Hollywood’s fascination with the reboot.

Hi there,

I went to see the new Star Trek film yesterday and although I enjoyed it on further reflection there were one or two points that didn’t sit right with me. I won’t delve too deep into these for fear of giving anything away to those of you who haven’t seen it yet. What I will say though is that this is one reboot that seems to split the fan base.

I was a huge fan of the original Star Trek series, both films and every new series that aired on the tv and because JJ Abrams became involved in the next film in the series I was really pleased as I was already a fan of some of his work. When I heard that he was taking it back to its roots with a reboot though I wondered about the validity of that idea. There was already an established timeline that stretched over decades with five tv series and ten films to its credit, what was he planning to do, ditch all that and start from scratch? That made no sense at all to me but as the reviews to the tenth film in the series were less than favourable I suppose the hollywood moguls who held the purse strings were seeing a dent in their cash cow and decided to do something radical about it.

The idea of a reboot is a chancy thing at best and can go wrong just as it can go right and with a fan base as huge as Star Trek it was about as big a gamble as hollywood could take. Having said that and despite some mistakes Abrams pulled off his version with the aplomb he is famous for. Jump four years to the sequel and I viewed it with the anticipation of a real fan and in the most part was not disappointed, this was, after all said and done a Star Trek film, my main fear now is that it could get bogged down in further installments with all the changes made to the new timeline. This is something that we’ll just have to wait and see.

I am a little confused with this new obsession with hollywood rebooting franchises. My philosophy is if it aint broke, don’t fix it, but they seem to go under the assumption that if something is stalling simply throw it away and start again. It is a good thing that the reboot phenomenon does not extend to the written word. Can you imagine if the writer of a successful series of books had a review of their latest book that was under par, would the publisher insist on a reboot?

Tom Clancy has a series featuring the son of his character Jack Ryan and Clive Cussler has introduced the son and daughter of his famous Dirk Pitt character not as a reboot but to continue their franchise with literally newer blood. I suppose this is a more favourable than throwing away what went before and starting afresh with new material. I certainly couldn’t do it with my characters. I’ve only been writing for a short time compared to those venerable authors I mentioned earlier but I still regard Kurt and the rest in the Col Sec universe as more than my friends, as close as my family. To throw them away and start again would be unthinkable.

That’s all for now and as always if any of you have any comments please feel free to leave them and I’ll get back to you.

See you soon,

Jan.

 

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About jandomagala

Having worked in the ceramic printing industry since leaving school in the early 70's I've had a passion for the written word. I started writing in the 80's and since discovering the self publishing world have finally seen the first part of my ambition come to fruition, my name in print. Now with the help of wordpress and other promotion tools I hope to see the second part of my ambition come true, to earn a living from writing.
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