There’s an internet meme I think is surprisingly profound. This is the “Boss Baby” meme:
I’ve seen the “Boss Baby Vibes” effect in many an insular fandom. It seemed annoying, until I realized that I had fallen for it too with my initial reviews of Fuldapocalyptic fiction. Reading Red Storm Rising and third-tier knockoffs of that first had massively skewed my perception of that subgenre in particular and cheap thrillers in general.
So now I can sympathize with people who are just comparing what they see to what they know.