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21st Sep '17 7:48:34 PM bt8257
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What happens when a writer or artist deliberately tries to create their ''MagnumOpus''? They slave over it for years, pouring 110% of their heart and soul and energy and sanity into it, and confidently expect it to be [[ThisIsGoingToBeHuge huge]], monumental, GenreBusting, and assure them eternal fame and honor... and what is the response? At best, "Meh, it's SoOkayItsAverage," and at worst, "Wow, it's DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible."

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What happens when a writer or artist deliberately tries to create their ''MagnumOpus''? They slave over it for years, pouring 110% of their heart and soul and energy and sanity into it, and confidently expect it to be [[ThisIsGoingToBeHuge huge]], monumental, GenreBusting, and assure them eternal fame and honor... and what is the response? At best, "Meh, it's SoOkayItsAverage," and at SoOkayItsAverage". At worst, "Wow, it's DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible."
DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible".
21st Sep '17 7:35:52 PM bt8257
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15th Sep '17 10:01:15 PM Doug86
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* Creator/ChristopherLee was best known for playing Literature/{{Dracula}}, but he felt that the best Creator/HammerHorror he made was ''Film/TheDevilRidesOut'', and his favorite role was Lord Summersisle in ''Film/TheWickerMan''.

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* Creator/ChristopherLee was best known for playing Literature/{{Dracula}}, but he felt that the best Creator/HammerHorror he made was ''Film/TheDevilRidesOut'', and his favorite role was Lord Summersisle in ''Film/TheWickerMan''.''Film/TheWickerMan1973''.
13th Sep '17 11:42:50 AM hullflyer
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* Creator/MarkWaid does not mind that ''ComicBook/{{KingdomCome}}'' is his most popular comic, but he has said that his favorite comic he has made is ''ComicBook/SupermanBirthright.'' ''Birthright'''s still very well-regarded, mind, but it didn't do as well as Waid had hoped [[VindicatedByHistory when it came out]].

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* Creator/MarkWaid does not mind that ''ComicBook/{{KingdomCome}}'' ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' is his most popular comic, but he has said that his favorite comic he has made is ''ComicBook/SupermanBirthright.'' ''Birthright'''s still very well-regarded, mind, but it didn't do as well as Waid had hoped [[VindicatedByHistory when it came out]].
13th Sep '17 11:23:36 AM hullflyer
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* In a mix of this trope and AmericansHateTingle, ''Franchise/{{Asterix}}'' co-creator Albert Uderzo considered ''Recap/AsterixInCorsica'' to be the best entry in the series, and while it's a very popular entry in France, in other countries it's seen as a decent but unexceptional story. Averted with the series' other co-creator, Rene Goscinny, whose personal favorite was ''Recap/AsterixAndCleopatra'', which generally speaking '''is''' considered the best story in the series.

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* In a mix of this trope and AmericansHateTingle, ''Franchise/{{Asterix}}'' co-creator Albert Uderzo considered ''Recap/AsterixInCorsica'' to be the best entry in the series, and while it's a very popular entry in France, in other countries it's seen as a decent but unexceptional story.story[[note]]At least some of this is due to ''Corsica'' depending rather heavily on regional jokes that a non-French audience would not understand[[/note]]. Averted with the series' other co-creator, Rene Goscinny, whose personal favorite was ''Recap/AsterixAndCleopatra'', which generally speaking '''is''' considered the best story in the series.
7th Sep '17 7:29:51 PM Isaac_Heller
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* Creator/ChristopherLee was best known for playing Literature/{{Dracula}}, but he felt that the best Creator/HammerHorror he made was ''Film/TheDevilRidesOut''.

