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#1 14 years ago

No, I'm not talking about social or societal decadence, I'm talking about the decadence that happens to a series of media or entertainment made by a person or group (It can be anything: A TV show, Video game series, movie series, a rock band etc) after they have existed for a long time and were considered 'good' when they started out.

Why does this happen? Why is it that everytime a "series" started by someone will at first achieve popular and critical acclaim, but will over the years lose their quality? Is that really the norm?

For example: TV Show: The Simpsons. Started out well, but most people agree it is no longer as good as it once was.

Books: Tom Clancy. A great author when he started, but his latest books shown that he has lost the magic that made his first books good.

Band: Metallica. Redefined heavy metal music when they first formed, but their most recent albums pale in comparison to their older works.

Film series: The Matrix. First movie was better than its two sequels.

There are very few exceptions in which this isn't the case, it seems. So again: Why does this happen? And by the way please move this thread if it doesn't fit in the Pub.


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#2 14 years ago

Yeh the matrix was cool. It was like a massive RPG.

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#3 14 years ago

I'd have to agree with the Metallica point there, their first albums were way better.

I guess as people lose interest in these things the people producing it (be it music, film etc.) have to try harder to keep their popularity and the interest people have and that could result in rushed, not-so-good end products.


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#4 14 years ago

When something first arrives on the market it is considered new and original and gets lots of acclaim. This often leads to experimentation which sometimes is disastarous. Anyone remember when Garth Brooks tried to move into Rock and Roll with a alter ego?

Then the creator is now under pressure to surpass his original creation. Also after awhile the creator runs out of original ideas and the creativity starts to drop. Simpson's is still enjoyable but the show has probably run on longer than it should have.