Previously, we toyed with, disassembled, and drug the idea of ‘Books Into Movies‘ all over DC like a bit of toilet paper stuck to the bottom of our Israeli Army-issued boot.
Today, we go the other way. I have only read a handful of books based on movies and TV. I am going to admit in public, for the record, that I have a thing for the movies Pitch Black and The Riddick Chronicles. I love the anti-hero idea, the simplicity of the first movie, and the apocalyptic background to the second. And yes, I read the book based on the movie The Riddick Chronicles, written by a favorite author, Alan Dean Foster. There were a a few tiny details in the book that enhanced my enjoyment of the movie, but it wasn’t any eye-opener.
So let’s talk about those scifi tv series that also have a flood of books – Star Trek (all series), Star Wars, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, and even Firefly. Do you guys read them? Do they increase your enjoyment of the series?
Here’s another knot for you. Books made into movies made into books. Yeah, like The Lord of the Rings made into a movie, and then a book is issued based on the screenplay of the movie. Have you read those? I think out of all the book/movie/tv franchises, this seems to be pushing it. Just a little ridiculous.
In addition, and then I will shut up, I want to delve into fanfiction. I am a little sketchy on the rules for this. I can remember that once the Harry Potter movies got big, some dude in China started writing, and publishing, some HP fanfiction. The media seemed to greatly frown upon this, as it was for profit. I can agree with that. National Geographic had a very nice article years ago about fans getting together to drool over manga, made by the fans based on their favorite manga. One last example: Steven Brust, the awesome author of Jhereg series, has a free fanfiction booked based on Firefly.
So where do you sit on all this film-based books? Do you read them? Do you give them a pass? why?