Thursday Thoughts

Does Nostalgia Ruin Long-Running Franchises?

This idea came to mind after hearing that long running Pokémon character, Ash Ketchum, will be leaving the show, as his story has reached its conclusion.

Naturally, the news didn’t sit well with a certain amount of fans of the series. I saw comments saying that it had “ruined their childhood”.

This got me wondering, can nostalgia actually hinder long-running franchises down the line?

A photo I took, and edited years ago.

In my opinion, nostalgia is often relied on heavily, which can hold the franchise back. Especially with franchises have the demographic of children.

The target audience will eventually grow up, and often don’t like the changes. Or in other cases, the content will cling into what made the franchise popular to begin with.

As franchises continue to grow, they need to develop, and adapt. They could find interest in them waning when the next big thing comes around.

Times change, and people change, too. You can’t rely on the past.

What do you think?

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1 thought on “Does Nostalgia Ruin Long-Running Franchises?”

  1. I think a lot of people let nostalgia cloud their judgment. The phrase “ruined childhood” doesn’t make sense to me because something of the past like that cannot be changed or destroyed in any way.

    The original content from one’s past is not going anywhere and if people are too attached to it they can still choose to enjoy it on its own and ignore the new stuff.

    For instance, yes a remake of say a movie is not going to have the original actor because it’s a remake and the original actor might be too old by then to reprise their role or they might not be interested.

    That’s my two cents.


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