Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bates Motel and Icons

I'm watching Bates Motel, a wonderfully acted and written series and I find myself thinking about the inevitable conclusion, Psycho. Will they build and show to this conclusion? Is the movie so iconic that it shouldn't be retold?

This dilemma makes me think of the history of story telling, Odysseus and his adventures that were passed down orally, retold and added to with each generation. Does it become fixed once it is written down? Is it the nature of storytelling to modify? What is the time necessary between iterations? Does a story need to be original? A play could be acted out with different actors, different circumstances, for the Price of buying a copy of the play? Is it the medium of the story? Is it the money to be made from a specific, recent, iteration?