The motion picture industry has produced movies adapted from other sources since its earliest days, and has also remade popular movies to take advantage of new advancements in film-making, among other financially motivated reasons. “Remakes” and “Reboots”are not a new phenomenon. The music industry has also generated numerous covers and cover bands. Some people might say that such remakes or covers are not as worthy of recognition as their predecessor’s, but as a generalization that is perhaps an unfair criticism. Part of that negative criticism stems from the belief that remakes, covers or adapted works lack originality and creativity. That may be true in some cases, but remakes, covers, and adapted works can have as much creative validity as purported original works.
Think about your favorite restaurant and your favorite selection from their menu; what makes it better than another restaurant that serves the exact same food? The answer is likely to be the people who prepared the food that made it taste so much better. Or perhaps it’s not the quality of the food at all, but something else that has made the experience unique and different. Maybe you enjoy the location, the decor, or maybe it’s the people that you go with that has made it your favorite place. Perhaps your favorite is simply the way the meal was prepared the first time you had tasted it. Any other way the meal is served just can’t complete with that original recipe. Entertainment is experienced in much the same way, sometimes the way the elements are put together and presented make it great, sometimes it becomes a disaster, and sometimes the new approach just can’t compete with nostalgia. Just as chefs bring something of themselves to the dinners they cook, bands put their own style on a cover, and movie directors with their film crews add their own personal touches to remakes, and adaptations. It’s a practice which is as old as pop-culture itself.
Redux is a Latin adjective that means “brought back, resurgence, or restored”. –logy, or ology is an English suffix that has been adapted from Greek and Latin. The suffix typically refers to a field of study, such as mythology (the study of myths, legends and folklore), but it can also refer to a subject rather than a study, like technology. This humble little corner of the internet which I have labeled Reduxology is my tribute to all aspects of the entertainment medias that have been recycled in one form or another, from one form or another. (Especially movies and television adapted from comic books, because it’s my website and that’s what I’m into…for more about that click here.)