YMMV / The Little Match Girl

  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Oddly enough, many people don't consider a little girl freezing to death nearly as happy as the tone of the writing tries to paint it.
  • Glurge: Most people tend to call it "tragedy porn" for this exact reason.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: This tale shows child exploitation and its consequences.
    • Though, as Terry Pratchett points out, the You Bastard meaning aimed at the comfortable was somewhat lost, especially with the little girl going to Fluffy Cloud Heaven. His more cynical interpretation of the dropped anvil is "be grateful, because someone else's situation always is worse than your own." This is the reason his version of Death uses his temporary position as Hogfather (Santa Claus) to flip a bony middle finger at the whole idea.
  • The Woobie: The titular character, of course.