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The counterpart to TheFilmOfTheBook: A novelization retells the story of the film in novel form. In some cases this can even go as far as a [[RecursiveAdaptation book based on the film of the book]] (distinct from just re-releasing the original novel with a [[FilmPosters film poster slapped on the cover]]).

At best, the novelization is a faithful rendition of the film's story that takes additional time to explore and explain things the movie didn't have time to do itself (like the inner motivations of the characters, or justification for certain plot holes); at worst, you end up with something that reads like someone copied the film script and added "ItWasADarkAndStormyNight" at the top.

Novelizations are also often put together quickly, using an early draft of the film's script so that the author can finish the writing and have the book published to [[TieInNovel tie in]] with the movie's theatrical release; this incurs a very real risk that the copy of the script the author was working from may differ substantially from the final script used in filming (this happened with Chris Claremont's ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' novelization and Peter David's ''Film/SpiderMan3'' novelization, amongst many others). If the movie winds up having its release delayed, the book might be in something of a no man's land when it comes to sales, while the film itself is potentially spoiled by anyone who reads the novel (which happened to ''Penelope''). On the other hand, sometimes the book is better than the movie, especially if the movie wasn't great in the first place.

Many of these novels are ghostwritten or with the authors writing under pen names, with some having written quite a few of them under a variety of different aliases.

The novelization is not exclusive to film; episodes of popular television shows may be novelized as well (for example, almost all of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' original series serials were novelized), as can ComicBook {{Story Arc}}s, and even video games (usually ones with strong narrative elements, like [=RPGs=]). These vary from ExpandedUniverse material to complete bastardizations that [[InNameOnly only bear the name of the original.]]

See also TieInNovel.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Certain anime episodes (some books even compile several episodes within its pages) and at least two of the movies (some of the later movies have been released in manga format).
** On a more obscure note, there exist two ([[NoExportForYou Japan-only]]) [[LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation novelizations of the anime]], written by the original anime director Creator/TakeshiShudo. The second volume includes a ToBeContinued note in the afterword, but it was CutShort; no third installment was released, plus Shudo died in 2010.
** Many of the US Pokemon books were written by Tracey West who wrote ''many'' of these types of books for Scholastic for Pokemon and other series like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' and...
* ''Anime/SailorMoon''! Scholastic had a few Sailor Moon books that were essentially adaptations of the anime (specifically, the [=DiC=] dub since they used their character names, although interestingly, they covered some episodes skipped by [=DiC=]). They covered roughly the first arc.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' has an English-language junior novel series based on the manga and features images taken from it for illustrations.
** In Japan, [[Anime/DragonBall all]] [[Anime/DragonBallZ three]] [[Anime/DragonBallGT animes]] were adapted into an "animanga" using screenshots of the show, [[RecursiveAdaptation despite the show being based on a manga]]. The main appeal was that it was in colour, but then the Full Color edition of the original manga was released using Toriyama's stronger artwork. As Kanzenshuu's Julian says, it's redundantly redundant.
* ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'' was adapted into a successful 12-volume novel series by "Jack [=McKinney=]" (a pen name for James Luceno and Creator/BrianDaley). The series led to several TelevisionTieInNovels, creating a 21-volume novel series that greatly expands on the original television series. The novels based on the unproduced scripts for ''The Sentinals'' were later adapted into the comic book series.
** The novelizations were declared to be CanonDiscontinuity by the current head of ''Robotech'' licencing and production... and then the ones based on the TV series were later re-issued with new covers under the current ''Robotech'' branding. However, the novel-exclusive stories and related omnibus remain out of print, although some of them are officially available as e-books. All of the novels are easy to find through the used book circuit.
** The original ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise has had novelizations of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'', and ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' (the ''DYRL?'' one in particular restores a number of plot points from ''SDF'' and adds new scenes [such as a mock combat between Hikaru and a newly-recruited [[TheAce Max Jenius]]]) though good luck finding translations, as the folks at Harmony Gold haven't budged...
* Most of the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series have had novel adaptations, sometime resolving very different from the anime. And there are also side stories and sequels that originate as novels. Notable is ''Beltochika's Children''; it was originally Creator/YoshiyukiTomino's rejected plot for ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'', which, in turn, is an adaption of Tomino's novel ''Hi-Streamer''. In other words, it's a novelization of TheFilmOfTheBook (by the same author).
* Even the SliceOfLife {{yonkoma}} ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' was adapted into LightNovels.
* There is a three-installment novelization of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' which expands on the main cast members' characterization while having several scenes play out differently than they did in the anime.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The StoryArc of the Franchise/{{Superman}} comics where he [[BackFromTheDead died and returned]] was made into a novelization by Roger Stern. It's generally considered [[AdaptationDistillation better than the original]], partially due to cutting out the various running subplots, crossovers, and [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] tropes.
* Likewise, the novelization for the ''Comicbook/BatmanNoMansLand'' story arc is also better. (With the exception of completely removing Catwoman, Superman, and Azrael from the plot.) With a plot that spread out over a year and, like Superman's death, was covered in at least four different titles with different writers, the novel smoothed the rough edges brilliantly.
* For every good adaptation however, there are crappy ones. "52" omitted large portions of the storyline, while ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' are written under the assumption that the person reading it is familar with the story, meaning casual readers will have no clue what's going on....
* There are many instances of novelizations in comic book form, outside of [[RecursiveAdaptation Recursive Adaptations]] of comic book-based films. Many of Marvel's ''Super Special'' books were novelizations of late 70s/early-mid 80s films, and adaptations of ''Star Wars'' (back when it was just ''Star Wars'' and not ''Episode IV'') and ''The Empire Strikes Back'' appeared in serialized form as issues of their ongoing ''Star Wars'' comic, though ''Return of the Jedi'' was published as a separate mini-series (and both ''Empire'' and ''Jedi'' were published as ''Super Special''s as well. DC released novelizations of some of the ''Star Trek'' films as one-shots while they held the rights to publish ''Trek'' comics.

* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' had one unique & bizarre enough for it to get [[Literature/BackToTheFuture its own page.]]
* The novelization of ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' has an added bit where showing loyalty to the Scorpion King meant ''cutting off your forehead'' and chanting "Mi Phat As". Rick O'Connell tries to mimic it as best as he can: "My Fat Ass!"
* 1913 silent drama ''Film/TrafficInSouls'', which was probably the first feature film produced in the United States, also had a novelization produced, making it the TropeMaker for film.
* Creator/JamesCameron, director of ''Film/TheTerminator'', ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', and other films, has gone on record in the preface to the novelization of ''Film/TheAbyss'' that he ''hates'' most novelisations because of his respect for books and the crass way most novelizations are written. He then goes on to laud Creator/OrsonScottCard, the writer of the novelization for ''The Abyss'', as getting it right. Cameron actually gave pages of Card's draft to his actors for character backstory.
** In an interview with EntertainmentWeekly, the topic of an ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' novelization came up. Cameron made a point of stressing that it was the ''novel'', not the ''novelization''.
* ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'''s novelization by Richard Curtis (under the pen name Curtis Richards) is quite renowned by the film's fans for exploring more of the characters and depth that the movie wasn't able to cover. The novel has now become a collector's item among modern fans, since copies are harder to find. The novel was so renowned, lines from the book ("You don't know what death is!") appear in the sequel. [[Film/HalloweenII1981 The second]] and [[Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch third]] films were also novelized by Dennis Etchison (under the pen name Jack Martin), who was asked to write the script for ''[[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers Halloween 4]]'' (however, while his treatment was used, his script wasn't). The fourth film was novelized by Nicholas Grabowsky.
* ''Film/TheHumanComedy'' (1943) is a very interesting example. Writer William Saroyan wrote the story and screenplay for the film and was in the running to direct it as well. When he clashed with MGM head, Louis B. Mayer, Clarence Brown was selected instead. When Saroyan became dissatisfied with the resulting film, he wrote a novel that reflected his vision for the story and published it before the film was released. This lead many to believe the film was based on the novel, when it was technically the other way around. While the film was later adapted for radio plays, a TV movie, and a musical. The novel was adapted as a film, released in 2015, entitled ''Ithaca'', directed by Creator/MegRyan (in her directorial debut) and produced by Creator/TomHanks. In other words, it's the film based on the novel based on the film!
