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So I stumbled across this awesome post about the White Swan/Black Swan game months ago (January?) thanks to my beloved Jezebel, and bookmarked it because I enjoyed it so much. In cleaning up my bookmarks today, I ran across it and chuckled all over again.
I’ve decided to share it mostly because I wanted to do my own “White Swan/Black Swan” pairing, thanks to a recent random rekindling of my longtime love (or obsession, whatever!) of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
But enough talk..!
Also, because it’s maybe the hottest 7 seconds of television I’ve ever seen, here you go…
The “hot topic” section in my new 3 Chicks Review Comics podcast with Sue of DC Women Kicking Ass and Maddy of When Fangirls Attack! was about a Buffy film remake sans Joss Whedon, and tangentially the lack of a Wonder Woman film. Sue made an excellent point that perhaps Hollywood didn’t care much for the existing fan base and was simply trying to capture the “Twilight” audience with a Buffy remake, and I think she’s right. But reading this piece from the LA Times, confirms my suspicions that Hollywood is totally deluded about the Buffy fanbase that exists and what it wants.
This quote by Charles Roven (a producer involved with Batman Begins) is so misinformed and ignorant about the Buffy fanbase that it’s hard to have confidence in anyone involved: “There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return…”
Um. No. There IS an active fan base, but it’s in love with a character and world created by Joss Whedon (and his devoted team of actors, writers, and producers) and that character and world WILL NOT be reproduced in a re-vamped movie. Anyone remotely interested in this, please keep in mind that as I understand it nothing you love of the television show: Willow, Xander, Anya, Oz, Angel, Spike, Wesley, Riley, Cordelia – even Giles will exist in this remake. Those are creations of the television show, not the film – the film has no rights to those characters. Buffy and the slayer concept is the sole hold over from the movie to the television show (everything from the city Buffy lives in, to her Watcher is different), and Buffy and the slayer concept sound as if they will be the sole hold over to the new film. And I think most of us agree, that as much as we love Buffy, that she’s not much without those other characters.
Is it possible that new writer will be able to come in and build a great new supporting cast and storyline around a retooled Buffy? Sure. But in order for it to be good and not feel like a complete rip off of the television show it’s going to have to be so different from the original…that I’m not sure why WB is bothering? Why not just come up with something NEW? If Ms. Whit Anderson has such a fresh interesting take on these things, why not just let her create something new…is that so unfathomable? Why try to co-opt something fans love and want preserved respectfully in its original form and via its original creators instead of just creating something NEW to capture those young “Twilight fans”? There are infinite vampire stories to be told – some of them are even good – why not go there instead of disrespecting something that already owns its place in the world.
I also have to say, as a writer who, like Ms. Anderson, grew up on Buffy (and based on the article she clearly proclaims a loves and respects for Buffy), I would NEVER deign to even touch Buffy without Joss Whedon’s okay. And I find it a little hard to believe that Ms. Anderson respects and loves the material as she purports but is also more than willing to go against Whedon’s wishes and do this remake that shuts out all original creators. There’s an argument to be made that if Anderson doesn’t do it someone else will…and that’s totally valid, and is probably just one more reason why I’m not crazy successful and rich. Doing the right thing…it doesn’t usually make you rich, what can I say?
Anyway, if you have any doubts about the fan base Warner Brothers…take a look at the comments on the LA Times piece…332 and counting, and they swing wildly toward the negative.
I for one, don’t believe in Buffy without Joss (and maybe not Joss without Buffy? Whoa…just blew my own mind) and will be boycotting for sure. And probably talking about it…a lot. Prepare yourselves.
My review of The Walking Dead is up on The Best Shows You’re Not Watching.
I gave the episode more of the benefit of the doubt in this review (or didn’t go into as much detail), but if you’re curious why the show didn’t rile up my feminist hackles more strongly, I urge you to check out this week’s She Has No Head! column, which is about 10 Women Of The Walking Dead and talks a little more about those issues, both in the comics and the premiere episode.
In honor of the premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC last night, I did a post about 10 interesting women of The Walking Dead.
That’s right, AMC has officially picked up The Walking Dead, the Frank Darabont adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s fantastic apocalyptic zombie comic book – The Walking Dead. I’m officially WAY too excited about this. I’m going to need to bring my expectations down to realistic levels.
In case you missed it (and I’m totally talking to you Darabont!) check out my casting picks from a couple months ago.
My post about the hilarious new animated version of The Ricky Gervais Show is now up on Best Shows You’re Not Watching. Check it out.
My review of the premiere episode of HBO’s new series How To Make It In America is up on Best Shows You’re Not Watching. Check it out. Thanks!
Thanks to Jezebel for alerting me to this new ad by Planned Parenthood in response to the Tebow ad running during the Superbowl. The ad is respectful, informative, and open to personal freedom, like the Pro-Choice movement itself, which I’ve never understood why…continues to be vastly misunderstood.