven, 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.
  • Fridge Horror: Since the whole book is from the perspective of Earl Turner, there is the (very likely) possibility that he could be lying or exaggerating the "villainy" of the System and minorities. Meaning him and his colleagues are killing normal people and justifying it with their ideology.
  • Genius Bonus: Take a good look at the colors of the book cover: red, white, and black. Look familiar together, don't they?
  • 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. The book's author 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. This book also inspired Timothy McVeigh to orchestrate the Oklahoma City bombing, and few members of law enforcement were surprised; one FBI agent said that when he heard of the attack, he was reminded of the book "within the hour".
  • 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, let's 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 by any organization opposed to The Order 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Earl Turner crossed it after the bombing of the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • Narm: THE ENTIRE BOOK. It's so stupid and impossible that it can stop being disturbing for readers and just a source of humor. Whether or not it's disturbing that Neo-Nazis actually believe talking points in the book is another matter.
  • 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 Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh and several other Neo-Nazi terrorists.
  • Rooting for the Empire: More than a few readers hoped that the System would destroy the Organization.
  • 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 him for his objections.
  • Values Dissonance: Partially because of the extreme political values, the book is incredibly divisive. Although one should note most of the population was obviously repulsed by this book when it came out as well.

Alternative Title(s): Turner Diaries