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** The novel to ''Film/BatmanForever'', by Creator/PeterDavid throws in some deleted scenes from the film, more character development for characters like Chase Meridian, Robin, and Two-Face, additional insight into the Riddler's obsession for Bruce Wayne, rearranges the order of some scenes to make more sense, and is generally thought quite good. Bizarrely, the Riddler briefly wears a robotic muscle suit for a few pages, like in the licensed game version.
** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' had novelizations done by Dennis O'Neil, who'd written and edited Batman comics for roughly three decades beforehand. As a result, he's confident in making a ''lot'' of expansions and outright changes, ranging from the minor (Joker is somewhat closer to the comics take, even using Joker Venom at one point) to the truly bizarre (Scarecrow's motivations are explained as those of a WellIntentionedExtremist trying to create utopia through fear).
* Rarely, TheFilmOfTheBook [[RecursiveAdaptation will itself have a novelization]].
** Particularly notable: ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' by Creator/FredSaberhagen, a tacit admission that Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film didn't quite fit the [[Literature/{{Dracula}} original story]].
** Likewise, ''Creator/MaryShelley's Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' by Leonore Fleischer, the novelization of Creator/KennethBranagh's [[Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein 1994 film]]. (Saberhagen reportedly offered his services for this novelization as well, primarily because it would then have been "''Mary Shelley's Frankenstein'', by the author of ''Bram Stoker's Dracula''".) Fleischer is a veteran novelizer, with "Based on..." works including ''Film/RainMan'', ''Film/ThreeAmigos'', ''Film/{{Annie|1982}}'' (yes, that's right, the book of the film of the musical of the comic strip) and even ''Film/{{Fame}}''. (Yes, that's right, the book of the musical.)
** Furthermore, there was a novelization of the 1979 version of ''Nosferatu'', which was a remake of the 1922 ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'', which was an unauthorized adaptation of ''Dracula''.
** Creator/PiersAnthony did a novelization of ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', which was inspired by ''We Can Remember It For You Wholesale'', a novella by Philip K. Dick.
** The 1980s remake of ''Film/TheThing1982'', based on the short story "Literature/WhoGoesThere" by Creator/JohnWCampbell, was novelized.
** And the ''Literature/LittleWomen'' movie had one.
** They even had one for the [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action version]] of ''Film/TheCatInTheHat''. A "junior novelization," but still.
** And a very bland version of ''The Secret Garden''.
** The 1998 version of ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow and based on the Charles Dickens novel, was novelized.
** All three ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' movies got junior novelization, even though the first two movies were based on books. To be fair, the movies were (especially [[Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark the second one]]) fairly different from the source material.
** ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' got a 50th Anniversary Novelization in 1996. People aware of the making of the film are most certainly aware that it was based on a Christmas card ("The Greatest Gift" by Phillip Van Doren Stern).
* All the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films have been novelized.
** The novelization of ''Film/ANewHope'', ghostwritten by Creator/AlanDeanFoster, introduced several plot points not elaborated on in the movie, including the first official reference to Darth Vader as a "Lord of the Sith" and the name of the first Emperor (Palpatine). Apparently, Palpatine was only the first in a very long line. Also it has some scenes that didn't make it to the movie, like the Han and Jabba scene that only appeared in the special edition. Interestingly, it was released before the movie came out. (Unfortunately, since Foster wrote it before the script doctors got to it, you have to slog through a fair bit of George Lucas' original dialogue, about which Harrison Ford once said "George, you can type this shit, but you sure as hell can't say it.")
** Nearly forty years later, Foster returned to the franchise to write the novelization of ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. Like his previous work, it elaborates on some plot points and background detail, including a plausible (for SpaceOpera) explanation of how Starkiller Base works.
** Creator/MattStover's work on ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', which has [[Literature/RevengeOfTheSith its own page]], has a tremendous amount of character detail and [[AllThereInTheManual background information]] shoehorned into the text, greatly [[{{Retcon}} explaining]] some of the [[IdiotBall seemingly inexplicable actions]] of some characters; dialogue is also added, even to scenes which the film itself covers; and even the action scenes are written with grand vision and style. Not for nothing does a portion of the fandom regard the novelisation as ''better than the original film.'' Which is saying something, given the film itself has an 80% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
** There is also a novelization of ''Revenge of the Sith'' by Creator/PatriciaCWrede. Though the book itself is not labeled as such, it is essentially a "junior novelization" and Amazon's description refers to it as that. This novelization provides the basics of the plot and does provide a bit of additional insight into the characters, but doesn't provide anywhere near the depth or detail of Stover's novelization. It's about 190 pages and also includes some photos from the film.
* ''Film/DragonBallEvolution'' has a junior novel.
* ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' has both a regular novelization and a junior one. The novelization, written by the film's screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue, is based on his early screenplay before it was changed by {{creative differences}} with director Rob Cohen and {{executive meddling}} from Creator/{{Universal}}. Compared to the family-friendly nature of the film, the novelization has the {{darker and edgier}} feel the film was meant to have. It also expands on the world, details the characters and their relationships, gives previously minor or unnamed supporting characters larger roles such as the dragonslayers introduced near the end, includes vital scenes and moments of character development deleted from the film, rearranges some scenes and lines of dialogue to help the story make more sense, and removes elements added to the film that Pogue disapproved of like the pigs in the swamp village. While the film received a mixed reception, the novelization is praised by readers and fans, deeming it superior to the film and lamenting {{What Could Have Been}}. The book notably features more direct interaction between Draco and the other characters than shown in the film that was limited due to the CGI technology at the time.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov agreed to write the novelization of the movie ''Literature/FantasticVoyage''; between him [[NovelizationFirst finishing early]] and delays in the film's production, much of the audience believed the movie was a [[TheFilmOfTheBook Film Of The Book]] when it was released. His frustrations with ExecutiveMeddling lead him to write ''Fantastic Voyage II'', a non-movie-based take on the same themes, years later.
* Two above-average novelizations that take greater than usual liberties with the source material are Orson Scott Card's novelization of ''Film/TheAbyss'' (which introduced backstory that director James Cameron gave to the actors) and William Kotzwinkle's novelization of ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' (which he wrote with the screenwriter, and which includes many details on E.T.'s home planet and motivations that do not appear in the film - it also includes the scene with Elliot's principal [filmed, with Creator/HarrisonFord as the principal, but cut] and most importantly it retains the M&M's). Kotzwinkle later wrote a sequel, ''E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet'', a sequel to the film that is based on a story by Creator/StevenSpielberg.
* Another is ''Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing'' novel by veteran comics writer Creator/PeterDavid, often considered to be more faithful to the source material.
* ''Film/EventHorizon'''s novelization was superior to the film in many areas, especially character development.
* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' films have also had adaptations made, usually featuring scenes that were shot, but wouldn't be used in a version of the film (at least, in the book for ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', which included subplots not used until the Director's Cut of the film, as well as a scene where Company sleazebag Burke is cocooned in the Alien hive) for many years.
** The ''Alien'' novelisations probably had it better than most: ''all'' of the novelisations up until ''Film/AlienResurrection'' were written by Creator/AlanDeanFoster, the same guy who ghostwrote the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' novelisation. Foster, at least, did care about the tone of his books and they're written quite passably, if not well. The consistency of author also means there's little, if any discontinuity between these three novels, the style and mood is the same across all three, and Foster even [[ShoutOut gives his readers a wink]] by using similar images for the opening of each book, even though the films were the better part of a decade apart in each case.
* The CultClassic ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'' has a notoriously bad novelization. Not only did it remove ''every single supernatural element,'' including the DealWithTheDevil that the film's plot centers on, but it also threw the characterization into a shredder. A prime example is Phoenix, the Phantom's love interest. In the movie, she's a sweet, innocent IdolSinger; in the novelization, her first appearance sees her come out on stage topless and sing about anal sex.
* The novelization of the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' movies and ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' movies was given to Creator/PeterDavid, who had previously written the comic book series of both characters. Notably, the novelization of ''Film/SpiderMan3'' included many scenes that were cut from the movie, most notably several scenes in the final battle that make it play out much differently than it did in the film. David also added the touch of giving names to background characters that went unnamed in the ''The Incredible Hulk'' film which corresponded to similar characters from the source comics.
* The 1927 lost film ''London After Midnight'' with Creator/LonChaney got a novelization, which still exists, and is a key reason why we still know the film's plot.
* ''Film/FirstBlood'' was based on [[Literature/FirstBlood a book]]. The sequels weren't, but the original author wrote novelizations of the first two. They're quite good.
