YMMV: Phenomena

The Dario Argento film:

The book series:

  • Chaotic Evil: Ezau.
  • Cliché Storm: one of the big complains adult reviewers came with alobg with calling the characters bland was this. It actually makes partial sense considdering that it was Ruben Eliassen's first book (he hated reading and writing as a kid) and he planned to make it a series of Picture Books. Many fans agree he's much better at writing from the second book, and then gets almost too dark with the third onward.
  • Evil Is Cool: Mentor seems to have thought this when younger.
  • Fandom Rivalry/Friendly Fandoms: with the Harry Potter fandom as they came out around the same time. There are still many who are fan of both.
    • Also with the Lord of the Rings fandom which more grown up people saw it as a copy just when looking at the cover, ways to see that is that they accuse Sha-ra of being a Gandalf copy first, yes he's a wizard with a long white beard and being a Wizard Classic. Nevermind that Ruben Eliassen himself said that he never had read anything of the genre before in multiple interviews but wrote it after children asked him to, and he wrote inspired on what he knew from various European mythologies including The Bible. But as with the HP Fandom are there fans of both Phenomena and LOTR.
  • Genius Bonus: if you're interested in history, reads bible lore for fun, know things about Norse mythology, and know many languages you'll understand more of what's going on, not that it makes it any lighter.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: why it suddenly dropped in popularity even though the wonky, Dub Name Change Norwegian Harry Potter books were popular... mostly for being popular.
  • Narm Charm: Ilke's adoration of mothers fall into this by being a huge Les Yay and implying that she Likes Older Women. It is understandable that she's desperate for a mother, growing up without any females to look up to for 10 years, but her lines of 'Do all mothers smell this good?' is still pretty narmy.
  • Toy Ship: Ilke and Jolsah is hinted in the 2nd book.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: at times it gets so dark that it isn't funny.