And in the process we see what life is really like for professional writers. Max Collins' piece on converting his own Road To Perdition to conform to the movie script for the tie-in; his dealings with the Dick Tracy movie were even stranger. Nancy Holder's take on visiting the set of the tv show she was novelizing shows just how brutal fourteen hour days are for everybody involved in creating the episodes.
A number of writers use a page or so of script to show how it looks as prose after they've done their work--extremely helpful. Greg Cox tells some fascinating stories about writing sequels then prequels and keeping storylines straight; and Lee does an excellent job setting the book up with his piece called Tied In: The Business, History and Craft of Media Tie-In Writing. TIED-IN is rich with humor, lore, wisdom about the writing life and Lee Goldberg is to be commended for editing it with such verve and style. And his brother Tod is to be commended for writing the best line in the book.
Lamenting that his literary novels have not sold a great number of copies, he writes "I'd need the Jaws of Life to pull me on to the bestseller list. Wednesday, August 11, James Cameron disses novelizations -- in other news, sun rises in east.
James Cameron provided the following gem while discussing his forthcoming Avatar novel with MTV : I didn't want to do a cheesy novelization, where some hack comes in and kind of makes s--t up. I wanted to do something that was a legitimate novel that was inside the characters' heads and didn't have the wrong culture stuff, the wrong language stuff, all that. Yeah, heaven forfend a writer make shit up. That might be, I dunno, fiction or something!
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More seriously, novelizers have to make shit up because a movie only has a long short story's worth of actual plot in it. If you're gonna get a novel-length story in there, you have to add stuff. Whether or not that shit is true to the film generally depends on the level of cooperation the film studio provides the publisher of the novelization.
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As a for-instance, the producers of Darkness Falls were hugely helpful, providing me with a ton of backstory that didn't make it into the final cut of the movie. As another, the producers of Resident Evil: Extinction encouraged me to add a ton of material -- lots and lots of "making shit up" -- to bridge the gap between Apocalypse and Extinction , and also to fill in what was happening with the Jill Valentine character.
As a third, Serenity had fourteen hours of televised episodes of Firefly as additional background. And sometimes producers don't cooperate at all and the novelizers don't have a choice to make shit up. That's not hack work, that's writing and creating. But, y'know, it's just prose, so it doesn't count. It's not real writing, not like a script is Ignorant comments like Cameron's are a good reminder of how far we have to go. DeCandido at PM 1 comment: Links to this post.
They say, in part: As a writer of original works, Massie's "Tudors" projects presented her with some unique challenges. Massie, 56, was sent scripts for each episode and then wrote the season into one book at the same time it was being filmed in Ireland. The books had to be loyal to the show, but the scripts, as they tend to be, were scant in details and description. So Massie had to conduct historical research to bring the story alive on the page. He sits on a chair. He starts to talk,'" she said. Things like that. It will soon be available on Amazon as well.
It also covers movie novelizations, comic book tie-ins and computer game tie ins. But that actually makes it even more valuable and more interesting. This article really brought back a lot of good memories for me. Along similar lines, also of great interest to me were fine articles by Paul Kupperberg about comic book and comic strip tie-in novels I read a bunch of those, too and Robert Greenberger about the connection between pulp magazines and tie-ins.
Highly recommended. And Bill Crider also gives the book kudos. He says, in part: I started reading, and I was fascinated. I kept right on reading, long past the time I'd intended to stop. This is really interesting and entertaining stuff. I still have a few more essays to read, and I'm really looking forward to them. I was genuinely surprised at how much fun I had reading this book, and I'm sure most of you would like it, too. It's currently available in electronic format only, but a paperback is on the way.
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Tie-in novels are books based on pre-existing media properties -- like TV shows, movies and games -- and they regularly top the national bestseller lists. But as popular as tie-ins books and novelizations are among readers, few people know how the books are written or the rich history behind the hugely successful and enduring genre. This 75, word book is a ground-breaking collection of lively, informative, and provocative essays and interviews by some of the best-selling, and most acclaimed, writers in the tie-in business, offering an inside glimpse into what they do and how they do it.
