Whether we want to admit it or not, there’s a little strain of hipster in all of us.  I know I’m not immune, as I recently had a train of thought that blamed the massive “HYDRA-Cap” blowback on new fans of the character brought in from Marvel movies.  To this day, there are a few films I’ve never seen because too many people have told me I *have* to watch them, and if I ever get around to reading George RR Martin’s Westeros stories, it’ll probably be after the television show stops running.  Still, I sometimes wonder what I’m missing.  After all, one of my favorite movie experiences, James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’, was something that I actively avoided for many years before accidentally realizing that it’s pretty wonderful, leading to today’s reverse-psychology query..

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still has to fight the urge to correct people who call The Shield a Captain America clone, asking: What favorite works of pop culture have gotten too popular for your liking?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I’m thinking “Supernatural”. It had a definite ending set, but then it got so popular that the ending they filmed wasn’t the end anymore and the series keeps going. There have been many fun episodes since “Swan Song”, but it feels a little forced these days. I’ve head-canon’d it all that “Swan Song” is the actual end of the series, and everything we’ve seen since is a parallel reality continuation.

    I also think World of Warcraft is still too popular. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the game, but not so much that I want every single MMO that comes out to try to emulate it. So many unique and amazing games ended up turning into WoW clones instead of doing something different.

  2. Hannah Jones on

    Really, I guess just anyone who started small and was able to have some level comfort and safety while still doing what they do. I’ve seen it with a lot of people, something they do will get wildly popular and then they get a lot of people behaving in a very threatening way toward them. It’s easiest to see with Internet content because you can always see the difference in the comments when you look at the older work.

    I guess that I just kind of hate it when I see people who do good work become afraid when people forget that there are consequences to what they say and do to various creators. I want to see people do well, but not at the cost of their comfort and safety.

  3. I’m kind of tired of Minecraft. I just roll my eyes when it comes up in conversation or a podcast. But, I’ll give it credit for the creativeness that I’ve seen on display.

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