YMMV / Goblin Hollow

  • Character Alignment: As explained by Ben
  • Moment of Awesome: Penny confronting a modern-day money-changer in the temple, even if she doesn't quite manage to drive him out. See Values Dissonance, though.
  • Values Dissonance: When the response to Penny's Moment of Awesome was this, the fans revolted. Some went so far as to consider it a Kick the Dog moment for Lily. Hayes seemed genuinely surprised and even angered by this attitude. Apparently, the taboo against "making a scene" at a church event (the confrontation took place after actual services ended) or talking back to a preacher is so strong in his family and denomination that it never occurred to him that his readers might feel otherwise.
    • Of course, letting fly a major burst of profanity in the church vestibule is going a bit far — but enough of the readers had had enough of televangelists and their ilk that having Ben and Lily — two upright Christians — demand she apologize for speaking truth to the man in public after being publicly insulted by him looked a lot like Crossing the Line Twice. It was so bad that some readers actually said Penny should run away from home rather than be hit by Ben the next time she said or did something that upset him. (Which wasn't fair to the character or the author.)
    • Similarly, we're supposed to find this a deeply-shocking sign that Penny is seriously out of control and on her way to real trouble. You'd think they'd been in flagrante delicto.
      • They were, on the other hand, practically climbing into each other's pants.
      • Which may be unacceptable, but it is normal. Readers from outside Ralph Hayes, Jr.'s subculture fall into this trope when asked to see it as a sign of being severely troubled.
    • This. For context, Ben has been putting large and apparently frivolous charges on a credit card that they'd agreed was only for emergencies.
    • And now it turns out that Penny is not only a virgin, but she considers any suggestion that she might not be to be both insulting and ridiculous. Unless she's a substance abuser of some kind and we just haven't seen it yet, then we're supposed to buy her as a "troubled teen" - enough so that she needed to be sent to live with her sister in order to get her away from her friends - based on black clothes and a surly attitude. It is implied that she used to be a more cheerful person before her friend died. It's just that we didn't really see her in a flashback pertaining how she used to be in more detail to take stock of how much she changed from before.