Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Newest Object of my Hate

Yes I'm late to this party, but I need to comment. And that title's not a joke, there's a list. A LONG list.

I'm a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. HUGE. Own all 7 Seasons, all 5 of Angel, read the season 8 comics until it became unbearably silly (if you've read it you know what I mean).

So I was understandably skeptical when I heard the Powers-That-Be (or rather, Wolfram and Hart) are Planning to Reboot it.

This is going to hit harder and cause more anger, in the long run, than the Spider-Man reboot. A lot of people were (understandably) upset about Spider-Man 3 and with that being the last thing we heard from Spider-Man, we're less inclined to be angry. Plus Raimi going off to do the Warcraft movie (really) and possibly a remake of Day of the Triffids of all things, seems to suggest he had reduced interest.

Buffy on the other hand is one of those things that, like it or not, really set the stage for geek movies and shows to take over in this decade (the other being The X-Files). A show about a teenaged girl battling true-to-legends vampires and unique varieties of demons, alongside massive amounts of backstory and magic, seems like it would only appeal to true geeks. But, through some trick of fate, Buffy was massively popular, ran for 7 seasons and is still a cultural staple today. I say Buffy and even the most snobbish or culturally ignorant person knows I mean the Slayer of Vampires.

Trying to reboot that, in a movie no less (the movie Buffy was...not good, to say the least) is going to be hard. You're going to be fighting an uphill PR battle, and not just against hardcore fans. Vampires have been among the most abused and widely mocked concepts since Twilight got big, and rebooting one of the Holy Grails of Vampire Mythos in this climate is unwise. ESPECIALLY since Twilight could be best be described as Buffy but with everything that made Buffy good sucked out of it.

I'm not against the idea of remakes or reboots: I loved both of the new Halloween movies. The difference is, Halloween hadn't been good for a long while (since the first one, really) and Rob Zombie had some interesting things to say on the subject. Unless you have something new, or unique, to say about Buffy, the culture surrounding it or the universe it inhabits...why bother?

Incidentally, a contributor over at the Escapist has an interesting article about Buffy from a lady's point of view. Give it a gander.

Alright, that's it for me. If I don't have anything more to say over the next couple days, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in the US. (Non US readers, please disregard).

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