These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
Adaptation Displacement: There is a book of the same name that came out 2 years previous, this is a little known fact.
Tear Jerker: Gilbert's mom. Everything about her is sad. She used to be gorgeous and is now beyond morbidly obese, she never leaves the house. The one time she's gone outside in years, everyone in town stares and makes fun of her, while children follow her home to laugh at her.
Her death, particularly for someone whose mother, while not nearly as obese, died the same way.