One of the podcasts that I listen to is put out by a guy who is apparently a big fan of Joss Whedon's Firelfy/Serenity. I was listening to an old episode the other day, which was created right about the time that Serenity was coming out in theaters, when he went off on this huge rant imploring people to go see Serenity. He listed reasons why you should, and I've boilded them down for you here.
Nearly every movie that comes out now is a rehash of some tv show, a remake of an existing movie, or a sequel to an existing movie franchise. He says that the concept behind Firefly/Serenity is unique, and unique concepts need to be rewarded. If everyone goes and sees Serenity, he reasons, they'll be able to make 2 MORE Serenity movies, thus upping the amount of unique movies to go see.
While I would agree with him saying we need more unique concepts, I think you kind of take the wind out of your argument's sails if the reason you want to see the unique thing do well is so you can have a bunch more things just like that unique thing. It isn't exactly unique anymore...
Also, even though the concept of Firefly is unique, Serenity is in fact based on a television series, and therefore can't be included in the first part of his argument either.
I'm all for spreading the word about neat things that you're a fanboy for, but don't try to sell them as if your motivation for sharing them with people is to change the world. If Serenity does well, it may spawn 2 or more sequels, but that will only add to the non unique movies to go see. Hollywood is not in fact a better place because of the success of your fanboy franchise.
That said, I eagerly await seeing Serenity and Firefly at some point, I'm just not going to get all worked up over it.
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