I was thinking about something and would love your thoughts on the matter. How many of us have watched the remake of a movie and thought the original was better? I’ve actually been sickened by some of the remakes of classic movies – don’t mess with perfection people. Like anything else, it’s pretty subjective. But the fact there is a “50 Worst Movie Remakes” list should tell us all something. They keep making them!
How about songs? I can think of a song or two that I like the remake of. One would be the Whitney Houston version of “I Will Always Love You.” Dolly Parton is a great artist, don’t get me wrong, but Whitney Houston sang that song into otherworldly dimensions. I happen to love Metallica’s version of “Turn the Page” (see below). Please don’t crucify me if you’re a Bob Seger fan – I love to hear him sing the song, too!
How many of you have read a remake of a book? Can this even be discussed in the same vein as the remake of a movie or song? I can hear the gasps of people everywhere saying, “How dare you?” I even asked myself this question when thinking about it. It almost feels sacrilegious to think of someone taking classic works and re-writing them. They do it all the time for movies and plays, but book-to-book? Actually re-write a classic book and call it by the same name just because you can? Just to see if you can improve it? Just to see if anyone will buy it? Feels dirty to me… Would it be simply considered an ‘adaptation’ of the original? I don’t know. I’m not even sure it can be done. You guys tell me.
These are the questions I have because obviously I’m procrastinating when I should be writing my own ORIGINAL works. Somebody give me a good swift kick.