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March 24, 2007

The Novelization Game

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Bookgasm's Rod Lott talks to novelization writer Greg Cox, and asks my favorite question of the day: "When you finally see a film you earlier wrote a novelization for, what's that experience like?" A nice illustration of how zany -- and how ass-backwards -- the media-creating life often is, no?

Incidentally, you won't catch me making fun of novelizations, let alone of the writers who write 'em. Fiction writers need to pay the bills too, after all, and I have the greatest respect for people who manage to write fiction for a living. Plus -- and not that I've spent anything like a Rod Lott amount of time looking into novelizations -- I've read a few novelizations that weren't just well-done, they were better than the movies they were based on. They were, in fact, darned good books.



posted by Michael at March 24, 2007


From the interview:

A possible third category [of novelization readers] might be people who were confused by the movie and are hoping to find some answers in the novelization. An editor I know likes to joke that the more incoherent the movie, the better the novelization sells. I’m not sure this has ever been proven scientifically.

I know more than a few movies I wouldn't mind reading the novelization of.

On another point, did anybody else see Ghostrider and not find it, well, silly enough? Why cast Nicholas Cage in a comic book movie and not have it be seriously goofy? If there was ever a premise for a movie that called out for more self-deflating humor, I've never seen it. I will admit, the movie as made did something no other film has done in my 40 years of film-viewing: I developed empathy for the lead actress, Eva Mendez, having to wear such tight dresses. One deep breath and everything would give way! That's gotta be a bizarre thing to think about while trying to act.

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on March 25, 2007 9:20 AM

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