Ann Bartow informs us that the classic Internet idiocy, the Hamster Dance had a so-called sequel, although it doesn’t advance the plot at all and sounds worse without being funny. And now it has a remake. OK, the remake is less bad than the sequel, and even has a funny bit, but even so, why bother?
Are there any remakes in any medium that improve on the originals? All I can think of off the top of my head is Civ II, which I prefer to think of as an upgrade, anyway. (And Civ III was worse…). Please note that I do not count as a remake an adaptation, say of a novel to film, which is a whole different nest of snakes.
The rule for sequels being worse than originals isn’t as absolute as the rule for remakes–especially in literature which has seen many fine series such as the Forsyth Saga and the Aubrey/Maturin books–but it’s pretty strong too, isn’t it?