** David Morrell, the author, lampshades the trope by addressing perhaps the most significant CanonDiscontinuity between novel and film. In the ''preface'' to the first sequel he explicitly acknowledges that, "In my book, [[spoiler:Rambo died.]] In the films, [[spoiler:he lives.]]"
* The novelization of ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' is one of the better ones, which treats some issues skimmed over in the movie with more depth.
* The first ''Film/JamesBond'' film not to take its title from an Ian Fleming story, ''Film/LicenceToKill'', got a novelization from John Gardner, who was writing Bond novels at the time. Gardner had the interesting task of of reconciling the film continuity (such as it is) with that of the Fleming novels. For instance, in the film Felix Leiter gets his leg bitten off by a shark. But in the Fleming books, to which Gardner's novelization was meant to be a sequel, Leiter had already lost a leg to a shark (which happened in ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie''). Gardner simply had the shark bite off Leiter's prosthetic, without the bad guys noticing.
** ''Licence to Kill'' was the first Bond movie to get a novelization since ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', which was novelized by the film's screenwriter Christopher Wood as ''James Bond And Moonraker''. While it stays close to the movie for the most part, Jaws (here TheVoiceless again) is missing from the freefall scene at the beginning and the waterfall chase, and he doesn't have a girlfriend. (Also, in the Venice chase scene 007's gondola doesn't sprout wheels.)
* Related to this are various tie-in books aimed at kids. Depending on the film, particularly when you hit the PG-13 rating, this can overlap with MisaimedMarketing. A single film can be given:
** Paperback picture books - Sometimes focusing only on a segment of the story, depending on the length of the film.
** Easy readers - Simple prose for beginners.
** Storybooks - Mini-novelizations, particularly in the early-to-mid 1980s, generously illustrated with stills. Sometimes happens with TheFilmOfTheBook adaptations (for instance, ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'') where younger kids might not be ready for the original book.
** "Junior novels" - mostly with action/adventure films, these are distinct from the formal novelizations by way of different authors, much shorter lengths, and occasional sanitizing (the ''Film/IronMan'' one drops the sex-related material, for example).
** ''Film/MarleyAndMe'' has a junior novel entitled "Marley: A Dog Like No Other" in addition to a reissued edition of the original novel with a movie tie-in cover.
** Coloring books, puzzle/activity books, trivia books, and the list goes on...
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' had a novel and comic book based on [[Film/{{Transformers}} the 2007 movie]] which was based off the TV show which was based off a toyline which had a movie that many would say is loosely based off of ''Star Wars'' in the same way ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]'' is. The novel also had a prequel novel; its plot varied greatly from the prequel comic and seemed to take place on the planet Dune.
* The ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie was novelized shortly after its release. It was quite good, and much better than the movie.
* When ''Film/{{Grease}}'' was novelized, the novelization dealt with the songs by turning them into prose dialogue. It was [[http://montyonmovies.blogspot.com/2008/12/grease-novel.html awkward]]. On the positive side, however, the novelization is a vast expansion of the film, starting before Danny and Sandy actually meet, and incorporating loads of extra scenes, such as the characters dealing with the death of Buddy Holly. Scattered throughout are profanities more representative of the original stage version (Kenickie calls Danny a "faggot" at one point), and there is a T-Bird named Roger, as in the play - Doody is merely the name of an otherwise unimportant Rydell student. But that's not all - the entire story is told from the point of view of Sonny, whose girlfriend is a Pink Lady named Marcia; the addition of whom causes all of the Pink Lady/T-Bird romances to be shuffled around.
** ''Film/{{Grease 2}}'' has a novelization as well, this time geared towards a young audience. As the book is clearly based on a rough draft of the film, now-lost deleted scenes can be read (such as the rest of the Frenchie material, and a scene at the talent show which completely spoils the 'Michael drove off a cliff and died' concept). The real fault, however, lies in the pure stupidity evident in spots - for example, Cool Rider Michael rides his motorcycle *up* a flight of stairs.
* Because Creator/JimHenson himself supervised their writing and provided tons of material to author A.C.H. Smith (as revealed in a 2012 ''Empire'' magazine tribute to Henson), the novelizations of ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' and ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' contained information and scenes that didn't make it into the finished films. For the former, this included the names of all the Skeksis and Mystic characters, the alternate name for the Mystics ([=uRu=]), the passages in invented language which were changed to English for the final script, the deleted funeral scenes, etc.. The ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' novelization was again very close to the movie, but contained expanded versions of the doorknockers and Fireys' sequences, the backstory of Sarah's mother leaving the family for an actor she worked with (and whom Jareth is the fantasy world equivalent of), and so forth.
** ''Labyrinth'' also had a children's picture book version with drawn illustrations, written by Louise Gikow. It stuck closely to the film, with one ''big'' change -- the issue of Jareth being a StalkerWithACrush is not brought up. Not only is the DreamBallet sequence presented only as a delaying tactic, the climax has him destroyed by ThePowerOfLove (specifically, Sarah's love for Toby), whereas in the film, [[spoiler: Sarah figures out that his Reality Warper powers don't include power over her, and a declaration of this is enough for him to admit defeat]]. This change didn't apply to the novelization or the ''Photo Album'''s telling (which used dialogue excerpts and stills from the film), which were aimed at older audiences.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}: The Movie'' has ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Spaceballs-Book-Jovial-Bob-Stine/dp/0590412264 Spaceballs: The Book]]''. By ''Scholastic Press''. Think about that for a second: the novelization of a ''Creator/MelBrooks movie'' was marketed expressly to ''elementary school students''. Fortunately, the plot and humor are largely intact, but the language is heavily [[{{Bowdlerize}} bowdlerized]].
** Heck, they ran ''ads'' for the movie on the back cover of ''Junior Scholastic'' magazine.
* The novelization of ''Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin'' was so half-assed it got ''Hironobu Sakaguchi's name wrong'' on the front cover. (He's both the director of most FF games and the "original story writer" for the movie.)
* The novelization of ''Film/HowardTheDuck'' was ''exponentially'' better than its source material.
* ''Film/PrettyInPink'' had one which featured the original ending, as opposed to the theatrical ending.
* ''Film/TheMasterMystery'' had one. In ''1919''.
* The ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' novelization was a lot better than the film: the scenery and events were amazingly detailed, the characters were better defined, and there were even more elements from the original Hellblazer comics incorporated into the story -- Constantine being stalked by the ghosts of his old friends, the inclusion of pagan Gods, references to Midnite's gladiator games, etc.
* The novelization of ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' includes a ''metric buttload'' of additional information, such as the fact that [[spoiler: the mogwai are an artificial, disposable slave race created by an alien scientist named Mogturman (and later almost destroyed the civilization that created them), the secondary mogwai all have names (like poor doomed Clor), and that the movie-ending line "Bye, Billy" was the result of hours of personal angst and effort by Gizmo, resulting in his own personal CrowningMomentOfAwesome]].
* The novelization of ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' is pretty notable. The author explicitly writes it as a comedy, just as the film is, but it's written in true DeadpanSnarker fashion, just as Venkman is. Few novelizations have such a grasp of the characters that they can sum up Egon Spengler like so:
--> "Nobody has explained the facts of life to Spengler. He worked them out for himself on a pocket calculator and vaguely suspects he came up with the wrong result."
** It should be noted that ''Ghostbusters'' actually has ''two'' different novelizations, one written by Richard Mueller (who later wrote for ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''), the other written by Larry Milne and published in Britain - the latter, unusually, is written in the present tense and also contains bios of key cast and crew members... and, bizarrely, virtually all of the film's credits ("From Columbia-Delphi Productions").
** The ''Film/GhostbustersII'' novelization isn't ''quite'' as good, but does have this line:
---> "Legend has it that, even as a child, Peter Venkman was incapable of a sincere smile."
* James Kahn's novelization of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' is relatively faithful to the movie, except for one entire chapter (two) which deals with Short Round's life before meeting up with Indy, and some info about one of their elephants being named Large Short Round, leading SR to assume it's the reincarnation of his dead brother. It also negates a few of the movie's problems with ArtisticLicense and even justifies some of them InUniverse; for instance, Indy and Captain Blumburtt discuss the un-Hindu gross-out feast at Pankot Palace, and turns it into a creative bit of {{Foreshadowing}} that all is not right at Pankot.
