Unfortunately, all four R's are now loosely referred to as "reboots." Now, it seems, we've even become lazy in referring to different kinds of lazy re-dos in popular entertainment.
So, what exactly is a "revival" and how does it differ from a "reboot?"
Townsel's Unabridged Dictionary defines both terms as follows:
Reboot - Same character(s), different (usually younger) actor(s), do-over from the beginning.
Revival - Same characters(s), almost always same actors as before, continuation from the stopping point of the original series run (sometimes many years later).
Still confused? Not surprising, since the networks and entertainment media continue to use the wrong terminology. Here are a few examples of recent and upcoming "revivals" that have been referred to as "reboots."
Roseanne (soon to be known asThe Conners) - Same cha...
Writers Digest is the premiere periodical and website for aspiring and professional authors. Part of the services the editors provide to writers is to enter competitions in a variety of categories and genres. Through the process, the writer gets valuable comments from the judges on his or her work.
Last year, I published The Unfriend Zone, which I entered into two Writers Digest competitions. I'm happy to share the critiques from the two judges.
Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
This patient plot tells the fantasy story of a mysterious iPad that takes over the protagonist’s life and proves deadly in the process. The author unfolds a somewhat slow-moving story, not unlike something Poe might conceive, only modernized to today’s social media and Internet devices. The malevolent energy inside the iPad is clearly a threatening entity, and the plot makes good use of that. The narrative is mostly conversation and short paragraphs of prose with a few excerpts of email...
This is not my typical blog posting, but I wanted to share this with my family, friends and followers. This seemed like a good place to do so. There are two people who have inspired my "state of the art" most significantly, and they are my mom and dad.
My father, Joe Wesley Townsel, passed away 32 years ago today. Nevertheless, I have been visited by him many times since. Most recently was a few years ago while I was recovering from a serious illness. I wanted to write about that visit, but was unsure how. Then, a few months ago, I realized how I wanted to memorialize this most amazing event in my life. The poem below is the result of that revelation.
Whether you read this as a close family member or friend, who can relate to what I experienced, or you read this as a simple moving story told in verse, I hope you enjoy it.
My drowning pool is but the size of a grave,
Its waters engulf me, the killing tides cascade,
As I struggle against death, I wonder if I’m worthy to save,
Season Seven of "The Walking Dead" is a wrap, but it remains a hot topic of discussion on the fanboy sites. Probably because it's been, by far, the most controversial season of the hit series (even before it got started).
Surprisingly, many of the plot points and characters of the TV show that have divided fans (extreme and casual alike) are based on the most popular era from the source material: the comics.
Frankly, I don't get it why Season Seven has gotten (and continues to get) such a bad rap. Maybe I'll understand it better if I address some of the more common criticisms head on:
How dare they end Season Six with a cliffhanger?
I mention this first, because it is by far the most baffling. The producers of the show have taken so much guff about last season's cliffhanger that they clearly felt compelled to reassure viewers that Season Seven would not conclude the same way.
Why are cliffhangers off limits to "The Walking Dead?" Counting the minutes to see how our hero escaped im...
Today, it's all about the big game. But after the last post-game show is over, and Super Bowl LI highlights run their course on the 11:00 news, we can all still find post-season thrills in the many football-themed movies from the last several decades. Many football classics are also all about the big game. Classic football movies that lead up to the exciting climax of the big game? Far too many to list here.
Others give us inspiration as we follow the journeys of the players off the gridiron. In this blog entry, I'll concentrate on the latter category. Here a few of my personal favorites.
Note: Most of the following films have been out for many years, but just in case: Possible spoilers ahead.
A great example of a football movie that uses the gridiron as a backdrop to explore the lives of its extraordinary characters. There isn't anyone who grew up in a small town, who wondered if there might be more to the world beyond thos...
What better way for me to celebrate Friday the 13th by launching my new book? What better way for you to celebrate by reading it?
Now available - The Unfriend Zone - the first full-length novel by me, Joe Townsel (your friendly neighborhood author, cartoonist and blogger). Also inside, a bonus short story - The Maniac in the Mirror. Enjoy on your favorite e-reader for only 99 cents! Are you a little apprehensive about reading about a possessed tablet while actually holding yours? For only $5.00, you can hold the paperback in your hot little hands!
The Unfriend Zone
What would you do if a secret admirer gave you a most remarkable tablet? A tablet that seemed to repair broken friendships and fix unrequited romances, just by using its social media app, "The Friend Zone." Could you resist the temptation to change your fate? Just a little?
The Maniac in the Mirror
Have you ever wondered if the person looking back at you from the mirror had a hidden agenda? What if that person wondered the same t...
Dusting this off should produce great remakes/reboots/rehashes for a new generation. Right?
Is Hollywood really running out of ideas? Maybe. But why should Hollywood be any different than this year's presidential candidates? (Just kidding. Sort of.)
Or maybe Hollywood is not running out of ideas. At least in terms of repackaging and rebranding.
Maybe it depends on the medium. If we're talking television, many viewers consider this to be a new golden age of the good ol' boob tube. However, if we're talking movies, it seems (especially in summer blockbuster season), that a lot of stuff playing on the silver screen is creatively bankrupt.
Then again, there's a lot of interesting, original cinema out there (at least at Oscar consideration time). And, there's an abundance of "been there, done that" TV.
Okay, I've got a headache already. But let's take a look at some examples.
If at first you succeed, remake, remake again.
Roger Ebert put it best: Don't remake good movies. Remake bad ones, and make...