Certified Educator Holden Caulfield has many experiences with violence and he also often thinks about violence.
Create New "Her first book, labored over for years, and launched full of the high hopes and ambitious dreams of youth, floundered on its voyage, though the wreck continued to float long afterward, to the profit of the publisher at least. The hastily written story, sent away with no thought beyond the few dollars it might bring, sailed with a fair wind and a wise pilot at the helm into public favor, and came home heavily laden with an unexpected cargo of gold and glory.
The serious work that you lavish all of your efforts on and have the highest expectations for will not receive nearly as much acclaim or success as the one you just toss out to pay the bills. What happens when a writer or artist deliberately tries to create their Magnum Opus?
But what happens when the same artist just writes or creates something for fun or profit or out of contractual obligation with no big plans, hopes, or expectations for its success?
Heck, they know it's not that good but figure it will at least pay the bills this month. They're so busy working on that inevitably earth-shattering magnum opus, they don't even give this other silly little project much thought.
Whoever commissioned it is sure to be disappointed, but it's no big deal; the public won't even notice its existence enough to laugh at its pointlessness anyway.
That book, movie, or painting that the creator couldn't care less about becomes an instant sensation. They're hailed as a genius, worshipped for blessing the world with this wonderful new classic, immortalized in parodies and homagesand earn an eternal place in history for their brilliance and creativity.
That masterpiece they had such high hopes for will quickly fade into obscurity, but they will be remembered and celebrated for this little hackwork forever. There are multiple causes behind this. Creators have different expectations and standards they apply to themselves than the audience and critics do; their definition of a Magnum Opus might simply be the one that was the most perfect, smoothest, with the fewest hassles that went into making it.
Some of them tend to be The Perfectionistand where audiences might forgive one or two mistakes or blemishes, the creator can't and will keep striving to achieve that ideal.
Often, the author put so much pressure on themselves that it actually damaged the creative processwhereas giving their creativity free-rein produced better results despite them paying less attention.
Also, works intended to deliver a deep, profound, important message have a tendency to come across as Anvilicious-esquewhile works written without such concern end up focusing more on the story itself.
In some cases however, the author does indeed know better and over time the work of art they are proudest of might become Vindicated by History. All of the above aside, this trope isn't necessarily as black and white as it sounds.
As some of the examples below demonstrate, the opus can in fact have its own substantial fanbase and perfectly respectable sales and reviews Some fans may even agree with the author and prefer the opus to the author's other creations.
When the effect is somewhat delayed, see Vindicated by History. For the inverse, see Old Shame. Breakout Character is sometimes related, when a specific character rather than an entire work becomes far more popular than was ever planned.
See also Creator's Favorite Episodewhere that choice may potentially result in this. Some examples also drive on the Sunk Cost Fallacy as a creator can believe his best work is the work he spent the most time working on.
May overlap with My Greatest Failure if the creator takes it hard. Also see Consolation Award for when the work that is considered the best by the public is not the most awarded. Also see Black Sheep Hit for when the audience didn't expect the hit.
Guess which one became the bigger hit? That didn't stop him from exploiting Mazinger to the hilt, however.
Guilty Crowncreated by the minds behind hit anime including Death NoteMacross FrontierCode Geassand Attack on Titan was hoped to be the creation of the next generation of anime, and is admitted to be the favorite work of many of the writers.
Many viewers have thought otherwise. But it became wildly popular and was adapted into a manga with greatly updated artwork by Yusuke Murata and later an anime series. Actually reversed later on, with Mob Psycho also recieving an anime adaptation, and a second season before One-Punch Man ; while One Punch Man is still indisputably the more well known of the two, it's viewed as more one note and comedic compared to Mob Psychowhich explores similar themes with more emotional depth.
Osamu Tezuka 's most beloved work is, indisputably, Astro Boy. At least by his audience. Tezuka himself eventually got fed up with Astro Boy, and only continued making it because it was such a Cash Cow Franchise. His personal favorite of all his manga series was Ode to Kirihito.
He also intended for Phoenix to be his Magnum Opus, but his own premature death prevented it. Takashi Hashiguchi considers Saijou no Meii his most important work, having created it in an attempt to get young people more involved in the notoriously conservative Japanese medical establishment, but the world will always know him as the Yakitate!!
ChiChi ChiChi by Cool-Kyou Shinsha features an in-universe example where Hiraku gets depressed after an erotic novel he wrote sold better than his picture book series.
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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. Home / Literature / The Catcher in the Rye / The Catcher in the Rye Analysis Literary Devices in The Catcher in the Rye. Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory The first mention we get of this mysterious catcher in this mysterious rye is when Holden overhears a little kid singing, "If a body catch a body.