March 13th, 2012


An Indulgence

The one time poet laureate, Andrew Motion, has written a sequel to Treasure Island entitled Silver, which will be released in August.

I have nothing against Motion, personally, but I must admit I sighed when I read this. It really is comparable to remakes in film, to prequels and sequels of films decades old, and is just another part of the remake generation of artists that I feel we've created and nurtured by allowing them to publish and film and print these half franchised creations. I feel, when I see something like this, that there is a slight on the creativity of the person working the sequel, that they are indulging in a childish indulgence, allowing themselves to create without applying to themselves the strict attention to detail and creativity that creation requires. In short, they are lazy in their intent and their ability.

Still, I suppose now I can write Huck Finn Goes to Hell and make millions.