I have enjoyed multiple versions of the Bronte sisters' works and all the Jane Austen tales from Emma to Pride and Prejudice, though I draw the line at adding zombies.
I enjoy the endless Marvel comics-inspired movies from Iron Man to Guardians of the Galaxy. They will be making movies long after I am in the ground.
In fact, Hollywood and fiction writing are awash with sequels, prequels, and too many to count remakes of just about every classic novel, television show, and movie within my lifetime.
There are tried and true genre tropes repeated ad nauseum because they are comfortable and have been proven to work: the romantic triangle, the courtroom drama, aliens attacking earth, and being alone in space.
More and more I find myself craving new stories, especially stories that bring to light dark shadows of history, stories that inspire and elucidate.
For example, the movie Hidden Figures (2017) about three African-American women at NASA who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit. They didn't make the text books. It is time historical women and minorities get their day in the sun.
Another example would be the Imitation Game (2014) about the scientist Alan Turing, who created the "computer" that decrypted German intelligence codes during World War II. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we humanize those who have been dehumanized by history.
I encourage you to resist writing what has been done simply because it has proven successful in the past.
As much as I love the old and comfortable, I am eager for the new. There are thousands of years of history and myriad cultures to draw from.
As our planet tilts toward what feels like a new dark ages, it has never been more important to advocate and enlighten as well as entertain.
Diana Hurwitz is the author of Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of Conflict, Story Building Blocks II: Crafting Believable Conflict, Story Building Blocks III: The Revision Layers, and the YA adventure series Mythikas Island. Her weekly blog, Game On: Crafting Believable Conflict explores how characters behave and misbehave. Visit DianaHurwitz.com for more information and free writing tools. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.