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« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2007, 03:51:48 PM »

I love my Child's Play 2 novelization. :)
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« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2007, 05:13:49 PM »

I buy 'em for three reasons.

(1) They show changes in the script, from first script to last script.

(2) They fill in the plotholes in a film.

(3) And they add depth to the characters in a film.

The only thing I regret about novelizations is that they use to be done for even the most obscure films. Now, they are seldom done even for the biggest films.
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« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2007, 06:35:36 PM »

Not a film, but a BBC TV show:
Red Dwarf --
Now, this is a bit of a stretch, perhaps, but this is a real chicken-or-egg one, as apparently the book was being written at about the same time the screenplays for the first TV season were being written, so it's not as if there was an initial hoo-ha and the book appears --
What is odd about this though is that while the TV series went on and on and on, the book comes to a crashing and quite dark coclusion. Very eerie.
Anyway, I love both the TV series and the book, though the way the book ends, there could never be a followup . . .
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« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2007, 10:01:32 AM »


Very true PJ, the ending of the book I have [I understand there's a few though] was quite bittersweet.  Christmas never seemed so sad...

Great book and great TV series!

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« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2007, 05:37:42 PM »

What was the name of that Red Dwarf book? I think I may have that.
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« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2007, 08:28:26 PM »

Alan Dean Foster's novelization of THE BLACK HOLE is pretty good, with a better ending than the movie.

I remember that.  Didn't they end up having their atoms discharged into a new universe on the other side of the wormhole or something.  I still think that movie could have been great if they had only dumped the worthless cute robots, dropped the Star Wars gunfights and spent more time on the ghostly drone workers. Ah, what am I saying?!?!  It was a Disney film.  Not such thing as intelligence in Disney films. I mean, they keep hiring Randy Newman, for the love of God!!!!
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« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2007, 12:00:09 AM »

What ho?
No, I am quite confused now, as I thought there was only ever one, single novel called "Red Dwarf" --
If there are others, I don't know of them --
The only "Red Dwarf" book I know about was written by Doug Naylor, the same guy who wrote most of the TV series --
If there are "other" books, I really would like to know about them --
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« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2007, 04:40:19 AM »

I have a copy of Red Dwarf by Grant Naylor and according to the first page they have listed "Better Than Life" as a sequel, and "Primordial Soup" as another publication as a collection of scripts.

Also forthcoming is "Last Human" the third Red Dwarf novel.  According to my copy at least.

It could all be bitter, bitter lies, but they'd have no reason to tear my dreams down.  Anyways, at this moment, since I haven't seen any other books out there, this is all purely conjecture.

Oh and I should mention that Grant Naylor may be the listed author, but is actually Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, with both collaborating on the novel.

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« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2007, 03:34:19 PM »

I've only seen a few myself:

Carnosaur: I only read a few pages, but it definitly made the story more of a horror film than an "oh my god, that's a silly B movie... is it trying to be funny or horrific?" film.

Prophecy: David Seltzer's version had a heavy theme of racism between the lumberjacks, the law, and the Native Americans. John Hawks spent most of his free time avoiding lynchings. Also, the monster's design was very different- think of "The Relic", only the animal is a result of generations of mutations breeding- getting consecutively more deformed as their gene pool gets more polluted. Oh, and the deaths are more varied and realistic... Isely's is particularly nasty. The final conforntation- where Rob manages to avoid being eaten- seems a little more plausible because the animal's jaw has been shattered by a bullet, therefore hindering and form of chewing.
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« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2007, 04:56:44 PM »

I read one of the Red Dwarf novelizations years ago (the first one, I think, but maybe Better Than Life) and remember seeing another one (whichever one I didn't read) on the shelves at the bookstore. I had access to the those years before the local PBS station carried the show. Just recently gave the book to the other fanboy at work who loves the series much more than me, he'd never read it. He tried to talk to me about it, had to tell him I hadn't read it in years and recalled very little.

Also gave him a novelization of the early episodes of the original Gundam anime series. Again read it since I had little access to lots of anime, especially stuff I wanted to see. I liked it enough at the time to read others if they had been published, if they were they never made it to my neck of the woods.

Then again all those Doctor Who novelizations, continuing adventures and spinoffs quit turning up years ago around here. When I would go to Huntsville, AL - about 60 miles away - I'd find a few more. When I lived in DC, I was truly shocked to see that they were going strong and was overwhelmed by just how much was out there. And pretty much any bookstore I went into had tons of them. But the show was still on there then. The books disappeared around here years before the series left our PBS station.
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« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2007, 12:15:29 AM »

Well Crap!
I gotta look for these --
Another reason I love this board . . .
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« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2007, 09:15:46 PM »

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Carnosaur: I only read a few pages, but it definitly made the story more of a horror film than an "oh my god, that's a silly B movie... is it trying to be funny or horrific?" film.


Are you saying they made a book based off the movie Carnosaur...or do you mean the original in which the Roger Corman movie took it as a base?

I read the original book. Not the best writing but it's certainly more entertaining than the movie, and had more dinos and action.
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« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2007, 12:45:03 PM »

I'm not sure Dave, but I'm inclined to think so... I mean, who can do to a story what Corman can?
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« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2007, 02:13:22 AM »

 Smile I've been collecting books for a long time and these are the novelizations that I have on my shelves:

[Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Zulu Dawn
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Aliens
Outland
The Ghost & The Darkness
Juggernaut
Phase IV
Midnight Run
Ghostbusters (Milne)
Rambo First Blood Part 11
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Halloween (1978)
Star Trek The Motion Picture
The Hellions
Operation Crossbow
Star Wars IV
The Mechanic
The Untouchables


Worst novelization ever? Lethal Weapon.
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« Reply #29 on: April 17, 2007, 03:21:47 PM »

Trevor, your list looks interesting. Juggernaut is a good movie, but I always thought it would have made a better book since tension and the thoughts of the characters weigh heavy on the story.

Midnight Run is one of my favorite movies, it's probably one of the last movies I remember watching with my dad on TV, and we both enjoyed it. How's the novelization? The movie is one of the best examples I use when explaining to people that some movies are better with profanity because of how integral it is to the dialogue, the machismo, the humor, and the emotions.

The Mechanic? Seems like a book version would be pretty straightforward.

Phase IV, creepy odd movie, wonder what a novelization would be like.

Just think there might be novelizations of Lethal Weapon 3 or 4 out there.
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