These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Cloud of Sparrows
Purity Sue: Sort of - poor old Emily's innocence, virtue, beauty and magnetism to misfortune are so extreme as to border on the parodic, yet all she gets for it is condescenscion from the other characters and even, it seems, from the author, and, beyond the scope of the novel, an early and painful death.