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11 May 2016 @ 05:52 am
From Both Sides Now  
Here is an idea for a gender-reversed action movie. A milder effort in that direction is the forthcoming Ghostbusters movie, the trailer for which is the most hated one in cinematic history.

Miller’s Law says that in order to understand what another person is saying, you must assume that it is true, and try to imagine what it could be true of. So I’m going to ignore the “eeeuww, girl cooties!!!” part of that reaction and try to talk to those who just feel that a precious memory from younger days has been messed with.

I had a similar feeling with the rebooted* Star Trek. I am totally in favor of fanfic with one exception. If people want to write XXX K/S stories, good for them, unless they have the power to declare their fic official, as J.J. Abrams did with his. So I practiced the Healing Power of Denial. The Abrams fanfic took place in an alternate reality, and we still had the original.

Try it, Ghostbusters fans. Just as Hollywood could not ruin James M. Cain’s books because they remained unchanged on his shelves, you still have the Ghostbusters you saw, and you don’t have to worry about the alternate ones.

*Remember what boot meant in Animal House?

ETA: Those who appreciate such things tell me that Abrams’s Trek was a good sci-fi action adventure for those who didn’t know or could ignore the source. Thus it made sense to turn his undeniable talents loose on a franchise that did not have a long and honored tradition of intellectual and character depth for him to excrete upon. It worked.
browngirl on May 11th, 2016 12:56 pm (UTC)
Heh, in fact in-universe the new Trek movies take place in an alternate continuity, maybe as a peace offering. More generally, this is a very wise idea, which for some reason some people never seem able to take up, as if stories were Immortals and there could be Only One.
Avram Grumer: Post-It Portraitagrumer on May 11th, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
They’re canonically non-canonical!
Sharon Kahndreamshark on May 12th, 2016 02:30 am (UTC)
I like the inverse spy movie, especially all the points where the token male is "inexplicably shirtless."

It made me think of my sainted dearly departed mother. Her favorite TV western back in the day was "Cheyenne," a ground-breaking hour-long show starring a big handsome hunk named Clint Walker. I wasn't sure why she liked this show in particular until she remarked, "Isn't it strange how Cheyenne always ends up losing his shirt at least once per episode?" (Mom! I was like, 10 years old and hadn't really noticed).