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* This is a trend with the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, with fans being dismayed at these films receiving more lukewarm critical reaction than the more widely-praised Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. For example, after ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' received mostly negative reviews, a [[https://www.change.org/p/don-t-listen-to-film-criticism petition]] was creating asking Rotten Tomatoes[[note]]a company [[CriticalResearchFailure Warner Bros.]] ''co-owns''[[/note]] to be shut down. Note that over 18,000 people signed it ''before'' the movie was actually released, meaning that thousands of people assumed the criticism was unfair, without actually watching the movie. Currently, there's a fervent movement to get "[[DirectorsCut the Snyder cut]]" of ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' released, a movement based on the seeming certainty that the cut would be a modern masterpiece as opposed to the rather messy and incoherent final product. Many have even gone so far as to blame Whedon (who did the reshoots) for decisions that originated with Snyder.

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* This is a trend with the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, with fans being dismayed at these films receiving more lukewarm critical reaction than the more widely-praised Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. For example, after ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' received mostly negative reviews, a [[https://www.change.org/p/don-t-listen-to-film-criticism petition]] was creating asking Rotten Tomatoes[[note]]a company [[CriticalResearchFailure Warner Bros.]] ''co-owns''[[/note]] to be shut down. Note that over 18,000 people signed it ''before'' the movie was actually released, meaning that thousands of people assumed the criticism was unfair, without actually watching the movie. Currently, there's a fervent movement to get "[[DirectorsCut the Snyder cut]]" of ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' released, a movement based on the seeming certainty that the cut would be a modern masterpiece as opposed to the rather messy and incoherent final product. Many have even gone so far as to blame Whedon (who did the reshoots) for decisions that originated with Snyder.


Compare PopculturalOsmosis and FanworkOnlyFan. Often prone to happening with SacredCow works.

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Compare PopculturalOsmosis and FanworkOnlyFan.FanworkOnlyFans. Often prone to happening with SacredCow works.


Compare PopculturalOsmosis. Often prone to happening with SacredCow works.

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Compare PopculturalOsmosis.PopculturalOsmosis and FanworkOnlyFan. Often prone to happening with SacredCow works.

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* A specific example: in Creator/StephenKing's book ''Danse Macabre'' one of the books he suggests is Creator/NigelKneale's ''Tomato Cain and Other Stories''. This is a notoriously hard to find book which has been out of print for the entirety of King's lifetime. While it is understandable that King would recommend Kneale (his Quatermass serials have given him a reputation for being the only one aside from Lovecraft who can do CosmicHorror right), and Kneale actually did write science fiction and horror stories, ''Tomato Cain'' doesn't contain any of these; Kneale started out as a regional writer who wrote about eccentric people on the Isle of Man, and ''Tomato Cain'' is a collection of those stories.


* Any famous {{Doorstopper}} is in default danger of this trope or its inverse, especially the "modern" stuff like Pynchon or Joyce. Perhaps the most famous example, though, is ''Literature/WarAndPeace''. Said to be one of the great Russian classics, but people tend to shy away from it due to it being 1200-1500 pages long in most editions.

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* Any famous {{Doorstopper}} is in default danger of this trope or its inverse, especially the "modern" stuff like Pynchon or Joyce. Perhaps the most famous example, though, is ''Literature/WarAndPeace''. Said to be one of the great Russian classics, but people tend to shy away from it due to it being 1200-1500 pages long in most editions. Not to mention that the writing style is dense, and the format well...odd.


* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels'' is sometimes praised because people who found out that it was the "real" sequel to ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' instead of the DolledUpInstallment released as ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' in North America. Actually playing - [[NintendoHard and]] [[SequelDifficultySpike surviving]] - probably silences the praise.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels'' is sometimes praised because people who found out that it was the "real" sequel to ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' instead of the DolledUpInstallment released as ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' in North America. Actually playing - [[NintendoHard and]] [[SequelDifficultySpike surviving]] - probably silences the praise. Not to mention, the US version of ''Super Mario Bros 2'' was adapted from a game built off of the original prototype for the game.[[note]]Nintendo's perception (as well as a large part of the gaming community at the time) was that just making the same game with different levels wouldn't sell as well as something similar but different enough to be its own game. A prototype for a "vertical scrolling" Mario game was made to contrast the original's WhenAllElseFailsGoRight. With a looming deadline and not much progress, the prototype was shelved while a MissionPackSequel was made instead. Later, this prototype would be expanded into ''VideoGame/DokiDokiPanic''. This means the so-called ''Super Mario Bros. USA'' was the actual intended sequel, though with more of a storybook aesthetic than originally envisioned.[[/note]]


* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has a long history of people praising the show's deep themes, loving characters like Asuka and Rei, or calling Shinji a whiny little snot without having actually seen the show (outside of maybe clips from ''End of Evangelion''). This may be a major part of the franchise's MisaimedFandom, as it means people essentially get the ''Eva'' experience from in-jokes, parodies, fandom memes, fanfiction, or even doujins--which, needless to say, skate over things a lot.



