There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages.” – Mark Twain

I’ve often heard it said about the same plots – told in a slightly different way – coming up in different stories. I’ve even noticed the stories of much older books turn up in modern re-tellings.

From what I’ve recently seen of television programmes, they operate on the same system.

Anyone remember My Little Pony back in the eighties? I didn’t really watch it, but I remember it. Now, it’s been recycled as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The Care Bears have made a comeback, and there’s a film with that lovable bear, Paddington (the ear-wax removers, anyone?). To top it off, a programme from my mum’s generation has been computerised (which I discovered the other day, courtesy of my five-year-old nephew telling me, “Thunderbirds are go!”).

Just goes to show how ideas keep going around.

I’m sure I’ve missed some programmes that have revamped for today’s generation – can anyone think of any more? And what about favourite characters? Personally, I’m very fond of Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic… but then she does love books!

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