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Remake

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,511 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
Winner of more Hugo and Nebula Awards than any other science fiction author, Connie Willis is one of the most powerfully imaginative writers of our time. In Remake, she explores the timeless themes of emotion and technology, reality and illusion, and the bittersweet place where they intersect to make art.

Remake

It's the Hollywood of the future, where moviemaking's been comp
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ebook, 172 pages
Published October 21st 2009 by Spectra (first published December 1994)
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Megan Baxter
Most of the time, I love Connie Willis' books. Sometimes, though, they just never take flight. This was, unfortunately, one of the latter. It's not bad, there just wasn't enough meat there to sink my teeth into, and lacked that sense of either madcap frenzy or unbearable tension that some of her other works have had.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

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Brendon Schrodinger
I adore Connie Willis and I have trawled through her major and popular works with absolute glee. Now I'm left with the leftovers. The three-starers. And while it does hurt to say that a little, it is great to recognise that even those you worship have their no-so-greats. But it's also promising that the worst I have read from Connie is still three-star worthy.

'Remake' is set in the near future where Hollywood has gone so far up it's own ass that it is not making any new material at all. Well not
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fromcouchtomoon
A cliché of clichés is still cliché.
G33z3r
A Willis comedy Novella for movie lovers.

In the future, they don't film new movies anymore, they just reprocess old ones with new software, changing whatever faces, dialog & settings they want. At least, if the rights aren't "in litigation". The hero/narrator is currently processing a batch of films for "ILMGM", removing all Addictive Substances (including alcohol and tobacco.) So in Casablanca, maybe Rick will own an ice cream parlor? :)

Hero meets Alice at a Hollywood party. Her dream is to
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nks
Wavering between 3 and 4 stars on this one. Entertaining but a bit of a pop culture wank. Well put together, but not wildly wonderful. More on the blog later...
prcardi
Storyline: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Writing Style: 3/5
World: 5/5

Wow. I read for experiences like this.

Don't go looking for a summary or review. This is one of those that is best encountered without prior knowledge. If you're one of those that absolutely needs some sort of preview, accept this: (view spoiler).

What makes this work so amazing is its totality. Everything fit; everything was used. The details illuminate the world, the world is filled with
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Michelle R. Wood
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 into the effect new technology might have on entertainment and copyright law. But its dystopian trappings, meandering story, and flat protagonist undercut the book's potential. Throw in some very nineties-era projections of the future that now read as anachronisms, and you're left with a dated rather than timeless work. T ...more
Ainslie
My judgments of Connie Willis books are always a little unfair. Of her works, I read Doomsday Book first and loved it, and I come to every new read hoping it will be just as good as that masterwork. And some of them are: Blackout, All Clear, To Say Nothing of the Dog... I tend to like the books in that same time-travel universe established in Doomsday Book, while the more self-contained novels that satirize an industry or a genre - Uncharted Territory, Bellwether, and yes, Remake - I don't tend ...more
Mei
An easy read, and follows the themes which I find common with Connie Willis - some (a little) romance, time travel, disjointed experiences...someone commented that she has a terrible editor. I suppose I can see a little of that, but in any case it got me through four days of tube journeys (and nearly got me run over by a bus). Cautionary note to readers, it pays to look up from a book while crossing the street. I'd be a little disappointed however if it was this book that finally led to my demis ...more
Alex L.
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious because Willis was so clearly writing in the Made Up Words And Drugs Of The FUTURE! trend that happened in the 1990s, and I don't find that to be her strongest voice. Made up future-drugs are kind of a thing in cyberpunk, and this is a shot at cyberpunk that doesn't care about cyberpunk in the least. It cares about movies - or popular things, copyright - and time-travel, which is basically Willis through and through.

The themes of copyfighting are amazing, though; the plot hinges on Fra
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Laura
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I bought this at the used bookstore when I still have Doomsday Book sitting unread on my bookshelf, but I did, and I read it, and I enjoyed it. The three stars are only in relation to other Connie Willis novels, which isn't exactly fair, since a mediocre Connie Willis novel is still better than many other people's best novels. I liked the mystery aspect of it as well as the scifi world she created. But I ultimately don't think the book went anywhere. Still. Kept me going. But if ...more
Josh
Jul 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I once heard on NPR that there are plenty of examples of male novelists who write good women characters, but no examples of female novelists who write good male characters. Well, I think that Connie Willis does a pretty good job on her male characters. Willis is also the master of the bittersweet ending, which this book has. Although I like her books, I think that I might have to put off reading the next one because it is bound to be sad like all the rest.
Lisa Larkin
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Vel Veeter
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cbr-9
I don’t know if you remember this…
Remake by Connie Willis
but there was a small panic culturally in the early 90s when someone put like John Wayne or Humphrey Bogart in a commercial. I think it was Humphrey Bogart selling Diet Coke or something like that. There was a strong feeling that this would lead to old stars being in EVERYTHING and who knows what would happen then! Nothing would. Sure there were a few strange blips here and there where someone would pop up somewhere, but now we have Prince
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Faith
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, novella
3.5 really

I liked the premise behind this novella -- and it seems particularly interesting now, after Rogue One's digital recreations -- but while the novella was technically good I just didn't love it. (Except for Heada. Heada is the best).

