tsukinofaerii: Wolverine sipping tea. Snoot Snoot (Snoot Snoot)
[personal profile] tsukinofaerii
No, really. Why?

Quick backstory: I recently got an eReader as a gift to myself! (Kobo Touch, am in love with it thus far, though I had to sell a couple of souls just to get my hands on the damned thing.) Change jars build up over time, yo! So I was looking for books to add to it and thought, "Hey, the Teen Wolf novelization is out there! Maybe I should take a peek at that."

And then I hesitated and had to ask, Do I really want to spend money on a book I won't finish? Because, mark my words, I won't finish it. I already know this without even having looked at the previews or any reviews. I am not one of those people who will trudge through a book solely for completion's sake. If it sucks, I will throw it against a wall and then pawn it off on a relative or, in extreme cases, Goodwill. (I may eventually find and designate an "instead of eBook" throwing object for these occasions.)

I've read novelizations before. I've read the Sailor Moon novels (rehashes of the US episodes, poorly written, unimaginative), started the Iron Man II novelization (absolutely unreadable, dull, full of both plot holes and SPaG errors) and backed slowly away from many others after just glancing through them. Why is this a thing?

Ideally, novelizations should be another way to lure people into the franchise. "Oh, I liked that book, I'll give the movie a try!" Alternately, they're a way to get current fans to give you money. "OMG THEY MADE A BOOK!" There should be no How Desperate Am I? question. No wrangling with yourself over purchasing sub-quality material, no rolling your eyes because "they made a book out of that?", secure in the knowledge that it will suck, and you will be glad to have saved yourself a couple of bucks. Setting aside for a moment the "I can get better shit for free on the internet" issue, it's just a matter of common sense. You wouldn't go to a T-shirt company, have your logo printed on a t-shirt and just sort of shrug when the shirts show up holey with the logo smudged, then expect people to pay $20 for it!

I'm not expecting Terry Pratchett or Stephen King, here. Just something entertaining, readable and tied into an existing franchise. I don't get why this is so hard! Fans do it all the time. Track down a popular author in your franchise with work you like and say, "Write me a story with these specs and I'll give you Real People Money, with bonus bragging rights and maybe some merch." Hell, hold a fanfic contest and say that the top however-many will get published in a short story anthology. (Trickier, but not unfeasible, I think.)

Or at fucking least make sure your questionably chosen author has a fucking editor.

Note: Copypasta'd to Tumblr, since that's where Teen Wolf hangs, and I feel this is Relevant.

Date: 2013-01-31 04:41 pm (UTC)
muccamukk: Sarah Jane and Rose pointing and laughing. Text: "ha ha ha ha ha.". (DW: HAHAHA)
From: [personal profile] muccamukk
Star Trek used to be really good at this. I loved those tie ins, and read them by the hundreds. Granted, I was 14, but I think they were actually pretty decent. I have fond memories. They also did the fanfic competition thing.

Stargate: Atlantis and Star Wars did pretty well too.

On the other hand, I've run into some movie novelizations, The Fugitive and Fifth Element come to mind, that were really terrible.

Date: 2013-01-31 05:23 pm (UTC)
velithya: (Default)
From: [personal profile] velithya
HOW COULD YOU MAKE THE FIFTH ELEMENT NOVELISATION TERRIBLE?

IT'S THE FIFTH ELEMENT

Date: 2013-01-31 05:24 pm (UTC)
velithya: (rip your throat out with my teeth)
From: [personal profile] velithya
I have heard that On Fire is pretty bad. I don't plan on reading it. If you have to know what happens, I would recommend going onto the teen wolf wiki (or something) and reading a summary instead.

Date: 2013-02-01 12:09 am (UTC)
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (DW: Bookworm)
From: [personal profile] muccamukk
Babylon 5 had a really mixed bag as far as novels went. I think part of that was that it was a really tightly knit arc, so most plot and characterisation got Jossed almost immediately. There was one actual good one, and that was by the show runner's wife.

I think part of what worked for Trek is that they were long running, but another part was that they were hugely episodic (save DS9 towards the end). So it was easy to play around with the characters and not bother with canon biting you in the nose later. Star Wars they had some kind of Central Planning Committee to keep the expanded universe straight.

SGA was just luck in its authors. Other fandoms have not been.

Date: 2013-02-01 12:10 am (UTC)
muccamukk: Gunnar pointing and saying, "but life's a bitch, and you're cursed." (Sinbad: Life's a Bitch)
From: [personal profile] muccamukk
THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT WHEN I BOUGHT IT!

I WAS 15, HAD ASTONISHINGLY LOW STANDARDS, AND IT WAS STILL TERRIBLE!

Date: 2013-02-01 12:22 am (UTC)
duc: close up of owl's head (Default)
From: [personal profile] duc
being currently employed as a localization tester for video games (as in I check the French translation and edit if need be (and if allowed by parameters set by client)), I would suspect a effty dose of "you have laughably-inadequate amount of time to produce full length novel" thrown at poor writter who may not even know anything about the franchise prior to that.

(Gods know it's the only explanation I can find for some of the translations I see, it's not like French-English translators are thin on the ground)

Date: 2013-02-04 12:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] feikoi
I seem to recall liking the Pitch Black novelisation -- actually, I think I read it years before watching Pitch Black/Chronicles of Riddick, so. They're out there!

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