Maybe you’ll want to join the discussion at Gary Vanucci’s Eye On Ashenclaw – Homage or Lack of Creativity? – January 24, 2012 – IF you can!
I have resorted to posting a comment this way because I kept getting this response:
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Joe Eszterhas said that you don’t want to remake a movie unless you can improve it. When something was good or especially great in the first place, this is a tall order. Usually, many of those involved are interested in the potential boatload of money from a built-in audience and don’t care or realize that their remake is not as good as the original.
Yet I really enjoyed Battlestar Galactica on SyFy and see it as a vast improvement over the original, regardless of whatever nostalgic affection we might have for the campy Lorne Greene vehicle.
The Hunger Games trilogy has been a pleasant surprise and that goes double for Alma Katsu’s The Taker, which I posted about on my AOO Authors, Offers And Others blog.
So, I guess the answer for me is – It depends on how good it is.
Maybe I’ll update Heinlein’s The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress one of these days. Or maybe there are people out there with more literary knowledge who will tell me that The Hunger Games or Alma Katsu are derivative, but I don’t realize it because I haven’t seen or read the original media. That’s what I sometimes try to explain to my son when I tell him I’m not impressed with a lot of music today. Didn’t my parents say that? 😉