Entering the Strange World of Movie Novelisations

There are a lot of movies based on books.  For some, I’ve read both the novel and the movie.  That’s always an interesting thing to do, seeing how they’re different.

Lord of the Rings comes to mind when I think of movies made from books.  They did a pretty good job, I thought.  There were some things cut out, but overall, it was one of the better adaptations I’ve sen.  Another is Harry Potter.  I think it was reasonably well-done, although some of the things that were cut I felt were essential to understanding the whole story.  The movies didn’t have as much heart as the books.  Jurassic Park is on the other end of the spectrum.  The movie held little resemblance to the book.  The book was smartly written, had several subplots, and was absolutely fascinating.  The movie focused more on the dinosaurs and action, rather than the story.  It was a fun movie, but I was disappointed in the story.

A unique one is 2001: A Space Odyssey.  The novel and movie were written at the same time.  Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick worked together, making sure the novel and movie followed each other closely.  However, the movie was changed to go to Jupiter, while the book went to Saturn.  I believe this had to do with special effects.  Late 1960s special effects weren’t good enough to show the rings of Saturn.  Subsequent books ignored the fact that the first one went to Saturn, and instead focused on Jupiter.  I loved both the novel and movie, though.  Usually, I find that novels feel much longer than movies, but in this case, the movie felt slow, while the novel moved at a quick pace.

startreknemesisAnd then there’s the topic I want to talk about, movie novelisations.  I’d never read one before.  Until now, that is.  I’m currently reading Star Trek Nemesis, the final movie featuring the Next Generation cast.  The movie didn’t go over well with people, and as I’ve watched it, I wasn’t enthusiastic about the book.  Well, the novel is very easy to read, follows the movie very closely, and is incredibly short.  But I have this very strange uneasy feeling while reading it.  I’m inside the heads of the characters.  I know what they’re thinking and feeling.  And that’s everyone, because we’re inside the heads of every character in every scene.  I’m not used to reading omniscient point of view novels, except for limited omniscient.  In this book, we know everything.  I’m really not used to being inside Star Trek characters’ minds.  And another thing is that I know exactly what’s going to happen.  There’s no suspense, and there’s really no difference from the movie other than knowing their thoughts.  It’s kind of unsettling.

What do you think of movie novelisations?

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Progress Report: Writing Is Happening!

I updated my Official Author’s Website a few minutes ago with a monthly report on my writing.  I can happily say that writing is progressing nicely.  Look at this:

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That’s from Part 5 of Journey to Ariadne. It’s in a very rough unedited form right now, and it’s far from finished.  I need to do some more writing, and I may be able to finish it this week.  I also have to have Part 4 critiqued and edited.  Once that’s done, it’ll be up and available to be read.

So, as a little treat for you, here is the full list of parts that will be written with some tentative titles.

Currently finished and available:

Act I – Contact

Here are all the rest of the parts and the current status of each.

Act II – Presentation

  • Part 4: The Knights – Awaiting critiques and editing
  • Part 5: The McPhersons – Currently being written
  • Part 6: The Miralas – Planning
  • Part 7: The Takahashis
  • Part 8: The Goerzes – Planning
  • Part 9: Presentation

Act III – Letters Home

  • Part 10: Dan and Trish Knight
  • Part 11: Francis and Chrissa McPherson
  • Part 12: Steven and Carmen Mirala
  • Part 13: Hironobu and Kazue Takahashi
  • Part 14: Jan and Bianca Goerz
  • Part 15: Ben Taylor

Act IV

  • Part 16-18

Act V

  • Parts 19-22

Act VI

  • Parts 23-26

Acts IV-VI have titles, but I’m not going to tell you yet.  No need to tell you what’s going on!  However, the current Act being written is all about the announcement to some major characters and their reactions.  Act III will be a collection of letters to home.

As you may have noticed, this is absolutely not a novel, nor is it supposed to show you the whole story.  Consider this a kind of teaser.  It’s no secret that they go to Ariadne in the end, but how that happens will be revealed as I release parts.  But not everything will be known until I have completely rewritten all of the parts so that they’ll be a part of a larger novel.  What you see here is just the surface.  And what you read here will not be the same in its final form.  In fact, I am constantly revising what’s happening, and some characters are going to be more prominent than I originally intended.  In short, this web serial is a series of notes and scenes that will form the framework of the larger story.  I hope you’ll enjoy seeing how it all changes when the book is finally available.

Comments and questions are always welcome.  In fact, I’d like you to ask me some questions.  They can be about my writing process, Journey to Ariadne itself, or anything else.  Leave your questions in the comments below.