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Discussion Will you read the novelization first?

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Episode VII and Beyond (Archive)' started by Poor Greedo, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Poor Greedo

    Poor Greedo Jedi Knight star 2

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    If they do release it before the movie, will you read the book before watching the film?
    Did anyone read ANH before the movie came out? (calling all OG fans) Did you read TPM a month early?
     
  2. Dark Lady Mara

    Dark Lady Mara Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Depends on whether it's by a good writer.
     
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  3. LunarMoth

    LunarMoth Jedi Master star 4

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    I will try with all my might not to read it before, but will surely read it after because there are usually some cool goodies in the books that are not in the movies.
     
  4. Krueger

    Krueger Chosen One star 5

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    Certainly not.
     
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  5. kainee

    kainee Jedi Padawan star 1

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    No, I will watch the movie first. I usually like getting the original source before trying to get contextual information to get perspective.
     
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  6. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    Can't see breaking with tradition now. I've read the novel first for the three PT films, and my first SW collectible (unknown at the time) is a first edition of the original SW novel. I think I missed out on reading ESB and RoTJ before seeing the films but I've since read both.
     
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  7. Lando's Little Maneuver

    Lando's Little Maneuver Jedi Padawan star 2

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    I read about half of the TPM novelisation before seeing the film. I can see the advantage as it fills in some motivational gaps, but it's just too spoileriffic for me.
     
  8. Lord Tuvitor

    Lord Tuvitor Jedi Master star 4

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    I might read it later on if I hear it's wonderful, but I'll get my spoilers here on the boards. :p
     
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  9. DarthBoba

    DarthBoba Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Really enjoyed the prequel novels, although I do think that TPM and AOTC's different beginnings kinda messed with the story too much. The OT novels are good, too, despite being crimped in style by being children of the 80s-back then, movie novels were pretty much straight adaptations of the script and that was it. Movie novelizations are alot more free to tell the story nowadays-the first one I can think of is the novel for Alien Resurrection, which has a pretty fair chunk of POV from the aliens in it.
     
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  10. Dranem

    Dranem JCF Banner Contest Winner star 1 VIP - Game Winner

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    Nah, as others have said I'll probably go back later after seeing the movie for some more in depth stuff that you can only get in the novels. I remember going back to read The Phantom Menace after seeing the movie and I loved the internal dialogue of Qui Gon during the lightsaber battle. Spoilers are one thing, knowing a movie beat for beat would be too much for me.
     
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  11. Bobatron

    Bobatron Jedi Master star 4

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    I've always wanted the novelizations and other materials detailing the story and giving away plot points to come out after the movies. During the prequels, stuff would come out nearly a whole month before release. Unlike a book written independently of a movie that could come many years later, the novelization is made to just support the movie. The movie is the most important element, and what people anticipate. I don't want to ruin that.
     
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  12. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent 2017 Celebrity Deathpool Winner star 10

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    No. I did read the ROTJ book before seeing the film way back in the 80's. It didn't ruin anything, it made me want to see the film even more. But I won't do such a thing again. Film first.
     
  13. FryingpoorGreedo

    FryingpoorGreedo Jedi Youngling star 1

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    I won't read it at all as consider Star Wars a film series. Glad other people enjoy them but I enjoy the visuals as much as everything else.
     
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  14. Joe

    Joe Jedi Master star 6

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    Not at all. I want to enjoy the film for what it is.
     
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  15. KilroyMcFadden

    KilroyMcFadden Jedi Knight star 3

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    The order I intend to do it. First, themoviespoiler.com, if that sounds good, then I'll read the novelization, if it still holds up through that reading, then I'll go watch the movie. At the first sign of a Jar Jar like character or nuked fridge... I'm outta there.
     
  16. LawJedi

    LawJedi Jedi Master star 4

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    Please have someone film and assemble a documentary of this experience. I would watch the **** out of it.
     
  17. Pro Scoundrel

    Pro Scoundrel New Films Lawgiver & Casual Flyer star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    Not before, but probably after.
     
  18. Darth Sone

    Darth Sone Jedi Knight star 1

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    Nah, watch the movie, then read the book. I'm usually an advocate of the opposite, if the movie is an adaptation of the book though.
     
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  19. Buddha Fett

    Buddha Fett Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Nah. IMO, the only really GOOD novelization was ANH. I made an attempt at the ROTS book, and put it down. Pretty weak sauce, that was.
     
  20. darthtuttle

    darthtuttle Jedi Master star 4

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  21. Iron_lord

    Iron_lord Force Ghost star 8

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    The writing style appeals to quite a lot of people though. I read it first, then saw the movie- and the book impressed me more.
     
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  22. Echo-07

    Echo-07 Jedi Master star 4

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    No and HELL NO!

    I've never read any of the movie novelizations all the way through. I used to have the omnibus edition of the OT but never got through ANH. Also, many of the EU books are just bad so I pretty much stick to movies (and CW toons.)
     
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  23. Pro Scoundrel

    Pro Scoundrel New Films Lawgiver & Casual Flyer star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    Agreed. I definitely preferred the ROTS novel to the movie.
     
  24. Force Smuggler

    Force Smuggler Force Ghost star 7

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    If I can get it before the movie comes out I will read it. I read ROTS before the movie and liked both. Bring on the novel!
     
  25. Buddha Fett

    Buddha Fett Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I suppose if we're judging books that were written on a third-grade reading level, then it was adequate. Perhaps if the publishers had inserted pages to color after each chapter it would have been more rewarding.