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101 Why was 1984 set in 1984? 2017-02-13T14:10:56.767

82 How do we know Humpty Dumpty was an egg? 2017-02-09T21:15:22.953

79 Snoopy can balance on an edge atop his doghouse. Is any reason given for this? 2018-07-02T00:47:07.270

63 What is Hobbes? 2017-01-22T08:43:26.770

59 Did Arthur Conan Doyle code Holmes and Watson as a gay couple? 2017-01-18T17:45:11.653

58 Has copy protection ever been used in physical books? 2017-02-19T19:17:12.703

51 Where did the idea of a "true name" come from? 2017-02-19T00:11:11.553

50 Why is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy referred to as H2G2? 2017-05-31T10:23:45.010

48 Why was The Call of the Wild banned? 2017-01-18T18:08:37.660

47 What is Tom Bombadil's importance in The Lord of the Rings? 2019-12-29T18:31:49.657

46 Does Dr. Manhattan have free will? 2017-02-15T03:42:44.047

45 Why is there so much technical detail of whaling included in Moby-Dick? 2017-02-07T17:26:59.060

45 How did Wonka's Golden Ticket sweepstakes ensure that children would win? 2017-03-08T22:12:54.477

45 History of Spoilers 2017-05-14T21:41:55.270

44 What message is Bradbury trying to convey in Fahrenheit 451? 2017-01-18T17:54:15.803

40 Why does "Watchmen" use the 9-panel grid? 2017-05-18T19:25:46.793

40 Was the title "The Lord of the Rings" picked on purpose to be ambiguous? 2020-09-15T14:11:26.297

39 Did Gaiman and Pratchett troll an interviewer who thought they were religious fanatics? 2021-01-24T20:59:38.227

37 The author of a literary work disagrees with critics about meaning—who's right? 2017-03-09T18:59:50.263

36 Why is a raven like a writing desk? 2017-01-22T16:51:12.750

36 Does Snape talk in code? 2017-03-07T12:45:46.497

36 Should I read The Silmarillion before or after reading The Lord of the Rings? 2017-06-28T07:51:45.443

35 Is there anything that definitely confirms that Svidrigailov actually committed murder in "Crime and Punishment?" 2017-01-18T17:20:34.290

34 Did Shakespeare write his own stage directions? 2017-01-18T17:25:47.547

34 Is Judaism represented in the Narnia books? 2017-01-23T18:49:24.870

34 Was there a reason Victor Hugo chose 24601 as the number for Jean Valjean? 2017-04-04T00:12:04.240

33 George Orwell's 1984 banned for contradictory reasons? 2017-01-18T20:13:25.280

33 In 1984, why did O'Brien wait so long? 2017-01-19T00:25:04.603

33 Why has Bill Watterson ('Calvin and Hobbes') been retired for so long? 2017-12-18T19:41:46.413

33 Meaning/translation of title "The Light Fantastic" by Terry Pratchett 2019-09-29T05:48:38.503

32 How many of Poe's stories are interconnected? 2017-01-18T17:31:36.920

32 Why do many Korean folk tales start with "back when tigers smoked"? 2020-07-16T06:45:40.563

32 Why is Aragorn so weird to Pippin when they make their final farewell before going back to the Shire? 2020-10-12T05:44:53.827

30 Has the phrase "Elementary, my dear Watson" ever truly appeared in a Sherlock Holmes book? 2017-01-19T15:40:52.633

30 Did Lenore merely leave or is she dead? 2017-01-20T03:59:18.893

29 Is there any textual evidence to support that Dumbledore was gay? 2017-03-03T14:48:31.953

29 Why is Snape so fond of Malfoy? 2017-03-08T23:30:32.263

29 Are there any recorded discrepancies between The Odyssey as oral tradition and The Odyssey as Homer transcribed it? 2017-03-21T20:23:52.540

29 What is the pun in Kipling's poem "The Three-Decker"? 2018-02-20T13:18:47.707

28 What is the symbolism of Atticus killing the mad dog? 2017-01-18T17:57:49.867

28 Why did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle decide to kill off this character? 2017-01-19T11:23:19.573

28 How did real historical Igbo society differ from its portrayal in Things Fall Apart? 2017-02-15T17:01:37.463

27 Why does Mr. Poe cough so much? 2017-01-18T17:29:14.640

27 Is Sherlock Holmes religious? 2017-01-22T22:15:48.627

27 What does Mark Twain mean by "cheers and a tiger"? 2017-02-16T19:36:19.727

27 Why are haiku usually of 17 syllables? 2017-03-10T09:33:26.567

27 What's it called when a short quote appears at the beginning of a chapter? 2017-10-09T22:16:16.813

27 English short story where a wife makes an investigation officer eat the murder weapon 2018-12-13T15:11:56.827

26 Did J. K. Rowling base platform 9 3/4 on the Gump? 2017-01-18T18:10:36.317

26 Are quote marks used selectively in "The Handmaid's Tale" or do I have a bad scan of the book? 2017-01-20T23:33:56.307


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