YMMV / Northanger Abbey

  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The heroine of the definitive Gothic romance parody is named CATHERINE!
  • Les Yay: Isabella's undisguised jealousy of Catherine's budding friendship with Eleanor Tilney can easily be interpreted this way now. Isabella's friendship with Catherine from the very beginning had overtones of this, particularly when Austen mentions how they always "joined arms" when they were together... That is only a modern construction, though. In the context of the culture, women holding hands (or joining arms) was a perfectly natural gesture of friendship which had nothing to do with their sexual orientation.
  • Values Dissonance: John Thorpe describes someone as being "rich as a Jew."
  • "Weird Al" Effect: This is much more studied these days than the literature it mentions. To the point that most readers thought Jane Austen invented most of the Gothic titles she listed, turns out they're all real.