YMMV / Lost Souls

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: There are several minor scenes in the book that read more like set pieces, added for atmosphere while either contributing nothing to the plot or simply reiterating points that have already been established. In short, they feel like they're just there for coolness value and could have been removed without changing anything.
    • Jessy's father's rather squick-inducing memory of the time he had sex with his thirteen-year-old daughter. The father is a minor character whose contribution to the plot is pretty insignificant, and Jessy's purpose in the story has already come and gone, making the scene even less plot-relevant.
    • Nothing's hitchhiking scenes. When he leaves home, he gets a ride with an albino Fundamentalist who makes him perform oral sex on him. Later, he hitches a ride with a junkie biker named Spooky, whose blood Nothing sucks while Spooky's on the nod. These scenes are arguably present to hint at Nothing's vampiric nature before The Reveal...except that the reader has known from the beginning that he's a vampire and that he enjoys the taste of blood. They add nothing new, introduce two new characters who vanish immediately afterwards, and nothing that happens in them is ever brought up again.
    • Midway through the novel, the story breaks off for roughly two paragraphs to the inner monologue of an obese, unattractive, virginal convenience store clerk who feels a surge of sexual desire for Zillah. The point of the entire episode is that Zillah and the other vamps stop to buy Twinkies, and the scene seems to exist for no other reason than to show that Zillah is so supernaturally attractive that even lonely religious virgins can be tempted—a fact that (again) has already been established. The clerk plays no role and is never mentioned again.
    • The entire story of the vampire twins and Arkady and Ashley Raventon seem to have been imported from a different story completely unrelated to this one (according to the acknowledgements, this might well be the case, as the author thanks another writer for allowing him to "borrow" the characters). Other than the fact that the twins are (yet another kind of) vampire and that Arkady helps Steve and Ghost with Ann's vampire abortion, it's so disconnected that it's difficult to justify it even as a subplot.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Steve smashing Zillah in the face with a baseball bat.
  • Ho Yay: Zillah and Nothing are canon, as are Nothing and Christian. Steve and Ghost share one kiss. A later short story makes their relationship canon.
  • Idiot Plot: An Emo Kid who grew up with a fairly nice family, decides his life sucks and runs away to meet a group of people who don't even know he exists, gets picked up by a trio of vampires, one who happens to be his father, and to impress them kills his best friend. That is just the icing on the idiot cake if you think about it hard enough.
  • Gary Stu: Ghost has no discernible flaws (other than the fact that he let his best friend/crush get away with rape, but no one in universe is bothered by that), is described as being very pretty with white blond hair, translucent skin and big blue eyes (like a... ghost) is sweet and kind to everyone and even has Psychic Powers when it seems that no other character in the book, not even the vampires have them.
  • Moral Event Horizon: When Nothing is in the van and has the choice to participate in the murder of Laine, he participates at first out of self-preservation, but then because of his true nature, and it represents the beginning of his acceptance of a new life and new morality.
  • Older Than They Think: a lot of elements of this novel sexy vampires, goths, New Orleans, and Ho Yay have been so done to death that Lost Souls may look cliched. When it was published in 1992, those tropes were fresher than they are now.
  • Squick: Too much to list.