Do you ever wonder what it would've been like NOT growing up with certain things that you love? Or maybe what it would have been like to grow up loving OTHER things? Sometimes I wonder that if my taste in entertainment and fondness of certain characters would be different if I were exposed to them at a younger age.
There are a lot of things that I personally find overrated or just not that interesting that other people are just absolutely in love with. I think this has a lot to do with childhood.
Here's a short list of things that I just never really understood why people love them so much:- Muppets
- Peanuts (Charlie Brown)
- Dragon Ball Z
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- James Bond
- Super Mario Bros. (and Nintendo products in general)
There are lots of others, but I think this is a pretty good list. My theory is that if I were exposed to these things as a kid, then I would probably think highly of them today. But because I didn't experience these things until I was an adult, I am just usually unimpressed.
To be fair, there are a number of things that I did grow up with and have met others who think "So what's the big deal?" Here are a few of those:- Star Wars (Original Trilogy)
- Digimon (TV Show)
- Ninja Turtles (80's cartoon)
- Monkey Island (video game series)
These are a few things that I have great memories of and get excited when I find out new installments are being made for them. I suspect that anyone who didn't see these things until they were grown would probably find them pretty stupid.
It's just something I've been thinking about. I think childhood nostalgia hinders how you see things. I don't feel this way about everything, but I have yet to see what makes things like Muppets and Peanuts so great. I'm frequently told that they're not meant to be "funny". They're charming. I guess I never gave "charming" a whole lot of credit.
What do you think?