After being invited to be on a panel last year at Comic Con in London, this Sunday I get do it again! This time I'll be talking about BookTok with authors Travis Baldree and Tasha Suri. More info here.
Nobody ruined your childhood
Every few months a new version or sequel or whatever of older IP (film, tv show, comics, whatevs) is released and certain people come out of the woodwork to raise holy hell (aka whine) about it. "They've ruined my childhood." "They've made it woke." "The writing is bad." (this last one isn't the writing, it's the fact that character X is now female or not white, etc., etc., but pointing to the writing is a way of pushing the blame somewhere else)
Fact is, if you were a kid when you first engaged with this story, you didn't necessarily fully "get it". There were likely messages or references going on that either passed right by you or you didn't fully understand, but they were there, because they were created by adults. Now that you're an adult, you see the themes or the references. It's you who has changed, not the material, not really. And new kids now will watch these same stories and also might not get all of the levels of what's going on.
Also, the creators of whatever new version or sequel grew up with these stories, too, and are putting their spin on them now. They lived with these stories and lived with those themes, same as you. Stories evolve because we grow up.
Mostly thoughts on writing and the creative life.