YMMV / Phenomena

The Dario Argento film:

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The main theme. There also the inclusion of Iron Maiden's "Flash of the Blade" and Motörhead's "Locomotive" in the soundtrack.
  • Moral Event Horizon: It is a bit redundant to mention Patua, but not Frau Brückner who first helps her son continue his horrific hobbies and then begins killing herself, starting with Doctor McGregor, to protect her abominable son. The whole family is screwed considering that his birth came from another crossing of the horizon.
    • The headmistress has shown herself to be very mean and unprofessional by allowing Jennifer's bullying but her worst act was attempting to lock up Jennifer in a mental institution while admitting that it was not certain that she was the killer, but she considered her diabolical regardless.
  • Nausea Fuel: How about a nice swim in a pool of rotting carcasses? No?

The book series:

  • Awesome Music:
    • The Audiobooks' main theme, a sad yet curious piano piece, sounding like a fairy tale.
  • 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.
  • Critical Dissonance: Many critics saw it as a Lord of the Rings rip-off because Tolkien is the only one allowed to write high fantasy to the point of refusing to review the other books. Among readers however is it popular and a bestseller. But due to the critics are there no collectibles outside a board game.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Sherpa, having soon lived for 10000 years, and has tried to destroy Aldra for a long time. He writes changes to the Phenomena where the chosen children die, rips people's hearts out but keeps them alive. He often tries to manipulate Ilke, claiming they're Not So Different and kills her when she says no. He's scary and manipulative and even Tarkan is squicked out by him sometimes…
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Some stopped reading in the 4th book as it got a small boy who's tortured, among other dark things. The lighthearted children's romance series Eva and Adam debuted aroud the same time, featured colorful and cheerful characters and artwork.
    • Probably why people won't check if there's more to come.
  • Evil Is Cool: Mentor seems to have thought this when younger.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Ilke's death, dear god… why like that?! It's worse than a Disney Villain Death even... way worse than Clayton's, and he wasn't even 18...
  • 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.
    • Some Phenomena fans hate Frozen, others love it, and some doesn't care much for either anymore.
    • With Eva och Adam a Swedish children's romance series. As it became really popular to read it, most changed to it, not to forget much more frequent releases. Although many read both as well, while others chose sides.
  • 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.
  • Growing the Beard: From the second book it becomes more of an own thing and not a ton of research put together. The lore and world building becomes much better.
  • 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.
  • Moe: Ilke, Badass Adorable and relatable yet not a Purity Sue nor Mary Sue for having clear faults yet being awesome and a character everyone would like to hug and protect at all costs. She's the most popular character of the series for a good reason.
    • Arol, being a big adorkable winter bear everyone wants to hug.
  • 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.

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