Last week I read an article that io9 published about remakes and folklore. It kind of blew my mind. I highly recommend it, if you've got a moment. I'll wait.
(If you don't have a moment, Annalee Newitz posits that movie remakes are our latest version of folktales, and that they are a good thing.)
As this is Thursday, there is a question involved. It's not a "what if", though. It's more something to contemplate.
Are we too focused on originality? There is comfort in having an idea of where a story is going. Why else would the same formulas work on TV shows time and time again?
What are our modern "folk tales"?