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    Reasons behind the success or failure of live-action remakes of popular anime

    Recently several popular anime shows have been remade into live-action versions, e.g. Death Note (in several versions), Itazura-na-Kiss, Dragon Ball Z, etc… Many have been either unsuccessful and disappointing to fans (the example that comes to mind is the Avatar the Last Airbender!) or, more recently, have engaged in the unfortunate cultural appropriation of characters aka "whitewashing". What is behind the apparent difficulty of successfully remaking these fantastic stories into live-action form – is it the difference in mediums? Is it idiosyncratic to the directors/creators? Is it pure coincidence that no examples of a successful adaptation in popular cinema/television come to mind, or is this a systematic trend?

    • Using examples from my own memory, I feel it is both medium and a disconnect between directors and fan-base that can result in a failed remake. Often times, it is the animation style that aids in both delivery and overall success. Also, sometimes directors/creators can miscalculate what aspects of a show are responsible for its success. For example, a show that gains popularity for its wit and character development can be poorly mistranslated so that the action aspect of the show overpowers other components. – BreannaWaldrop 7 years ago

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    LOVE that someone cared enough about this to write an article – I always thought there was something wrong with me for re-reading so often, so glad to know that there are people out there that do it to! I think it also depends on your reaction to the book for the first time – I loved Pride and Prejudice the first time and the ending is a happy one, so I’ve read it tens of times, but a series like Inkheart which I loved ended in an upsetting way so I haven’t wanted to re-experience that feeling! Also the kind of story definitely plays a part – if the plot relies on suspense, revelations, finding out who the culprit of a crime is, etc., this clearly won’t be accessible the second time around. But in a story like P&P and many Victorian novels the interesting bits are the minute details of conversations, witty exchanges, descriptions etc. so they remain available to the reader and deepen upon rereading.

    Why Reread Books? The Pros and Cons of Rereading

    The conflation of Fisher and Leia into a singular person is such an interesting/unique idea, but it’s one that immediately rings true! I think to some extent this happens to a small degree with any fictional character, but this one in particular is striking. It seems to develop especially in cases where a series continues to produce new films over several years/decades – e.g. the Harry Potter series, or Hara Setsuko who dominated Japanese cinema for quite sometime. However from the point of view of the actor this often presents a problem in the form of type-casting, so it’s nice to see that Carrie owned her role until the very end and enjoyed doing so!

    The Legacy of Princess Carrie

    So glad I’ve come across this piece as I’ve always wanted to be able to appreciate abstract art but didn’t quite know how or why it wasn’t intuitive! Giving examples of interpretations was really helpful too as I realised that it’s merely a form of abstract symbolism that we can interpret however we want – kind of like inkblot tests!

    Understanding Abstract Art