The rise of the fictional franchise and the decline of the stand-alone work

Decades ago, if a book was written or a movie was produced, the writer or filmmaker could only hope that their work would have a sequel, remake, or adaptation into some other form of media. Nowadays, any fictional work seems to possess potential to be expanded into a fictional franchise. Has this trend reduced the quality/nostalgic feel of the original classic stories? Or can the expanded franchise be seen as a way of paying tribute to the original work?

  • It really depends. If the remake/sequel is well thought out and developed then yes it can be a tribute. Unfortunately, I think a lot of remakes or sequels are done to capitalize on the original fanbase and make money off an already existing idea instead of painstakingly creating a new one that may fail. – Tatijana 7 years ago
  • Perhaps elaborate a bit more. An expansion is always a double-edged sword. Could always run the risk of ruining something perfect, or alternatively improve upon what was already good. – CalvinLaw 7 years ago
  • I think another good question to ask is 'Does the obsession with sequels force authors to drag out their story when it could be accomplished in a shorter, quicker paced single piece? Do you think this is leading to a decline in the quality of books/film, or do you believe it is re-energizing these entertainment fields?' – cocomelish 7 years ago

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