Frequently maligned as a sign of the “lack of imagination” or “unoriginality in Hollywood," sequels have pretty much become accepted, and even expected, by moviegoers, especially after some of them turned out to be better than the originals. Even more frequently disparaged than sequels are reboots, a relatively new term to describe the creation of a new film continuity within an existing, established franchise. Producers may believe they are “refreshing” the franchise for a new audience, but many moviegoers feel like reboots are “ruining” their “childhood memories," with inferior products that push Hollywood dangerously close to “peak suck.”
Like sequels, reboots are not inherently bad. Much of the problem – and fan pushback -- revolves around the movies and franchises that Hollywood chooses to reboot: popular, successful films that many feel are perfect just the way they are. After all, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it,' right? After all, there are plenty of broken movies that could be fixed by a reboot without risking the ire of fans by messing with their sacred cows. In fact, just in the 1990s alone, there are so many movies with original concepts that could have led to great films, that they almost scream “reboot!”
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