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* Creator/ChristopherLee was best known for playing Literature/{{Dracula}}, but he felt that the best Creator/HammerHorror he made was ''Film/TheDevilRidesOut''.''Film/TheDevilRidesOut'', and his favorite role was Lord Summersisle in ''Film/TheWickerMan''.
29th Aug '17 10:59:32 AM scoooool
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** Actually ''reversed'' later on, with ''Manga/MobPsycho100'' also recieving an anime adaptation, and a second season before ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan''; while ''One Punch Man'' is still indisputably the more well known of the two, it's viewed as more one note and comedic compared to ''Mob Psycho 100'', which explores similar themes with more emotional depth.
29th Aug '17 6:10:24 AM JamesAustin
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* Creator/WoodyAllen has stated he feels his films have only continued to improve as the years have passed, with the ones he puts out now being far better than his earlier work, a view most critics and many fans find difficult to agree with.[[note]]For example, he considers ''Film/MatchPoint'' one of his best works, whereas veteran film critic Philip French of the UK ''Observer'' called it "extremely disappointing", criticising the complete lack of humour, the "clumsy, lumbering dialogue" and Allen's lack of knowledge of the milieu he was writing about.[[/note]] Allen has also expressed confusion with the underwhelming response to his film ''Film/HollywoodEnding'', which despite his usually withering opinion of his own work, he sees as one of his funniest films. He did, however, agree with the negative response to ''Film/CurseOfTheJadeScorpion''.

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* Creator/WoodyAllen has stated he feels his films have only continued to improve as the years have passed, with the ones he puts out now being far better than his earlier work, a view most critics and many fans find difficult to agree with.[[note]]For example, he considers ''Film/MatchPoint'' one of his best works, whereas veteran film critic Philip French of the UK ''Observer'' called it "extremely disappointing", criticising the complete lack of humour, the "clumsy, lumbering dialogue" and Allen's lack of knowledge of the milieu he was writing about.[[/note]] Allen has also expressed confusion with the underwhelming response to his film ''Film/HollywoodEnding'', which despite his usually withering opinion of his own work, he sees as one of his funniest films. He did, however, agree with the negative response to ''Film/CurseOfTheJadeScorpion''.''Film/TheCurseOfTheJadeScorpion''.



* Bring up Creator/JackNicholson at a party these days and you'll most likely be hit with a reference to ''Film/TheShining'' or perhaps his turn as [[Franchise/{{Batman}} the Joker]], rather than any one of his ''twelve'' Oscar-nominated roles, the sole exception perhaps being his "[[Film/AFewGoodMen you can't handle the truth!]]" outburst. He holds the record for most Academy-Award-nominated performances by a male actor, but how many "Jack Nicholson fans" even know what you're talking about when you say ''Film/FiveEasyPieces'', ''Film/TheLastDetail'', ''Film/{{Reds}}'', ''Film/TermsOfEndearment'' or ''Film/PrizzisHonor''?

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* Bring up Creator/JackNicholson at a party these days and you'll most likely be hit with a reference to ''Film/TheShining'' or perhaps his turn as [[Franchise/{{Batman}} the Joker]], ComicBook/TheJoker in ''Film/{{Batman}}'', rather than any one of his ''twelve'' Oscar-nominated roles, the sole exception perhaps being ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', and even that's because of his "[[Film/AFewGoodMen "[[MemeticMutation you can't handle the truth!]]" outburst. He holds the record for most Academy-Award-nominated performances by a male actor, but how many "Jack Nicholson fans" even know what you're talking about when you say ''Film/FiveEasyPieces'', ''Film/TheLastDetail'', ''Film/{{Reds}}'', ''Film/TermsOfEndearment'' or ''Film/PrizzisHonor''?
26th Aug '17 3:35:14 PM Stehum
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* ''Film/{{Inception}}''. This film was Creator/ChristopherNolan's dream project and it ''did'' pay off and became highly successful and appreciated...it's just that ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' still overshadows it when it comes to Nolan's résumé.

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* ''Film/{{Inception}}''. This film was Creator/ChristopherNolan's dream [[IncrediblyLamePun dream]] project and it ''did'' pay off and became highly successful and appreciated...it's just that ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' still overshadows it when it comes to Nolan's résumé.
26th Aug '17 2:43:12 AM Divra
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* ''VideoGame/DeadRising'': In-universe. Sam B wanted to be a political, socially conscious rapper, and considered his political material to be his life's work. Realising that the [[OneHitWonder only song he ever wrote that anyone wanted to hear]] was "Who Do You Voodoo, Bitch?!", a {{Horrorcore}} track he wrote as an elaborate joke for a Halloween party, made him very bitter.
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