** The one for ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' features a good deal of AdaptationExpansion, with author Campbell Black adding his own scenes, some one of which comprises an entire chapter. The first chapter is, of course, Indy's failed quest to get the golden idol at the beginning. But instead of the second chapter being his return to the States and teaching his class, as in the film, it introduces Dietrich and has him being given his mission to obtain the Ark by a high-ranking Nazi named Eidel. Black also frequently cuts back to "meanwhile, with Belloq and Dietrich" style scenes throughout the book to make them (Belloq, especially) seem more like actual characters with their own story.
* The novelization of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' was written by Creator/GeneRoddenberry himself (to the disgust of Harold Livingston, who wrote the script for the movie). Notable because he gave a massive boost to the [[YaoiFangirl Kirk / Spock slashers]] by stating outright that the honorific Spock uses for Kirk "t'hy'la" was interpreted from the Vulcan language as "brother/friend/lover" and what the shippers have reinterpreted as meaning "soulmate".
** The novelizations of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' and ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' had several important plot points that were missing from the movies. It was established that Commander Sulu was to be promoted to captain and commanding officer of the USS ''Excelsior'' immediately after returning from the training mission, but the Genesis controversy caused Starfleet Commmander Morrow to rewrite his orders.
*** In ''Wrath of Khan'', we see a developing mentor/protégé relationship between Lt. Saavik and Cadet Peter Preston, the latter of whom has a crush on the former. The members of the Genesis team are all named and given plot development, including one who was Carol Marcus' lover. The torture of the Genesis team (''sans'' three people) is shown in explicit detail, and towards the end we see the beginnings of a friendship between Saavik and David Marcus.
*** In ''Search For Spock'', Saavik and David's friendship blooms into romance, which was unfortunately not seen in the movie. And when David is killed, Saavik becomes so enraged that she takes on three Klingon guards by herself and is only taken down after two disruptor blasts. (Also, Kirk doesn't say the famous line "You Klingon bastard, you've killed my son!"; he calls him a "spineless coward" instead).
*** ''The Voyage Home'' was novelised by Vonda [=McIntyre=], with some style. Spock and Sarek in particular get further upgrading via backstory and other lines. The famous WhatCouldHaveBeen scene with Sulu meeting his great-great-grandfather is faithfully included, and Macintyre plays up (to the point of being {{Anvilicious}} about it) the conservation themes of the film, with Spock occasionally stopping by nondescript plants to say "Fascinating. An extinct species." Even [=McCoy=]'s ranting gets an upgrade:
--->'''[=McCoy=]:''' Good Lord. Why don't they just drill a hole in his head and let the evil spirits out?
*** [=McIntyre's=] ''Voyage Home'' novel also elaborates and expands on the nature of the probe. [[spoiler:It's a sentient being of near godlike power, and is referred to as "the traveler." It's maintained contact with Earth's whales for centuries across the vastness of space, and visited Earth previously before humans evolved. It considers whales a superior species because it enjoys their songs, and doesn't even notice or care about humans. Its reason for coming is it heard the cries of the whales as they were hunted centuries ago. It had come with the intention of rescuing them, but the journey took so long that by the time it arrives the whales are all dead. When it discovers this, it plans to purge Earth of life and begin it anew - until George and Gracie are brought to the present and answer its call, persuading it to spare the planet]]. This explanation and backstory for the probe were eventually rendered non-canonical by a later novel entitled ''Probe'', however, which revealed that [[spoiler:it was sent by space whales]].
** ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'''s novelization by J.M. Dillard does a lot to redeem the movie's IdiotPlot, adding considerable backstory to Sybok and his mother, and explaining that "God" had telepathically sent Sybok a formula for configuring a starship's deflector shields to penetrate the Barrier. After Sybok gets Scotty to set up the Enterprise's shields in this way, Klaa's Bird-of-Prey copies the same shield configuration in order to follow the Enterprise. It also gives background information on St. John Talbot, General Korrd, Cathlinn Dar, and J'Onn, and tells what led them all to their current circumstances on the godforsaken world of Nimbus III.
* The novelization of ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' (a RecursiveAdaptation) is mostly faithful to the movie but includes a few extended scenes, such as Brent badgering Flint at the tackle shop, and Flint's food fight with the Mayor.
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', the movie that tied-up the loose ends of ''Firefly'', was novelized. Most fans enjoy the added depth to the characters, especially River (who, according to the book, makes up her own languages)
* The novelization of ''Film/TheFunhouse'' gives its characters more depth and back story and is also slightly more disturbing than the film. It was written by Creator/DeanKoontz (under the pen name Owen West) and released while the film was delayed. This lead some to believe the film was an adaptation of the book, but it was actually the other way around.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' has a novelization. It retains almost all of the scripts and story elements, though the songs are only described. The novel does, however, occasionally give added info on what characters are thinking and also includes a few scenes that in the film are available only as deleted scenes on the DVD release. The novel also removes a couple of the more suggestive moments from the film, such as Nancy's comment about Robert having some "grown-up girl bonding time" with Giselle, and Morgan's line that boys are only after one thing, but nobody will tell her what it is.
* 1935's ''Film/WerewolfOfLondon'' got a novelization long, long after its release (sometime in the 70s) by someone under the house pseudonym Carl Dreadstone. While it told the same basic story as the film, about a botanist who becomes a werewolf, it had some differences (not the least of which is Glendon's first name is inexplicably spelled "[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Wilfrid]]"). This included a radically different ending: Glendon and his fellow werewolf, [[spoiler:Dr. Yogami]], attempt to stave off their transformation by seeing a hypnotist. It fails, and the two transform and fight. Glendon kills [[spoiler:Yogami]] and then the hypnotist. The novelization then concludes with Glendon turning back into a human and [[spoiler:contemplating killing himself with the hypnotist's gun]].
* ''[[Film/{{Clue}} Clue: The Movie]]'' got a novel, which had a fourth ending that was filmed but now presumably lost.
* The movie ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' has a novelization written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the movie's writers (Emmerich was also the director). The book is slightly better than the movie. While it has the exact same ending, dialogue, and even shares its cover with the poster, the book provides more insight into each character's motivations, particularly Ra and the inhabitants of Abydos.
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'''s novelization was written up by Creator/BrianDaley. Notable for amping up the roles of minor characters, fleshing out the dynamic among the three human heroes, providing a few WordOfGod details about the cyberspace society, and added {{Deleted Scene}}s ([[LingerieScene including]] [[FantasticArousal that one]]) back in.
* ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'' had a novel written for it...''21 years'' after the release of the original film. It adds considerably more backstory, characters, RefugeInAudacity, VulgarHumor, and {{Gorn}}.
* ''Film/NationalLampoonClassReunion'', bizarrely, is a photographic book.
* ''Film/TheGoonies'', penned by James Kahn, has its chapter headings in the forms of summations of the events in each chapter ("...We Stop For Provisions...") and is narrated by Mikey, except for chapter six ("Chunk's Story") which details what happened when Chunk was taken by the Fratellis in his own words.
* ''The Adventures of Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' combined the plots of ''Smokey And The Bandit'' and the sequel - but put "the pregnant elephant caper" first chronologically.
* The novelisation of ''Film/TheUntouchables'' differs in several respects from the movie, with a different climax. (The film's climax was completely rewritten after the original idea proved to be too expensive, but the novelization kept the original climax.)
* The novelization of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' actually portrayed its villain, [[EvilAlbino Shen]], as a more sympathetic character than in the movie, while the film's prologue had Shen develop his cannons for evil for no reason, the novelization stated that the real reason why he was evil was because his parents hated him because of his pale coloration and poor health.
* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' spawned a tie-in book calling itself a "Movie Novel" - though it isn't. It's merely a [[FilmComic comic book that adds speech bubbles to poor-quality screencaps from the film.]] There were several of these in TheSeventies; ''Hair'' was another example of them.
* The novelization of ''Film/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' was, uncharacteristically, written by the screenwriter of the film, and seems like an elaborate attempt to repair a broken story. Heartland's inhabitants are described in elaborate detail, more characters are added to BD Records' staff of shifty record-biz personas, and the story wraps up with an outlandish ending in which Sgt. Pepper's band magically gains the members of hundreds (literally) of other popular bands, all of whom are listed over the last several pages of the book. Unlike the ''Grease'' novel, musical numbers don't become awkward dialogue - the characters actually sing as if in a musical movie. The story stops, the lyrics of a Beatles song are printed in full, and the story continues.
* The novelization of ''Film/JohnCarter'' [[http://disney.go.com/books/john-carter-movie-novelization-1423165586 includes]] the original Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs novel ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars A Princess of Mars]]''. Compare and contrast!