Our hope is that our organization, through efforts like this book, can enlighten readers about who we are and what we do, as well as explore the diversity of our work and the rich history behind it. A trade paperback edition will be published later next month. Tuesday, July 13, Watch the Skies.
Reader Mail. This email came to Lee Goldberg's agent, who forwarded it to him: "Could you tell me the name of the Dalmatian and her owner shown on the cover of the Lee Goldberg book Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out? The Giveaway: Behind The Music. From Tod Goldberg's blog My third Burn Notice book, The Giveaway, comes out today, so in honor of that, here are a few behind-the-scenes details: 1. Most of the characters in the book are named for real human beings.
The client, Bruce Grossman, is one of the fine critics at Bookgasm. Likewise, one of Sam's buddies is a man named Rod Lott, which happens to be the name of the editor of Bookgasm.
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Rod's a great lover and champion of crime fiction, so I thought making him a strange friend of Sam's was only the right thing to do. Brenna Fender, yet another friend of Sam's, won a contest on the Burn Notice message board on the USA network site and now, well, now she's a bad ass. This is the first book in the series that has the client's POV, for a little while at least. And thus far it's the only one, but who knows since I'm only 20 pages into the 5th book now. I've been tinkering more and more lately with how to do the other parts of the book that aren't in Michael's pov, so that the books have a bit more depth.
So in this one you get Michael's pov, Fiona's, Sam's and the client's. Oh, and the car talks, too. I finished this book in the summer of , so if you're curious where my Burn Notice mindset was, I'd read the scripts up through the end of the second season and the first couple of episodes of season 3. As usual, however, I haven't attempted to integrate the burn notice management angle all that much, simply because by the time the book comes out -- i.
I try to drop in small bits when I can so that readers who've seen all the episodes and read all the books will get some sense of continuity, but hopefully you can pick this book up if you've only seen last week's episode whenever last week might be and not be lost or confused. A tiny plot point from this book became the genesis of my 4th Burn Notice book, called The Reformed, which is due out in January. Which was a good thing, because I had no fucking idea what I was going to write about next.
The plot for this book came to me one night while watching a documentary about the origin of biker gangs. I already knew that I wanted to write about a bank robber who robbed safe deposit boxes, but didn't know quite where that would lead me other than that I wanted him to rob a biker gang. Matt Nix suggested that he hit their stash house and it all came together.
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A Novel Promotion for Tie-Ins. Penguin-Putnam, has found an unusual way of promoting their tie-ins Sunday, May 16, Some of the Greats. One of the real delights of writing tie-in fiction is being able to add one's own little touches to the overall quilt of stories that exist about beloved fictional characters. Recently I've received copies of two anthologies that contain stories I wrote about a pair of the characters who have been in my favorites list even longer than those mentioned above. He was created by Lee Falk who also created Mandrake the Magician in as a comic strip character, and he has appeared in numerous novels, comics, movies, and TV shows.
Max Allan Collins reveals two stories that were heartbreaking to him. He was told corrections had to be made, but things worked out in the end. Paul Kupperberg goes into material he has covered on this site about turning comics into prose novels, while David Spencer gives a historical piece about TV tie-in novles from the s to the s, when writers were given free reign, for the most part.
One of the best essays deals with a movie barely anyone saw, as Burl Barer explains how he filled massive plot holes when writing the novelization of STEALTH — you know, the movie where a plane has a mind of its own.
In praise of movie novelisations, and the gold they offer movie geeks
There is a shortened and reprinted interview with Raymond Benson about his time writing for the James Bond series. Be warned: There are spoilers for some of them. These are just a few of the pieces that make up this fascinating look into books which most people just think of as guilty pleasures. But we here at Bookgasm have nothing but love for them. Buy it at Amazon. RSS feed. Thanks for the kind words, Bruce!
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