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Old 08-23-2019, 11:22 AM
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In which a remake, or new version, is better than the original

This idea could take many forms, book version to movie version, original to remake movie, and so on.

What got me started thinking was listening to Simon and Garfunkle's "Richard Cory". It was based on a poem by Edward Robinson. I've read the poem, and heard the music, and I think the song is better, more poignant at least. Both tell the same story of a seemingly happy and rich man who ends by shooting himself. But Simon and Garfunkle put a twist in by having the singer not get the point that Cory was sad inside, the singer still wants to be what he thought Cory was.

As to films, anyone actually read the book Jaws by Peter Benchley? An ordinary thriller, with the usual obligatory sex scene(Hooper and Mrs. Brody) Spielberg changed the plot and the characters(kept the shark though!) and made one of the best horror films ever, along with injections of humor and incredible suspense.

What are some other examples you can think of?
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