How often are books that made it to the big (or small) screen being discussed on blogs? Quite a lot I would say. How often have you thought about it the other way round though? Movies that jump onto the franchise wagon and bring not only a flood of shirts and coffee mugs along with them, but also make novels pop up in bookstores.
We've all seen the often dreadful new cover versions of beloved classics which suddenly feature a scene from a movie. But then there are those books who never had a "previous cover" as they were born along with the movie itself. I still remember when I was a teen I read a handful of such movies-to-book volumes, usually because I wanted to extend the whole awesome-movie experience without watching the movie a dozen times.
Alien trilogy. Quite surprising, isn't it? And as far as I remember Alan Dean Foster's novelization of the first movie wasn't bad at all, in fact many scenes were more fleshed out and as thrilling as the movie itself.
Of course this wasn't the only movie-tie-in which made it onto my shelves back then. I also vividly remember both watching and reading Sneakers by Dewey Gram solely because I had a bit of a crush on River Phoenix back in the days.
While doing a little research for this blog post I also noticed that it's often the same authors popping up when these kinds of novels are concerned. Especially Dewey Gram, journalist and screen writer, has written a fair share of movie-tie-ins. I guess it's only a small step from writing for the screen to writing for the reader. His novelizations include Gladiator, Dante's Peak and Ocean's 11.
Alan Dean Foster is probably better known, especially by fans of the genre, and apart from his own books he also wrote novelizations of Star Trek The Animated Series or more recently Terminator Salvation.
As much as books-to-movies go, many will find the movie version lacking, but what about those movies-to-books then? Are they possibly worse than the movie or are they on par with their big-screen sibling?
From what I remember, there were several enjoyable books I read in my teenage days. Not sure whether I'd feel the same way about them today though and admittedly I haven't read any movie-tie-ins in ages. But maybe you have!
Have you ever read books based on movies? If so, which ones? How did you like them compared to the movie? Or maybe you would never dream of reading movie-tie-ins? Let me know!