We live in a unique futuristic world, one where every new movie and television show is an adaptation of an existing book or comic, while audiences complain that nobody has any creativity and that each new iteration is an abomination compared to that which has come before (and then we watch the movies anyway.)  Still, it can lead to weird broken fan-bases where some herald Chris Pine as the one, true Jim Kirk, while others still can’t believe they made Starbuck so pretty.  As for me, I’m usually lukewarm to adaptations, though I enjoy most of the Marvel Cinematic offerings, the Flash television series and even the cartoon adventures of the Teen Titans.  Oddly, given the general fan hate, I even like the movie version of the Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To the Galaxy, with a likable Martin Freeman and some bold choices made by Sam Rockwell, Mos Def and Zooey Can’t-Spell-Her-Name.  It’s not a wonderful as the original novel, but it’s a genial little film, which leads us to today’s hoopy query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) doesn’t mind the changes in the film, given that every iteration of the Guide contains changes from the last, even Trillian’s love-interest upgrade, asking:  What pop culture experiences do you find yourself enjoying equally in different incarnations, as with the Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Doctor Dinosaur
    January 25, 2015 at 2:15 pm — Reply

    “The Batman” has been rather lucky hasn’t he?

    The animated stuff is praised, the video games have all been successful a few even getting “Game Of The Year” nods. And the films have been massively popular as well. Now if only we can get a stage show and some version of Batman (Not jut itty bitty Brucie) on TV and I think we can call it a day.

  2. Alisha
    January 25, 2015 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    Ha! The movie is just now ending here, so I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw todays question as the instrumental “So Long and Thanks for All the Fish” played. It is certainly something I’ve enjoyed across all mediums I’ve tried (the novels, the BBC mini-series and the film).

    Star Wars, for the most part. Sure, there are many entries I dislike (the prequels, the Ewoks films, some of the games, the Star Wars Transformers toyline, etc.), but what I do like seem to outweigh what I dislike by such a wide margin. Plenty of amazing toys and collectibles, an expansive amount of stories in comics, novels and cartoons, many enjoyable games (video games, tabletop RPGs, board games, card games, etc) and so on. Even the officially endorsed non-canon material such as the Family Guy Star Wars specials or Robot Chicken Star Wars specials are amazingly enjoyable.

    TMNT also works. I’ve been a fan of almost every incarnation across different mediums (Mirage, Archie, Image and IDW comics, various cartoons, several movies and so on) since I was first introduced to the turtles by the 1980’s cartoon.The only entry I find myself really disliking is “The Next Mutation”, but even that allowed for a cheesy yet amusing team-up with the Power Rangers.

    The Tick. Gods help me, I even enjoyed the live-action series.

    Dungeons and Dragons. With the exception of the first live-action movie, I can’t really think of an entry in the franchise I haven’t enjoyed to some degree. Between the classic tabletop RPG, plenty of novels spanning various settings, video games, the old cartoon and so on, I’ve been steadily enjoying D&D in one form or another for as far back as I can remember. Even the low-ish budget “sequels” to the live-action movie were enjoyable (the first sequel is technically tied to the first film with Damodar returning, but otherwise feels more like D&D than the first one did, and the third film was still better than the first).

  3. TheWolverine
    January 25, 2015 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    Pretty much anything Marvel. The MCU has been very good so far, I’m really enjoying the Lego Marvel Heroes game, and I have fond memories of the Marvel cartoons from the 80’s & 90’s. I still don’t know how I feel about the coming changes to the comics yet, but since it’s Marvel I have higher hopes than I do with the revolving door of reboots and resets from DC over the years.

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