Sometimes you have to know when the world has already had enough of something. They say there’s nothing truly new or original out there. There’s probably some truth to that. Still, even if the same ideas get used over and over, I think it’s a good idea to keep them in rotation.
If the public sees the same stuff repeated too many times in a row, they’ll start to turn on you.
This meme was the fastest burning Internet star I’ve ever seen. We all laughed for a week or two. The laughing isn’t as loud anymore. In fact, I’m hearing grumbles and outright insults. Good idea. Died young. Rest in peace, silly meme.
My love of vampires goes all the way back to my childhood. I love Buffy. It makes my heart sad that Buffy and Angel are gone forever, at least as new episodes. I like True Blood. I read the Twilight books. I’ve been a fan of Anita Blake since Laurell K. Hamilton‘s first book in the series came out a million years ago.
But enough with the vampires, already. Not forever. Just give it a rest for a bit.
There are other monsters out there. Granted, most don’t bring the same romantic flair as vampires. I’m just saying, not everything has to have vampires. For that matter, werewolves are also a little stale lately.
And while we’re on the subject, I know I’ve talked about it before here and here, but zombies could probably use a time out, too. Somehow, somewhere, zombies made a move from horror fodder to the romance genre. With the right world building, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
But really, zombies are beginning to wear thin. I watch Walking Dead on Sunday nights. I’m not saying get rid of what’s already out there. I’m suggesting that when coming up with new ideas, maybe we could do something new instead of going after what’s currently popular.
Which brings me to my last point. I know I’m not the only one tired of movies and television dredging up old popular stuff and remaking it. Every time I hear about a new remake of something from the ’80s, I shudder. Sometimes it turns out okay, and I give props where its due. Fright Night was kind of awesome, though I may feel that way because David Tennent was in it.
A remake of 21 Jump Street is about to be released in theaters. I could think of no earthly reason why this would be necessary. Then I saw a trailer for it. It was worse than I thought. The remake bears little resemblance to the original.
It’s not even the same genre. Look at both of the posters. One’s a comedy and the other’s a drama. The ensemble is now a duo. It looks more like Police Academy than the old Johnny Depp television show.
Why do they even share the same name? I’ll tell you why. Because they made a half-assed movie and figured by tacking on the name of something with an existing fan base, more people would spend $10 a person to go see it.
It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s easy to reuse what’s popular to be safe and make sales. But is that what you want to be known for? Create a new meme. Write a love story about two Sasquatches from warring tribes. Boycott remakes until they stop making them.
Set the trends–don’t follow them.