It will be most successful for those who are movie buffs and familiar with the films, actors, characters, lines, and tropes referenced; I'm sure I missed some of the subtle humor there.
Kathleen
A lovely short read. I read it after watching La La Land, so it was a nice pairing for reveling in my love for musicals and dancing in the movies. Both leave you with the thought that it is an art that will live on.
Holli  Ronquillo
I usually love anything Connie Willis writes, but this one missed the mark. Slow storyline, unlikeable main character, and nothing much ever happens. Read one of her many other excellent books, but not this one.
grundoon
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 More a long novella than a novel – and its structure is much more her "consider this" short story style – a nostalgic take on a potential future Hollywood. Fun, bittersweet, Willis.
Danielle
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Carmelo Medina
Jul 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Connie Willis es de las mejores escritoras de cifi y tiene bastantes novelas memorables pero esta no me ha llegado (será que no soy lo suficientemente cinéfilo).
Professor
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clams
Recommended to me based on my love of film and my constant complaints about the latest remake, this book is not exactly what I expected it to be. Set in a near future (clearly of 1995 and not 2010, with it's constant references to Crays, "tape", and ILMGM) where "liveactions" are made anymore, just remakes of remakes of remakes with random dead actors inserted, the book is mostly about low-end people in the film industry-they seem to be students but the book was vague about it in a lot of ways-a ...more
Nicolas
Ce bouquin est une étrangeté, un extra-terrestre qu’on peut classer en SF à défaut de le classer ailleurs, mais qui a aussi peu à voir avec le reste que, par exemple, Marilyn Monroe et les samouraïs du Père Noël.
Pour raconter le bouquin sans dévoiler l’intrigue, le héros travaille comme cinématicien pour créer de nouveaux films à partir d’anciennes bandes retouchées (par exemple, Terminator avec Julia Roberts et Steeve McQueen) et, un beau jour, ce type découvre la femme qu’il aime en fond d’un
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Punk
Jun 14, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
SF. I love Connie Willis, but this book wasn't meant for me. It's a novella, and it's still good -- I think -- it just can't stand up to her full-length novels. As always, Willis' research is seamlessly incorporated into the narrative, but there's just not enough of it and the main character is so noir he's got no identifiable personality.

The book may have a few glitches, but it's still Connie Willis, and the futuristic Hollywood she creates is full of the details that make her writing so origi
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Glen Engel-Cox
It takes Willis a long time to write a novel, due to the incredible amount of research that she does for them. Of course, this is also one of the reasons why they are so good. In the early 1990s, her editor had a brilliant idea--why not write shorter novels? Connie, in a rare fit of insanity, agreed. The idea was crazy because she does the same amount of research for a novella as for a novel. If there was a silver lining in this cloud, it is likely the increased amount of shelf space that Willis ...more
Samantha Glasser
Connie Willis is my reading soulmate. Rarely does an author come along who book after book makes you feel that they know you and what is swimming in your mind. From my interest in history and time travel stories, to my odd fascination with the Titanic, and my obsession with old movies, Willis found a way to tap into my interests even before I knew they were my interests.

This book was great fun to read because I love old movies and Willis references many of them here, from classics like Casablan
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Kristin
This book was a bit different from Willis's other books I've read (The Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, and Passage). There was less of the frantic running around in circles that seems to characterize most of her books and more of an actual give and take of characters and an interesting plot that drew me to the end.

The blurb makes it sound as if the book was written in Alis's POV. It was actually from [ ] POV. [ ] is a tech-geek, who is hired by ILMGM to "remake" movies. As with most o
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Tomás Sendarrubias garcía
Al igual que "La Luna y el Sol", he llegado a Remake a través de la guía de Ciencia de Ficción de Miquel Barceló, y al igual que cuando terminé esa novela, me he quedado con la sensación de que no tenemos los mismos gustos.

En Remake, la escritora Connie Willis nos trae una novela corta que se sitúa en algún momento no definido del futuro cercano, en un Hollywood en el que se ha decidido que el uso de estrellas de cine digitalizadas y la realización de un remake tras otro son el verdadero sentid
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Sakura Sternberg
I wouldn’t describe myself as a Connie Willis fan, per se. I’ve only read Blackout/All Clear and, to be honest, thoroughly despised it. The whole thing was bloated, turgid, and idiotic beyond belief… perhaps one of the most undeserving Hugo Award winners in recent memory (although this will always be their Most Embarrassing Award Winner of All Time). But you know what? I’m always willing to give authors a second chance. And since I’m a total nerd for all things classic Hollywood, I figured this ...more
Deb
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was a fun little read. I thought it an interesting concept Willis had going there with the remake of movies with digital images of movie actors/actress favorites or paying to put your face into a classic role. I remember when they first started playing around with digital images of actors long gone and it crossed computer folks' minds to make new movies with long gone movie stars. Of course, it didn't happen. Anyway... I enjoyed this tale and the main characters. It wasn't my favorite Conni ...more
Althea Ann
This short novel (really a novella) displays Willis' usual wit and facility with language, making it enjoyable to read no matter what the topic. Unfortunately (for me), the topic here is classic song-and-dance musical films (think Fred Astaire). I really quite strongly dislike such films, probably more than any other genre I can think of. And a good portion of this book is a pure nostalgia-fest - which, if were for something else, might have convinced me, but, as it was, didn't. (It would be a h ...more
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Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer. She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s.

She has won, among other awards, ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards. Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for All Seated on the Ground (August 2008). She was the 2011 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Ficti
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“That's what the movies do. They don't entertain us, they don't send the message: 'We care.' They give us lines to say, they assign us parts: John Wayne, Theda Bara, Shirley Temple, take your pick.” 10 likes
“They make you settle for second best."
That's what I like about the movies. There's always some minor character standing round to tell you the moral, just in case you're too dumb to figure it out for yourself.
"You never get what you want.”
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