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A work designed to welcome newcomers into a franchise

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Pichu-kun on Jul 20th 2018 at 3:44:01 PM
Last Edited By:
Pichu-kun on Dec 6th 2018 at 3:07:05 PM
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When it comes to Long Runners, it can often be difficult for newcomers to get into the work. So many Continuity Snarls, Loads and Loads of Characters, retcons... It can be too confusing.

Thus, the Starter Title works. This is a title geared at newbies to the series.

Many adaptations (especially kid-aimed ones) are this, especially when it comes to comic book adaptations. They're supposed to draw in the next generation of fans. A Soft Reboot might also be used as this.

Note, not all works that go through Continuity Reboots or game series that have a Sequel Difficulty Drop count. They need to be aimed specifically to be introductory titles.

Compare to Gateway Series for mostly unintentional examples. If successful this often leads to a Newbie Boom.


Examples:

Comic Books

Films — Live Action

  • Star Trek (2009) was a Soft Reboot with a more fast-paced action focus which was intended to win new fans to the Star Trek franchise who might have been put off by the huge number of episodes or the slower-paced morality play storytelling the series is more generally prone to.

Video Game

Web Original

  • DC Super Hero Girls and the rest of its franchise is aimed at attracting young girls to DC Comics.
  • Marvel Rising (mainly animation, with one comic mini-series so far) is likewise aimed at attracting young girls into Marvel— it's much closer to the mainstream canon than DC Superhero Girls, but is not entirely within the main continuity.

Feedback: 9 replies

Sep 7th 2018 at 5:22:22 PM

I thought Fate Grand Order is intended to be as welcoming new people as possible for the whole Nasuverse, and as a result gets a Newbie Boom.

I might not know the details though.

Sep 14th 2018 at 1:18:21 PM

A Soft Reboot is another common way to make a series more accessible.

Sep 16th 2018 at 11:20:30 AM

There have been a few other superhero-comics examples of this, as main-canon superhero comics became increasingly dark and violent. Marvel had the "Spidey Super Stories" series (a comic series, plus live-action segments on The Electric Company 1971) in the 1970s and 1980s; and Marvel Adventures in the 2000s (which became known for, and according to some rumours was cancelled because of, its Parental Bonus jokes mocking grimdark arcs in the main comics canon). In the 2010s, Ms Marvel 2014, Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur, and to a degree The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl were all conceived as "starter" books for younger female readers. DC had the comic spin-offs from the DC Animated Universe continuity, such as The Batman Adventures and The Superman Adventures.

Nov 19th 2018 at 2:45:25 PM

Description gotta mention Newbie Boom, the intended result of this.

Nov 19th 2018 at 9:09:03 PM

  • Star Trek 2009 was a Soft Reboot with a more fast-paced action focus which was intended to win new fans to the Star Trek franchise who might have been put off by the huge number of episodes or the slower-paced morality play storytelling the series is more generally prone to.

Nov 19th 2018 at 9:10:42 PM

I also think the regenerations in Doctor Who might count as this? I can't actually say for sure because, as it turns out, I was one of those new watchers who only joined in with the Thirteenth Doctor, but certainly in this newest case, this trope seemed to be in effect.

Dec 4th 2018 at 5:35:08 AM

^^ No, this seems to be mostly for adaptations, or specific titles within a franchise. Doctor Who is one continuous series, although a change of Doctor or companion is often used as a Jumping On Point. (The Sarah Jane Adventures doesn't count either, as although it is intended as a spin-off for younger audience members it includes several stories that are sequels to Doctor Who episodes broadcast shortly before and rely on the audience having seen them.)

Dec 6th 2018 at 3:07:05 PM

^ Huh, never knew that trope existed! That's cool.

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