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    Nordic Bill is offline Member
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    Default Sequels vs. ... whatÖ

    Hello,
    Once again, I am sitting here in front of my computer, probably pondering the obvious!

    Which term fits best here?:

    “Basic Instinct 2” makes the first one look like a kiddie movie.

    or

    “Basic Instinct 2” makes the original look like a kiddie movie.

    I am a bit cautious about using the original here, since this would also imply that there have been two movies of the same name and plot, the "original" being the chronological first, followed by a remake (as opposed to a sequel).

    And I know prequel is out since this refers to a film that was produced after the original, first, etc. but with the purpose of providing the viewer with vital background information on it.

    Thanks,
    Bill

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    I agree with your interpretation of 'original'- I'd use 'first'.

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    Thanks a lot Tdol - I'll go with that!

    Bill

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    Oh, by the way, Tdol - when you say "first", you do mean "first one", correct? (Or would "one" be optional here)?

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    Default Re: Sequels vs. ... what?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nordic Bill View Post
    I am a bit cautious about using the original here, since this would also imply that there have been two movies of the same name and plot, the "original" being the chronological first, followed by a remake (as opposed to a sequel).
    Correct. If the first is 'original' the second has to be a 'copy', which is not true in the case of Basic Instincts 1 and 2.

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    Thanks for the confirmation, Andrew.

    Funny though - now that I think about it - it does seem possible to break that rule of usage in certain instances. (Using Basic Instinct again now that we've established a definite theme):

    "Sharon Stone was in the original and the sequel".

    (Other suitable options: "was in the first one and the second one", "was in Part 1 and Part 2").

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    Default Re: Sequels vs. ... what?

    That works better.

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