Thursday, August 06, 2009

BitchBuzz: Repetition

My latest piece for BitchBuzz is all about repetition, i.e. our addiction to sequelitis. I manage to name check the Fall, Clive Barker and Doug Bradley. Pretty good record for this vicinity:

"This is the three Rs, the three Rs," Mark E. Smith sang back in the late seventies, "Repetition, repetition, repetition."

I think that's become the theme of the naughties.

Of course it was already a trend ingrained in the minds of Hollywood moguls (if I can be forgiven for using the word "mind" in that context). Whether television or film, the sure-fire fall-back position has been repeat what worked before. Someone bought the straight to DVD Hellraiser: Hellworld (presumably), the eighth in a series which began in the late '80s and is about to be rebooted again.

Saw VI. Live Free or Die Hard. Star Wars III. Ernest Goes to Camp (Jail, Africa).

We dig repetition, apparently.


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6 comments:

Todd Mason said...

Of course, these days you could also dig up Georgette Heyer to reanimate her to dig up Austen, and I'm sure there are pre-eminent Regency writers today who will be held up as benchmarks at a tertiary level in knowledgeable circles.

As Chairman Pound commanded, and he knew how to Command, "Make it new." But, yes, you'll more often do better financially if you don't make it Too New.

K. A. Laity said...

HA HA HA -- I love Georgette! I first learned about her from Stephen Fry. And Regencies sell very well yet.

I have to learn how to do this. I'm tired of being Marmite (i.e. an acquired taste that not everyone wants to acquire).

Todd Mason said...

And, of course, Heyer produced quite a body of cozyish mystery fiction, as well. I first became aware of her because of her fandom within sf/fantasy fandom, who would hold (wait for it) Heyer Teas during some 1970s conventions.

FROM MARMITE TO CRUMPET: THE KATE LAITY LITERARY ODYSSEY

K. A. Laity said...

HA HA HA -- I'd buy that book. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Heyer is quite charming. I haven't read any if the mysteries. Austen has inspired many. People always said Barbara Pym was in the same vein. Not sure I'd agree exactly but I do enjoy her (too few) books. I remember laughing out loud while reading in the lounge at the School of Public Health.

Enid Wilson said...

The photo is pretty scary, K.A., but sure draws readers' attention.

Bargain with the Devil

K. A. Laity said...

Thanks, Enid!

And for those who are unfamiliar with it, here's a (poor quality) version of "Repetition" live.