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YMMV / As I Lay Dying

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The Book:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: As a Faulkner book full of the Unreliable Narrator trope, this is to be expected. For example...
    • Is Dewey Dell actually pregnant? As Dewey Dell is immature and ignored by most around her, she has a certain lack of common sense. Even at the time of the novel, it would be common for a girl to miss her period and mistake it for pregnancy, due to poor nutritional standards. Dewey Dell has also grown up poor on a farm. Indeed, Dewey Dell has shown no symptoms of pregnancy in the text, such as morning sickness or her stomach growing.
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    • Jewel is either the outsider of the family due to being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, or a Spoiled Brat and a Jerkass because he knows that his father is not Anse.
    • Darl either has good morals or he is a Jerkass who doesn't own up to his mistakes.
    • Anse is either a good father or a lazy bum who uses religion to justify not having to work.
    • Anse either treats Jewel bad because he won't conform to him or because he knows Jewel's status as a Heroic Bastard and a symbol of Addie's affair.
  • Funny Moments: The pharmacy owner hitting on an oblivious Dewey Dell is definitely this... until he rapes her.
  • Memetic Mutation: My mother is a fish.
  • Squick: Where do you start? Vardaman drills a hole through his mother's corpse's face. Said corpse grows progressively more rotten, as does Cash's poorly-treated broken leg.

The Metalcore band:

  • Broken Base: Continuing the band with Tim has been divisive. Supporters believe in giving people a second chance, that people can truly change for the better, while detractors believe in the "once a scumbag, always a scumbag" principal. Tim himself even noted this, as he acknowledges that some aren't ready to forgive him anytime soon.
  • Face of the Band: Tim Lambesis, to the point where his arrest caused major rifts around the other members and a major dissapointment in fans.
  • Growing the Beard: An Ocean Between Us is generally regarded as the point where the band's music became more impressive on a melodic and heavier level.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Tim Lambesis's arrest and conviction for attempting to put a hit out on his wife has left a huge black mark on the band's reputation, to say the least.
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  • Signature Song: "Forever", "Nothing Left/The Sound of Truth", "Confined", or "Parallels".
  • Tainted by the Preview: When it was revealed that the pre-jail time line-up would be back with Lambesis as the vocalist, there was a lot of debate as to whether having him back was a good idea.
  • Wangst: Some of their lyrics can stray into this, particularly on their earlier works. This has led some metalheads to give them the derisive nickname "As I Lay Crying".
  • Win Back the Crowd: "My Own Grave" was more or less an apology, with the lyrics with Tim being The Atoner.


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