** ''Film/CitizenKane''. In particular, the [[CommonKnowledge well-known]] PlotHole of "nobody was there when he said Rosebud" arises from this, as the actual film ''does'' explain this. Also, the ''reason'' it was considered the best movie ever made on release is often misattributed; it was originally praised not for its story or characters but its cinematography. It wasn't long after when the same style of camerawork and framing became commonplace.

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** ''Film/CitizenKane''. In particular, the [[CommonKnowledge well-known]] PlotHole of "nobody was there when he said Rosebud" arises from this, as the actual film ''does'' explain this. Another well-known claim is that it's about a guy who wants a sled--he ''gets'' the sled a good ways into the movie, he just realizes it won't make him happy and leaves it in a pile of junk. Also, the ''reason'' it was considered the best movie ever made on release is often misattributed; it was originally praised not for its story or characters but its cinematography. It wasn't long after when the same style of camerawork and framing became commonplace.



* Even before the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series earned its status as SacredCow, there were many people repeatedly praising ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and talking about how awesome it is. Now look at its sales figures, and ask yourself how many of those people actually played it when you could actually obtain a cartridge [[CrackIsCheaper for a reasonable price]].

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* Even before the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series earned its status as SacredCow, there were many people repeatedly praising ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and talking about how awesome it is. Now look at its sales figures, and ask yourself how many of those people actually played it when you could actually obtain a cartridge [[CrackIsCheaper for a reasonable price]]. Even then, claims about its amazingness tend to skate over things like the SlowPacedBeginning, the rickety and rudimentary battle system, and the many weird mechanics. It's also not often discussed that the most famous part of the game is also the final boss fight, which the rest of the game is almost nothing like. The satirical videogame website The Hard Times even had an article called [[https://thehardtimes.net/harddrive/huge-earthbound-fan-excited-play-first-time/ "Huge Earthbound Fan Excited to Play It for the First Time."]]



* The satirical videogame website Hard Times has [[https://thehardtimes.net/harddrive/huge-earthbound-fan-excited-play-first-time an article]] that highlights how little played the often praised {{VideoGame/Earthbound}} is.


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* The ''Videogame/{{Metroid}}'' manga suddenly became widely encouraged reading material on related forums and other discussion areas after the backlash against then new title ''Videogame/MetroidOtherM.'' To the ten people who actually read the manga though, the common arguments used to defend ''Other M'' made little sense, as the game's plot directly contradicted it in several instances; mainly in regards to Samus's post-traumatic stress disorder and general characterization.

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* The ''Videogame/{{Metroid}}'' manga suddenly became widely encouraged reading material on related forums and other discussion areas after the backlash against then new title ''Videogame/MetroidOtherM.'' To the ten people who actually read the manga though, the common arguments used to defend ''Other M'' made little sense, as the game's plot directly contradicted it in several instances; mainly in regards to Samus's post-traumatic stress disorder and general characterization. Notably, a major plot point in ''Other M'' is that Adam resents Samus having left his command and Samus sees it as a black mark on their relationship--which absolutely was not the case in the manga.



* ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' was widely seen as a masterpiece by people claiming it had been ripped off by ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing'', when many arguments involving its status as a ripoff were made by people who clearly had never seen ''Kimba.'' For instance, claiming that Claw was the series's main villain and therefore Scar is a ripoff of him, when he only appeared in a couple episodes, or claiming he has some familial or personal connection to Kimba, when he doesn't.



* Although many people involved with comic books and superheroes praise Creator/JackKirby's ComicBook/NewGods, one gets the distinct impression they haven't ''read'' the original comic books. (It's hardly unlikely, as they took a long time to be collected properly and didn't sell well in their heyday.) Several post-Kirby New Gods comics show signs that the creators weren't familiar with the original work. When the New Gods comics were collected in hardcover Creator/GrantMorrison wrote an intro where he basically admitted he hadn't read it until now.

