Top 10 Novelizations That Are Actually Worth Reading

If someone turns a book into a movie, no one bats an eye. It's such an accepted part of the artistic world that of the nine films nominated for best Picture at the last Academy Awards, six of them were based on previously written works. However, turning a movie into a book is usually frowned upon quite deeply. Partly it's because the cheap paperbacks are rushed out by hacks so the studio can make a few extra merchandising dollars, and part of it is because it usually feels as if the movie is trying to fake some kind of greater artistic legitimacy with the weight of the printed page.

We're addicted to these novelizations, and have dozens of them. They get their own section at Half-Price Books and it's rare for us not to walk out with at least on per trip. Today we salute these maligned creatures of literature.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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