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  • Harsher in Hindsight: A number of Anne's innocuous musings on the end of the war and what she wants to be when she grows up are considerably harsher in view of the real life Everybody Dies ending to the story.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Being cramped and crowded in a small space while you are constantly fearing for your life. The inhabitants must remain completely quiet ten hours every day, not moving a muscle. Even the most minor mistake (such as flushing the toilet at the wrong time) can mean the end. If that wasn't terrifying enough, every scene where they are nearly discovered is this.
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  • Retroactive Recognition: In the first entry, Anne casually mentions getting a book called Camera Obscura for her birthday, more well known today as Laughter in the Dark. This was one of many Russian novels that Vladimir Nabokov published before he truly got famous.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Most of the people getting up in arms over the blunt descriptions of puberty and other "naughty" things found in the book are forgetting the fact that it was written by, you know, a 13-year-old girl dealing with things every 13-year-old girl goes through (well, minus the whole Nazi thing). It was a personal diary after all. The controversy is especially funny when you realize that the people complaining about it are implying that Anne Frank was too young to describe her own puberty in her own words.
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