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Do You Prefer Period Pieces or Contemporary Retellings?

Showtime announced this week that it's staying in business with the folks behind The Tudors, commissioning them to pull together a new version of the Camelot story. Unlike the ornate period drama of The Tudors, however, this one is meant to be a modern, contemporary take on the story.

Contemporary retellings can be a more accessible way into a timeless story (10 Things I Hate About You's new spin on Shakespeare) or add a new twist to a tale we've all heard before (NBC's upcoming Kings, based on David and Goliath). But sometimes, I just want to sit down and watch some good, ol' fashioned history. Which is more appealing to you?

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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i have to say that i like both equally. there's something to be said about having a period piece that's done well, and then again if there's a contemporary modern version that's done properly then it could be good as well.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I love both, it really depends on the project. Like others have said, I love the historical nature and the ornate costumes of period films but contemporary films are extremely fun to watch as well.
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
I love period films, the costumes, the way they talk,, the opulent buildings...sigh
Phil Phil 8 years
It really depends on the screenplay and the direction. When I read the title of this post, the first thing I thought of was the Emma films in 1995 and 96. Emma being the more faithful adaptation, Clueless being the modernized update. In short, the more faithful adaptation, Emma, was stuffy, a little boring, and failed to convey the satire and the dry wit of Austen's prose. The modern Clueless, though be it flamboyant and caricaturized, I think, more successfully captured the spirit of all things Emma Woodhouse. Being a geek for historical detail, I do prefer a well done period piece like Sense & Sensibility, A Midsummer Night's Dream or Shakespeare in Love. But, if a modern adaptation is well crafted, like Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, it can add a thrilling new dimension to what may have already been a masterpiece. Just as long as julia stiles is not involved (O--c'mon, Othello as a basketball player? pheh). Anyway, I like the idea of an updated series based on Arthurian lore, though, being an anglophile, I will miss the nifty accents and the nuances of English life during the time of feudalism. How about a serialized version of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?
angelinemarie angelinemarie 8 years
i like both. the history is good and then the contemporary is nice to show people that stuff like Shakespeare's plays are relevant and worth studying.
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
I love my period pieces all the way. I just like being swept back to the time of staunch royality and aristocratic ladies and gentlemen, the drama of it all and of course those beautiful costumes ;)
cddlykoala cddlykoala 8 years
I'm all about the escapist aspect of classical tales, I feel they lose some of their magic if grounded in more contemporary landscapes, with some notable exceptions.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
I'm more into period pieces, although I do love Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
I like both, it's just annoying when a star gets trapped in a particular genre such as costume period pieces...I'm talking to YOU Keira Knightley! I'd LOVE to see Keira as a modern day girl about town, with normal problems. Contemporary settings don't necessarily mean you have to be in a ditzy romantic comedy with stupid Matt Mcconaughey, and act as insipid as Kate Bosworth-Heigl-Beckinsale! You had great contemporary films like Bend it Like Beckham and Love Actually. Try to find another, but I'm fine with whatever--just keep making great movies!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Sometimes the new ones come out really well, but then again, seeing all the super ornate costumes is the best part of the period pieces.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I loved Romeo and Juliet with Claire Danes and Leo, but was bored with the classic version. Haven't ever watched the Tudors or 10 Things- lol
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Period pieces, definitely. Like fleurfairy, I am addicted to The Tudors.
shafiii shafiii 8 years
deff both. I absolutely love The Tudors! but I also love 10 Things I Hate About You. The only thing with both is they have to be done correctly cause period pieces are so wrong in there information sometimes and in trying to tell the story for contemporary pieces it also falls back on the contemporary part.
jules0701 jules0701 8 years
Sundaygreen... i'm so with you on the BBC Pride and Prejudice. I could watch that everyday if i had the time. But i do love a modern spin as well, She's the Man is a good retelling. And it goes to show you what classic writers they were; that hundreds of years later we can still connect with their stories and plays.
psterling psterling 8 years
I love both! But modern re-tellings can be tricky so and I don't think everyone can pull it off but occasionally you get a gem like Clueless or Bridget Jones.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I love 10 Things, but sometimes a period piece works :).
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I don't think the classic versions will ever go out of style. But sometimes a twist can make ya want to relieve the original. But I'm still a fan of any remakes with the Muppets!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I'm seriously addicted to The Tudors. It is so compelling. The costumes are definitely the icing on the cake -- breathtaking to look at! I find myself wishing we dressed so elaborately today. And like sundaygreen, I've watched P&P more times than I can count. I remember seeing it in 6th grade when it first aired on A&E. It's become a classic.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I love me some costume dramas. I can't count how many times I've watched Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version with Colin Firth)
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