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20 June 2018 @ 09:39 pm
Sometimes you just got to say, enough already.  
So, author_by_night created a list of questions/writing prompts a while ago for anyone who is in a writing slump and is looking for certain inspirations or motivations to write about particular things, or just for anyone who is looking for new memes to do. This is something that I've been meaning to do for a while. I'll not be answering all of them at once, I'll spread them out over a period of time, I'll also not be answering in a particular order and probably not even going to go through all of them. Just picking and choosing the prompts that I find personally find interesting.


What TV, book or movie series would you love to be rebooted, either as a modern take on the series or as an addition to the original series?
This is such a difficult question to answer considering how oversaturated we are with these constant reboots/revivals nowadays, which I find completely unnecessary especially when it's more of just retelling the same story just with an updated cast when the originals were so much better. But in this case, this question is more referring to the actual concept of a reboot a la Doctor Who or Battlestar Galactica instead of just a straight up remake or a revival for nostalgic sake.

The only thing that comes to mind would be Jem and the Holograms. Disregarding the failed 2015 live-action movie that pretty much everyone agrees doesn't exist (as that is literally the epitome of what a bad reboot/remake is right alongside the failed Heathers reboot), there already was a modern reimagining comic series that many really liked, and I feel like it could very well be adapted to a limited television series, most likely once again as a cartoon made by the same original creator, of course. But I can also see there being a modern live-action take as well, if only done faithfully this time underneath, once again, the original creator, or at least having her be a huge part of the production process. I have no idea about casting ideas for that one, but I do know that Kesha as Pizzazz from The Misfits would still be perfect, tbh. Overall, bringing on that 80s resurgence in both aesthetics and sound, along with even the ridiculously outrageous fantastical bits from the original cartoon, that would have some amazing potential in being something wild and awesome. It would not only satisfy the original fans to seeing something done right for the series, but it would also probably attract newer audiences simply for the look and the concept alone and even introduce them to the original cartoon. I could also see it being on a place like Netflix.

Though aside from that, I'm honestly stumped on what else I truly want to be rebooted. Because I can think of some others that could probably work, but I'm afraid that if I put it out into the universe it'll literally come back to bite me in the ass because, again, mainstream media is so obsessed with reboots/remakes that it might happen in the worst possible way. It would have to be 100% guaranteed that it would be handed to those who respect the original work and want to do it justice, but that almost never is the case in these situations, unfortunately.

What TV, book or movie series do you DREAD getting a reboot?
Literally every single one that has already been announced. I'm not even kidding.

Again, we're so oversaturated with reboots/remakes/revivals that just the thought of something getting one fills me with dread. For example: Heathers (which was thankfully canned before it even premiered), Charmed, Roswell, these are things that don't need reboots because the originals are perfect the way they are. Also, why reboot something that was already successful and strongly beloved by many? That's what I don't get. Why not take a chance on rebooting or remaking something that was done poorly from many years ago and give it a second chance by upgrading it to make it good? Why attempt at rebooting something that is already amazing on its own instead of coming up with your own original idea? Basically, it's all just a desperate cashing in on nostalgia that I'm sick and tired of, especially when so many original and unique concepts tend to get overlooked or cancelled in favor of these boring and unimaginative reboots/remakes. Now that's not to say there hasn't been any good reboots in the past, because there have been and I'm not discrediting those that actually did well for themselves in their own right, it's just nowadays it's so overdone that you can tell how little thought actually goes into most of them. It's not about telling a good story, it's only about jumping on the recent trend and using the nostalgia factor in order to make a quick buck. That's it. Just, a whole world of nope.

(And as an addendum rant, I'm especially irked by the whole Charmed reboot the more I read about it because we all know that it'll just end up becoming yet another CWified carbon copy of The Vampire Diaries/The Originals anyway, same with Roswell, and I'm just so frustrated and done.)
 
 
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noybusiness: samdeehighschoolnoybusiness on June 21st, 2018 12:33 pm (UTC)
That's what I don't get. Why not take a chance on rebooting or remaking something that was done poorly from many years ago and give it a second chance by upgrading it to make it good?

Yeah, exactly. The first two NeverEnding Story movies weren't done poorly, but I'd like to direct an adaptation that's more faithful to the book.
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 21st, 2018 05:52 pm (UTC)
I was about to say, because I absolutely adore the first The Neverending Story as it's one of my all-time favorite movies from my childhood and I saw no fault in it whatsoever. Granted I never read the book, but I do know that it was a bit different, as with most book-to-screen adaptations usually are (like the first two movies were what the first book was if combined together, even though the sequel is considered not so great in comparison to the first film) so it's understandable that some would want a more faithful adaptation.

