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From AWB being Pino to Dr. Whale being Dr. Frankie, you’d be surprised where you’d find clues. If you”re a fan of Ethan Embry it’s because you know the movie. It’s a teen cult favourite. K&H would definitely take advantage of that and use it a clue.
Same goes for the plate saying Pennsylvania. Another nod/easter egg towards something that the K&H appreciate. If there were nods to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, there can certainly be nods Can’t Hardly Wait & Ethan Embry, Myril.
AWB and Dr. Whale are names they choose for characters, giving clues. Casting an actor because one of his former roles can be used as a clue to give away something about a character is something different. At least I prefer to think, that they cast actors and actresses for their skills, maybe looks, but not because their work could be used as clue for something about the character they are cast to play, at least not if it’s for a recurring role. A clue is something that doesn’t merely coincides but something done, put there on purpose. If anything it might be a nice coincidence that Embry played a writer before, and in such a cult movie.
Yes there were nods to movies before, like to One Flew Over the Cuckoos’s Nest, as there are Lost eastereggs, but that are nods, allusions, pop cultur references, not clues for the story told or the characters. It doesn’t give something away, it’s fun, honoring the work of others, and geekdom. Sometimes it can be both, but a reference doesn’t always has a meaning for the story.
As I’ve said at the end of my post, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Greg was Peter Pan. Nor would I be to find out that he was WofOZ. The name Greg Mendell and the Star Wars clues can lead us in either direction. However, I’m not talking about Greg Mendel’s fairy tale character (if he does indeed have one) I’m talking about his outside profession, what he does for a living and all the clues that point toward it.
I am still nurturing the idea, that Greg has no fairy tale nor any other story book identity but is someone from our world. And I like the idea of him being a writer (liking in the sense could be interesting for story telling). Just saying the clues or references named here so far are not cogent, they don’t convince me, that it’s likely, that Greg in our world is a writer.
The name could very well be a hint though who he could be as fairy tale or story book character if he is any. Like Dr. Whale was a hint at Frankenstein. Could be even a hint, that he has story book history. Not so easy to discuss one without the other.
Now if Greg is a guy from our world and an outsider, but the author of Henry’s book, how would you explain, that he knows so much about the Enchanted Forest? The stories in Henry’s book deviate from cannon fairy tales a lot. Maybe nothing to discuss in this thread, because it’s not about clues. Just something to keep in mind.