One of the harshest — and most common — epithets in fandom is to label a work of media as a rip-off.
“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a rip-off of Babylon 5!” “The Hunger Games is a rip-off of Battle Royale!” “Captain Marvel is a rip-off of Superman!” “The Island is a rip-off of Parts: the Clonus Horror!”
(Okay, that last one is definitely true.)
But not all derivative works are intrinsically inferior. Some actually transcend the quality of their media muses as pieces of art that stand the test of time.
So, dear listener, this month, we’re asking you:
“What derivative works of art are superior to the works that inspired them?”
Our hosts had this to say: