Speculation Who should write the novelisation of episode VII?

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Episode VII and Beyond (Archive)' started by JackG, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Ulicus Lit'ari [Literature Manager]

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    Matthew Woodring Stover.
  2. Dingo Jedi Grand Master

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    Of the existing authors, Stover is an obvious pick given how much he enhanced RotS's plot. Zahn does well on his own work, but I don't think he would handle an adaptation as well. Personally I wouldn't mind seeing how Sean Williams would go with it either. His solo writing over the last few series has been quite good.

    Outside existing authors, the fanboy choice would be Brandon Sanderson. While he is more a fantasy writer than SF, Brooks was too, and he did a great job. And he can structure a story and narrative very well as Elantris shows.
  3. K'Kruhk Jedi Master

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    It's got to be either Matthew Stover or James Luceno. The best SW authors.
  4. QuangoFett Jedi Master

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    Matthew Stover or perhaps James Luceno.

    I'm noticing a trend here...
  5. Saintheart Jedi Grand Master

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    How about George R. R. Martin? As with HBO, maybe the prospect of an impending release date will speed him the **** up.
  6. darthcaedus1138 Jedi Master

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    Would like to see what Paul S. Kemp would bring to it.

    Just to piss some of you off: Troy Denning
  7. The-Eternal-Hero Jedi Knight

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    Who else thinks Timothy Zahn should write the EVII novelization?

    My second choice: Matt Stover.

    Third: John Jackson Miller.

    Any other ideas?
  8. Jobertus Jedi Knight

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    I have nothing against Timothy Zhan, the first book of his I read was Allegiance and I loved it, I also enjoyed the TT too, but why do people treat him as if he was the God of all Star Wars books? I mean I'd include him on my list to do the novelization of Ep VII, but a slam dunk/number one choice, I don't think so.

    James Luceno
    Matt Stover
    Troy Denning
    Aaron Allston
    Timothy Zahn
    Drew Karpyshyn
  9. Chancellor_Ewok Jedi Grand Master

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    I think it depends on the what the plot is, but there are number of SW writers who could be good. Timothy Zahn, Aaron Allston, James Luceno, Matthew Stover, Michael Stackpole, just to name a few.
  10. The-Eternal-Hero Jedi Knight

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    Luceno & Stackpole are good too.

    I just thought it would be a nice gesture to Zahn for getting the second-gen SW kick-started back in '92.
  11. CmdrMitthrawnuruodo Jedi Grand Master

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    Timothy Zahn, Matthew Stover, Michael Stackpole or Aaron Allston. Everyone else simply sucks at writing Star Wars.
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  12. Frank Zubek Jedi Youngling

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    I'm looking forward to reading it no matter who writes it
    Though as a personal preference it'd be nice if they would release the book at least a few days before the film opens so that the literary few of us who enjoy reading novelizations can have a chance to read the book before opening day

    I can appreciate that they want to avoid spoilers but these days most films and their secrets are leaked despite a studios best efforts anyway

    Besides... with the few thousands of literate fans out there hungry to read the book ( of the film) it would add to the buzz wouldn't you think?
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  13. Frank Zubek Jedi Youngling

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    And here is the real question....
    How many of you read the plot of a new story arc and then despite the fact one of the authors you don't like wrote one of the books with in that arc. Don't you read it anyway? And if you answer yes to that question, does it really matter - I feel its more important for me to simply read the story no matter who wrote it

    IF a writer I happen to like writes a book who's plot sounds interesting that's icing on the cake for me

    Again, my concern is that there is a decent portion of fans who enjoy reading the novelization of a film before seeing it and yet they want to still enjoy the film that weekend along with the rest of their buddies. My concern is that Disney WILL of course invest money into a writer and the printing of the book ( as well as a YA version and illustrated version and coloring books etc) but none of it will get released until the day of the release of the film

    When that happens I think any studio ( not just Disney) loses a portion of potential cash from this policy
    .And while I understand their hesitance in avoiding spoilers.... there are so many MORE fans of film out there than there are fans who are rabid about reading the book first and this thing will make hundreds of millions of dollars opening week very easily- so why not keep that smaller portion of book lovers happy by releasing the book three days early? Like say, Tuesday when book normally get released? That's only 3 days before the midnight opening and after that any news of spoiler material will slam into the social media no matter what while the book lovers are still reading the book

    Its been discouraging for me that this has been happening more often. And while a few films DO release a book a few weeks early it's usually a book based on a much smaller film that doesn't have as much at risk as a big budgeted blockbuster such as Star Was VII

    Still.... I'm hoping for a compromise of some sort
    Anyway those are my thoughts
  14. The-Eternal-Hero Jedi Knight

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    Michael Chabon!!

    Actually, he would probably do it!!
  15. -NaTaLie- Jedi Grand Master

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    How about a newcomer? I'll vote for Jim Butcher then.

    He's a very successful writer in his own right, a big SW fan and wrote a Spiderman novel, too.
    Of course, I simply like him :)
  16. ezekiel22x Jedi Grand Master

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    I like it. And then get Jonathan Lethem for Episode VIII.
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  17. Lord Nikon Jedi Knight

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    Stover. A thousand times Stover.

    The guys' other fiction (You should read it: HEROES DIE, BLADE OF TYSHALL, CAINE BLACK KNIFE and CAINE'S LAW) is glorious and his SW books are always the best ones in the entire EU.

    Oh and I'll second NaTaLie's vote for Butcher...he's one of my all time faves.
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  18. smudger9 Jedi Master

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    Cloak of deception is an awesome novel.


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  19. Todd the Jedi Mod and Inquisitor of SWTV

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    Walter Jon Williams. It'd basically be Destiny's Way, but less Vong and more ACKBAR.
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  20. Deputy Rick Grimes Jedi Grand Master

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  21. InterestingLurker Jedi Master

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    Ah, good to meet another fan of the Dresden Files.
  22. -NaTaLie- Jedi Grand Master

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    I read everything he wrote except the Spidey novel. He can write both adventure fantasy and urban fantasy equally well, and he mentioned he had plans for a SciFi series too.
  23. Force Smuggler Force Ghost

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    I have been meaning to get into the Dresden Files myself. I've read a couple chapters of the 1st book and liked it. Need to finish it and move on to the rest of the series
  24. InterestingLurker Jedi Master

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    A sci-fi series? I look forward to it.

    Just so you know, I'm half way through Changes and loving it. Can't wait until the fourteenth book comes out this month.
  25. yodasbum Jedi Master

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    The Thrawn trilogy was awesome and the most complex and detailed plot of the EU that I read. However, not suited to a novelisation of a film for me.

    I though Stover did a sensational job with ROTS developing the story far beyond that if a normal novelisation.