You will find a link on my wall that a friend sent me last night. As someone who has written a couple books that I have not even tried to publish yet. The reason I have not tried to have them published is not because I am worried they will be turned down. It is because I have seen way too many stories and books changed from the author original intended. I think it is not just a shame , but it should also be a crime to change any character in any written story to another sex,color,nationality,or alien species. These stories were written the way they were, because the person writing the story wanted them to be as they are. Had they wished the male white lead in a story to be a female African American, they would have written it as such at the time of the works conception.
I will admit there are the occasional change that may work, as I have seen one such change that if I had not seen the original as it was written, I would have thought it was a good movie. The thing is so very often changes in characters are made not because it is necessary to the story. They are made to try to please some social, or ethnic faction that instead of writhing their own stories with any characters they please. They would rather take something that was written well years ago and gut it into something to pacify the people whining about the main character being male, or white or both. As the link I put on my wall says these actions DO NOT add anything to the franchise, it only destroys the original creates work.
I am about to make an analogy that I am sure many will not like, but it is still valid. When you take another artists work (it does not matter if it is written or made into a film, and change it) , it is as if you are saying their work does not matter. HERE IS THE PART PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO LIKE: If it were in your power, would any of you look at the world and say wow God made a mistake casting Adam as the lead in his story of creation. Lets make Eve the lead? I know you are going to say we are not talking about God here, but in a way the writer of a story that has never been told before ESPECIALLY IF IT IS SCIENCE FICTION is the creator of the world written inside his book, or play, or movie, so the comparison is valid on that level.
I just wonder how many of these people that think it is a good idea to change the sex, sexual orientation, or color of an established character would like it if they wrote something and someone came along and flipped EVERYTHING in it backward from the way they wanted it to be. Why is it so hard for this modern entertainment world to understand the old stuff should remain the same and new things with new stories NOT RELATED TO THE OLD STUFF with new characters should be written from scratch. You want a strong woman lead GREAT go write a story for her, DO NOT STEAL someone else's character and twist it into something the fans do not want to see anymore.
I do not see any point in ruining another writers composition. Could it be these people doing this know they are not as creative as the writers of days gone by? Could it be this modern video game world has caused would be writers to lose their creativity? Is that why some would rather try to change a character that has done well for decades into someone no one cares about anymore? Kind of a jealousy thing. Well I have probably said more then anyone wants to hear now. Just watch the link on my wall.🙂 The guy that did that had it right.