"We'll never see this again in our lifetime."
I heard this mantra last week when it was predicted that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would smash box office records in a way that will never be seen again in our lifetimes. Funny thing is, I've heard this before. Several times, in fact.
I'm in my early 40s and have lived through several of these so-called "never see again" eras.
"Oh, we'll never see as prolific a writer as Stephen King."
"There will never be as prolific a writer as J. K. Rowling."
"The success of Harry Potter will never be matched. Ever."
"(Fill in the blank) will be the biggest Marvel movie ever."
I am utterly disgusted by the notion that there will never, EVER, be something better than what has currently been created. Here is a list, from Wikipedia, on the highest grossing films of all time. It's impressive how many were created within the last few years.
Do not get sucked into the mantra that there will never be anything as good as what has already been created. I remember reading an article about this concerning the massive success Stephen King in the early 1990s. Then, a scribbler from Mississippi had his second novel made into a movie . . . starring Tom Cruise. The Firm was the name of the book and movie. The author? John Grisham.
And let's not forget J. K. Rowling and her "tiny" book series called Harry Potter.
I could go on and on. Brandon Sanderson. Andy Weir. The Hunger Games.
Are we forgetting about Peter Jackson's theatrical trilogy version of The Hobbit?
Every time I hear the "never again" mantra I shake my head. And so should you. Because the "next big thing" is always right around the corner.