Although I realize someone can love these movies even when watching them as an adult, the prequels have now reached an age where the generation of kids who watched them while they were young have grown to be adults. If someone was 8 when The Phantom Menace was released, they would now be 23. As we all know, there are many people who do not like these movies, who actually claim to hate them. And, as many would also agree, there are a lot of people who troll the films. I cannot stress how much I hate this. I can tell you that as a child I loved the prequels. And I'm hoping that love hasn't been lost. They were "my" Star Wars films. I think part of the reason the Original Trilogy didn't click with me as much was they, though in my opinion not any better than the prequels in story, lacked the action of the PT that connects with any eight year old like no other movie could. I just finished watching the PT after about a year and a half without seeing the movies, which is partly because of my life circumstances, but much more because of all the negativity I've been reading about them recently. I'm not new to the internet, I just never took much notice of Red Letter Media and such. But I started to wonder, was there really logic behind all of these OT fans' anger? So I started debating with people on the internet about whether or not these films were good and such, and I noticed that the prequels do have some flaws. More than the original trilogy? I'm not sure. I may have just been influenced by all the negativity of the people I've argued with over the past several months, but when I watched the prequels over the course of the last two days, I noticed a few flaws. I don't know if it was because I was looking for them, as I so badly wanted reviews like Red Letter Media to be wrong, or because I was paying more attention to the plot this time. Regardless, my love for these movies has been shaken a bit... and it saddens me very deeply. I just wish that all these prequel haters would realize what they are doing when they try so hard to negatively criticize these films. All these claims of George Lucas ruining their childhood.... I just wish they would realize what they are doing to the childhoods of many fans who share an equally deep love for the very movies they are disparaging. For those who love or have loved the PT, how have these negative criticisms affected your love of the prequels?