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#Microblog Mondays 110: Crushed Dreams

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Remember #MicroblogMondays 64 where I wrote about that hoodie that was also a back massager?  Of course you remember it because you’ve been thinking about it non-stop since I wrote about it.

Um… so scratch that whole idea of it being the best invention ever because Refinery29 did a review of it, and it sounds like maybe it was too good to be true.  Which is all kinds of disappointing.

This is why I’m reluctant to get too excited (or, to be honest, invest) in projects I see on Kickstarter.  Sure, it sounds great, but will it be great in actuality?  It’s hard to embrace things before they’re actually here.  Even upcoming television shows and movies rarely turn out as good as I hope.

But we live in an age where “coming soon” begins when the product is still months or years away from release.  How do we temper our excitement when everything sounds so damn good in theory?

When was the last time a highly anticipated product or book or movie lived up to your expectations?


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1 Different Shores { 10.03.16 at 6:32 am }

The last super-hyped thing I read that I thought was a bit ridiculous was Gone Girl – a very forgettable read. And I hated the film. Going further back, Mad Men I thought didn’t live up to all the slavering about it. I loved the idea and the ambiance of it, but I gave up on the box set on Season 2. Also Breaking Bad: the other half loved it, not me. As for products, I’m a bit cheap so don’t really buy gadgets or the latest phone. I did fall for a very hyped, expensive camera – the Fuji XT1 – and it did live up to expectations.
Sorry my post is not very micro, it’s as short as I could get it!
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2 Conceptionally challenged { 10.03.16 at 7:54 am }

Harry Potter!
I have several friends who stopped reading the latest book, but I enjoyed it.

3 a { 10.03.16 at 8:26 am }

I don’t know – I have a short attention span for stuff if I have to wait for it. I mean, I’ll see something and think “That’s a cool idea!” But if I can’t try it out then and there ( or read online reviews), I will forget about it until I see it again. Hype doesn’t really work for me any more.

4 Anamika Agnihotri { 10.03.16 at 8:41 am }

It is sad for that hoodie didn’t come up as an effective back massager, I would have definitely imported it 🙂

5 torthuil { 10.03.16 at 8:41 am }

Ummmmm….well I was slow adopter of smart phones, but my iPhone has been reeeeeaaaaally easy to get used to. So that would be a case of not being disappointed. But otherwise I’m not that into stuff. I like what I like and I don’t try new things that often.

6 torthúil { 10.03.16 at 9:02 am }

I’m also doing Clomid this cycle so I’m very much wondering if that will live up to the promise 😀

7 An@mi { 10.03.16 at 9:14 am }

Yes, it rarely happens that anything we anticipated lived up to our expectations. But that is what life is all about. At least we can hope for the best. 🙂

8 Daryl { 10.03.16 at 9:19 am }

Watching Shark Tank! My husband was convinced this toilet light thingie would be the best. thing. ever. But then he read the reviews and they were really disappointing. I usually wait so long to buy the next big thing that the same thing happens to me all the time. I guess it’s better than wasting my money.

9 Ana { 10.03.16 at 9:45 am }

I am very skeptical by nature. So I rarely get excited about a thing until its been out for a while and I’ve read many reviews. Let someone else do the experiments and waste their $$$ I say!

10 Wendy English { 10.03.16 at 10:59 am }

A high school classmate of mine wrote a recently released movie. There were huge stars in it and it was a chick flick, right up my alley.
I really looked forward to it and in the end it was bland did not live up to the hype. I’m still so impressed that someone I know (or knew once upon a time) wrote a movie though!

11 Traci York { 10.03.16 at 11:04 am }

The first thing that popped into my mind for living up to my expectations was Deadpool (probably because it was on again last night). But I try not to get my hopes up nowadays, since I’ve had them dashed so many times (Really? The hoodie massager thing is a bust? *sigh*).

12 Beth { 10.03.16 at 12:49 pm }

Breaking Bad lived up to the hype.

But my first thought was my recent shoe buying experience. My very sensitive and very particular daughter has a very difficult time finding shoes. When she finds a pair she loves, she wants to wear them forever so the fact that her 5 year old feet grow is devastating.

