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5th Feb '16 3:46:37 PM Furienna
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* Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt was determined to bring RomanceNovel to the Swedish literary scene. But it wasn't easy for her to find a publisher for her debut novel, ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'', and critics continued to ignore her. While she maybe isn't a household name, she's got a steady fanbase, has published two more novels and has proved that there is a market for Swedish Romance.
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* Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt was determined to bring RomanceNovel to the Swedish literary scene. But it wasn't easy for her to find a publisher for her debut novel, ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'', and critics continued to ignore her. While she maybe isn't a household name, she's got a steady fanbase, she has published two four more novels and has proved that there is a market for Swedish Romance.
29th Jan '16 5:45:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/RockyBalboa'' was not only expected to fail at the box office but was also the butt of many jokes by comedians and film fans due to star/writer/director SylvesterStallone's age (he was 59 at the time of the film's release) and lack of box office success in the early part of the 2000's. Then the film was released, had positive reception from critics and audiences, managed to be a profit-making hit for the studio and gave Stallone a CareerResurrection.
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* ''Film/RockyBalboa'' was not only expected to fail at the box office but was also the butt of many jokes by comedians and film fans due to star/writer/director SylvesterStallone's Creator/SylvesterStallone's age (he was 59 at the time of the film's release) and lack of box office success in the early part of the 2000's. Then the film was released, had positive reception from critics and audiences, managed to be a profit-making hit for the studio and gave Stallone a CareerResurrection.
19th Jan '16 4:29:05 PM Zubon
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There's two ways the ItWillNeverCatchOn trope could play out. [[AvertedTrope It actually doesn't]], or this. A work of literature, film or television -- just getting started, purely original (if there is such a thing), unaffiliated with any previous book, movie or TV show -- has little hope of standing out among the established goldmines of franchises. Critics mock it. The public isn't expecting it. It gets even worse if [[TroubledProduction things go awry on its production]]. Then, when released, it pulls a megaprofit stunt and becomes an instant classic. Usually accompanied by HypeBacklash, but has less chance of becoming DeaderThanDisco. Contrast with VindicatedByHistory, where a work initially fails but then gradually builds a very high reputation.
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There's two ways the ItWillNeverCatchOn trope could play out. out: [[AvertedTrope It it actually doesn't]], or this. A work of literature, film or television -- just getting started, purely original (if there is such a thing), unaffiliated with any previous book, movie or TV show -- has little hope of standing out among the established goldmines of franchises. Critics mock it. The public isn't expecting it. It gets even worse if [[TroubledProduction things go awry on its production]]. Then, when released, it pulls a megaprofit stunt and becomes an instant classic. Usually accompanied by HypeBacklash, but has less chance of becoming DeaderThanDisco. Contrast with VindicatedByHistory, where a work initially fails but then gradually builds a very high reputation.
19th Jan '16 4:28:46 PM Zubon
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There's two ways the ItWillNeverCatchOn trope could play out. [[AvertedTrope it actually doesn't]], or this. A work of literature, film or television -- just getting started, purely original (if there is such a thing), unaffiliated with any previous book, movie or TV show -- has little hope of standing out among the established goldmines of franchises. Critics mock it. The public isn't expecting it. It gets even worse if [[TroubledProduction things go awry on its production]]. Then, when released, it pulls a megaprofit stunt and becomes an instant classic. Usually accompanied by HypeBacklash, but has less chance of becoming DeaderThanDisco. Contrast with VindicatedByHistory, where a work initially fails but then gradually builds a very high reputation.
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There's two ways the ItWillNeverCatchOn trope could play out. [[AvertedTrope it It actually doesn't]], or this. A work of literature, film or television -- just getting started, purely original (if there is such a thing), unaffiliated with any previous book, movie or TV show -- has little hope of standing out among the established goldmines of franchises. Critics mock it. The public isn't expecting it. It gets even worse if [[TroubledProduction things go awry on its production]]. Then, when released, it pulls a megaprofit stunt and becomes an instant classic. Usually accompanied by HypeBacklash, but has less chance of becoming DeaderThanDisco. Contrast with VindicatedByHistory, where a work initially fails but then gradually builds a very high reputation.
