Friday, July 28, 2017

Book Blogger Hop No. 102: Movie & TV Show Tie-Ins


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This Week's Question

Do you read tie-in novels to
movies or television series?

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My Answer

Although I don't make it a point to read such books, from time to time I definitely do so. 

I saw the movie "Wonder Woman" recently, and LOVED it, so I promptly bought the novelization, which I'm planning to read pretty soon. This movie was a total revelation to me! Although I've heard of the "Wonder Woman" TV series, I was never interested in watching the re-runs after watching one once. It just seemed so silly. And I didn't like her costume, which I thought was too provocative. The movie version, though, was entirely different! The character REALLY kicks major butt in the film, and so do her Amazon sisters! WOWZA!! So now I've become a fan! Not having grown up reading WW comics, I now have to acquaint myself with this superhero's world.

This is the movie tie-in novel I'm planning to read. It's the  official movie novelization, and was written by Nancy Holder, who has written two Buffy:The Vampire Slayer tie-ins, as well as her own novels, which are mostly in the YA genre.






 

In addition to the book shown above, I'm also planning to read several WW graphic novels. I will soon be posting a review of the one shown in my sidebar.

My favorite TV show of ALL TIME is Star Trek TOS (this means "The Original Series")!! Yes, I'm a DIEHARD Trekkie!! I have a collection of ST TOS tie-ins that I'm also planning to read. Since there are many Trekkies out in the universe (a lot of them on this planet), a LOT of these tie-ins have been published. 

Of course, the Star Trek universe includes some newer series, such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Now we have Star Trek: New Generation. I don't care about any of these, though. To me, the ONE AND ONLY Star Trek series is the original one, where I can fondly watch Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Dr. McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, and Chekhov patrol the outer reaches of space, boldly going where no one has gone before! 

I feel the same way about the ST TOS movies that have been made, except that I don't much like the ones with new actors. Zachary Quinto, as good an actor as he is, just can't hold a candle to Leonard Nimoy, whom we unfortunately lost two years ago.....

Here are some of the ST tie-ins I've read in the past. 





  



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/216708.The_Wounded_Sky










I recently reviewed this third novel on this blog. It was pretty good, and it whetted my appetite for more! You can check out my review HERE.

Since I have mentioned Buffy, I would also like to read the tie-ins for that TV series. I must sheepishly confess to not having watched one single episode, however..... I guess I was too busy with Edward and Bella, from The Twilight Saga! Lol.


  
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11 comments:

  1. Great post Maria.

    I used to read more Tie in novels, especially Star Trek books. Some of them are very good. I may sneak one or two in this coming year.

    I also call The Next Generation, DS 9, Voyager etc. "Newer", but amazingly, The Next Generation went off the air over 20 years ago!

    The thought that the old Wonder Woman television show was very silly. I agree that the new film is excellent. I like all the series. I have very mixed feelings about the newer films, even though the actors are excellent.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Hey, Brian!

      Thanks as always for the good word!! <3 :)

      The ST tie-ins I read above were really good. I did have some quibbles with the third book, but I still enjoyed it!

      It's SO amazing that "Next Generation" went off the air THAT long ago! WOW. Time does go by fast! But you know, I never could get into it. Maybe I should check out a couple of episodes on YouTube. But heck, it's just not the same. Picard can't compare to Kirk, even though Kirk is a womanizer. Lol. As for the other versions, I never even gave them a chance. I think that the combination of characters in the original series is just priceless and immortal. The chemistry between the actors and the characters they played, as well as with each other.... I can even get teary-eyed when I think about these people. So sad that so many of them are gone.... We still have William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, and Walter Koenig, but I do wish the whole crew were around....sigh....

      So you saw the "Wonder Woman" movie? Didn't it just blow you away? I LOVED it!! Now I have a Wonder Woman wish list on Amazon! Lol.

      I'm glad yo agree that the Wonder Woman TV show was silly. Well, I thought the Batman show was silly, too, lol.

      Yeah, I have very mixed feelings about the new ST TOS movies, too. I know they tried to get actors who would resemble the originals, but the chemistry is just not there..... And the pairing of Uhura and Spock just didn't come off right. Not that I'm against biracial couples. It's just that the people who made these movies changed Spock's and Uhura's personalities! Spock especially came across as much TOO human! And what about the mating urge he has to go through every 7 years? This was established in the original series! Well, I could go on and on....

      I think I need to enjoy an ST TOS marathon VERY soon! I have a two-week vacation coming up, so I think it will be the perfect time for it!! :) :) :)

      Thanks for the terrific comment!! Live long and prosper, and have a great weekend!! <3 :)

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  2. I've heard the Star Trek tie-ins are really great and I think science fiction really lends itself to book tie-ins as a great way to really flesh out the different worlds. I'm a Next Generation fan myself though definitely not to your level. Wonder Woman sounds awesome! I agree about the TV series. It never really appealed to me but the movie sounds amazing!

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    1. Hi, Katherine!

      Yes, they are!! And I agree -- SF is indeed an ideal genre for tie-ins because of the background information you can get.

