YMMV / Young Wizards

  • Badass Decay: Justified Trope. Dairine starts off with a greater amount of power than her sister when she becomes a wizard n the third book and then falls to just above normal in the fifth. This fall is normal and expected; every wizard starts off with greater power for their initial ordeal. By the time the power drops off, their skill and knowledge increases.
  • Broken Base: A Wizard Abroad is a very contested book, with some fans loving the in-depth depiction of Ireland that came from Duane now living there, and others accusing it of feeling like it was written just to show off all the stuff she'd found out about the country rather than to tell an interesting story. It also doesn't help that her spellings of Irish words are very inconsistent.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • So You Want to Be a Wizard: Fred worrying about a disaster like a meteor hitting Manhattan directly after Nita and Kit admire the World Trade Center.
    • Deep Wizardry: The whole plot about stopping the East Coast from being wiped out is quite eerie after Hurricane Sandy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Two years after establishing Nita's Irish ancestry in the first book, Diane Duane met Northern Irish author Peter Morwood, who she later married, resulting in her moving to the country. This came in quite handy in letting her give an accurate portrayal of the country in A Wizard Abroad.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Nolan.
  • Narm: At the start of one chapter of A Wizard Abroad, Nita discovers that Ronan is an incarnation of the One's Champion. This then goes completely unacknowledged for the rest of the chapter, not getting mentioned again until halfway through the next one. It ends up feeling a lot like Duane moved the scene back a chapter, but then didn't change anything else.
  • Too Cool to Live: Romeo
  • Ugly Cute: Memeki
  • The Woobie: Darryl, Khretef, Mehrnaz
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Besides dealing with various bits of Technology Marches On, the New Millenium editions also get rid of what is now seen as appalling treatment of Machu Picchu, like threatening to starve her if she doesn't give a prophecy.
    • The NME of A Wizard Abroad gives a more PC depiction of Irish Travelers.
    • In the biggest change of all, the NME of A Wizard Alone has Darryl's autism not be cured by his Ordeal, as people had started seriously frowning on the Unfortunate Implications of disabilities being cured by magic.
  • Word of Gay: Tom and Carl, possibly. Testimony has Duane confirming to a small audience at a reading that Carl and Tom are indeed a gay couple — but added at the same time that she'd never say so explicitly in the books", but more recently has denied being too detailed about their relationship for the sake of the privacy of the people they're based off of.