16th Jan '16 7:52:18 PM MyFinalEdits
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Pretty much a case of Word Cruft
* ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' was widely mocked before release as appearing to be an ill attempt to revive what was pretty much a [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes dead franchise]], especially after [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 a bomb of a remake ten years before]]. Then it came out and, to everyone's surprise, turned out to be a critical success, with a groundbreaking performance by Creator/AndySerkis, as well as a commercial success, bringing hope back to the series. The sequel, ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', was [[EvenBetterSequel even more successful]], and ended up being one of the most acclaimed movies of Summer 2014; several film critics even held it up as an example of the kind of film that other Summer blockbusters should strive to be.
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* ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' was widely mocked before release as appearing to be an ill attempt to revive what was pretty much was a [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes dead franchise]], especially after [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 a bomb of a remake ten years before]]. Then it came out and, to everyone's surprise, turned out to be a critical success, with a groundbreaking performance by Creator/AndySerkis, as well as a commercial success, bringing hope back to the series. The sequel, ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', was [[EvenBetterSequel even more successful]], and ended up being one of the most acclaimed movies of Summer 2014; several film critics even held it up as an example of the kind of film that other Summer blockbusters should strive to be.

* Before it launched, the ITV2 series ''Series/TheOnlyWayIsEssex'' was pretty much universally derided as a pointless knock-off of a more serious but otherwise similar series on ChannelFour called ''Seven Days''. Not only did TOWIE become an unexpected hit, but who even remembers ''Seven Days'' now?
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* Before it launched, the ITV2 series ''Series/TheOnlyWayIsEssex'' was pretty much universally derided as a pointless knock-off of a more serious but otherwise similar series on ChannelFour called ''Seven Days''. Not only did TOWIE become an unexpected hit, but who even remembers ''Seven Days'' now?
16th Jan '16 10:56:19 AM igordebraga
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* ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' was widely mocked before release as appearing to be an ill attempt to revive what was pretty much a [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes dead franchise]], especially after a bomb of a remake ten years before. Then it came out and, to everyone's surprise, turned out to be a critical success, with a groundbreaking performance by Creator/AndySerkis, as well as a commercial success, bringing hope back to the series. The sequel, ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', was [[EvenBetterSequel even more successful]], and ended up being one of the most acclaimed movies of Summer 2014; several film critics even held it up as an example of the kind of film that other Summer blockbusters should strive to be.
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* ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' was widely mocked before release as appearing to be an ill attempt to revive what was pretty much a [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes dead franchise]], especially after [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 a bomb of a remake ten years before.before]]. Then it came out and, to everyone's surprise, turned out to be a critical success, with a groundbreaking performance by Creator/AndySerkis, as well as a commercial success, bringing hope back to the series. The sequel, ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', was [[EvenBetterSequel even more successful]], and ended up being one of the most acclaimed movies of Summer 2014; several film critics even held it up as an example of the kind of film that other Summer blockbusters should strive to be.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Literary critics pigeonholed the first book as lame 1990s juvenile fantasy, destined to be forgotten. The series became some of the best-selling books in history.
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Publishers were afraid children wouldn't read such [[DoorStopper long books]]. Literary critics pigeonholed the first book as lame 1990s juvenile fantasy, destined to be forgotten. The series became some of the best-selling books in history.

* AMC was never considered in the same league as HBO, with original shows not being up their alley ... until the double-whammy of period drama ''Series/MadMen'' and dark comedy/drama ''Series/BreakingBad''. And once the two shows were joined by sci-fi megahit ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', AMC became the most desirable network for drama on cable television. ''Breaking Bad'' was a particularly unexpected success for the network. When it was first greenlit, nobody thought that it would amount to anything. Even its creator, Vince Gilligan, didn't know if it would work. One executive described the idea of a high school chemistry teacher turning meth dealer, "the single worst idea for a television show [he'd] heard in [his] whole life". When it aired, despite getting mediocre ratings for most of its run, it was critically adored, with the acclaim increasing every single year. Finally, the last eight episodes of the series saw an ''astronomical'' increase in ratings in addition to almost universal acclaim, seeing the show go out in a blaze of glory both critically and commercially, with one of the most watched series finales in the history of cable television, firmly securing it a place in discussions of the best television dramas ever
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* AMC was never considered in the same league as HBO, with original shows not being up their alley ... until the double-whammy of period drama ''Series/MadMen'' and dark comedy/drama ''Series/BreakingBad''. And once the two shows were joined by sci-fi megahit ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', AMC became the most desirable network for drama on cable television. ''Breaking Bad'' was a particularly unexpected success for the network. When it was first greenlit, nobody thought that it would amount to anything. Even its creator, Vince Gilligan, didn't know if it would work. One executive described the idea of a high school chemistry teacher turning meth dealer, "the single worst idea for a television show [he'd] heard in [his] whole life". When it aired, despite getting mediocre ratings for most of its run, it was critically adored, with the acclaim increasing every single year. Finally, the last eight episodes of the series saw an ''astronomical'' increase in ratings in addition to almost universal acclaim, seeing the show go out in a blaze of glory both critically and commercially, with one of the most watched series finales in the history of cable television, firmly securing it a place in discussions of the best television dramas everever.

