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: From YKTTW
Working Title: Cult Classic: From YKTTW
Would The Phantom of the Paradise be an example? It's a bit campy, it's got grim humor, a bit of a downer ending and it's a satire about music business. The music is really great. Just ask Winnipeg, where the OST was certified gold alone. Or France, where a Special Edition DVD was released last year.
Neophos: Just how is The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy a cult classic? Practically everyone who has even just touched upon brittish humor or scifi knows about it. Classic, yeah. But cult? No way.
: I dunno, I'm constantly amazed how many people have never heard of Terry Pratchett
, despite every book hitting the top of the bestseller list and staying there. Douglas Adams
may be in the same boat.
: I don't think either of them are really eligible, unless we are going to include practically all
genre book fiction - Discworld
and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
might not be as famous as Star Trek
, but they have seen millions of books sold, numerous radio and TV versions and a full scale Hollywood movie in the case of Hitchikers.
: To make reading the article easier, I alphabetized it.
Some of these fail the definition. Hitchhiker's Guide was way too popular at the time-and still is-to be "cult". I'm pretty sure Dune was a massive hit when it first came out too. Xena was once the most popular syndicated show on TV. I think Legacy of Kain was a hit (the first game), as were some other ones. I thought Cult Classics weren't
popular at the time but gained a following in retrospect, many of these seem to be just "they're genre and have a following now, popularity at the time be damned".
No Buddy: Another example that doesn't fit: Deus Ex
. If it's widely-known enough to become PC Gamer's #1 game of all time...