Sequels— Remakes or Originals?

Have you ever sat down to read the next book in a series only to realize it’s the same story you previously read?

This question came to me while I was reading the novel, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th by Peter M. Bracke. As a huge fan of the series, I loved reading the interviews with the films’ producers, directors, actors, and more, but it was one part where they mentioned they were just remaking the same film over and over that caught my attention.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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4 Responses to Sequels— Remakes or Originals?

  1. I usually write by the seat of my pants as the story is told to me by my characters. Sure, their personalities and such are already written in notes, but how the story unfolds comes directly from them, so I never write the same way. As a reviewer for a couple of novel award events, my biggest issue comes from stories written with the same format. That drives me crazy and it does feel like I am reading the same story, by different people, but still the same beginning, middle and end. I just don’t think it’s fair to force this format on writers because those of us who read a lot may miss a good story because we are tired of reading the same story.

    • cpbialois says:

      I totally agree. It’s something I’ve noticed with writing classes. Everyone that goes to one writes like their instructor for a while, so maybe that’s where a lot of it comes from?

      Even when I write without a set plan, I try as much as possible to do something different with them. I’m a little paranoid about it and I honestly don’t know how much I’ve succeeded, but so far there haven’t been many complaints. lol

      It’s something I only really noticed since reading that book. Even Stephen King has a formula per se, but he keeps his stories fresh for the most part. I hope I can managethat when I’m 50 plus books in. lol

  2. Yeah, there are some important standards that should be present in writing, but mixing it up a little makes it more interesting. Or maybe I just like being a rebel. :o)

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