Ratman's Notebooks/YMMV

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

  • Adaptation Displacement: The original book was overshadowed by 1971 version of Willard, which was in turn overshadowed by its 2003 remake
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: Michael Jackson's performance of "Ben" (which was written for the original movie's 1973 sequel) is probably more popular than either the book or the two movies.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Crispin Glover singing Ben during the end credits to the 2003 movie. Oh, and for good measure, he is accompanied by an accordion.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Miss Leech from the 2003 movie
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ratman approaches the final line several times before he finally crosses it.
  • Needs More Love: The original novel is out of print. The 1971 movie is only available on VHS.
  • Squick
  • The Woobie: The Main Character, but moreso in the movies than in the book.
    • Crispin Glover's Willard particularly gives us a really good perfomance of him. His fall into madness is really something to see, and his woobieness is just something that he could alone pull on.