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Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelization?

Postby planetxleader » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:33 pm

Haven't heard to many thoughts on it, nor a thread, so here ya go.

I think I will probably end up getting it. Especially if the movie leaves me hungering for more and my wallet can no longer support a repeat viewing of it. :)

Thing is... I kind of don't get the appeal of movie novelizations, at least for action movies. For me, what's the point of taking a largely action-driven story and putting it into a book? I think you'd be able to tell right away if a movie's plot is good on paper, because if the action is hollow, then I imagine a boring read. Granted, I think we can all agree Godzilla is definitely not a Michael Bay actioner, so it's got that going for it....
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby XvGojira » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:50 pm

I am for sure!

A lot of times the novelization is based on an older version or more "full" version of the script. So you'll get alternate scenes and moments not seen in the movie but are in the script. I remember reading the novelization of John Carpenter's The Thing back in the day and there was a bit where they torched the weed they were growing up there because the thing had infected it, and there was a snowmobile chase scene as well.
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:09 am

I'll probably get it, just to have more stuff to experience especially in the lull between seeing it in theaters and the Blu-ray coming out.
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:08 am

I'm a bit of a sucker so...maybe.
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby RaymondBurr » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:07 pm

XvGojira wrote:I am for sure!

A lot of times the novelization is based on an older version or more "full" version of the script. So you'll get alternate scenes and moments not seen in the movie but are in the script.


This is the reason I will be picking it up. When Pacific Rim was no longer in theaters, but no yet on DVD, I picked up the novelization for additional insight into the movie. Like XvGojira says, the novelization is full of extra information, backstory, variant scenes, added characterization, etc. In the case of Pacfic Rim, there are whole scenes that were cut from the script that the novel was based on to the script that was finally filmed. Most for good reason, in terms of the pacing of a film, but nice to have for character moments, etc., in the book format.
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby tbeasley » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:39 pm

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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby The Shadow » Sun May 04, 2014 2:00 am

I'm going to pick up the novelization as well. It's always interesting to see the differences between the earlier version of the script and the final cut of the movie. Sometimes there's some pretty big differences, for instance the novelization of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is structured as 5 chapters of a serial (which is what Kerry Conran intended for the movie, it was to have been treated like lost movie serial) however Paramount demanded that the movie be edited together as a single modern film instead of seperate chapters. (Paramount also forced Conran to have the film in color instead of B&W or sepia like he wanted)
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby lhb412 » Sun May 04, 2014 9:22 pm

Novelization? Hmmmm... probably not. Definitely picking up the Art of and graphic novel tie-ins, though.
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby klen7 » Mon May 05, 2014 7:05 am

lhb412 wrote:Novelization? Hmmmm... probably not. Definitely picking up the Art of and graphic novel tie-ins, though.

I got my preorders for those already. I'll be interested to hear the differences between the novel and the film, but i probably wont pick it up myself.
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby planetxleader » Mon May 05, 2014 2:32 pm

I have read the Phantom Menace novelization back in the day. It was alright, I guess, but I do recall it expelling a lot more on Obi-Wan and Quai-Gon's uneasy relationship, things I didn't pick up on initially from my first viewing of the movie.

At this rate it's probably a sure thing I'll pick it up since it's $8. It'll probably be better than the Marc Cerasini books. :lol:
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby Pkmatrix » Fri May 09, 2014 5:58 am

planetxleader wrote:I have read the Phantom Menace novelization back in the day. It was alright, I guess, but I do recall it expelling a lot more on Obi-Wan and Quai-Gon's uneasy relationship, things I didn't pick up on initially from my first viewing of the movie.

At this rate it's probably a sure thing I'll pick it up since it's $8. It'll probably be better than the Marc Cerasini books. :lol:


Hey! I liked Cerasini's books when I was 12. :lol: :P
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby GFan » Fri May 09, 2014 2:31 pm

XvGojira wrote:I remember reading the novelization of John Carpenter's The Thing back in the day and there was a bit where they torched the weed they were growing up there because the thing had infected it, and there was a snowmobile chase scene as well.


That sounds awesome. :shock:
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby jellydonut25 » Fri May 09, 2014 2:33 pm

GFan wrote:
XvGojira wrote:I remember reading the novelization of John Carpenter's The Thing back in the day and there was a bit where they torched the weed they were growing up there because the thing had infected it, and there was a snowmobile chase scene as well.


That sounds awesome. :shock:

except for the snowmobile chase, which sounds unnecessary.
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby XvGojira » Fri May 09, 2014 2:45 pm

jellydonut25 wrote:
GFan wrote:
XvGojira wrote:I remember reading the novelization of John Carpenter's The Thing back in the day and there was a bit where they torched the weed they were growing up there because the thing had infected it, and there was a snowmobile chase scene as well.


That sounds awesome. :shock:

except for the snowmobile chase, which sounds unnecessary.


And it was.
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby planetxleader » Thu May 22, 2014 1:12 am

You know, I was going to pick this up this week, but then I read the Chapter 2 excerpt online and I realized I'm not sure I really want to read through a pedestrian retelling of the movie. Not yet, anyway. Maybe after it's done with its theater run I'll pick it up to tide me over until the DVD release, but honestly, I was kind of immediately reminded why I don't like junk lit. In the meantime, I have a void that needs filled with Godzilla-esque literature, and I've been starting to search for Godzilla fanfiction that doesn't suck balls.

Consequently, I've decided to take advantage of a lull between writing assignments and a general feeling of being out of practice, by whipping up a little Godzilla fan fiction to give our subforum a shot in the arm. Just as a little writing exercise; it'll be pretty short. Stay tuned to the Kaiju Fiction section, I guess.

In the meantime, I look forward to hearing what anybody else thinks of the novelization!
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby jrichreturns » Thu May 22, 2014 7:45 pm

I don't like how in the book
Spoiler Below:
it seems the jets do severe damage to Godzilla..it's Godzilla not GINO
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Re: Does anybody plan on picking up the Godzilla novelizatio

Postby planetxleader » Fri May 23, 2014 11:48 am

jrichreturns wrote:I don't like how in the book
Spoiler Below:
it seems the jets do severe damage to Godzilla..it's Godzilla not GINO


Yuck.

Right now I think I'd get more out of reading the leaked script that I would the novelization, anyway.
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