By Amanda Ann Klein,R. Barton Palmer

With sequels, prequels, remakes, spin-offs, or copies of winning motion pictures or franchises dominating movie and tv creation, it occasionally turns out as though Hollywood is incapable of constructing an unique movie or television express. those textual pluralities or multiplicities—while enjoyed by way of enthusiasts who flock to them in droves—tend to be brushed aside by means of critics and students as markers of the dying of excessive tradition. Cycles, Sequels, Spin-offs, Remakes, and Reboots takes the other view, surveying a variety of overseas media multiplicities for the 1st time to explain their value for audiences, commercial practices, and well known culture.

The essays during this quantity supply a vast photograph of the ways that cinema and tv have used multiplicities to streamline the construction approach, and to capitalize on and take advantage of viewer curiosity in formerly winning and/or sensational tale homes. a powerful lineup of proven and rising students speak heavily approximately different types of multiplicity which are not often mentioned as such, together with direct-to-DVD motion pictures made in Nigeria, cross-cultural jap horror remakes, YouTube fan-generated trailer mash-ups, and Nineteen Seventies animal revenge movies. They convey how contemplating the actual bonds that tie texts to each other permits us to appreciate extra concerning the audiences for those texts and why they crave a model of a similar tale (or personality or topic) over and over. those findings reveal that, faraway from being lowbrow artwork, multiplicities are literally doing very important cultural paintings that's very beneficial of significant study.

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