As someone who is right in Cline’s target demographic, I gave up on RP1 about halfway through. That book is a big reason why I have actually turned against the nostalgia of my youth. It’s one of the reasons I was really hesitant to jump into Stranger Things, which turned out not to be the reference-fest I was afraid it would be (at least in S1. I haven’t watched S2 yet, out of the same fear).
My youth has been weaponized by the worst gatekeepers of the internet age. Why the fuck would I expect people 10 years younger than me to be reverential to Ghostbusters or Back to the Future? Sure, they’re fine films on their own, but they, like a lot of 80s material, have some incredibly problematic elements. Yet there is a significant section of the internet that considers them necessary preconditions to be considered a real Whatever.
As Patrick pointed out (secondhand, I think? I don’t remember who he was quoting) a lot of the same elements behind GamerGate, or at least those who treated GG credulously, are the ones who stand at these gates. Fuck you for using my childhood for your exclusionary practices.