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  •  I think caldera was pointing out that (0+ / 0-)

    Roots is assumed to be a reenactment of historical fact rather than a work of fiction. You didn't know it was fiction.

    With that in mind, fictional works are commonly remade. Why do you have an issue about this one being treated exactly like every other novel?

    •  at the time Haley (0+ / 0-)

      was claiming it was true history

      Because Haley discussed his massive research and claimed that the family accounts in Virginia and North Carolina were based on verifiable documented facts, critics were disconcerted when checking revealed that not to be the case. They could have accepted a novel and judged it on its own terms, but Haley claimed it to be "true".
      Add in that even the work of fiction plagerized from someone elses novel.

      Dishonesty on multiple levels. Really irritated me when i finally learned about it a few years ago. Seems most people still don't know the truth.

    •  Who said I had an issue with this being remade? (0+ / 0-)

      I just wanted a citation for a claim. Something I always ask for here because I learn something new with every link.

    •  Generally remakes (1+ / 0-)
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      of classic movies are abject failures. They were done right the first time, that is what makes them classics.

      I really don't want to see "Roots" remade from the Neo-Confederate, revisionist history point of view.

      •  I dislike them intensely. (0+ / 0-)

        I can't remember one remake that came even close to the original in terms of quality. I'm sure there is one, but I can't recall seeing it.

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 08:22:36 AM PST

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        •  Of the TV show remakes (1+ / 0-)
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          only a few were as good as the originals. The Addams Family comes immediately to mind. Raul Julia, Angelica Huston and Christopher Lloyd were brilliant!

          •  I'll give ya that one, although it isn't a movie (0+ / 0-)

            remake.  I did enjoy those, for exactly the reason you mention.  The Get Smart remake wasn't too bad either.  Course I like Steve Carell.  Movie remakes are my bugaboo here, though.  

            A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

            by dougymi on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 10:45:11 AM PST

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            •  I can think of only one movie (1+ / 0-)
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              off the top of my head that was as good as the original, and that is Mel Brooke's remake of Jack Benny's "To Be, or Not Be".

              •  Not quite as good, but just fine (0+ / 0-)

                The Magnificent Seven, maybe.  I liked Seven Samurai just fine, but The Magnificent Seven fit our culture better. Plus the cast was great.  

                The Godzilla remake was watchable, but the kitsch of the original was hard to match.  

                pucklady brought up Ocean's Eleven, but I can't speak to that since I haven't seen the original.

                Maybe You've Got Mail (remade from the Shop around the Corner) because of casting, although Jimmy Stewart or Tom Hanks?  Six of one, half a dozen of the other....

                I'm sure there were others that were ok. It'd make an interesting diary.

                A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

                by dougymi on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 03:06:22 PM PST

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        •  How about Oceans 11? (1+ / 0-)
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          I think the remake is much better than the original.

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