* JMichaelStraczynski had tremendous trouble getting BabylonFive on the air. He shopped the concept around to multiple networks but it was rejected by all of them for, essentially, being too different from Star Trek, which at that time was believed to have set an unbreakable standard for live-action tv science fiction. It was finally picked up by the teeny-tiny "network" Creator/PrimeTimeEntertainmentNetwork ("network" because it was essentially a syndication block operated by Chris-Craft the boat company and Creator/WarnerBros) and proved to be popular enough to keep the troubled "network" afloat single-handedly. Granted, the franchise was did not achieve the spectacular popularity of ''Star Wars'' or ''Star Trek'', but it left an indelible stamp on the scifi landscape even as just about every single critic predicted it would fail before its second season.
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* JMichaelStraczynski had tremendous trouble getting BabylonFive ''BabylonFive'' on the air. He shopped the concept around to multiple networks but it was rejected by all of them for, essentially, being too different from Star Trek, which at that time was believed to have set an unbreakable standard for live-action tv science fiction. It was finally picked up by the teeny-tiny "network" Creator/PrimeTimeEntertainmentNetwork ("network" because it was essentially a syndication block operated by Chris-Craft the boat company and Creator/WarnerBros) and proved to be popular enough to keep the troubled "network" afloat single-handedly. Granted, the franchise was did not achieve the spectacular popularity of ''Star Wars'' or ''Star Trek'', but it left an indelible stamp on the scifi landscape even as just about every single critic predicted it would fail before its second season.

* Though he in the end did not interfere with the decision, then-president of {{Creator/Sega}} of Japan Hayao Nakayama thought then-president of Sega of America Tom Kalinske's decision to bundle the company's KillerApp ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1'' with the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis for the for the upcoming 1991 holiday season, despite being released only a few months ago, was an awful idea. Sega of America's gamble paid off with the Sega Genesis outselling the competing {{Creator/Nintendo}}'s ''[[Main/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]]'' almost two to one during the holiday season and caused Sega's marketshare in the 16-bit console to skyrocket up to 65% in January the following year, dethroning Nintendo as the console leader for the first time since December 1985 and establishing Sega as a serious contender against Nintendo in the UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars.
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* Though he in the end did not interfere with the decision, then-president of {{Creator/Sega}} of Japan Hayao Nakayama thought then-president of Sega of America Tom Kalinske's decision to bundle the company's KillerApp ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1'' with the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis for the for the upcoming 1991 holiday season, despite being released only a few months ago, was an awful idea. Sega of America's gamble paid off with the Sega Genesis outselling the competing {{Creator/Nintendo}}'s ''[[Main/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]]'' [[Main/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]] almost two to one during the holiday season and caused Sega's marketshare in the 16-bit console to skyrocket up to 65% in January the following year, dethroning Nintendo as the console leader for the first time since December 1985 and establishing Sega as a serious contender against Nintendo in the UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars.
