You know how everyone says that the book is better than the movie? Or you should read the book before you read the movie? What if it’s the other way around, and someone wrote a novel based on the movie? Those are some interesting books (take that as a good or bad interesting, however you like it).
Movies and novels are such different mediums. This is something that too often gets lost in this discussion. But to the question: I’ve read very few novels based on movies. As I recall, I read a few when I was a kid, and they seemed flat and boring. If memory serves, they were more like a description of the movie than anything else.
From the other direction, like all of us, I’ve read a number of books that I later saw as movies. More often than not, I thought the movie inferior, but that is not always the case. I’ll probably get ravaged for saying this, but I struggled with The Lord of the Rings. I gave up a third of the way into The Two Towers. In contrast, I thought the (11 hour!) movie presentation was brilliant, bringing it all to life for me. I’m sure other people had opposite reactions, which is OK. We all respond to different things. So I just think you have to keep in mind that books and movies are two entirely different things.
If we’re talking about a novel written from a movie, I’ve never read one and they don’t really interest me. I’d rather see the movie. Now, I have read a few comics written from movies. That was entertaining. Of course when it comes to movies made from books, I prefer the book.
I haven’t read many, but from what I have the general rule is that I don’t like them much. The one good thing I can say is that sometimes they do include scenes or ideas that were cut from the movie.
One exception is Fantastic Voyage. The novelization was written by Isaac Asimov, and it fixed a lot of scientific errors and at least one plot hole that were in the movie.
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I’m all for movie novelizations. Though I’ve only read one – Star Wars, Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks. As a big Star Wars fan and Terry Brooks fan I HAD to read this one. I have always thought the books better than the movies because they can provide more background information and build stronger characters. I believe this to be true of novelizations as well.
I found that the novelizations of the Star Wars prequel movies helped me come to terms with my disappointments. The movies will always evoke a conflicted response from me – a great overarching narrative framed in flawed storytelling. The novels were engaging and helped me to reconnect with the films.
The only movie novelization I can remember reading is the Labyrinth one, and unfortunately Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies. The added perspective from Sarah didn’t outweigh not having David Bowie around AT ALL. So in that regard, I can’t say that I enjoy them. I’m sure someone can spin greater depths into a movie’s storyline, but I think it generally works better to condense (go from book to movie) than to go the other way, because it might just get watered down.
I can’t say as I’ve run across that before. I really can’t comment on it.
To be honest, I had to google “move novelisation” to see what it meant. I’m still not completely sure, but it sounds like a novel written from a movie rather than a film adaptation of a novel. I’ve never tried reading such a thing and I’m not sure I’d want to.
I generally have despised them, and yet, I still read them sometimes. Usually used copies bought cheap.
If any of my novels ever make to film, people can read the originals. I also don’t plan to write any screenplays, so my work will never be novelized by anyone else.
Overall, I don’t feel that they affect me in any way.
I don’t read them. I don’t understand the point of them. If there’s more to add to the movie, why wasn’t that element included in the original screenplay? Although, by simple virtue of books to add to shelves, I prolly would read one just to see what it was like. I much prefer books adapted into movies, not the other way around.
I thought about this question for a good, long time, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve never read any movie novelizations. I’ve read plenty of books that were turned into movies (or TV shows), but I can’t think of a single novel that I’ve read for which the movie came first.
That said, I have nothing against novelizations in particular, and I’d even be likely to write one if the mood struck me. In fact, one of my side projects is a novelization of a classic video game, Final Fantasy III/VI, and it’s super fun to write, so I just might decide to move on to a movie novelization in the future.
One year, I asked for the latest Star Trek movie for Christmas. Then when Christmas came around, I went to Canada, and opened my presents. And there it was, Star Trek: Nemesis…in book form. That’s right, my mom bought me the novelisation of Star Trek: Nemesis. I didn’t read it until this year (thank my huge backlog).
Out of all the books I’ve read, this was one of the oddest feeling books ever. I knew the story, as I’d seen the movie before. It was an exact copy of the movie. However, it had the added dimension of being inside the characters’ minds. I knew what they were all thinking. But since it followed the movie exactly, there really wasn’t anything new. No anticipation, no suspense.
There probably are some good novelisations, but I haven’t read any. This was the only one I’ve read.
How about you?
Have you read any movie novelisations? What did you think? Any that are good? Let us know in the comments below.