I’ve heard this phrase over and over. We saw it come to a height during the Ghostbusters debacle, but it’s been around since before and long after. Mostly, people who use this and similar phrases are mocked as being man-babies, among other less flattering things.
What does the phrase mean? Well basically when you say that something is ruining your childhood, they’re saying that something new, a new take, a new development, a new twist, etc. are tainting something that they loved during their childhood and possibly making them look back and reflect on what they liked about it in the first place. In theory, this could depress a person and make them think that perhaps they wasted some of their life being a fan of whatever it is that is being ruined.
Oh come on, that’s kind being a little oversensitive, isn’t it?
Well… yes, to a point. However that doesn’t mean that these people should be dismissed.
Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of melodrama involved here, but you will not catch me calling anyone out on it. Why? Because for all I know, there is a legitimate gripe behind their statement. Perhaps the subject matter is something they saw with someone they loved who is now gone. Perhaps, just perhaps a child’s fondest memory with a parent was when they watched a movie, read a book, etc. before they died.
I don’t know the case each time someone uses that statement, therefore I am not in a place to judge the validity of their accusation.
I hate to do this, but yet again, I’m taking a middle-of-the-road stance on this. If something is ruining your childhood, perhaps there is some soul searching that needs to be done. If there is a reason you feel that way, look nothing can ruin the original source material that you enjoyed. No matter what comes out, no matter what replaces it, no matter how badly a story is damaged by a sequel that comes along later by an incompitent writer/director/etc, the original is still there. It’s waiting for you, it’s okay. Go, take that old book off the shelf. Go watch that old movie you love some much. It wants your attention. I think you’ll find that when you do go back and look at it, it’s still there, and its still as good as it was… unless its Star Wars… which is why I highly recommend the non-special edition versions that are available on DVD.
Now, to film makers and their backers, you have a responsability to the fans of the established work. You may think that you can put shit on a stick and people will pay for it, but that’s not always the case. Look at the backlash Sony took for slamming fans of Ghostbusters who didn’t like the direction the franchise was taking. Like I said, they did what they did, without taking into account that destroying childhoods may in fact be a legitimate gripe. It’s this, amongst many other reasons that myself and many other movie-goers are completely disillusioned with Paul Feig’s, Melissa McCarthy’s, and Sony’s work all together and will not pay to see their movies anymore.
Don’t make their mistakes. You have a responsability to the paying audience and fans to put out something worthy of their time. Make it good!
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