Fantasy fiction has changed a lot since D&D was created. The folks who started with 1E and grew up reading all the Appendix N stuff have very different expectations than the D&D players for whom Adventure Time, Minecraft and Harry Potter are their fantasy fiction touchstones. Neither are wrong, but they are definitely different visions.I understand why people who like to play casters (in the interest of full disclosure, I prefer playing martials) want to be able to do something "magic-y" every round but cantrips are the thing I dislike most in 5E because, to me, magic is supposed to be a rare and finite resource. Spammable cantrips completely "de-magic" magic in my mind.
I'm actually a little surprised that people who like the notion of being magical are fully on board with making magic so...mundane.