House of Leaves

Is this the book by excellence that midwits love to pretend they read?
Having read it, I was surprised by how mediocre this was. There's nothing impressive about it, if only that so many people are pretending to like it.
I haven't really participated so far, but I would have expected this to be trashed on this board.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You may be correct, but this board is also filled with midwits who pretend to read. The reason everyone jerks off over “the classics” and “the canon” in this place is because it’s easy to read summaries of the books or watch YouTube videos and act like you’ve read them.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >le scary house

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >le didnt read it

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I thought it was fine. Is there anything worth looking for it all the letters and photographs in the appendices?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There's nothing really that interesting at any of the goose chases in the references. It's all just isolated stuff or something that gives a tiny bit of context to the rest of the story.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Personally I think the note where Zampano lays out his plan to invent the Johnny Truant character is rather interesting.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I'm not sure which one you're talking about, but in the final analysis, you can't draw a conclusion as to who is the real author because of the heater comment (and plenty of other things).
          That was one of the things I thought was less interesting than it could be. Right, the author is unknown, but in the end since no answer can be reached, it just really doesn't matter. And the content is still bad, on purpose or not.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You have to read the Whalestoe Letters while listening to that Poe album backwards to understand how bad it truly is.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I read the Whalestoe letters. Didn't listen to any albums though. I think it does what the rest ends up doing with the hidden stuff, draw into question authorship and work without really it having much of a point.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            what's "the heater comment"? I stopped reading when the book ended (lol) but I thought it turned out that Truant just made it all up

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            At the start Johnny replaces heater with water heater in the manuscript. It's one of the many instances of hamfisted introduction of the unreliable narrator aspect.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            The real author is Mark Z. Danielewski, who created characters creating characters to process their trauma to process his trauma.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            No shit.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There are a few fun puzzles in the letters and it arguably adds depth to Johnny Truant's character, but you won't miss anything if you ignore it.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The note in one of the photographs has the author debate an alternate ending where the kids die in the house once it starts falling apart. I need to reread it because I came across a page with a random checkmark and it was only hundreds of pages later during the letters that Truant and his mom agree on a checkmark as a symbol for agreeing to a form of code. Going through IQfy archives, I always find comments here and there which I make a note of to keep an eye on out for on a second pass.

  4. 1 month ago
    sage

    other people like other stuff, SHOCKING!

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The story about the house is pretty interesting. Johnny's story is kind of gay but I think the book is unique enough to be worth reading.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Normies are simple-minded cattle & they easily confuse its gimmickyass text & page formatting with emotional depth & intelligence

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I liked it for it's entertainment value. The content is mediocre though but it's more about the experience of reading it, and that part was very enjoyable for me.
      If you're partial to the occasional entertainment slop like me, then maybe you'd enjoy it.
      If you think like this though there's no hope for you.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's just a gimmicky genre piece, which is fine, but yes it's very overrated because it's impressive to nitwits

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    So, few people actually read it, huh?

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I might be moronic but to be totally honest I thought it was much better if you read each story individually by themselves. perhaps they weave together in some profound way that I didn't understand but im not sold. I love the book but the way it's broken up is just a lot to deal with.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It just depends on your attention span or capacity to remember what happened in A to relate it to B, but to be honest, there is not a huge amount of overlap. The relation between the stories is thematic or oddly specific in places. The only thing that the staggered storytelling achieves is to annoy the reader.
      There is one other book which does the convergence and parallel stories much better. City at the End of Time, which is infinitely more interesting.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's top tier genre fiction with a cool gimmick. I quite like it myself, but it's obviously not high art.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    House of Leaves is far joke tier. No one should ever recommend this trash to anyone.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      *fart joke

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I liked it. I've read it a couple times and I enjoyed the playing with formatting and typography. It's also got a couple really unnerving moments like when the bathroom wall noiselessly disappears into a huge black void behind the documentarian as he's watching the Navidson footage

    I think the book's success went to Danielewski's head, because everything he's written since feels pretty derivative of HoL. I remember reading an interview where he claimed he had anticipated every possible interpretation of HoL as he was writing it, which is laughably insufferable, and he leans way too hard into his gimmickry in later books. But House of Leaves is a fun, breezy read. I might read it again this year, it's been a while.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The ending part about the mother was a cool recontextualization.

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