Monday, April 11, 2011

Chinese censors ban time travel TV shows

Yep, you read the headline correctly! From Cory Doctorow @ Boing Boing blog:
  • The Chinese General Bureau of Radio, Film and Television has prohibited new science fiction TV dramas, following a vogue for shows where modern Chinese people travel to ancient China. They've also prohibited production of "the Four Great Classical Novels", on the grounds that the widespread adaptations of them take too many liberties with the original texts.
It would appear that in China, the time-travel themed drama is becoming more and more popular. Many of the time-travel stories and movies are based on real historical, but there is a growing trend to exaggerated events to add humor to the narrative. Many thing this is exceedingly funny while others aggravated by the lack of respect of the historical texts and now there is a trend to completely make up historical events. Hence the raised ire of the Bureau.

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6 comments:

Wild Bill said...

Who's to say that all the UFO's reported throughout history aren't time travelers from the future aren't researchers and historians out to set the records straight for future (from their time) education.

Beam Me Up said...

That isn't really the point Bill.

It amounts to the Chinese government declaring that no alternative history stories can be written because they are not historically accurate. A piece of circular logic if I have ever seen one.

Paul

Xheralt Delencradier said...

Yes, the only people allowed to rewrite Chinese history to suit their intents is the Chinese Government...

Beam Me Up said...

Ouch!

bmh said...

So, I guess this means we won't be seeing "Doctor Who" filming on location in China any time soon. Of course, "time soon" is relative...( and, ironically, there was an ad for the Doctor on the bottom of the page right befoe I posted this comment

Beam Me Up said...

HA!