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* Although many people involved with comic books and superheroes praise Creator/JackKirby's ComicBook/NewGods, one gets the distinct impression they haven't ''read'' the original comic books. (It's hardly unlikely, as they took a long time to be collected properly and didn't sell well in their heyday.) Several post-Kirby New Gods comics show signs that the creators weren't familiar with the original work.work, with characters who are dead showing up alive, fundamental misreads of the lore and plot points, and generally little understanding of the themes--which, if you've read ''New Gods'', were ''not'' subtle. When the New Gods comics were collected in hardcover Creator/GrantMorrison wrote an intro where he basically admitted he hadn't read it until now.

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* This used to be fairly common with James Joyce's ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}''. However, awareness of this trope turned this around to the point that it was called "The most talked about book that no one has ever read."


** ''Film/CitizenKane''. In particular, the [[CommonKnowledge well-known]] PlotHole of "nobody was there when he said Rosebud" arises from this, as the actual film ''does'' explain this.

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** ''Film/CitizenKane''. In particular, the [[CommonKnowledge well-known]] PlotHole of "nobody was there when he said Rosebud" arises from this, as the actual film ''does'' explain this. Also, the ''reason'' it was considered the best movie ever made on release is often misattributed; it was originally praised not for its story or characters but its cinematography. It wasn't long after when the same style of camerawork and framing became commonplace.


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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' downplays this. Almost everyone has seen it, but most people only watch it when they're kids or when they're ''with'' kids, and so can go many years without being exposed to it. It's common to watch it again after a long absence and being surprised by a sight gag, quip, or sequence that one had totally forgotten about. Or to [[LateToThePunchline suddenly get a joke]] that [[ParentalBonus went over your head years ago]]. This is true of a lot of the earlier Creator/WaltDisney animated films as well, such as ''WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Pinocchio}}'', and (especially) ''WesternAnimation/{{Fantasia}}''. However this trope is more or less played straight with a lot of the live-action films that he did, like ''Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'', ''Film/SwissFamilyRobinson'', and ''Film/OldYeller''.

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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' downplays this. Almost everyone has seen it, but most people only watch it when they're kids or when they're ''with'' kids, and so can go many years without being exposed to it. It's common to watch it again after a long absence and being surprised by a sight gag, quip, or sequence that one had totally forgotten about. Or to [[LateToThePunchline suddenly get a joke]] that [[ParentalBonus went over your head years ago]]. ago]].
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This is true of a lot of the earlier Creator/WaltDisney animated films as well, such as ''WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Pinocchio}}'', and (especially) ''WesternAnimation/{{Fantasia}}''. However this trope is more or less played straight with a lot of the live-action films that he did, like ''Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'', ''Film/SwissFamilyRobinson'', and ''Film/OldYeller''.

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* The satirical videogame website Hard Times has [[https://thehardtimes.net/harddrive/huge-earthbound-fan-excited-play-first-time an article]] that highlights how little played the often praised {{VideoGame/Earthbound}} is.


* Many people praise ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall'' for its gigantic open world, but rarely mention the extreme repetitiveness of this open world, as well as the egregious amount of {{Game Breaking Bug}}s.


* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' is this by the sheer virtue that it A) for some time had only been staged in New York and B) is damn near impossible to get tickets to, with what tickets that are available at a pseudo-affordable cost being several months in the future, without the original cast. The show has some diehard fans who literally have never experienced any part of it outside of the cast soundtrack and certain promotional materials released online or on television. This is now somewhat averted, as it has expanded to other cities and has a national tour (although those tickets often sell out months in advance as well). There is also some talk of possibly having a video release or, in the more distant future, an outright adaptation on television or the movies.

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* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' is this by the sheer virtue that it A) for some time had only been staged in New York and B) is damn near impossible to get tickets to, with what tickets that are available at a pseudo-affordable cost being several months in the future, without the original cast. The show has some diehard fans who literally have never experienced any part of it outside of the cast soundtrack and certain promotional materials released online or on television. This is now somewhat averted, as it has expanded to other cities and has a national tour (although those tickets often sell out months in advance as well). There is also some talk of possibly having a video release or, in the more distant future, an outright adaptation well), and has been released on television or the movies. Disney+.


** There's a joke about this in ''Theatre/TheCompleteWorksOfWilliamShakespeareAbridged'', where they ask if you've read a Shakespeare play...then go on to ask if you've read ''Theatre/KingJohn''.

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** There's a joke about this in ''Theatre/TheCompleteWorksOfWilliamShakespeareAbridged'', where they ask if you've the audience has seen or read a ''any'' Shakespeare play...play (at which most audience members' hands go up)... then go on to ask if you've they've read ''Theatre/KingJohn''.''Theatre/KingJohn'' (at which everyone's hands go down except for one person, who's actually one of the actors).

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