* The novelization of ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' features some great additional description that didn't make it from script to film, including a description of[[spoiler: the infamous Kevin.]]
* The junior novelization of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' hit bookstores before the movie hit theaters, so it took an unusual approach to avoid spoilers ''and'' get the reader up to speed on the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse up to that point -- it retold the plots of the previous five films in alternating chapters for each hero, and wrapped up with a rundown of the first act of this one, ending as the heroes are initially brought together.
* The novelization for ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'' is written by Hank Searls. Despite being the trope namer for VoodooShark, it is better than the movie (it would be hard to do worse.) It explains that a voodoo curse was put on the shark and that's why it was attacking members of the Brody family (though it's not clear why or who is doing this). It also has tighter and more action-packed scenes, chooses [[spoiler: to not ressurect Jake]] and has a subplot involving Michael Caine's character smuggling drugs, making it more interesting and more thought out than the movie.
** It is explained who is responsible. It's a Voodoo witch-doctor named Papa Jacques, who cast a curse on the Brody family because Michael Brody was a jerk to him a few times, and Papa Jacques apparently lives by DisproportionateRetribution, and therefore finds murdering Michael's entire family to be a reasonable form of retaliation.
* The junior novelizations of the live-action ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' films were interesting in that they were told from a different character's perspective each chapter (rotating around Velma, Shaggy, Daphne, and Fred). For what it's worth, the character development was more fleshed out, and the story had more depth, while still being funny and entertaining at the same time.
* Jonathan Maberry wrote a novelization of ''Film/TheWolfman2010''. It's noteworthy in that the author only had two months to pen the entire thing, yet the book is generally seen as a big improvement over the film. It mostly adheres to the final cut of the movie, with a couple of scenes added (such as deleted scenes) and more fleshed-out characters. There is only one significant alteration: Lawrence figures out who the werewolf on his own and does so earlier on.
* The junior novelization of ''Film/IronMan3'' tacks on an epilogue of the ''real'' Mandarin, supposedly the true leader of the Ten Rings group referenced in ''Film/IronMan1'' whose identity was appropriated by [[spoiler: Aldrich Killian for his fake terrorist campaign]], watching news coverage of the events of the film. This has been confirmed as canon by ''Film/AllHailTheKing'' included with the home release of ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', where [[spoiler: ''faux'' Mandarin Trevor Slattery is broken out of jail to face the true Mandarin's wrath for the impersonation]].
* The novelization of ''Film/MenInBlack'' adds onto a lot of the background aliens to flesh out the world a bit more without feeling like {{Padding}}, but the best part has to be the scene where the Bug (who in fact has a name) takes over Edgar. The SpockSpeak voice that speaks to Edgar from the ship is actually a UniversalTranslator, and it has the problem of making everything sound overly stilted and formal. We get the way Bug ''actually'' said it in his own language (though the translator isn't word-for-word identical to the film.)
-->Bug: Put the gun down, stupid.
-->Edgar: You can have it when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers!
-->Bug: ''There's'' a deal.
* The novelization of ''Film/LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''' reads more like the comic it was based on, then the movie. You can *feel* where the ExecutiveMeddling ripped things apart.
* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' had one that added tidbits about the mythology (or the film's version it contradicts the series many times already),a scene where Connor first met Kastagir,and a few added bits to scenes in the film.
* Although the original ''Film/{{Planet of the Apes|1968}}'' film wasn't novelized, the sequels were. ''[[Film/ConquestOfThePlanetOfTheApes Conquest]]'' one has the film's original ending, not the altered one. The [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 2001 film]] also got one, though it omitted the twist ending.
* The films ''{{Film/Reptilicus}}'', ''{{Film/Gorgo}}'' and ''{{Film/Konga}}'' all had tie-in novels published by Monarch Books in the 60s. All three are notorious for the fact that their author wrote in softcore sex scenes to spice things up. In the case of ''Gorgo'', a film without any major female characters, author Carson Bingham had to invent an [[CanonForeigner original female character]] for Joe to sleep with (the alternative was [[HoYay him and Sam]]).
* The novelization of independent thriller/horror film ''Ten'' was written by script co-writer and cast member Jade Sylvan (who portrayed The Renegade). It was written while the movie was being filmed and based on an early version of the screenplay and therefor includes scenes that were cut from the film; most notably, a major clue towards the main PlotTwist shows up halfway through the novel, but not the movie. On the other hand, the fact that it was written by someone who was on set at the time means that a few moments from the film that were purely ThrowItIn were added to the book too. The novelization also has an unusual structure where each of the ten main characters narrates one of the novel's ten chapters, which means the characters get more fleshed out than in the film.
* John Milius's ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' received a tie-in novelization, reputedly by Milius himself. The book adheres closely to the movie's plot but is much heavier on PurpleProse and exotic atmosphere (a long description of Eden having a Moroccan steam bath for instance), rather than the film's action/adventure focus.
* Sam Peckinpah's ''Film/MajorDundee'' has a novelization based on a ''very'' early script draft by Harry Julian Fink (hence before the movie's notorious ExecutiveMeddling). Though it maintains the plot outline (Union and Confederate soldiers teaming up to fight Apache Indians), it contains more characters than the movie, changes the fate of existing ones (Captain Tyreen most notably) and elaborated on numerous scenes deleted from the final cut - including the Apache massacre that originally opened the movie.
* ''{{Film/Maleficent}}'' has a novelization based on a much older draft of the script, though YMMV on whether it's better or worse than the film. While it includes a lot of interactions not found in the film (shippers have noted that it reads like a Maleficent/Diaval fanfiction at times), a lot of characterization is changed, making Stefan much more unambiguously evil and Maleficent retains her villainous nature for longer.
* ''Film/SupermanReturns'''s novelization includes a sizeable portion on Krypton - both the relationship between Lara and Jor-El, and the DeletedScene of Kal-El's return to Krypton. It has a good deal of internal monologue from Superman, particularly during the plane save scene and the island scene. It also notably lacks the controversial [[spoiler:Superman's son]] element.
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderManSeries'', while not receiving complete novelizations, did receive junior novelizations.
* ''Film/RomancingTheStone'' and its sequel ''Film/TheJewelOfTheNile'' both had tie-in novels. Since the movies are about a romance novelist named Joan Wilder, both books were not only ghostwritten by someone writing ''as'' Joan Wilder (as in the covers literally say "by Joan Wilder"), but the cover artwork for both of them, as well, calls to mind the kind of cheesy romance novels Joan writes in the movie(s), especially the one for ''Romancing the Stone'' which depicts an enraptured Joan swooning in the arms of a shirtless Jack Colton.
* ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' had two novelizations, one by Vargo Statten which was faithful to the movie (other than a bit of AdaptationExpansion involving a man-eating underwater tree), and another by Walter Hariss writing under the pseudonym "Carl Dreadstone" which... wasn't.
* There is, in fact, a novelization of ''Film/TheRoom'' (unauthorized by Wiseau), written in the same terrible style as the original film. It also elaborates on certain plot points: Lisa cheats on Johnny because she's dissatisfied with him [[ItMakesSenseInContext fucking her bellybutton]], and Denny asks for baking ingredients because he is [[{{Foreshadowing}} making meth brownies]]. [[http://theroomnovelization.blogspot.com/ It's also available for free.]]
** Wiseau himself originally wrote the story as a play, and then a 500 page novel before he decided to make it as an independent film. The novel has never been published.
* For the ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', there are novelizations of the first two films. ''Film/PitchBlack'', by Frank Lauria, is mostly a cut-and-paste from an early draft of the script (so that one important twist from the movie doesn't appear), but it does add some backstory on how Riddick was captured and why he went to prison in the first place. The one for ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster added in tons of details, several extra scenes, and detailed backstory, including an appendix with more details on the Necromonger religion.
* The novelization of ''{{WesternAnimation/Coco}}'' went into a lot more detail than the film did, particularly involving the title character's backstory.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has novelizations for many episodes. Alan Dean Foster's Log books, novelizations of ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries,'' do an especially good job at fleshing out the stories and characters and adding depth, so much so that it's hard to enjoy the series if you read the books first. (Nothing against the series here, except {{Creator/Filmation}}'s [[LimitedAnimation ultra-cheap animation]]. The Log books are just that good.)
** Foster did it again with [[Film/StarTrek the reboot film]], and he included scenes that would be cut from the final release.
