The Hidden Purpose of ‘Turtles All The Way Down’

I have a conspiracy theory.

You think that John Green’s new young-adult novel Turtles All The Way Down is about Aza Holmes and her struggle with mental illness. There is also a B-plot, a teen detective story, about hunting down a rich guy who has disappeared. But maybe there’s another angle.

You may think I’m crazy, and I certainly think I am, but I have been joining a few dots here, and have come up with a far-out C- or Z-plot, or ‘hidden, mega-cryptic, secret-club-no-girls-allowed’ message or purpose that John Green has buried in the way-down-deep of the novel.

Now first of all, fellow Nerdfighters, yes I am very much aware of John Green’s stated positions on authorial intent and ownership of his books once published. I know that he always says books belong to the readers, and he has let them go and we shouldn’t bother too much with what he intended. But you know what – I don’t care. Just follow me on this breadcrumb trail and see what you think when I’ve taken you to the end.

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Who’s Who in “The Prestige”? A Complete (Mental) Breakdown.

The Prestige (2006), directed by Christopher Nolan, is a very complicated movie, primarily because two of the main characters are much, much more than they first appear. Only at the very end do we get any kind of confirmation of the real truth behind the illusion we were presented with throughout the film. This blog post sets out to properly identify and explain, scene by scene, exactly who is who, and remove the mysteries.

Spoiler Warning:

Everything following refers to a massive, massive spoiler in the The Prestige. If you have not yet seen the film, I highly recommend you stop right here, and go watch it first. This film has a big secret that you cannot “un-know” once it’s been spoiled for you, for example like The Sixth Sense, The Usual Suspects, or Fight ClubFrom here onward I am assuming you know the secret. You were warned.

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