Do We Have This, Needs a Better Description, Needs More Examples,
and Rolling Updates.
"It's not the having
, it's the getting.
Wanting Is Better Than Having
"And don't forget the presents. How... How full of potential them seem in all that paper, how pregnant with possibilities... and then you open them and basically the wrapping paper was more
interesting and you have to say 'How thoughtful, that will
come in handy!'"
is one of the Stock Aesops
, which teaches that one's desire and anticipation for something is often better than the actual result. After all, desires and expectations are infinitely boundless, whereas the reality is limited by various flaws and limitations -- which were overlooked during the expectory daydreaming.
Usually appears in fictional works after a character has been wildly pursuing something. When he eventually gets the object of his desire, he finds that it fails to live up to the unrealistic demands he's built up in his mind.
A Wish Fulfillment
trope and a milder, non-magical form of Be Careful What You Wish For
. Also see All That Glitters