Going along in that sense, I've always wanted a faithful adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, because even though the 1939 musical is considered a timeless classic by many, the book series it was adapted from is much darker. It's kind of backwards that Return to Oz, another childhood favorite of mine, was considered a failure at the time it was released despite that it was quite faithful to the books with its darker tone. I mean, it's seen as a cult classic now, as it should be, but still.

Though my main issue has never been about adaptations of things, because screen adaptations of source material can always have different versions and directions of how they want to adapt said material, but it's more about things that was its own and someone decides to remake or reboot that particular thing that was actually successful, esp if it's recent, and ride off its success instead of focusing on taking the chance on attempting to remake or reboot something that initially failed in the past. That's where my frustration lies.

Edited at 2018-06-21 06:02 pm (UTC)
noybusiness: never seen an elephant flynoybusiness on June 21st, 2018 09:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, The Neverending Story and The Last Unicorn are the two books everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. The first two movies are among my all-time favorites from childhood, too. I didn't read the book, or know it existed, until years later. I especially love the Ivory Tower theme, which I used to replay all the time.

The first movie follows the plot of the first half of the book very closely, but still omits scenes and crucial background about Gmork, the Nothing and the Childlike Empress (and her counterpart, the Old Man of Wandering Mountain, who was left out), and doesn't quite capture the book's deeper, more mature and philosophical tone or its ultimate message about balancing imagination and reality and Love being the Water of Life, which Bastian metaphorically brings home to his widowed father at the end. Bastian riding Falkor in the human world is an especially big departure (in the book, Fantasticans can only enter the human world by being sucked into the Nothing, becoming lies, which are then used by Gmork's masters, the Manipulators).

The second movie, which I liked about as much as the first, draws from the second half of the book more loosely, with Bastian making wishes and losing himself (which is just part of how AURYN works in the book). The less said about the third movie, the better.

There's just so much more to and in the book that audiences should have the chance to see, and could with modern techniques. Characters like Ygramul the Many, Uyulala the Southern Oracle (replaced by a second set of Sphinxes in the movie) or Grograman the Many-Colored Death, places like Goab the Desert of Colors and Perilin the Night Forest, epic events, and even what Atreyu and Falkor are supposed to look like.
raktajinosraktajinos on June 24th, 2018 02:09 am (UTC)
I'm actually sort of excited for the Charmed reboot. I LOVED the original....but season 5 onwards was not the show I fell in love with. The show shifted away from being this awesome sister-focused narrative to being all about boyfriends and romance. And I loathed the 'Piper has sons and they are magic' crap.

There was a noticeable shift when Constance left and when Brad Kern took over. Rose McGowan/Paige was the only good thing to come from that shift.

So, I'm intrigued to see what they'll do with the new one. I love that they're not white and I love that there are more queer characters.

But omg that damn Jem film. Wtf was that even. The only good bit was the post-credits scene with Kesha - who was goddamn delightful.

Edited at 2018-06-24 02:10 am (UTC)
Renée: BSG. Natalie is not pleased.rogueslayer452 on June 24th, 2018 02:18 am (UTC)
I do agree that the later seasons of the original Charmed were not great, and it suffered a lot with BTS drama and whatnot, some of which I didn't realize happened until I recently read up on it. I mostly prefer just the first, like, three seasons in comparison to the rest of the show tbh.

However, I just find the need to reboot it entirely utterly pointless. If they want to make a show focusing on Latina sisters who are witches, then they can do that! But don't use the Charmed legacy in what I'm assuming is just in-name-only, because that's just lazy as shit. Do your own original story then without riding off the nostalgia wave of something else that just ended just a little over a decade ago, ffs, that's what I'm tired of, and that's why I'm ranting.

But omg that damn Jem film. Wtf was that even. The only good bit was the post-credits scene with Kesha - who was goddamn delightful.

Seriously. I'm still baffled at the entire thing. But Kesha as Pizzazz, and the entire Misfits to be honest, was probably the best part and that was at the post-credits scene. If they were to ever do another attempt at a live-action reboot (done properly this time) I want them to recast her in this same role because that was genius casting.

Edited at 2018-06-24 02:32 am (UTC)