I’m pretty sure the title has some people twitching. Funny thing is that I’m writing this from two perspectives. One is that I’m sick of reboots and remakes. Even sequels are wearing on me to the point where I don’t want to pay money beyond Redbox. Yet, I’m also redesigning Lloyd and Cassidy for their sequel, which makes me feel like a hypocrite. Lloyd won’t change beyond one thing stemming from a previous action. For the handful of people who read and enjoyed Crossing Bedlam, you would know that Cassidy reached a point where she needed to change some things. Maybe what I’m doing is minor compared to what you see out there. Anyway, I’m going to open the floor to this sticky conversation topic. (Keep in mind that this is more movies and TV shows than books.)
- What do you think of reboots and remakes?
- What was the last original story you saw or read?
- Do you think people really want original stories?
I’m going to give my opinion on the third question: Yes. I think people want original stories. Yet, I also think we’ve become such a hyper-critical species that we’re most likely to hate these things. People go out of their way to point out mistakes, connect stuff to earlier works even remotely, and simply prove that something sucks. So the established things will always win because they’ve already gone through the wringer or existed before the Internet wringer appeared. The chance of something new reaching that spot is very rare and most studios (and many artists) won’t want to take the risk. The more new stuff fails, the less of it we’ll see. Look at how nearly all of the big movies this year are sequels, reboots, and adaptations. Books are a little safer, but we authors have our trends that we pounce on. Fantasy is currently GoT, zombies are everywhere, erotica is everywhere, and the YA dystopia craze is starting to fade. Maybe this is simply how it works. Entertainment hits in cycles and we’re in the ‘same stuff, different color palette’ phase of things. People will eventually get sick of it and then either the mediums die out or they find fresh meat.