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Remake Paperback – January 1, 1995
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Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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She develops her characters only to a limited extent, an unusual tactic for Willis that she may have intended to tie in to the superficial movie world of "faces." Even so, as I read, I ended up caring very little about what happened to the primary characters themselves. The narrator Tom's actions are haphazard and seem to lack a unifying emotion, and his relationship with Alis contains so very little that I had trouble understanding what reason she had for becoming angry with him at all.
In addition, the majority of the profanity did not contribute in any way, rendering it annoyingly gratuitous.
And, finally, I confess I failed to detect a viable theme. The closest contender I saw would go something like: "Don't let anything, even impossibility itself, stop you from doing what you want to." Since that statement says nothing proactive about the human condition, I doubt it is the one Willis had in mind; still, it was all I could find.
I finished reading the book solely because I am a confirmed Willis fan. If I decide to read it again, I probably will change my mind and re-read _To Say Nothing of the Dog_ or _Bellwether_.
There may be another silver lining in that we got three novellas that might otherwise not have existed, and it is a format that Connie excels at, and a format that, rarely, is as financially rewarding. This is the second of the three that I have read (I also commented on Bellwether). It is not a screwball, per se, which is somewhat surprising given that it is about movies. It does, however, contain that signature Willis humor.
Tom is a poor student at the UNC film school, who has to moonlight as a film "editor" to pay his tuition. I have to put editor in quotes, because this is the future, where movies are not made but remade with digitized famous actors. Into this walks Alis, a "face" who confides to Tom that she wants to dance in the movies.
Like many of Connie's stories, this one plays with the concept of time-travel, although the one-way trip into film nostalgia here is an unusual twist. If this was made into a film, the likely category it would fall into is romantic comedy, although comedy and tear-jerker aspects are there. Think of it as Willis' Jerry Maguire.
The novel is structured something like a treatment for a movie script (possibly a hypermodern, science fiction remake of Casablanca), and the first-person narrator shows his obsession with old movies by constantly referencing classics by Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, and Alis's favorite dancer, Fred Astaire. This is not another tightly knitted time travel story along the lines of Willis's irresistible To Say Nothing of the Dog. The sci-fi/fantasy aspects of the story are extremely hard to follow and may ultimately prove disappointing to fans of such, and the humor tends to fall flat more often than not.Read more ›
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Though I'm not sure of the exact spot in the sequence this lies, "Remake" fits into Connie Willis' time travel sequence. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael Glaviano
Connie Willis always provides a good plot and decent character developement. And, do you REALLY want to live back in the "days"?Published 20 months ago by Sharon Nichols
This book is quite prescient for its publication date (1996), anticipating a Hollywood obsessed with nostalgia, churning out endless reimaginings of old hits, with explorations... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michelle R. Wood
Love Connie Willis, especially her time travel books, but this was not her strongest work. Kind of odd and not that compelling.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is well done, but not as interesting as the most recent Willis books about WWII and the London Blitz.Published on August 11, 2013 by P. Hartman
I have read several of her books, and liked most of them. I kept waiting for the plot to begin in this one, and saw "the end" before the plot started. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Fyfee
Willis clearly loved researching the history of the film and especially musical film. Her sense of humor and her technical grasp of the modern digital regime make for a really... Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by Amazon Customer
It's a concept that seems all too probable--Hollywood studios producing "new" remakes of great old movies, using digital images of iconic stars and few actual live actors. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by C. Robinson