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YMMV / Fun Home

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  • Adorkable: College-age Alison. Especially her sing-song rambling in the song Changing my Major.
    Allison: Joan I feel like Hercules!- Oh GOD that sounds ridiculous.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The cheery, over-the-top song, "Come to the Fun Home," the Bechdel siblings' fake commercial for the funeral home, in which they happily talk about what to do after someone dies.
  • Ear Worm: "Come to the Fun Home" and "Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue" in particular will likely get into your head and never leave. Also, "Raincoat of Love," "Telephone Wire" and "Changing my Major."
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  • First Installment Wins: Bechdel followed up Fun Home with Are You My Mother?, which focuses on her relationship with her mother. While it received positive reception, it did not match the acclaim and recognition of Fun Home.
  • Funny Moments:
    • Big Allison's snarking as she looks back on her family, especially while reading her old diaries and letters and watching her dad hit on guys.
    • Medium Allison's Adorkable-ness.
    • "Come To the Fun Home" for the sheer Mood Whiplash.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Joan and Alison have an adorable relationship that leads to Their First Time for Alison, and in the graphic novel Joan comforts Alison after Bruce dies. In Are You My Mother?, Alison and Joan broke up and she has a rocky relationship with a butch mechanic. Realistic for relationships, but still harsh.
    • Alison berating her father in retrospect for cheating on her mother and hurting her becomes this when she recounts in Are You My Mother that she and Eloise cheated on each other and ended up in a weird Masochism Tango.
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  • Heartwarming Moments: When Michael Cerveris won the Tony Award for Best Actor for portraying Bruce Bechdel in the musical adaptation, he showed the audience the very tie of the real life Bruce Bechdel given by Christian Bechdel, Alison's brother and Bruce's son.
  • Memetic Mutation: Playing "Come to the Fun Home" right after a character in some movie or show dies, usually when it's wildly inappropriate in context.
  • Moment of Awesome: The musical adaptation for not only being the first mainstream musical with a lesbian protagonist (and a young girl singing about her awareness of her homosexuality), but for taking the Best Musical. Even moreso that Alison Bechdel agreed to the musical adaptation (as opposed to a film adaptation offer) because she underestimated it.
  • Tear Jerker: Has its own page.
  • The Woobie: Alison, especially Small Alison in the musical. Helen Bechdel too, her woes gets fleshed out in the musical and the sequel book.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Bruce doesn't come off as the nicest fellow and had sex with underage boys, but his struggles with his sexuality and his growing mania and desperation in "Edges of the World" make it near-impossible not to feel sorry for him.


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