YMMV / Xanth

  • Damsel Scrappy: Millie in Castle Roogna.
  • Nightmare Fuel: What Trent found in Castle Roogna's library in the first book.
  • Pandering to the Base: Xanth is read mostly by hormonal teenagers (of both genders), and Piers Anthony is distinctly aware of this — and includes a weird combination of fanservice and active female characters for both sides.
  • Periphery Demographic: Young kids and teenagers, actually, due to the Puns.
    • Funnily enough, Anthony stated in one of his Author's Notes that the reason the Adult Conspiracy was hiding less in later books was that he was offended that his books were being put in the Teens section of the library and wanted to emphasize that the books were meant for adults.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Averted. The Adventure Game based on one of the novels managed to be at least halfway decent.
    • Except the novel is based off of the game that is based off the novel. It's maddeningly recursive on Your Head A-Splode levels. Basically, in the novel, the protagonists are playing the game that is now out, based on the novel, making it a bit of I Wish It Were Real, as well.
      • The Author's Note straightens this out: Anthony wanted to make a Xanth computer game, but lacked the expertise to do it himself. He wrote the novel to show Legend Entertainment what the Xanth game should be like, and they went and made it for him.
  • Sequelitis: And how. The first book was amazingly original, but by Harpy Thyme the prose is so badly written it can be painful to read in places, among other problems. Many people recommend stopping by Question Quest, and giving the later books a miss except those with characters from the early series (like the aforementioned Harpy Thyme, sadly).