- Actor Shipping: There's been a lot of Cate Blanchett/Rooney Mara shipping (including RPS) thanks to the chemistry they display in the movie.
- Award Snub: Neither Blanchett nor Mara won their categories at the Oscars. The film also failed to win in anything else it was nominated for and was shockingly not even nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture or Best Director after seeming like a shoo-in for both.
- Awesome Music: Carter Burtwell's score, which plays out like a more sentimental, but never the less effective version of the kind of music that Philip Glass would make.
- Fanfic Fuel: The ending of the film had lead to quite a few fics of people making fan works of what happens afterwards.
- Jerkass Woobie: Richard, Therese's boyfriend. Given the standards of the time, his reaction is remarkably understated and quite understandablehis girlfriend, the woman he loves and wants to marry, is ditching him to run around the country with a woman she just met. Who wouldn't flip out at that?
- Memetic Mutation: "Harold, they're lesbians".Explanation
- Older Than They Think: The film is frequently thought of as a modern Period Piece. The original novel is genuinely from the 1950s. More specifically, it's a pulp romance novel from 1952.
- One True Pairing: Virtually all fanfiction of the movie/book involves Carol/Therese to some degree or another. The fandom isn't crazy for the plausible alternatives of Carol/Abby or Therese/Genevieve; if they do happen, Carol/Therese will still be the endgame.
- Portmanteau Couple Name: Carol/Therese - Carese or, more commonly, Belivaird.
YMMV / Carol