YMMV / The Pilgrim's Progress

  • Anvilicious: Very much so, and actually the reason it became popular: it was so anviliciously religious that the Puritans considered it as suitable for reading on Sundays as the Bible itself.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: "So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side."
  • Designated Evil:
    • One of the characters Christian comes across is Ignorance; a pleasant, friendly young man who tries to get into the Celestial City by doing good works and living his life according to Jesus' example, rather than simply through faith. He gets thrown into Hell for his arrogance.
    • One of the "evil" characters is named Talkative. Talkative. After all the other Names to Run Away from Really Fast, his seems enormously anticlimactic.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Of a more Insult Backfire type of way. Muckraker in the book is a character who is so obsessed with cleaning up mud on the ground that he fails to notice a golden crown above him. Journalists in the early 20th century who investigated big corporations were dubbed "muckrakers" as an insult, but it eventually turned into a positive term thanks to Theodore Roosevelt's speech "The Man With the Muck-Rake", which notes the irony of the nickname.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The Pilgrim's Progress would most likely be a painful read for most readers today - including Christians - who aren't able or willing to look past the Values Dissonance, unsubtlety and general preachiness of the book. The language doesn't help either, although there are editions with more modern writing.
  • Values Dissonance: Uh, yeah, some.
    • "Abandon your wife and children" isn't generally considered acceptable even as an allegory these days. Also, Ignorance's fate can come off as unnecessarily harsh and arbitrary. ("Look, sorry, you really need to go back and follow the proper path. You've done nothing wrong, so we'll hold a spot for you.")
    • In the second part, all four of Christiana's sons get married within a span of a few pages despite having no romance arcs with any of their wives. To modern viewers, this would seem like an extreme case of Strangled by the Red String. In the 17th Century, getting married and having a family is seen as more important than experiencing romance, and people in those days usually get married before they fall in love with their spouses, rather than the other way around.