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It's Actually Our Fault

It's a moment of realization that causes great chagrin.  If you've ever caught yourself doing it, that's what chagrin actually feels like.  It's that moment when you realize that YOU'VE created or helped to create a situation you verbally complain about.
I've said it for years.  Hollywood is out of ideas, no one has any original ideas anymore, and everything these days is a remake or a sequel.  No one will take a chance on a new IP (that's Intellectual Property; and it's a common abbreviation that means a book, movie, or videogame that's not part of an existing franchise) anymore.  I love that there are authors like Jim Butcher and Brandon Sanderson still starting up new book series instead of just resting on and expanding their established ones.  I love that there are directors like Richard Kelly (who is hugely talented and creates must-see movies) and even M. Night Shyamalan (who is terrible and makes poorly written trash for dummies, but at least it's original trash) out there making new and original movies.  It's even worse in my geek pastime of video games.  For every independently developed interesting new IP game that comes out there's a hundred more AAA big studio developed shovelware sequels which are just the same game with a bigger number stapled on after the title.
3 was the sequel number of the year in 2011.  Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Killzone 3, Gears of War 3, Mass Effect 3, and F3AR (actually it's FEAR 3, but they did spell it F3AR on the box... so I pronounce it fuh-THREE-er.)  And with the exception of Mass Effect (which I never got into but have heard good things about) those games are all just shovelware garbage.  I hate them because I hate sequels and remakes.  Why can't people make new IP's anymore.  Are we just not creative anymore or all the ideas taken?
It's an argument I've made before, and loudly.  And it's an opinion I still hold.  However, I DO reluctantly get and understand the simple answer.  And every so often I the painful realization hits me... I'm part of the problem.  A straightforward, simple, and good explanation of the problem is discussed here in a Yahoo News feature.  But in short, we are the problem.  The audience WANTS sequels and remakes, and rewards them with dumptrucks full of cash.  I complain about it, but what movies have I gone to see on opening weekend this year?  The Avengers (with 5 Marvel lead-in movies)  and the Dark Knight Returns (or Nolan's Batman 3.)  Video Games; it's just as bad.  My favorites of last year were Skyrim (the Elder Scrolls 5) and Zelda: Skyward Sword (basically Zelda 8.)
So I really don't have any room to complain about originality.  But I want to be a part of a solution, as opposed to just being a part of the problem.  Unfortunately I'm not talented enough to write my own new IP book, movie, or videogame... so I need to do something else.  So I'll get the ball rolling on something we could all do.  In the comment section below, suggest your favorite new IP.  Something you've seen in the last couple of years that's not a sequel, prequel, remake, or reboot.  Something new we can all see and something to remind us that creativity still exists.
I'll even go first.  At the Palace recently I saw "Cabin in the Woods."  This is another movie from Avengers director Joss Whedon, and I really enjoyed it.  It does re-use the whole "cabin in the woods" cliché horror movie theme... but it does it on purpose and is 1 part self-parody, 1 part totally unpredictable, 1 part Lovecraft horror, and ALL AWESOME.  Lots of blood and gore, decent (heh) amount of profanity, nudity and sexual situations, and loads of graphic violence so... not for everybody.
But definitely for me.

Oh, and I'd like to add GO TEAM USA.  I was really disappointed in the lack of results on the poll I put on the Steve and Ted Facebook page about the Olympics.  Well I love this country and I salute and cheer on its athletes.  I'd like to think that fellow conservatives (who make up the majority of KNSS listeners) would be a little more patriotic.  But then again, it's not the first example of "selective patriotism" I've seen.

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