I grew up on the OT, but was still pretty young when TPM came out. I was 12. When I originally watched the prequels, I loved them. I thought that they were almost as good as the original films. As I became older, and began to watch a lot more films in general, I did begin to see a lot of the flaws of the PT. TPM had little to no character development, AOTC had the horrible love scenes, and ROTS, well frankly I didn't see all that much wrong with it except for a couple of bad lines. As films, they aren't great. The acting is bad, the dialogue is flat. However, as a Star Wars fan, I love them. Sure, they aren't great pieces of cinema, but they are integral parts of the Star Wars saga. I can't imagine a Star Wars now without the Jedi council, the rule of two, Naboo, or characters like Padme, Qui Gon, and even the Gungans. The value of the prequels isn't in their quality as isolated films, but in their place within Star Wars lore. Especially now as I have watched the Clone Wars series, I really appreciate so much of what Lucas did with I-III.