So much has been written and said of the act of adaptation, but what of its black sheep cousin, the novelization? This podcast looks to explore the best and worst of books inspired by movies.
Episode 15 - Hackers
Rich Stroffolino is joined by esteemed social critic Phil Szabados to discuss the occasionally prescient novelization for Hackers. They discuss how the depictions of hacking have aged, if their only crime was in fact curiosity, and if Zero Cool is a better handle than Crash Override. Download Hackers
Episode 14 - The Fifth Element
Rich is joined by Ben Weinberg to talk about Terry Bisson’s novelization of The Fifth Element. Is the been a thoughtful expansion of the movie’s unique setting, or a mandatory restructuring of the script into a novel on the most cynical level? Also discussed: self-loathing aliens, deleted scenes, and Hershey head syrup. Download The Fifth Element
Episode 13 - Star Trek: The Motion Picture: A Novel
Rich and guest Tim Cornett join forces to talk about Star Trek: The Motion Picture: A Novel. Written by Gene Roddenberry, it’s a window into his idealized version of the movie, complete with mind control, Enterprise sex rooms, and a resolution Kirk/Spock slash fiction. Tim and Rich try to see if there’s any redemption in the story for a movie that plays out like a screensaver, or if Roddenberry’s coke fueled haze clouds out everything else. Download Star Trek: The Motion Picture: A Novel
Episode 12.5 - Boldly Going Live
Rich boldly goes where the mini-episode has never gone before by doing it solo this week. We’ve got announcements galore, so be sure to listen. Download Boldly Going Live
Episode 12 - Cabin in the Woods
Rich is joined by Jennie Josephson to talk about Tim Lebbon’s novelization of Cabin in the Woods. What happens when you take a masterfully self-aware script and let someone expand on it? Is it standing on the shoulders of giants to reach new heights, or simply gilding the lily? Does the novelization need to defend its very existence in the 21st century? Most importantly, what exactly is a vagina-toothed woman? Jennie and Rich discuss. Make sure to check out Jennie’s podcast, Tell It Anyway! Download Cabin in the Woods
Episode 11.5 - Godzilla vs Godzilla
Rich is joined by Eric Owens to mull over the question of our age, is there any way that 1998 Godzilla is superior to the 2014 iteration? The answer may be surprising. All that and nothing more on this interstitial episode! Make sure to be on the lookout for our March episode, we’ll be joined by Jennie Josephson of Tell It Anyway to talk about the novelization for Cabin in the Woods! Download Godzilla vs Godzilla
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As a fan of movie novelizations, I find this podcast to be a breath of fresh air. Not that many podcasts cover such material and it's great to find a podcast whose sole purpose is to cover these books; some of which are wonderfully written and even better than the movies that inspired them.
I hope Rich continues this great work as there are many gems to cover-both good and bad.