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Old 02-27-2009, 04:51 AM
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Was just wondering whether once the novelisation comes out whether anyone likes to read them before they see the film or whether they would wait til afterwards?

I remember when I was young I bought and read the Trek V novelisation, and not realising it wasn't all going to be in the film, was very disappointed when I saw V. Since then, I've never read a novelisation til after seeing the film.

Just wondered how others approach this.
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Because the novelization is a tie-in, I will see the movie first, and then read the novel.

Unlike the Harry Potter books where I like to read the books first (because novels are their original medium) and then see the movies. (Which is actually ironic, because I didn't even get into Harry Potter until after I saw the first movie, which hooked my doubtful a$$ immediately).
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Lol! I didn't start reading the Harry Potter books until after I had seen the second film, then went through them in turn.

If it stems from a novel that's different, but if it starts as a film I'd see the film first.
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Lol! I didn't start reading the Harry Potter books until after I had seen the second film, then went through them in turn.

If it stems from a novel that's different, but if it starts as a film I'd see the film first.
They are some great reads though, eh?

Now, what's disappointing me is that the next Harry Potter movie "The Half-Blood Prince" is going to be PG, not PG-13. The books get more intense and darker in scope, and it sounds like this movie is going to be toned-down.

By all rights, if they really follow the books, this movie and the next one oughtta actually be teetering on an R-rating because of the bloody, and oft dismembering nature of the battles in the stories.
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Yeh, I'd see the film first and then check out the book, it often allows you to visualise and udnerstand the novelisation a little better I find...did it with the Nemesis book and I'll do it with this one. Can't wait!
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I've always seen the movie first before I read the book. More often than not, the author has a chance to showcase and expand upon things that won't be actually covered in the movie. The novelization of Star Trek V was way better than the movie (IMO), Star Trek IV's novelization tied up all the loose ends from "The Genesis trilogy," while the first few chapters of the novelization of Star Trek III dealt with the personal and political fallout from Star Trek II before going into the main story.

But I haven't read a Trek movie novelization since Generations, unfortunately.Pocket Books decided to only publish them as trades after '94 and I can't fit books that size on my shelf...
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Pocket Books decided to only publish them as trades after '94 and I can't fit books that size on my shelf...
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I think the books are always better than the movie. It doesn't matter if the movie was based on the book or if the book is the novelization of a movie. There are wayyyy more details in books. I read "The DaVinci Code" before the movie hit theaters. I was VERY disappointed by the movie. I've already read "Angels and Demons" so I'll wait till it's on dvd before I watch the movie.
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Can someone straighten something out for me? Are we talking about a novelization of Trek XI, or of Countdown?
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I think the books are always better than the movie. It doesn't matter if the movie was based on the book or if the book is the novelization of a movie. There are wayyyy more details in books. I read "The DaVinci Code" before the movie hit theaters. I was VERY disappointed by the movie. I've already read "Angels and Demons" so I'll wait till it's on dvd before I watch the movie.
I think Angels and Demons will be a better film - DaVinci Code had all the hype, but it was actually a weaker book.
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