* The entirety of TheEighties TV miniseries ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', together with its sequel ''V: The Final Battle'' were novelised by A.C. Crispin in one {{Doorstopper}} of a book. It works well, mostly because Crispin doesn't just stick to the scripts. Having said that, the transition between miniseries and finale is awkward. ("Four months later", anyone?) The book contains a couple of shoutouts - a helicopter pilot is named "Joe Harnell" (Harnell scored the first miniseries); two of Mike Donovan's colleagues are named after TV writers Sam Egan and Jeri Taylor (who at the time were working at Universal, as creator Kenneth Johnson had done).
* British police drama ''Series/TheBill'' had scripts from its first seven seasons novelised as compilation volumes by author John Burke. This proved simple enough in the original seasons, when there were only 12 episodes each year. After the programme shifted to doing 90+ episodes a year, liberties began to be taken about which scripts could be adapted and which ones couldn't. One advantage of the novels was that they took the separate episodes and wove them into a single, flowing storyline. Eventually, the TV series itself would do it, too.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' (and its spin-off, ''Series/{{Angel}}''), like many Creator/TheWB[=/=]Creator/TheCW productions, has a large number of both original novels and novelizations. The occasional good novelization (for example, ''The Diary of Rupert Giles, Vol.1'', ironically by Nancy Holder, author of the infamously atrocious post-season 7 original novel ''Queen of the Slayers'') seeps in. But [[SturgeonsLaw most appear to be nothing more than]] copies of the script with the stage directions edited into prose format, such as the novelization of the TV series' first episode, ''The Harvest.''
* This happens to a good number of Australian kids' shows. Both series of ''Series/TheGirlFromTomorrow'' got one, both series of ''{{Series/Spellbinder}}'' had ''two each'', and ''Series/BlueWaterHigh'' has had a novelization of the first season written from the viewpoint of one of the characters. These commonly are word-for-word transcriptions, with each episode taking up a chapter. The ''Blue Water High'' series is notable for breaking away from that--the series itself rotates the protagonists' viewpoints.
** The first season of ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' was novelised in a single book with behind-the scenes extra info, and the third and forth seasons had novelisations of each episode.
* ''Series/HomeAndAway'' has been novelized.
* ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'' was co-written, under the pseudonym Kathryn Wesley, by the husband and wife team of Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. Seeing as it was based on an earlier version of the screenplay, it suffered from invalidated script syndrome. The end result contains some things which would have made for intriguing scenes in the movie (such as the Queen telling the Dog Prince a "bedtime story" about how she came to end up in prison, the literal burying of the magic axe, Virginia's RecurringDreams about Wolf, or an interesting variation on the Swamp Witch's cottage scene with Clay Face rather than Acorn). Other sections have some surprisingly deep explorations of character and motivation, such as the longer conversations between Virginia and the Huntsman, Virginia and the Queen, Virginia and Snow White, or Virginia and Tony about her mother; or where they hear in Little Lamb Village about the Trolls ravaging the kingdom and Tony, who accidentally golded Wendell, feels responsible. And some [[AllThereInTheManual explanations]] for otherwise headscratching moments are included, such as the old woman in the forest and the Cupid girl in Kissing Town both being Snow White in disguise. There's also lots of fun [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]] in the characters' thoughts, especially Wolf's and Tony's.
* A large portion of ''Creator/MontyPython's Big Red Book'' consisted of sketches from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' edited into humor book format. (As the show was SketchComedy, the book isn't a novel ''per se.'')
* A few early ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' episodes received the novelization treatment. The author used the extra space to add depth and plug the occasional perceived plot/characterization irregularity.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' stories began to be novelised soon after the show debuted, and from 1973 to 1994 Target published almost every single Doctor Who story from the original series run in novel form, plus several unbroadcast stories such as audio drama ''The Pescatons'' and three stories slated but never made from the cancelled Season 23. In the era before home video, the Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations were the only way many young fans had to relive the story. Despite their literary shortcomings (with some honourable exceptions), they are still sought-after and fondly remembered to this day.
** After Target's demise, BBC Books filled in some of their gaps[[note]]Currently, the only stories from the original series not yet officially novelised are Eric Saward's Dalek stories, "Resurrection of the Daleks" and "Revelation of the Daleks".[[/note]]; in 1996, they novelised the TV Movie, and come the 2010s they novelised Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Who'' stories, including ''Shada'', which'd been abandoned during production. In 2018, they released four novelisations from the revival series.
** ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' also has novelisations of all the first season, the first two stories of season 2 and "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith". They use the space to add scenes that explain a few things (like adding events from "The Sontaran Strategem" and "The Poison Sky" shown from Sarah Jane's viewpoint to "The Last Sontaran") and add ShipTease for Characters (like Luke/Maria in "The Last Sontaran").
* ''Series/YesMinister'' and ''Yes, Prime Minister'' found its way into print in the form of James Hacker's memoirs. (With the editors sprinkling in additions gleaned from the private papers of Sir Humphrey Appleby and Sir Bernard Woolley.)
* British-published novelizations of American TV shows were everywhere in the 1980s; some only had one book because of the parent show's short run (''Automan'', ''Shannon''), others got into plural figures (like ''Series/KnightRider'' and ''Series/StreetHawk'' - the latter only lasted for 12 episodes after the pilot, but there were four books published covering said pilot and six regular episodes), with the champion being ''Series/TheATeam'' (which clocked up ten books, all but one of which were based on episodes - only the first six of which were published in the US).
* Both seasons of the Creator/{{CBBC}} sitcom serial ''BAD Boyes'' were novelised by creators Jim and Duncan Eldridge, as ''BAD Boyes'' and ''BAD Boyes And The Gangsters''. Written in FirstPersonSmartass, they add plenty of extra detail, and lots of HypocriticalHumour as the HighSchoolHustler is outraged by everyone else's dishonesty. The forward to the first book also did some CanonWelding, revealing that Boyes was the unnamed diarist in the Eldridges' ''How To Handle Grownups'' series.
* ''Series/DempseyAndMakepeace'' had six books by various writers, with the first by Jesse Carr-Martindale (one of the show's writers) - unusually, the first book wasn't based on the premiere as much as on a later season 1 episode, "Makepeace, Not War" - and the next two by ''Starburst'' regular/author John Brosnan under the pseudonym John Raymond. Brosnan got into trouble with London Weekend (the show's producers) when parents complained that he'd made the stories somewhat more explicit than the series was - in ''Lucky Streak'' (based on the episode of the same name and "Judgement") Makepeace shoots a rapist in the crotch, which does not happen in "Judgement."
* The ''Literature/RedDwarf'' novels are somewhere between a novelisation and an original TieInNovel, taking elements from the episodes and connecting them together with original material. (The first one, for instance, combines elements of "The End", "Future Echoes", "Kryten", "[=Me2=]" and "Better Than Life" with an original plot in which Lister comes up with a plan to get back to Earth.)
* The ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' pilot was novelized both in standard and photo-novel forms.
* The ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' pilot and a few episodes were novelized. There was also a photo-novel that included a picture of the cylons attacking Caprica with an expletive spelled out in the lights of the city. Rumor has it this was from the effects team to Universal.

* ''Literature/BlackStar'' is an adaption of the album ''Wish Upon A Blackstar'' by {{Music/Celldweller}}.
* ''Music/TheAstonishing'' by Music/DreamTheater is set to have a novelization released sometime in 2018. The novel is said to expand on the story originally featured in the album.


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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has an impressive number of novelizations and short stories set in its universe. The quality of writing varies but is usually decent. [[Literature/GauntsGhosts At least one series]] supposedly changed the way an entire faction was perceived by the fanbase; Creator/GamesWorkshop (which both makes the tabletop game and publishes the literature under its own publishing branch) knew a good thing when it saw it and adjusted accordingly.
* The number of novels based directly on or set in the various game worlds of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is immense. In today's large bookstores, there can be multiple shelves of them.
** Taken to a further level, with actual MODULES (pre-packaged adventures) having novelizations, including "Against the Giants" (G1-G3), "Keep on the Borderlands" (B2), Temple of Elemental Evil" (T1-T4), "Tomb of Horrors" (S1), "White Plume Mountain" (S2), "Descent into the Depths" (D2-D3), and "Queen of the Demonweb Pits" (Q1).
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has a large number of novels and comics, as well, most of them of surprisingly good quality.
