Are you not getting fed up with Remakes and Revivals?

Philippines
February 12, 2009 12:56am CST
If you are in the early 40's like me or in your mid 30s, I can assume you enjoyed the original music, films, and TVS shows during the 70s and 80s. And I am sure you will agree with me that today, more than 90% are remakes and revivals. Are you not getting fed up with them? I know this is also happening elsewhere, even in Hollywood. Gone are the days, where you can see unique and fantastic trendsetters. Although I did not say that there were no remakes and revivals before, it is not really as rampant as today. I must admit, I rarely watch TV and listen to the latest music today. It's been 5 years since I watched a film in a movie house, and it's just because it's my daughter's birthday. Unlike when I was in college, Thursday was a movie day and I really miss those days. Do you think piracy and easy downloading contributed the loss of passion of great song composers, movie producers, and great musicians? Do you think this generation now still have chances of creating more original ideas to entertain us? Well, I really hope so.
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• United States
13 Feb 09
Being in the younger generation (21), I actually find the revivals and remakes to still be rather obnoxious. I might not have been around when say, the original version of Sympathy For The Devil came out. But I'd take Monsieur Jagger over Axl ANY. DAY. The original version of anything..Be it a song, a movie..It contained the inspiration, it WAS the trendsetter. But for the most time, with a remake or revival, it's like they're just copying the original trendsetter for the sake of being "cool". So, yeah, I definitely prefer the original version. But, that being said--I think there's still a lot of really inspired, trendsetting NEW things to feast our eyes and ears on. I don't really think that easy downloading and the swell in piracy have deterred the creative process at all. In fact, in a world where you can record a song in Japan and have it be listened to the next day by 3,00 fans in the U.S....why WOULDNT you?
@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Hello fatherblogger! I am 22 years old and since the day I learn to appreciate music, I always love to hear old songs especially from the 60's and 80's . Honestly, I love hearing new revivals now. My sister used to teased me when she knew I was listening to beatles songs, elvis presley etc.
• United States
12 Feb 09
I totally agree with you fatherblogger..Very well said actually..I don't buy pirated cds. I don't know why others like it when in fact the quality is actually bad. I do love Charice Pempengco but right now, most of her songs are revivals from Celine Dion or Whitney Houston.
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Well, yes. Unfortunately, it's not only Charice who is starting loosing the magic. She cannot always sing the same songs no matter how hard Oprah will support her. For me, I cannot call any singer a singer if he or she do not have any original song exclusively made for him or her. Every singer has to have an original signature. Otherwise, he or she can easily be forgotten. I think no singer wants to be remembered as revival singer - no originality, that is.
• Australia
12 Feb 09
I know what you mean, and I'm not even in my 30's yet, so it isn't just for you more life experienced members. I also find that while movies might be completely different, they are often a thinly veiled rip off of older movies, it seems to be what the teens want though.
• Philippines
12 Feb 09
I don't think that it's what teens of today like. I think they just don't have a choice. My daughter is a teenager and she loves original ones than revival and remake. I think this is their only advantage. Young ones and young once share a lot of things....lol!
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• Australia
25 Feb 09
That's great your teen likes the classics. I have a huge box of them in storage that I am trying to get to, but so far, it is still deeply buried and not going any where in a hurry.
@jlamela (4905)
• Philippines
13 Feb 09
I don't like the trends of the world entertainment industry now adays, it seems that writers and filmmakers even the music industry started losing their brains and talents because they couldn't think of any original piece. Why they just create their own material rather than doing rehash and remakes? I prefer original movie, telenovela and music, besides their remakes and revivals look like trash and failed to imitate the original which is frustrating.
• Philippines
13 Feb 09
I think their problem is they are imitating the original, instead of applying their own interpretation. I think they are not creating more original ideas is because they lost the passion of doing so. They are afraid that their work can easily be pirated, which will not make them money. Therefore, why not make a trash and make money of it? After all, making a trash needs no talent at all. All you need is the dollar sign in your eyes...
