We’ve all run into it at one time or another. As a literary genre it’s pretty much inescapable. There are a few gems here and there, but the quality is generally middling-to-poor: words churned out by writers who might not excel at anything else. Sometimes we find one that appeals to us, or that we’ve secretly been looking for. Maybe we’ve even written one ourselves.
I’m talking, of course, about movie and TV novelizations. (Okay, hands up anyone who thought this could also apply to fan fiction. Cool, thanks, I’m sure I’ll see all of you sometime over on Tumblr.)
Published quickly, and forgotten soon, you’re more likely to find “the novelization of the award-winning movie” than you are to find “the award-winning novelization”. And yet they’re everywhere, and I’m sure authors fight over the chance to write the studio-approved version.