Serenity Novelization Interview
Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Well.... I was going to write a short review about the novel... but The Signal (the Firefly/Serenity podcast) has a no spoiler interview with Keith R.A. DeCandido, the author of the novel. His interview is actually pretty good and explains a lot about the differences and similarities between the novel and movie. Check it out.

In my opinion, the novel is great. I've read books that movies are based out of, and the books are almost always better then the movie. I've read only a few books that are based on movies though. The last few I've read disappointed me. I can't really say that about this one. Watching the movie was great. Reading about scenes from the movie, from the point of view of Mal, River, Inara, The Operative, etc. etc. was even better. The author also did a great job of referencing events from the comic books and the TV series. It's one of the better novelizations I've ever read... and the best part is I don't have to wait for the DVD.

I still squeezed in a review… cool! Anyways, pick up the book when you get chance. See the movie first, though... Oh... and get the comics too. And Pocket Books, which published the novelization, is cleared for two more books. Looking forward to what those may be. The Signal podcast has more info doing the interview.


Wednesday, October 5, 2005 2:19 AM


Movie novelizations often reflect what the original script intended, but had to be cut due to time, production cost, test audiences, etc. The authors are given the scripts in the early stage before script changes are made for creative reasons.

Case in point, in the movie novelization for X-Men 2, Jean Grey does not die. This was changed in the movie to set up the Phoenix storyline in X-Men 3. Sometimes it is due to an authors creative freedom, but mostly due to screenwriters last minute changes.

Tuesday, October 4, 2005 11:43 PM


Novelisations, while interesting and often expanding on the movie they are based on, are always superceded in terms of canon incidents and dialogue, by the movie itself.


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