Am I the only one out there who's irritated with Hollywood's lack of originality?
It seems that hardly any new stories are coming out anymore. They are all supheroes, children's books, sequels or other comics cooked up for the silver screen.
There is nothing wrong with adapting these and making sequels and such... It's just when that's all that there is to choose from it makes me, as an avid film-watcher, bored as hell.
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of seeing superheroes on the screen yet again, and as great as The Golden Compass is, it's a book adapted for the screen, as well as Harry Potter and Eragon and a number of others. Child doesn't know they have strange/mystical powers/are the chosen one. Child finds out they have strange/mystical powers/are the chosen one. Child discovers self. Child almost gets their ass kicked and gets saved by psychologically important third party. Child goes on to learn how to use powers better. Child saves world. Seriously, I love the HDM trilogy, I really do and I see a lot of points of originality and mold-busting in the fact that it directly confronts the oppression of religion and authority. But in the end, it is another book about an amazing child protagonist who learns to save the world.
I'm tired of Disney raping and re-hashing their great library of golden classics for half-baked and unimaginative sequels animated in choppy Flash by outsourced animators. I'm sick of them buying out any animation company that might even think of rivalling them, and then, Borg-like, assimilating them, working them to death and sucking all the originality and life from them, forcing them to fit into the conservative republican image. Animation has gone down to a sickeningly decrepit degree, in film and television alike. I look back to features produced by the masters such as Osamu Tezuka, and marvel at the quality of work produced even in those days when equipment was hard to come by and in a country still making a comeback economically. I switch on the television and see the latest crap slap-dashedly done in Flash and I retch. What are we feeding our kids visually?
I'm tired of seeing the latest slasher film done again and again and again, to the point where the damn killer himself is dead and they still manage to do another film in the same series.
I'm tired of American screenwriters snatching concepts from Japan and re-writing, re-casting and re-hashing the same thing with some prettier effects.
I'm tired of the same romantic/situational comedy/"go-grrl"/bumpkin bullcrap that keeps getting pumped out under the 'feel-good' premise. The world doesn't work like that. The ugly chump doesn't get the hot girl. Not everything works out in the end. Not everyone is there in the end. Not all the time.
I want to see something new. I want to see a great, multi-million dollar production with amazing talent and sound and effort invested into an entirely new world with new characters and new concepts that have never been seen before in any format, be it book, series, comic, celebrity or internet web-comic. I want to get to know a new idea of characters and the setting they're in entirely from scratch, from the images and dialogue presented to me. I don't want to be able to go home and reference the comic or the book to see how 'faithful' it is. I want to go home and go onto the forums dedicated to it and speculate and create and add to the world by thinking about it.
And that's what I'm gonna do.