* Creator/WhiteWolf has novels and anthologies set in both [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness Old]] and [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness New]] Worlds of Darkness. Rather than telling plots around the games themselves, they frequently focus on staple [=NPCs=]. They also have comic books as well. Many of these are out of print, but can be bought in PDF format at https://www.drivethrurpg.com/ or https://www.drivethrucomics.com/


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* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', a series {{Roleplaying Game}}s from Creator/BioWare, had [[Literature/BaldursGate three novels]] corresponding to its three main story instalments. (''Franchise/DragonAge'' and ''Franchise/MassEffect'' also have novels, but they're side-stories, not straight adaptations of the games' storylines.)
** ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', a game built with the same engine (albeit not by [=BioWare=]), had a novelization as well.
* ''VideoGame/StarControl'' got itself a single paperback novelization titled Interbellum. Despite wearing the same cover as the Star Control 3 game, the content seems to be a story set just before the game involving the Commander of the previous game and his pet ortog (a creature never mentioned before or since). We think. Details of the alien races and the plot involved is so bizarre and short; that fans of the game aren't completely sure the book isn't simply the result of a crazed text replacement job.
* The ''VideoGame/TexMurphy'' adventure game ''The Pandora Directive'' has a hard-to-find novelization written by the Tex Murphy co-creator Aaron Conners.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' had a [[{{Literature/Doom}} tetralogy]]. The first, ''Knee-Deep in the Dead'', basically imitated the plot of the game -- think about that for a moment. ''Hell on Earth'' adapted ''Doom II'' and took place on an AfterTheEnd Earth that had been overrun by demons and zombies. Part way through ''Infernal Sky'' the series moves into far stranger sci-fi waters, virtually [[ArtifactTitle abandoning the source material]] by ''Endgame''. Interesting reads, but definitely ''not'' what one expects when one picks up a book based on a game about killing monsters from hell. One interesting thing about the novels was that they went the DoingInTheWizard route in regards to the demons, which were revealed to be biotechnological terror weapons created by aliens, whose modus operandi was to design their bioweapons to resemble evil creatures from the mythology of each planet they invaded to better spread fear among the populace. Seems to be CanonDiscontinuity, since most subsequent games have stuck with them being actual demons from an actual Hell (though the alien SuperSoldier thing would explain where they got the rocket launchers).
* Rand and Robyn Miller, the original creators of the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' franchise, collaborated with David Wingrove on a trilogy of novels that served as a sequel, prequel, and an even earlier prequel to the games themselves.
** There was a ''Myst'' strategy guide that read as a novelisation. It included things like a brief backstory segment of the main character being a photographer (explaining the screenshots throughout the book) who found the Myst book in a library while looking for photography books. It also intentionally had him make mistakes on some puzzles to illustrate what you have to do if something goes wrong. The guide also included a more standard strategy guide format after the novelization version.
** The answerbook for ''VideoGame/RivenTheSequelToMyst'' uses the same approach. It has sections that have varying solution reveals, from obtuse questioning the environment to a literal walkthrough of the game in short story form. The latter is a true novelization of the game and is a decent read.
* An interesting semi-example: Nintendo's official StrategyGuide for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' was written in a novelization format (for example, instead of telling the reader directly "Light the torches to open the door", it was "Link saw some unlit torches. When he lit them, the door opened.") The guide also contained official art and [[AllThereInTheManual background information]] that can't be found anywhere else. It was somewhat entertaining, but that extra atmosphere didn't do much good when you were lost in the Water Temple for four hours. (Nintendo apparently agreed -- they haven't tried anything similar since.) There was also a straighter novelization of the game, about which the less said, the better.
** They also made the guide for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' a pseudo-novelization complete with summaries of the previous games' plots, official art, and specious but interesting descriptions of Hyrule's culture and history (which were mostly {{Jossed}} by ''Ocarina of Time'').
** There are also several mangas of various games, including ''Ocarina Of Time'', that are pretty fair themselves and sometimes include bonus side stories (some of which are dubiously canonical, but still fun). In fact, the side story for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' manga details the origin of the titular mask quite well.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' had ChooseYourOwnAdventure books from Scholastic.
* Several of Creator/{{Sierra}}'s classic AdventureGame series had {{Strategy Guide}}s (''Literature/TheKingsQuestCompanion'', etc.) that included novelizations of the games alongside more standard walkthroughs.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's 1984 ''Literature/{{Shadowkeep}}'' is said to be the first novel based on a video game.
* Creator/{{Infocom}} cashed in on the popularity of some of its text-based adventures by licensing ''VideoGame/{{Zork}},'' ''VideoGame/{{Wishbringer}},'' ''VideoGame/{{Planetfall}}'' and ''Stationfall'' to Avon Books.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' has the S.D. Perry novelizations of the games (which adapts all the games up to ''Zero'') and the Keith R. A. [=DeCandido=] novelizations of the first three movies. There was also ''Biohazard: The Beginning'', a non-canon prequel to the first game, three original Japanese novels, and a Japanese novelization of the first movie unrelated to [=DeCandido=]'s version.
* Blizzard's key franchises ''VideoGame/WarCraft'', ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' and ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' all have several novelizations (''[=WarCraft=]'' has mangas, as well) of varying quality. The ''Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse''' ones have been mostly awful, but a couple of good ones are hidden in there. Some of the novels use scrapped material: ''Literature/LordOfTheClans'' was originally meant to be an Adventure game. ''Nova'' reveals the upbringing of the main protagonist of ''[=StarCraft=]: Ghost.'' Even those that don't are largely {{canon}}.
* The ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' video game ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'' had a novelization by Steve Perry, who also wrote for the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' and ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' universes. This was particularly terrible and made it even clearer that Dash Rendar was a Han Solo knockoff.
** ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', another big multimedia ''Franchise/StarWars'' project by Lucasarts, received a novelization written by Creator/SeanWilliams, which not only expanded on Starkiller's thoughts and motivations but developed his love interest Juno Eclipse far more than the game did. It was decently-received and spent a week on top of bestsellers lists.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' had a novelization, which alternated between surprisingly good to facepalm-inducingly bad. The main character got promoted from Private to Sergeant on his first day for no decent reason.
** When a [[FanFic/TiberiumWars fanfic]] is written specifically to relieve from the distaste, and it's much better than the official novelisation, it just speaks for itself.
* The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series has tie-in manga for each game. They also have novelizations, with many characters made [[AdaptationalAngstUpgrade angstier]] and made-up scenes that wind up contradicting game canon as the series progresses. Game director Tetsuya Nomura noted this in one interview, and it was probably a reason why he brought the novels' writer, Tomoco Kanemaki, on to actually help write the scenario for one of the actual video games, ''358/2 Days'', ''before'' writing the novel version (and even then, Nomura rewrote the script once she was done with it).
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4: Deadly Fortune'' is a NoExportForYou two-volume novelization written by the game's scenario writer that further fleshed out the game's background, like a better explanation as to why Dante was in Fortuna. It also contains some details that were omitted from the game, such as [[spoiler:Nero being Vergil's son]]. [[note]]Some categorize it as a LightNovel.[[/note]]
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' franchise has the two Raymond Benson novels based on ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' and ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'', as well as a Japanese novelization of ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'' by Project Itoh which had an English adaptation by Viz Media'a Haikasoru imprint. There was also the F.X. Nine novel based on the NES game, but it was based on Konami of America's {{macekre}}d localization of the game's plot (in which [=Vermon CaTaffy=] is the villain and Commander South is Snake's boss).
* The first ''[[VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense X-COM]]'' game has had two novelizations made of it: An American one with a female Commander working to build up a new military base in Switzerland (written by Dianne Duane), and a Russian one that tells the tale of a member of your first eight recruits.
* The RPG ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' had a novelization written by the [[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle author]] upon whose work it was based. The book took the "script" route, mostly putting fight scenes into words and adding banter where it might have been missing in the game - and cutting many, many sidequests and much banter and content from the game, in turn.
* Some FanFiction based on video games takes this route; just like official novelisations, the quality varies from "excellent exploration of the source material" to "wild tangents away from the plot of the game" to "glorified {{walkthrough}}". The same goes for FanFic novelisations, but for [[{{Doorstopper}} fairly obvious reasons]] these have an alarming tendency to become DeadFic.
* The novelization of Creator/DouglasAdams's ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'' was written by [[Creator/MontyPython Terry Jones]], who also voiced a parrot in the game.
* ''The Heart of the Tiger'' (''Literature/WingCommander III''), ''The Price of Freedom'' (''Wing Commander IV''), and TheMovie (''Film/WingCommander'') expand further on the content of the games and novel, and in the case of the game {{novelization}}s provide the [[{{canon}} official storyline for the WC universe]]. (The players of the games get to decide what path they take.) The movie's novelization is the only place to see the Pilgrim traitor plot that was cut from the movie, and generally fixes some plot problems caused by or missed in post-production editing.
