* BrokenBase: '''ABSOLUTELY'''. The third book, ''Emily's Quest'' - and how! First, there are the fans ([[FanPreferredCouple a big chunk as well]]) who ''cannot stand'' that [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Teddy/Emily]] is official and [[MayDecemberRomance Dean/Emily]] is not. Second, there are the Teddy/Emily fans who ''hate'' how little screen time Teddy gets as well as how there is hardly any Teddy/Emily interaction, while there is a much larger focus on Dean/Emily and Dean in general. Then there are those Teddy/Emily fans who dislike how only in the final two or so pages, their ship [[LastMinuteHookup finally happens]] as well as Teddy hardly appearing in the book and getting very limited (if ''any'') [[FlatCharacter character development]] or screen time. And [[UpToEleven then]], there are those fans who wanted much more of a focus on Emily and her writing career rather than all the romantic shenanigans - these fans also tend to want Emily to remain single.
** Not to mention the fans who complain of "character decay" in terms of Ilse's character, who appears very shallow and flippant in the third book (though the signs were there since the second installment). Or the fans who hate Dean's infamous scene with Emily's manuscript. Or Emily herself, especially concerning [[{{Shipping}} certain fans]] at least, her cruel breaking off of hers and Dean's engagement and the permanent breaking of Dean's heart. Or the fact that pretty much ''nothing'' is known about Teddy or his actual personality.
** And finally, there are those who complain that the writing in the third book is too vague, lacking in description and poorly written with far too much focus on melodrama, brooding and depression. Whew!
* EndingFatigue: ''Emily's Quest.''
* FanPreferredCouple: A good chunk of the fandom favours Emily/Dean over Emily/Teddy.
* NightmareFuel: In ''Emily Climbs'' Emily is accidentally locked inside the church at night during a thunderstorm...with a madman who has mistaken her for his long dead bride.
* TearJerker: Try getting through the first few chapters of the first book without your eyes stinging. And it doesn't stop there.
* ValuesDissonance: Notably appears in concordance with CursedWithAwesome: Emily occasionally shows psychic powers, which have been known to save lives and solve decades-old mysteries? ''Great!'' Except that she is ashamed and afraid of them and keeps them a secret, because of the stigma around insanity and all unexplainable phenomena in the Victorian era.
* TheWoobie: Several characters could qualify, including young Emily and possibly Dean, but Mrs. Kent deserves special mention as a JerkassWoobie who is in desperate need of several forms of therapy, who deliberately wrecks the happiness of people around her, but Montgomery takes plenty of time out to say, ''she had it rough.''
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