What the Fangirl #6 – Remakes, Revivals and Reading

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This week we are talking about remakes, reboots and sequels in TV and film. We debate the reasons behind the trend and discuss whether there is any hope for the movie industry. (Alex says no, Bri thinks there might be!)

Then we turn our attention to television, where we briefly discuss Glee’s series finale and spot some new trends in series-enders. We revisit the ending of How I Met Your Mother and examine how we feel about it one year later. Finally, Bri updates us on the state of Young Adult fiction and Alex talks about what she is reading. See topics and specifics below!


Time Stamps

30s-2:39 NBC’s reboot of Coach

2:40-3:40 X-Files

3:40-4:58 Twin Peaks

4:58–5:20 What We Want Revived

5:30-8:30 Fast and Furious: why are there 7 sequels and plans for 4 more (caution, Alex has lots of opinions!)

8:30 -10:35 Bri explains movie marketing in the 21st century to Alex, using Furious 7 and Paul Blart Part 2

10:35-12:50 How franchises transfer power from movie stars and back to studios and producers

12:50-17:00 Biopics and indies like American Sniper and Foxcatcher still exist but…

17:00-20:00 Do not remake classic movies ever!

20:00-22:35 Disney live-action adaptations of their animated features

22:35-24:00 NBC’s The Wiz

24:00-25:35 Jurassic Park 5

25:35-33:30 Ghostbusters, The Last Unicorn, Star Wars

33:00-34:45 “I want my soaps revived!”

34:45-36:45 Do indie movies have a future?

36:45-38:20 Vacation

38:20-47:00 Following Up on Glee’s Demise and Wish Fulfillment Finales

(Also includes discussion of Parks & Rec, Sopranos, Parks & Recreation, St. Elsewhere, Seinfeld, Friends and more)

47:00-:11:00:44 Revisiting the end of How I Met Your Mother

1:00:45s -1:16:00 Books! Including Rival (Sarah Bennett Whealer), Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell), American Wife (Curtis Sittenfeld) and trends in Young Adult lit.


1:16:00 to End – We recommend Hulu’s Mascots and the movie Camp Takota, now streaming on Netflix.

Bri is the founder and co-editor of What the Fangirl. She loves chai lattes, Disney and fairy tales.

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