A Rant Against Reboot Mania

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

This is a rant against reboots. Not the fact of their existence, but the fact that people keep using that term to mean any new version of a previous text. Look, the fact that they are making a new Conan movie does not make it a reboot. The movie was an adaptation of a story and I’m sure that they won’t be following the original movie any more closely than the original movie followed some of the original Robert E. Howard stories. Calling it a reboot would be like calling every remake of The Hound of the Baskervilles a “reboot” of Sherlock Holmes. This is especially true of franchises that were originally something else (story, play, comic, etc.), but applies to other things as well. If Spy Kids is remade it won’t be a reboot, m’kay? (No, really, I saw it here – and I don’t care if Rodriguez himself calls it a “reboot” – it’s not.)

And yes, I’m looking at you Slice of SciFi–though you are by no means the only example of this increasingly annoying tendency.

So let’s all stop it please. Thanks.

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