This is something I’ve been pondering for awhile (okay, for 20 years since the Star Wars prequels), and it wasn’t until I watched Mr. Plinkett’s Star Wars Reviews until I was able to articulate it, especially when he described the fake relationship between Padme and Anakin.
Here’s the situation: Something new comes out (a new RPG, a novel, a movie) in whatever genre you enjoy.
The media marketing is overwhelming. It seems to be everywhere.
You’re supposed to like it; you get teasers of all the genre-specific elements which made you like what you like in the first place.
You’re supposed to like it. It’s what the cool kids like.
You’re supposed to like it. Your friends say so.
You’re supposed to like it. You must keep up with the Joneses.
You’re supposed to like it, just don’t look too deep to find substance.
You’re supposed to like it. If you don’t, there’s something wrong with you.
And that’s the power of marketing and sales right there.
But what happens when you don’t like it? Then what?
Well, here’s what Grandpa Simpson once said: I used to be with ‘it’, but then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m with isn’t ‘it’ anymore and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary. It’ll happen to you!
This is why I don’t like certain change, the kind that’s heralded and marketed to death, spread thin to catch a wide audience. I’ve been burned too many times by something new which everybody supposed to like.
Aside from watching The Wizard of Oz as a treat, I haven’t watched a motion picture inside a theater since The Last Jedi. I fear if I end up going to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, I’ll end up looking like Annie Wilkes from Stephen King’s Misery when she stood up to point out a crucial flaw in an old Rocket Man serial:
My brother tried to make me stop and when I wouldn’t he tried to put his hand over my mouth to shut me up and I bit it and went on yelling That isn’t what happened last week! Are you all too stupid to remember? Did you all get amnesia?…. He didn’t get out of the cockdoodie car!
Such is the way of things.
(I wonder how Annie Wilkes would have felt about the Star Wars prequels…)
To be continued…