* EnsembleDarkhorse: Aloysius. There was a fair bit of brouhaha when it was thought he would be absent from the movie.
** For those who aren't familiar with the book and who are curious who Aloysius is - he's Sebastian's ''teddy bear''.
* HoYay: The intensity of Charles and Sebastian's relationship were vague in the book but purposely amped up for the movie. The miniseries made it very obvious.
** Blanche and Sebastian are even worse.
* ValuesDissonance: The idea put forth by the book that gay relationships are inherently immature front-runners to a long-term straight partnership doesn't really hold much water nowadays (of course, this depends on what circles you move in). Additionally, many people take a much dimmer view of Charles [[ParentalAbandonment walking out on his kids.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic
* TheWoobie: [[spoiler: Sebastian]] is a beautiful and lively young man at the beginning of the novel, but his family betrays him, his best friend betrays him, his lover is taken from him by the Nazis, and he spends the rest of his life as a hermetic hanger-on at an isolated monastery, with plenty of alcoholic misery along the way.