When we think of fanfiction, we probably think of terribly written, poorly edited stories with syntax stapled on to a screen by someone who is intellectually five years old. With Sequels and reboots we tend to see dollar signs in the eyes of over paid network execs and CEOs. The question remains, though, is it really destroying the world of art and fictitious story telling?
One thing you have to remember before you shout “Yes, it was better in my day, all content was original” is that one of the Biggest media conglomerates of all time has been built upon Re-imaginings and “fan” interpretations: Disney.
If you know your Disney, you know most of the famous movies the company did Borrowed and used characters and stories. Robin-hood, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Mulan, Oliver twist, Snow white, Sleeping Beauty, Tarzan, and Alice from “Alice in Wonderland” are just a few of the characters that spring to mind. And with Disney cooperation owning Marvel, Jim Henson, and Lucas Arts properties, even the grittiest of reboots of quite a few of your childhood favourites have that Disney stamp on them somewhere (like Dare Devil and Jessica Jones on Netflix). Even Disney’s most original property, Mickey Mouse, could be argued to be a reboot of Disney’s own “Oswald the lucky Rabbit,” who Disney made while working for another company and didn’t own the rights too.
On top of that, many of these stories had retellings and re-versioned before Disney (or others) ever laid their mitts on these properties. One glaring example of that is Hercules. Hercules, and other Greek myths, do have multiple variations even in ancient times.
If this is the case, why is it such a big deal things get remade when this phenomena is older than most of us anyway?
THAT I should get into next time