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In Which Your Correspondent Is Filled With Indefinable Unease

John Scalzi reboots Little Fuzzy. Yes, really.

I am torn between thinking "that could work" and "that is an awful idea.". I guess the major difference is that traditional reboot targets, i.e. movies and tv shows, are the products of many, many people: writers, actors, directors, editing, music, and so on. Yes, there are those media creations that are
associated with individuals *cough*Whedon*cough*, but they didn't write, direct, act every frame. And since there are so many people involved in a media production, reinterpretation seems much less disrespectful. And out of the media SF world it happens a lot as well. New productions of Shakespeare (for example) are performed every year, with various levels of success. And everyone agrees that's a good thing (if they like Shakespeare).

And yes, it's true that writers get edited. The writer learns that his or her genius plot has a hole in it the Queen Mary could sail through, sure, and they have to rewrite. And good: God bless editors and first readers and all the others who help get the words right. But generally, creating a novel is a solitary affair. It's a personal vision. So frankly, to me, taking a original novel's characters and plot and reinterpreting them as another novel seems wrong. I don't think novels are sacred unalterable works, but it does seem vaguely disrespectful.

I say all of this, of course, but I also realize it really does depend on how it's done. True, it's a good sign Piper's estate signed off on it, and I'm perfectly willing to give Scalzi the benefit of the doubt here. He's a hell of a writer. If he finds a publisher to place it with, I'll pull it off the shelf and take a look.

But man, something about this enterprise just seems vaguely wrong.