With every original script must come a novelization. Whereas movie properties like Harry Potter are adaptations of written source material, screen concepts like Star Wars are given the reverse treatment. An author must come in and adapt visual shorthand to the written word and find a way to do so compellingly. Often they do so by expanding scenes, inserting internal dialogue, and including moments left on the cutting room floor. As part of the nostalgia wave with The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm once more brought in Alan Dean Foster, ghost writer for the original novelization, to give written life to video concepts.
In this episode of Aggressive Negotiations, Jedi Master John Mills is joined by a very special guest, “Saber Goddess,” to examine The Force Awakens novelization and look at its successes, its shortcomings and where she'd rank it on the pantheon of Star Wars material.
What did you think of The Force Awakens Novelization?
John Mills and Matthew Rushing
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