August 20th, 2006

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In Borders I saw the novelization of Snakes on a Plane, to my surprise. Up to this I had assumed that Snakes on a Plane was something like ``All your base'' or ``badger-badger-badger'', one of those random spasms of the collective id of the Internet, a nonsense idea that people embrace beyond all reason, and not something that had any real existence. I just didn't have any reason to think it was any more real than ``Wisconsin''. What next, learning that somebody actually went ahead and made Rocky V?

It's also got me marveling a bit that there still are film novelizations, what with movies coming out on DVD six or seven weeks after their appearance in theaters, not even counting the pirated copies. If they're making it more likely that authors can both eat and write that's great, mind you. I just hadn't looked at them since the novelization of Star Trek V added an unnecessary and dull explanation for how the Enterprise got past the Great Barrier, when the actual movie gave a perfectly good explanation for it. After long enough without attention I suppose I guessed they just went away, apart from Disney turning all their animated movies into picture books.

I'd never read many to start with, partly because I don't go to many movies. The earliest novelization I remember reading was ET, which I remember liking, although the movie now makes me want to gnaw my leg off if that's necessary to escape. I don't know what I'd think of the book anymore. There was also Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, which can't technically be called a novelization. Past that the only novelizations I remember reading were James Blish's treatments of the Original Star Trek and the novelizations of the original Star Trek movies. And, apparently, Michael J Nelson's adage, ``It is unwise to judge a book by its cover, unless that book is the novelization of The Santa Clause'' may just refer to something that actually is.

Trivia: The first Redstone missile was test-fired by the US Army at Cape Canaveral on 20 August 1953. Source: Project Mercury: A Chronology, James M Grimwood, NASA SP-4001.

Currently Reading: Joseph Henry: The Rise of an American Scientist, Albert E Moyer.