YMMV / Emily of New Moon

  • Broken Base: ABSOLUTELY. The third book, Emily's Quest - and how! First, there are the fans (a big chunk as well) who cannot stand that Teddy/Emily is official and 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 finally happens as well as Teddy hardly appearing in the book and getting very limited (if any) character development or screen time. And 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 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!
  • Ending Fatigue: Emily's Quest.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: A good chunk of the fandom favours Emily/Dean over Emily/Teddy.
  • Nightmare Fuel: 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.
  • Tear Jerker: Try getting through the first few chapters of the first book without your eyes stinging. And it doesn't stop there.
  • Values Dissonance: Notably appears in concordance with Cursed with Awesome: 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.
  • The Woobie: Several characters could qualify, including young Emily and possibly Dean, but Mrs. Kent deserves special mention as a Jerkass Woobie 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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