can the original be improved upon?

What does this…


and this…


and this…


have to do with this?


I know, it’s like a mean SAT game that doesn’t make sense in any other head but the creator’s own. Here’s what they have in common, though: Pete’s Dragon, Adventures in Babysitting and Ghostbusters are all favorite movies of mine from the late 70’s and 80’s being remade into new and improved 2016 films.

And Vinegar Girl is a newly-released novel by Anne Tyler, and also happens to be a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

So, the question remains: can the original be improved upon? 

Click here to read my review of Tyler’s novel over at Englewood Review of Books, and decide for yourself. I, for one, am sticking with Elisabeth Shue, but I’ll let you decide whether you’re a fan of the Shakespearean remake.

So, the original: can it be made better than before? When have you seen this true in books and movies? When has it failed horribly? 

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4 thoughts on “can the original be improved upon?

  1. I just hope that if they are going to include this in the remake they do it justice. I can’t imagine it being done better than the original.

    1. Oh, cool! I really, REALLY want to hear what you think of Vinegar Girl when you’re done with it. I’m particularly curious since you’re a big Tyler fan. Let me know!

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