If you’ve read this blog or my Twitter feed for any length of time, then you know I’m a huge fan of movie novelizations. As a matter of fact, several years ago I started a feature where I read and reviewed a few of the more obscure movie novelizations like Clue: The Movie, the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie as well as a bunch of old rare horror novelizations like Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th VI and Return of the Living Dead. I’d like to eventually continue that feature but right now, I want to talk about movie novelizations that never got made. That should have been made.
It seems almost every genre picture from the mid 80s to the mid 90s received a novelization. It was a simple way for studios to extend someone’s movie going experience outside the theater. Plus, in the age before the ubiquity of home video, it allowed you to revisit your favorite movies over and over. I loved novelizations and I read them fervently growing up. I still do, but to a lesser extent.
However, as with anything else, there are gaping holes in what movies did and didn’t get novelized. Maybe the movie studios didn’t have a lot of faith in the movie’s success. Or were deciding not to spend the money on an author to translate the script. Whatever the reason, like I said, there are movie novelizations that I wish existed that don’t.
One of the first big novelizations I’ve already talked about wishing existed were both of the Young Guns movies. My buddy Shawn and I wanted them to exist so much that we created our own. These were previously displayed when Shawn and I collaborated on Young Guns vintage trading cards.
Awesome, right? Well, that’s what I want to do, start creating my own custom movie novelization covers for movies that I wish had novelizations. This feature is going to reveal a totally eclectic set of covers, but I think you’ll enjoy it.
Another set of movie novelizations I created and previously revealed on Twitter involved the first two Christopher Reeve Superman movies. The reason those novelizations don’t exist (novelizations for both Part III and Part IV do exist) is because of Mario Puzo, the author of The Godfather. Puzo wrote the original screenplays for both of those first Superman movies and as a clause in his contract, no one could write the novelizations of those screenplays except him. And he never wrote them. Kind of a dick move, Mario. So all I have are these fake covers of what could have been.
These covers were created from two Superman novels written by Elliot Maggin that were released because there were no Puzo novelizations.
Okay, so those are some covers I’ve previously shared. How about two brand new covers? Let’s start off this Fantasy Movie Novelization Library with two of my favorite 80s genre movies. Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but I made these junior novelizations which are lighter in page count and are taller and more square in shape. You can mostly tell by the Scholastic logo I put in the bottom left.
I love the idea of having these two break dancing centric movies get junior novelizations because I imagine the books would be like 120 pages long and breezy fun to read.
So that’s the gist of this feature. I’ll make a few novelization covers for movies that don’t have them and post them right here. It’s sort of a fun sister project to my Vintage Comic Throwdowns feature.
Hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy making them.
Keep reading those movies, my friends.