Film and television novelizations are some of my favourites kinds of books to read, more so because I’m quite an avid enthusiast of those mediums. Now, occasionally they can be terribly coloured with poor writing and cheesy representations (The Mummy Returns definitely comes to mind here). Yet, in addition to the bad, there is a lot of good out there. Novelizations that get everything right and add something extra to the overall familiarity of shows and films I love are awesome.
For today’s post, I have collected a list of five of my favourite film and television novelizations. I definitely have more than five that I adore, but I wanted to prevent this post from getting horrendously lengthy.
Stargate SG-1 Novel Series by Various Authors
Stargate SG-1 is my all-time favourite series. It is a fantastic feat of science-fiction storytelling. Not only is it realistic and believable with its implementation of various sciences, but it’s wonderfully diverse. The novel series, written by many different authors, does an excellent job of adding more original stories and scenarios to an already vast and intricate universe. The books also tend to be very short, running about 150-250 pages, as well as fast-paced. This makes them quicker to digest, especially if you have limited reading time available to you. If you’re a fan of the TV serial, I know that you will have fun with this collection. **Please note: There are more than three books in the series.
Star Wars Original Trilogy by Various Authors
The Original Trilogy will always be my favourite for the Star Wars franchise. They are phenomenal films, particularly considering the era that they were released in. The novels, while not the most eloquently written books, are a delightful way to re-experience this trilogy over and over again. There are many reasons to adore them. The first and foremost is that they offer keen insight into the thoughts and feelings of many characters during iconic scenes. When you watch the films, you can gauge what is going on in everyone’s head via facial expressions and body language, but really that is only to a certain extent. The intimate musings of Luke, Leia, and even Darth Vader himself, are so damn intriguing, adding more layers to their personas. The second reason is that Star Wars is a remarkable space opera serial, one of the first to appeal to such a diverse group of people around the globe. These novels are also very short and easy to blow through in the span of a day or two.
Battlestar Galactica by Jeffrey A. Carver
Another favourite TV serial (the 2004 series, specifically), Battlestar Galactica is such a brilliant story about sentient artificial intelligence and the evolution of robots into a humanoid species. This novel covers the mini-series that aired in 2003, which became the introduction episode for the serial that would follow the year after that. Battlestar Galactica is actually one of my favourite novelizations of all-time. It’s splendidly written, has numerous additional scenarios that weren’t in the TV episodes, and includes quite a lot more information in regards to specific aspects of the world that also aren’t available in the mini-series. It’s also so bloody interesting to read all of the scenes that are told from a Cylon’s (AI beings) perspective. If you have never seen BSG and aren’t sure whether the investment would be a fit for you, the novel is the perfect way to test it out without having to waste too much time or money.
your name. by Makoto Shinkai
your name., was an anime film from brilliant director, Makoto Shinkai, who also wrote the novelization. I have a full in-depth review for this specific title, which you can find here. Instead of prattling on and on, I will just say that it has some of the most eloquent prose I have ever read and a story that will render your speechless. The emotions it evokes are positively breathless and stunning. Even if you don’t like anime, the book itself is a marvellous fantasy narrative that I believe should be read by all.
Alien by Alan Dean Foster
Last, but definitely not least, Alien by Alan Dean Foster. Regular followers will probably recognise this title as I am a huge fanatic for xenomorphs (see .GIF below). I’m sure that I have mentioned these disgustingly frightening yet cute (to my sicko imagination) creatures whenever I possibly can. This film was released in 1979 and is still one of the best goddamn psychological, science-fiction, horror films I have ever seen. The novel takes every single quality that made the film a masterpiece and amplifies it. The eerie atmosphere, the tension and anxiety of the unknown, the suspense of having an alien critter on board of a space-ship–everything. It’s also written by an iconic author of the genre. Alien is always a must-read book for anyone who loves psychological science-fiction stories.