After several shopping trips and hours of online research (yes, she is THAT particular), I found a pair that met her specs. They also happened to be (BONUS!) 5 different colors, glittery and have the ability to light up. Ok. Ordered and she. was. thrilled. Until after less than 2 weeks of wearing and they stopped working, one didn’t light up and the glitter wore right off. Huge letdown.

However, what DID live up to the hype? The amazing customer service from the online retailer which sole me said shoes. I had heard wonderful things about this customer service and it did not disappoint. I did a very brief (less than 10 minutes) online chat during which the customer service rep immediately offered to replace the shoes, confirmed that is what I wanted along with my address, transferred my payment to said shoes so I was not charged, and even told me I didn’t have to return the defective pair but could donate, keep or use for an art project. And my daughter’s new shoes were to us in 1 business day. Now that’s awesome service and totally made up for the defective shoes.

13 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 10.03.16 at 3:19 pm }

I guess I tend to have low expectations, especially when there’s hype involved.

14 Cristy { 10.03.16 at 3:54 pm }

Bummer about the hoodie back massager.

Honestly, very rarely. Usually I make too much of it in my mind and it tends to fall apart. Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised and then I rave about it.

Though the hoodie back massager reminds me of the story about the guy who motorized his lazyboy recliner. It was impounded after the owner drove it to the local bar and then was arrested for drunk driving. I really want to see that lazyboy in action.

15 Jess { 10.03.16 at 5:15 pm }

I’m not good with the hype, although I am a sucker for skincare products. And I did buy those instability shoes from Reebok a few years ago that supposedly burned a zillion more calories just by walking on what was like two balance balls. I didn’t break my ankle like some people did, but I did not suddenly shed pounds and I felt ever slightly more likely to dump it on my walks. That’s too bad about the hoodie back massager. That sounds amazing.

16 Lori Lavender Luz { 10.03.16 at 6:19 pm }

Over the years, I’ve come to really temper my expectations.

However, I’m warming up to NBC’s This Is Us. So far, so good.

17 Mali { 10.03.16 at 6:26 pm }

Hmmm. I don’t buy into hype too much – I’ve frequently been disappointed. Many hyped books/authors are a good example. Experiences are so personal. Though I always read the Booker Prize shortlisted books – and sometimes am wonderfully surprised (The Fishermen last year was an example), and other times completely disappointed.

I’m not following anything at the moment … researching things and looking forward to a couple of planned purchases and experiences, but they haven’t been hyped.

I heard on the weekend that over $100 million has been pledged on a crowd-sourcing platform to a computer game that’s under development. I felt sad that people were prepared to give money to a computer game rather than medical research or some other charity.

18 Geochick { 10.03.16 at 8:41 pm }

That very hoodie is an example where, I discovered it (months and months ago), was enamored, subscribed to their e-mails, almost bought it through Kickstarter, and then decided to read some reviews. So disappointing! I wanted it to be amazing and it turns out I may as well pay $50 for a good chair massage pad that will do basically the same thing. *sigh*

Now, Apple products. They have lived up to the hype to the point where I think I’ve been assimilated. I don’t even consider other phones or computers anymore and the Kin.dle Fi.re sucks so I want an iPa.d.
they got me.

19 Amber { 10.04.16 at 1:20 am }

Hmmm… I recently watched the movie, Sully, and thought it lived up to my expectations. I thought it was very good.

We also resisted smart phones and texting for a long, long time. Once we made the transition from our old school flip phones, we realized we should have done it much sooner!

20 Obsessivemom { 10.04.16 at 11:26 pm }

It is only rarely that a film lives up to my expectations and it’s tougher if it is based on a well-loved book. Harry Potter was of course a classic case of great film. I also loved Bridget Jones.

21 Tina Basu { 10.05.16 at 8:14 am }

The Lost Symbol & Inferno by Dan Brown were highly anticipated and hyped. But it didn’t live upto my expectations, not from Dan Brown. And I worship him (almost) He is my favourite author, still…

22 Cyn K { 10.06.16 at 8:03 pm }

“The Martian” blew me away. I watched the movie first (twice) and then listened to the audio version of the book. Even though I knew how it ended, I was still wrapped up in the story.
On the other, it seems like my husband and I recently got a long-awaited DVD from Netflix only to be thoroughly disappointed in the film. In fact, it was such a let-down, I can’t even remember the name of the movie, only the way it made me feel.

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