On the rungs of literature snobbery novels rank high; novellas are close enough that it matters; poems are unstable staples; novelizations are just posers. Novelizations are condensed stories based off of a show, movie, or video game. What makes novelizations different from fan fiction? Novelizations are commissioned by the studios.
Last time novelizations were on my reading radar was during middle school years. When going to the movie theaters was not an option, novelizations were the next best thing. Now that we have television access through television, computers, and phones, what would compel anyone to read a novelization?
Here are the top five reasons:
- Someone is a major fanatic that just cannot live without that world.
- It was a white elephant Christmas gift exchange present
- Tourists visiting the associated Hollywood studio (in this case, NBC).
- Adults giving it as a desperate gift to children to encourage reading.
- *You have no television, phone, or computer.
The novelization under the spotlight is based off the very popular series since 2011, Grimm. Grimm is a police procedure show where the cases involves humans and paranormal creatures (a.k.a Wesen) under human guise. A Grimm is an inherited task whose role to keep the creatures under the guidance of a council,exert protection of humans, and keep the justice. Of course some are going to break that.
In Grim: The Killing Time, a new deadly Wesen has arrived in town but no one will know until it’s too late. Through fine needles, this Wesen is able to extract a victims identity to become an exact copy. Usually this type of Wesen is able to do the copy so effortlessly that the victims immediate circle cannot tell. Two problems for this Wesen: it’s old and it’s on Grimm territory.
For story alone, this was pretty good read. There was a definite plot, with action, suspense, humor and action. There was a legitimate enemy and compelling story to solve the case. It would have worked well as a basis for an episode. Since I’m still on the first season, I’m not sure if this has occurred at all. Tim Waggoner wrote a pretty decent story that would appeal to different readers.
The novelization was decent. It wasn’t exciting enough to share with anyone. If the motive behind the novelization was to lead newcomers to the show, it fell short in that department. The novel is more like a waiting room read. Enjoyable enough to pass the time but not as memorable to recall to others.
There are three general types of readers for a novelization:
- Readers who have watched the show
- Readers who have not watched the show (or have not kept up with it)
- Readers who have no clue this is even based off a show (despite the words based on the NBC TV series printed on the cover)
All three readers share one thing: only brief attantion to the show. Newcomers and Fans are not interested in reading heavy exposition. Fans already know who the characters are and what they act and look like. Newcomers can use their own imagination. The characters in the novelization were drowning inheavy, detailed descriptions of them. Instead of living as fleshed out characters or giving them some. It reads as diluted and not tangible.
Fans of the show may skip over the heavy exposition and devour the book. Newcomers may skip the book and watch the show instead.
Since the holidays are coming up, it would make a great gift exchange present.
On a side note, here is a good source of novelizations that should be looked at here.