Date of Award
Master of Arts in English Composition
First Reader/Committee Chair
This thesis attempts to better understand how film reboots empower fans by offering unique insight as critiques of the original texts and by displacing hierarchies amongst audience, critic, and author. My hypothesis is that reboots, as an act of adaptation, allow audience members of the original franchise to become authors, in this case screenwriters. By extension these screenwriters become critics by highlighting, expanding, or even disregarding themes found in the original film series. This complicates the reboot beyond a simple capitalistic venture to make money and invites us to consider the way they position and displace interactants to better foster critical engagement with works of art, specifically films.
Shepherd, Dustin L., "THE FUNCTIONALITY OF REBOOTS" (2017). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 580.