When enthusiasm ends up sinking the ship.
It’s the weirdest thing. Having a group of people really look forward to something can actually be detrimental to its reception. In the minds of the expecting, the release is exactly what they’ve been waiting for. As perfect as they imagine it can be, or better. Yet often, it’s difficult to live up to those expectations. Especially when they’re not solidly grounded in reality.
Let’s be honest, it’s not an uncommon occurrence to see sequels get sub-par reception. And while that is very much justified a lot of the time, I don’t think it always is. It’s just that people have this glorified image of previous works in their minds for some reason, and they can’t let go of it. They expect whatever comes next to be just as good as what they already know.
But it’s always going to be at least different, and even just a change from “old and familiar” to “new and strange” can throw people off. Suddenly they’re looking at a work for which they don’t have any real memories yet, and making that fit the mold of their imagination just isn’t going to work. And that’s not a pleasant experience, because you basically set yourself up for disappointment.
…Though of course there’s always the rabid fans that just eat it all up.