15th Jan '16 1:28:07 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' was an R-rated summer blockbuster that was [[SequelGap a revival of a franchise that hadn't seen a movie in three decades]] and was regarded as an aged product restricted to TheEighties. It had also spent ages in DevelopmentHell and had a notoriously TroubledProduction that included losing Creator/MelGibson, not to mention tension between Creator/TomHardy and fellow star Creator/CharlizeTheron and director, Creator/GeorgeMiller. The fact that it was described as a film-long chase sequence did not raise hopes. On release, it became a box office success, a cultural sensation, and one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2015, praised for its incredible action, near peerless storytelling, and just about everything else under the sun. The praise and enthusiasm from critics and the public lasted all the way to the end of the year, becoming surprisingly one of the biggest award season contenders, eventually getting ten Oscar nominations including unheard of nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' was an R-rated summer blockbuster that was [[SequelGap a revival of a franchise that hadn't seen a movie in three decades]] and was regarded as an aged product restricted to TheEighties. It had also spent ages in DevelopmentHell and had a notoriously TroubledProduction that included losing Creator/MelGibson, not to mention plus tension between Creator/TomHardy and fellow star Creator/CharlizeTheron and director, Creator/GeorgeMiller. The fact that it was described as a film-long chase sequence did not raise hopes. On release, it became a box office success, a cultural sensation, and one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2015, praised for its incredible action, action and near peerless storytelling, and just about everything else under the sun.storytelling. The praise and enthusiasm from critics and the public lasted all the way to the end of the year, becoming surprisingly one of the biggest award season contenders, eventually getting ten Oscar nominations including unheard of nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.
15th Jan '16 9:15:02 AM babyhenchy1
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' was an R-rated summer blockbuster that was [[SequelGap a revival of a franchise that hadn't seen a movie in three decades]] and was regarded as an aged product restricted to TheEighties. It had also spent ages in DevelopmentHell and had a notoriously TroubledProduction that included losing Creator/MelGibson, not to mention tension between Creator/TomHardy and fellow star Creator/CharlizeTheron and director, Creator/GeorgeMiller. The fact that it was described as a film-long chase sequence did not raise hopes. On release, it became a box office success, a cultural sensation, and one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2015, praised for its incredible action, near peerless storytelling, and just about everything else under the sun. The praise and enthusiasm from critics and the public lasted all the way to the end of the year, becoming one of the main contenders for major Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, unheard of for summer action blockbusters.
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' was an R-rated summer blockbuster that was [[SequelGap a revival of a franchise that hadn't seen a movie in three decades]] and was regarded as an aged product restricted to TheEighties. It had also spent ages in DevelopmentHell and had a notoriously TroubledProduction that included losing Creator/MelGibson, not to mention tension between Creator/TomHardy and fellow star Creator/CharlizeTheron and director, Creator/GeorgeMiller. The fact that it was described as a film-long chase sequence did not raise hopes. On release, it became a box office success, a cultural sensation, and one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2015, praised for its incredible action, near peerless storytelling, and just about everything else under the sun. The praise and enthusiasm from critics and the public lasted all the way to the end of the year, becoming surprisingly one of the main contenders for major biggest award season contenders, eventually getting ten Oscar nominations, nominations including Best Picture, unheard of nominations for summer action blockbusters.Best Picture and Best Director.
15th Jan '16 5:49:16 AM Pichu-kun
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* IDW's ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} and the Holograms'' is an unusual concept. It takes a thirty years dead series and modernizes it. That in itself is risky however prior to release people were bickering about everything from the designs to [[AdaptationalSexuality Kimber being lesbian]]. It's also an extremely feminine comic and those tend to [[GirlShowGhetto be niche]]. The series became a hit.
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* IDW's ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} and the Holograms'' ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' is an unusual concept. It takes a [[WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} thirty years dead series series]] and modernizes it. That in itself is risky however prior to release people were bickering about everything from [[YouDontLookLikeYou the designs designs]] to [[AdaptationalSexuality Kimber being lesbian]]. It's also an extremely feminine comic and those tend to [[GirlShowGhetto be niche]]. The series became a hit.
14th Jan '16 3:41:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' was [[GallowsHumor so named]] because Squaresoft thought it would close its doors after shipping the game. Today, SquareEnix enjoys strong sales and a fan base best described as both rabid and numerous. The series is a massive commercial success, though it does not always receive critical praise. Most of the early games are considered classics, even by those who do not like the JRPG genre. Square needed ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' to be a '''major''' success in order for the company to remain open, so this is an example of a company scale AndYouThoughtItWouldFail.
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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' was [[GallowsHumor so named]] because Squaresoft thought it would close its doors after shipping the game. Today, SquareEnix Creator/SquareEnix enjoys strong sales and a fan base best described as both rabid and numerous. The series is a massive commercial success, though it does not always receive critical praise. Most of the early games are considered classics, even by those who do not like the JRPG genre. Square needed ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' to be a '''major''' success in order for the company to remain open, so this is an example of a company scale AndYouThoughtItWouldFail.
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