For years and years now it seems like the fanboys want their stories to be taken seriously, and not dismissed/or looking down upon by the general public. It's resulted in an era of just nothing but dark, gritty, grit, with lots of darkness (and grit!). Anything that could even remotely be considered camp is scorned. Yet, I can't tell you how many times I've seen those fanboys, as soon as someone does indeed try to discuss the stories seriously (and critically); instantly lash out with the old defense of "but it's just a comic book film, you can't take it so seriously!"
This was a quote taken from RT, which was used in response to a post on TDKR.
I think this idea applies to our fanbase more than most, though. I've witnessed something extremely ironic evolve with the fandom over the years. People hold Godzilla '54 on a pedestal and try and throw it in everyone's face. They use it as some kind of fall back to justify the franchise's existence and use it to say what the franchise should be. But that's not really what it is. The thing I find really funny is that most of you, if not all(except the "ascended fans"), had never even seen the original Godzilla film before 2004, when it was released uncut in America. Now that its been out for seven years, people like to use it as an excuse for Godzilla to "finally be taken seriously" and move away from stereotypes considered "negative". I have seen many people say stuff like this in regards to the new Godzilla film supposedly being released eventually. I have seen more than one post saying "Godzilla needs to be exactly what they did for TDK Trilogy". People freaked out when they got Goyer on it cause he worked for Nolan. People even wanted him to direct, if I recall. What I find funny about this is at its heart, yes, the core of the character is NOT a serious one. You can throw the original film at me all you want, but it just isn't the truth. He wasn't even really a character in that film. Just a force. Godzilla is as he is defined in everything post GRA. those movies, which make up the majority of his film library are what he is defined as. Just like how Josh Weinstein isn't the definitive Tom Servo, the Godzilla from the 1954 movie is not the definitive Godzilla. I'm willing to bet that anyone here younger than, like, 40, is a fan because of the films they watched on TV growing up. Stuff like Son of Godzilla or Godzilla vs. Monster Zero. If they are younger fans, maybe even some Heisei films mixed in(Which if you watched the Showa films simultaneously, probably confused the shit out of you due to continuity issues.). You remember getting hyped about see Godzilla 2000 in theaters. Sure maybe a few of you fell in love with KTOM, but that was certainly more in line with other Godzilla fare we'd have access to, unlike the Uncut Film. Point is, I feel like a lot of Godzilla fans forgot why they love Godzilla in the first place and want it to be something it really isn't. =/