on 1 August 2012
Whenever a reboot or remake of a movie comes out, people complain that it’s “not original.” When creators turn a book or comic and into a TV show, critics sneer at Hollywood for having “no new ideas.” But they’re wrong. What remake-mania demonstrates is that pop culture behaves the way folklore has for thousands of years. That means remakes are part of humanity’s oldest storytelling tradition. They are also, arguably, vital to civilization.