      I did watch a couple of Next Generation re-runs, some time back, and I just couldn't get into the series. I've also seen snippets of DS9, and the same thing happened. There's NOTHING like the original series for me! And yes, I am DEFINITELY very passionate about it! I used to attend Star Trek conventions years ago, and even dressed up as Mr. Spock for Halloween one year. Lol.

      If you haven't seen the Wonder Woman movie, you just HAVE to!! I LOVED it!! I'm glad you agree about the TV series. It was pretty silly. And it looked like Lynda Carter costume would make her boobs pop out at any moment. Lol. But the new movie is WAY different!! Gal Gadot, the actress who plays Wonder Woman, gives a STELLAR performance! She's INCREDIBLE!! So go see it!!

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving such a great comment!! Enjoy your weekend!! <3 :)

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  3. Hope you enjoy your Wonder Woman novel.
    I only read an occasion tie-in if I'm collecting stuff related to a film/show I loved.

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    1. Hi, Nicki!

      Oh, I KNOW I will!! The movie was AWESOME!! You should go see it, if you haven't already!

      Yeah, that's how I feel about Start Trek Tos! I have several tie-in books for this series!

      Thanks for commenting!! Enjoy your weekend!! <3 :)

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  4. Great answer as always.

    I actually think I misunderstood this question. LOL!!

    Thanks for coming by my blog earlier.

    Elizabeth

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    1. Hi, Elizabeth!

      Thanks for the compliment!! <3 <3

      Well, you know, I decided to go to Wikipedia to double-check the meaning of "tie-in", because I've seen it used to refer to books that have been made into movies, and have been reprinted with a cover from the movie. A case in point: The Lord of the Rings books. There are many editions of this beloved fantasy series (and I am one of its fans!). Some of these editions have covers from the movies that were made based on the books.

      When I went to Wikipedia, though, the article referred to tie-ins as novelizations of already existing movies, TV series, and video games. So I decided to go with this meaning.

      The movie and TV series I referred to above are just two examples in which the movie and TV series existed first, and books were later written based on them. However, the two cases are different, as the WW book is a novelization of the movie. The author translated the movie into book form. In the case of Star Trek TOS, these are original stories placed in the ST TOS universe. Interesting little difference, huh?

      My husband LOVES to play video games, and one of his favorites is titled "Assassin's Creed". Well, guess what? I've seen books based on this game at Barnes & Noble. So video games can have tie-in books, too.

      You're very welcome for my visit! Thanks for commenting back!! Enjoy your weekend!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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  5. I'm so happy to see that you're a Wonder Woman fan now, Maria! I've always loved her and can't wait to read the novelization as well as check out those graphic novels! Also -- Buffy! I did a huge post and giveaway for the 20th anniversary of the show and actually featured my copy of Nancy Holder's Making of a Slayer. I hope you get a chance to watch Buffy sometime; it's such a wonderful show! I love TV and movie tie-ins :) I know you must adore the ST tie-ins of the original show. Love this question; and as always, you give such a fabulous answer -- I enjoy reading what you have to say so very much. Love you to the Vulcan and back!! *SUPER SQUISHY TACKLE HUGS* <3 <3 <3

    ~Michele

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    1. Hi, Michele!!

      So sorry for the late reply.... :(

      Yeah, now I'm a Wonder Woman fan!! It's kinda weird, but I never read WW comic books when I was a kid. I just didn't know she existed. I did read Superman and Batman comics. Then, one day, I heard about the TV show. I watched a couple of re-run episodes, but didn't like them. I thought they were silly. This movie, though, was NOT silly AT ALL. It just BLEW ME AWAY!!!! MAJOR WOWZA!!!! We women NEED more movies like this one!!!! YAAAAAAASSSS!!!! :) :) :)

      OMG....you had a Buffy giveaway?! Gosh, and I totally missed it.... I've been wanting to watch Buffy for some time now, especially since, as you know, I'm a fan of vamps! (The romantic ones, of course, like SWOONY EDWARD! Lol.) Well, I need to plan on seeing this show! Especially since it's one that a LOT of people LOVE!!

      Yeah, I like TV and movie tie-ins myself -- A LOT. They allow me to keep the memories alive, and I can even hold them in my hand! (Of course, this is only the case with printed books.)

      Thanks for the compliments on the question and my answer!! You and Mckenzie are THE SWEETEST people on this planet!! Love you guys to Vulcan and back, too!! LOL.

      Thank you SO very much for such a sweet, lovely comment!!!! SUPER SQUISHY TACKLE HUGS RIGHT BACK AT YA!!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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  6. I recently saw Wonder Woman ! It was amaziiiing ! Even if I hate that kind of ending.... it was a good one (it felt right).
    Hum.. As for your question.. It's hard to answer since I have some difficulty with understanding it (not your fault but mine...). But if I get it correctly... i'd say : No xD
    I don't often enjoy movies adapted from books and vice-versa x) But because of Wonder Woman, i'm now really interested in the Wonder Woman book of Leigh Bardugo !

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