@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
You know, there are English Indie movies that have great music and are pretty original, and I have to commend this English Indie movie Once. It's a movie with music as the foundation of the story of the movie and mind you I like it.
@Shaun72 (15965)
• Palatka, Florida
15 Feb 09
I am tired of all the movies I remember from the 70s and 80s being remade. It makes no sense to me. It's like the movie producers are running out of ideas to make something new so it's getting remade and the remakes of the movies are worser then the origial.
• United States
14 Feb 09
I think there are so many remakes because there are no real movie makers in Hollywood.Back in the 70's , there were heads of the studios who were passionate about film. These days if a movie doesn't make a whole lot of money in the first weekend then it is a failure.The studios are "run' by people who have passion for film. So they spend their time and money tryoing to make the most money and the best way is to remake a hit.The problem? The original is not only better but it is on tape or DVD. Or it airs on t.v. so why go to the theater to see the remake?
@Erssyl (617)
• Philippines
13 Feb 09
I'm in my fifties and I love to hear revivals.They tend to bring back the memories.It is also nice to compare the original from the revived stuff.Sometimes I still prefer the original but I must admit they bring out the revival in different version and I like it too.I don't think we lose the passion by piracy and downloading.Original and revival still entertain us.
@kun2349 (23381)
• Singapore
13 Feb 09
haha.. Yeah, gone are those days of being original as well as being creative.. Everything now is based on reality or remake, because they have ran out of ideas.. lol =D It's such a bad thing to happen when technology are getting more advanced, but minds of those music and tv producers are so outdated, and slow.. lol =D They should need some skills upgrading or retire and let others take over.. Remake and reality show wont be able to last forever..
@melvill (392)
• Philippines
13 Feb 09
Yes sometimes I've fed up with that, almost all the programs in the television are all remakes and revivals, even if they changed many scripts, in the end you will know what will happened. I also want original songs, but sometimes reviving some songs can change the melody and meaning of the songs.
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
13 Feb 09
Well yes I am fed up already by all the revivals. Only shows how less creative have some of our writers have become. They just want to ride on existing ideas instead of creating them. I think it's just that a lot of writers and producers really don't have the passion in what they're doing.
@celticeagle (124337)
• Boise, Idaho
13 Feb 09
I really hope so too. There have been some good movies coming out recently. And music is good mostly. I wish they would quick trying to made remakes. They are rarely as good and it seems kind of pathetic to me.
@BlueGoblin (1831)
• United States
13 Feb 09
People are running out of ideas. I don't think downloading has anything to do with the trend. I just think the movie industry is going for the fast buck. Hollywood did very little to preserve their old films and thus many of them are lost forever. This shows that they care very little for the art and that it is only a business. The market is saturated with thousand of books, music, comics, movies and so it is very hard to come up with something truly original.
• Canada
12 Feb 09
no, not really. most of them are fine. there's just a number of them that's really bad. llol no offense but some of those songs revived are really annoying. its good for the other songs though cause they bring back old memories from old songs. i mean, sometimes i just can't stand listening to my old favourite songs from old singers. its kind of i already have grown their voices and it just doesn't fit to this generation at all.
@jillmalitz (5131)
• United States
12 Feb 09
I think there are some creative folks out there who will always do great original work. I have noticed there are a lot of movie remakes and some tv channels show the old shows from the 50's and 60's as well as some current shows like "Knight Rider" which is a remake of the old one. I loved the old one and I like the new one. I guess in some ways it gives the younger people a chance to see something in a new light. I have a bit of a problem with downloading music and movies "free". Artists go to a lot of trouble to create. I don't really care for much of today's music but if I liked an artist's music I really would prefer to buy it. After all that is their way of making a living.
• Philippines
12 Feb 09
It is sad that most artists resort to usual formulas instead of creating something new .. originality should be encouraged and given more credit in the entertainment industry
• United States
12 Feb 09
I really cannot stand all of the movie remakes either. I just about fell out of my chair when I seen they made a remake of Witch Mountain and friday the 13th. Come on people. Where is all of the original thoughts??