* ''Literature/WorldsOfPower.''
* ''VideoGame/{{Descent}}'' had a trilogy of novels written. They're actually ''very good'', taking what little plot the games had and [[AdaptationExpansion massively expanding it]]. The stories do diverge a bit, but follow the same basic plot and themes. The author did an impressive job of taking the games' mechanics and providing believable parallels to them (for instance, Energy Centers, glowing hallways that restore the ship's power, don't exist in the novels, but the characters do plug the ship into the mine's power grid at one point to achieve the same effect).
* ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}'' has a decent novelization by Miyuki Miyabe (with an English translation courtesy of Alexander O. Smith), that expands a lot on backstory (like why Ico and Yorda are in the castle at all) and answering a lot of questions (such as why Ico doesn't have a health bar in the game).
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' has a novelization for every game, written by Oliver Bowden. Most of these were LooseCanon, however starting from ''Literature/AssassinsCreedForsaken'', the books were written with greater attention at filling in continuity gaps and took care to narrate incidents from AnotherSideAnotherStory.
* The first two generations of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' had strategy guides there were written in the form of a story, making them informative and fun to read.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'' had a big, fat strategy guide where the missions are told from the perspective of a member from both sides. Both narrators actually have articles on the [=WOWwiki=].
* ''Crysis: Legion'' serves as one for ''VideoGame/Crysis2''. It's written by Creator/PeterWatts, which gives you a rather good idea about what to expect.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has an unofficial novelization named after the game called [[Fanfic/UndertaleFanNovelization Undertale]].
* ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' received a novelization in 2005 called ''Farnham's Legend'', written by ''VideoGame/{{X}}'' series lead writer Helge T. Kautz and translated into English by Steve Miller and Andreas Fuchs. Unfortunately the English version is very hard to find and apparently [[NoExportForYou never made it Stateside unassisted]] (you can get it from the Egosoft.com store, though).
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' has a novelization called ''[[Literature/FiveNightsAtFreddysTheUntoldStory The Untold Story]]'' coming to Amazon Kindle on the 22nd and hardcover coming 2016.

* ''Literature/AgathaHAndTheAirshipCity'' brings the first story arc of ''WebComic/GirlGenius'' into print, using the format to expand the background.
** Followed by ''Literature/AgathaHAndTheClockworkPrincess'' and ''Literature/AgathaHAndTheVoiceOfTheCastle''. Each novel roughly equals 3 volumes of comics or 3 years of webcomics.
* ''WebComic/DarylAndSusie'' got a loose novelisation in ''[[https://myweirdwriting.wordpress.com/index/ Daryl and Denise]]''.

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* WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} has an unoficial novelization, named ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6291003/1/Kickassia_The_Novelization Kickassia: The Novelization]]'' written by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2097092/Xoanon Xoanon]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' has been adapted into picture book format [[http://aaugh.com/guide/cbc.html a number of times]]. Expect to see {{Early Bird Cameo}}s by Marcie, Peppermint Patty, and Franklin, all of whom were absent from the original special as they hadn't debuted in [[{{Peanuts}} the comic strip]] yet.
* A lot of Disney and Pixar animated films have junior novelizations which change plot elements: including scenes not present in the film (e.g., the novelization of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' adding an extra scene in the ending where Simba is alone at the top of Pride Rock at night), changing the fates of certain villains (e.g., the novelization of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'' having Grem and Acer falling into a garbage truck instead of being beaten up inside a bar in London, England), etc.
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' opens with a version of the originally planned, fully dramatized prologue that was dropped due to time and budget constraints -- a mist springs up around the castle when the Enchantress's curse is cast (suggesting that this is why the villagers apparently have no idea it exists) and it ends with the Beast on a balcony crying out for her forgiveness as she departs.
** ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' fills in a key detail with regards to Kida's fate: [[spoiler: she returns after the crystal uses her to save Atlantis because the averted catastrophe is not the result of its powers being used for evil, as had been the case when Atlantis fell and her mother was pulled into it]].
** The Jr. novelization for ''{{WesternAnimation/Up}}'' condenses the movie heavily, eliminating scenes alltogether, having important scenes take place off-page, thus making the pacing worse than the movie. This is most obvious in the climax where a 15-minute climax takes 10 pages to tell.
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'''s Jr. Novelization does keep the main plot in tact, but without the music, condenses the numbers greatly. It also gives some small changes and additions. While not so much adding WordOfGod stuff, it does give out some small details you don't always know about. For example, the novelization states that Elsa was 8 when the accident happened, as well as give Kristoff a bit more to do during the coronation. (including that fact that he actually didn't stay for it. Just went back to get more supplies before Elsa was crowned) It also has Kristoff [[spoiler: punch out Hans for trying to kill Anna and Elsa during the climax.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' warranted two novelizations, one the traditional paperback "junior novelization", the other the longer hardback ''Driven by Emotions''. The latter has each emotion in turn recount the events of the film from his/her first-person perspective. Fear, Anger, and Disgust's actions are greatly expanded upon with details about how they guide Riley through a typical school day while Joy and Sadness are missing (and what they think of the environment) and an entire additional scene involving Fear directing Riley to a library so everyone will have an idea what they might be facing [[spoiler: as she runs away to Minnesota]]. Sadness's chapter (which closes the book) reveals why she made Riley cry so soon after she was born and suggests that her urge to touch the core memories and turn them sad, which she isn't quite able to explain/understand in the film, is the result of [[spoiler: her being drawn to them because ''they want her to touch them'']].
* The ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' movies had novelizations.
* An in-story example appears in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie", where Bart is forbidden to see the titular film, and tries to read the novelization (written by Creator/NormanMailer, no less).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' had three novelizations and one picture book. The picture book was based off of "The Great Jungle Gym Standoff", but adding Gus to the plot (who was absent during the episode), and the novels were based off of "The New Kid", "The Experiment", and ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' had books based on the episodes "Big Pink Loser", "Tea at the Treedome", "Sandy's Rocket", "Naughty Nautical Neighbors", and "New Student Starfish".
* One of the ''Literature/{{Arthur}}'' novels was based on the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' TV episode "Arthur And The Crunch Cereal Contest".
* Each of the four ''WesternAnimation/{{BIONICLE}}'' DirectToVideo movies have been adapted into novels, in such a way that they fit neatly into the ongoing novel series. Since they were written according to pre-finalized scripts, they were all different to various degrees from the films, and often contained deleted scenes. The book for the fourth movie in particular had a very different feel, since the writer allegedly wasn't aware that the movie would take a more "cartoony" approach.
* Inversion: three episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' were derived from children's tie-in books, two episodes with the same titles as the books--"Powerpuff Professor" (on TV as ''[=PowerProf.=]''), "All Chalked Up" (Him appeared as an old man in the book; as a butterfly on the episode), and "Substitute Creature."
** The novelization of the Powerpuff Girls movie was written by Amy Keating Rogers, who also co-wrote the movie and the comic book adaptation.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Season's Beatings", Jeff says he'll name his newly-adopted son Nemo after his favorite book: the novelization of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' was adapted into book form a few months after premiering. While retaining the basic plot and structure of the film, many scenes and details were altered. Since almost the entire novel is from Twilight's point of view she had to be added to scenes she wasn't in for the film, with some of those Twilight-less scenes deleted altogether for the book. The beginning also mentions the events of ''Literature/TwilightSparkleAndTheCrystalHeartSpell'' by the same author.
** It's sequel ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' got a novelization of it's shorts and a novelization of the movie proper, both written by Perdita Finn. The third film ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' also has a novelization by the same author.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' got three novelizations by Geary Gravel, each taking three or four episodes and combining them into a single narrative (for example, ''Dual to the Death'' combined two two-part stories that both featured Two-Face as the villain, while ''Shadows of the Past'' combined several episodes that were thematically related by having a focus on Batman's and Robin's reasons for becoming crimefighters). Gravel also wrote a novelization of the movie ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'', which added a new subplot to fill a plot hole left in the movie ([[spoiler:with the Phantasm apparently going up in smoke at the end, how did Batman prove to the authorities that he didn't commit the Phantasm's murders?]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/RatchetAndClank2016'' was adapted into a novel, which was almost entirely accurate to the final movie's script. The addition of a few extra scenes have fans theorizing them to have been cut from the film.