Hogwarts Is in Your Head, Harry: Conspiracy Theories About Literature

Sherlock Holmes and Watson are lovers, Winnie the Pooh is a mental-illness allegory, and other theories that might forever alter your favorite books

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There was a pretty fascinating article over at Salon earlier this month, in which Greg Olear argues that Nick Carraway, the narrator of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, was gay and in love with the novel's eponymous character. Though a Google search indicates that Olear's not exactly the first person to think of this, I admit I'd never considered the idea before, and his arguments are pretty persuasive. The article got me thinking about the other theories and alternate interpretations that are floating around about classic literary characters. Below, an investigation, and perhaps a few sides of characters you've never seen before.

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