You’re remaking WHAT?!?

A few days ago, I heard that some media company (I don’t remember what one) is looking to remake the movie “Heathers” into a TV series.

… I’m still not sure how they would go about doing this!

For those that don’t know, Heathers is a movie that came out in the late ’80s which focused on high school cliques. The main characters – played by Winona Ryder and Christian Slater – essentially embark on a spree of killing off their fellow students and making it look like suicides. The movie culminates with a plot to bomb the school during a dance. I won’t spoil it by saying whether or not they succeed. Incidentally, this was all depicted as a comedy!

Now, the movie was entertaining at that time (and did succeed in being extremely funny), but I can’t possibly see how they could remake it and not make it stink. Events like Columbine and Sandy Hook has made the idea of guns on campus a very hot-button topic. After all, you can’t even eat a Pop-Tart without getting suspended. And many people will tell you that joking about suicide is never a laughing matter.

So why would Heathers work in the ’80s, but have “bad idea” all over it now? I think it’s because times have changed so much over the past  28 years. (Seriously? 28 years? I’m getting old….) You can see similar responses to Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn.” Back in 1885, the dialogue and situations were a lot different. Using the “n” word was commonplace, and slavery was still fresh on a lot of minds so soon after U.S. Civil War. Now, the book is one of the most banned and censored books in the country, precisely because of its depictions of race and the language used. And keep in mind that Twain wrote the book partially to focus on the problems with racial depictions of African Americans!

I see similar problems with Heathers. I don’t see how they could try and pull off an entire TV series based on the movie without sanitizing it so much that it becomes little more than another bland high school drama. When I was talking about this with one of my fellow bloggers, Reba Poland, she did mention that they could go the “South Park” route – in other words, they know that they’ll end up offending someone, so why not try and offend everyone?

I suppose it doesn’t matter too much, since I generally only watch what pops up on Netflix, anyway. But it got me thinking about how much culture and society can change over the decades. Perhaps something I write now may become a controversial, banned story in the future – not because I intended it to be controversial, but simply because that’s how society went.

It’s bound to sell some books, at least.


Proud Papa Moment

I had planned on writing about something else for my next post, but a discussion that I had with my 12-year-old daughter last night interrupted that.

We were driving to a church event and we were talking about the animated show Animaniacs, which has just been added to Netflix earlier this month. As the conversation flowed, I eventually started talking to her about Ronald Reagan. (How’s that for a bizarre transition? Sometimes you never know where conversations will lead!)

Me: One of the things that Reagan said was “A rising tide lifts all ships.” Do you know what means?

Her: No.

Me: Basically, that if something is good for one group, it could be good everyone. One of the things that Reagan did was cut taxes for businesses. So basically, businesses paid less in taxes to the government, and were allowed to keep more of their money. Do you think that’s a good thing, or a bad thing?

Her: I think it’s a good thing.

Me: Why is that?

Her: Well, that means the business would be able to invest in their own business. They could build more buildings.

Me (impressed that my 12-year-old daughter understands the meaning of the word “invest.”): That means that the businesses could hire more people, or pay their employees more. That’s pretty good, isn’t it?

Her: I think so.

So my wife and I must be doing something right with her education. We haven’t even discussed economics with her, and already she knows more than a lot of politicians and voters in this country. Perhaps common sense isn’t as rare as we think.


Not the flippers! Anything but the – OW!

I feel like I need to apologize to my readers here. And I do thank all of you for reading and keeping up with my thoughts!

But it’s been quite some time since I’ve published a post, and here I was trying to be good and do one post every day or every couple of days. But lately, I’ve been feeling like life is a pinball machine. But I’m not the one controlling the flippers – no, I’m the ball. It seems like there are a bunch of things that I’ve been juggling a the same time, and most of them don’t involve writing.

(Well, I did get a church newsletter done. And a couple of game reviews. But that’s all the writing I’ve had time for.)

So I’m hoping to dedicate more time to writing, and blogging from this point out. And, hopefully some freelance editing!

Yes, I would like to start my own freelance editing business. But I’ll need to do a bit more research first. I’ve never run a business before, and frankly that seems to be the biggest hurdle to this new endeavor. The editing portion would be the easy part. Trying to do business taxes and all the other math thingies is what has me hesitant about taking the plunge!

Numbers aren’t my friend. My calculus grades are a testimony to that.

But if things start moving more in that direction, I’ll be sure to tell you. Who knows? You could be one of my customers in the future! I won’t let you down!

I just don’t have my “Open” sign turned on yet.

I hope to have more to present in the next few days as well. Like I said, there has been a lot going on, including the construction of a greenhouse, and the loss of a family pet. But those are topics for another time.

Now its time to bounce around the playing field some more. I hope the player doesn’t hit the multiball bonus again. That hurt last time.