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YMMV: Night World
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Hannah Snow of Soulmate. Is she a tragic Woobie who's been mercilessly killed since prehistory by a Yandere Vampiress, and manipulated into believing her Soulmate Thierry killed her every time? Or is she a complete Jerkass who holds the Idiot Ball for far too long to justify her own insecurities over her feelings for Thierry?
    • It certainly doesn't help matter that she chooses to remain human at the end of Soulmate despite the neverending heartache both Thierry and herself had experienced for thousands of years, and actually seems to look forward to having future reincarnations, while fully aware and even acknowledging that Thierry will suffer through her deaths every single time.
    • Ash Redfern. Has he truly see the errors of his ways and genuinely wants to be good enough for his Soulmate Mary-Lynnette? Or is he simply an victim of Badass Decay who lets his Soulmate change him to what she wants in an Love Interest?
  • Broken Base: Some fans are not pleased about The Reveal of Rashel and Keller being twin siblings.
  • Expy: Numerous characters are very similar to characters from other past L.J. Smith works. For instance:
    • Quinn and Thierry have shades of Stefan In which they: Had traumatic Vampire transformations, Lost their loves and spent the rest of their lives brooding or self-loathing themselves.
    • Ash is an mix of Damon and Julian.
    • Keller, Nissa and Winnie are pretty much Elena, Meredith and Bonnie.
    • Maya is (arguably) Katherine, but less crazy.
    • Thea and Blaise are reminiscent of another pair of Witch cousins.
      • Double goes for Maya and Hellewise.
    • Keller was likely based on Rashel.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Ash and Mary-Lynnette: Those Who Favor Fire, Jez and Morgead's Night Out and Thicker Than Water because of Inconsistencies, Plotholes and the use of AK-47s.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Hunter Redfern.
  • Narm: Quite a few silly bits, but special mention has to be made of the covert SWAT team in Witchlight who drive around on their secret missions in a white limousine. At one stage they even illegally park it on the footpath.
    • Hunter chasing Rashel while trying to tempt her with ice cream comes off as this.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Every single couple. This is thanks to the Soulmate Principle, a phenomenon that ensures two strangers are destined to be together, no matter how little they know of each other, how unsuited they are, or how much they dislike the idea. They will be in love by the end of the book.
    • Averted with Poppy/James, They fell in love slowly before finding out they were soulmates all along.
      • Morgead also had feelings for Jez prior as well.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Timmy. Sure, the Vampire Creepy Child has been done before but there is still so much potential.
    • Roseclear Harman. An Witch/Vampire hybrid seems much more unique than an Dhampyr.
    • The Lancers.
    • Maya, in general.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Time-Traveling in Black Dawn.
    • Jez and Morgead's Night Out's serial killer storyline is not properly dealt with and instead is dropped when the killer commits suicide.
  • Values Dissonance: "It is fine for Night World inhabitants to treat humans in whatever way they please (because they're special and not bound by morality)..."
  • Unfortunate Implications: Male werewolves are portrayed as stupid, constantly insulted by Vampires such as James and Ash and are treated like an much lower class. When an Female werewolf is introduced, she's portrayed in a positive light as smart, an top assassin even though she's still in her mid-teens and is praised by one of the oldest vampires ever!
    • If you're an Harman by your father instead of your mother, You have no right to use the last name and therefore don't get much respect from other witches.
  • The Woobie: Thierry, He accidentally kills his Soulmate during an fit of rage against an tribe and spends the rest of his life searching for her while mentally beating himself up for what he did.
    • Delos also counts since he was treated as an weapon instead of an person since childhood when he was discovered at an young age as an Wild Power.

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