5 Weird Novelizations

ST the Motion Picture The Pop-Up Book by Tor Lokvig and Chuck Murphy

Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Pop-Up Book by Tor Lokvig & Chuck Murphy

There is a traditional novelization of this movie and a comic book adaption too. Pop-up books aren’t necessarily that usual, but this one is based on arguably the slowest paced Star Trek movie. So, the least child-friendly Trek film got a pop-up book aimed at children. There is a page that if a tab is pulled Spock’s eyebrows raise and lower. ‘Nuff said.

SGT Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by Henry Edwards

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by Henry Edwards

A movie musical featuring some of the biggest names in music at the time of its release got a novelization. Who wouldn’t want to read all of their favorite songs?


Gremlins – Book and Record

Read-along book and record combos were pretty standard back in the day. They primarily covered kid related movies. Gremlins was released as a PG movie in the United States. There was no PG-13 rating at the time of its release, and it is widely responsible for the creation of it. Many kids and parents were shocked at the death and violence in the film and called out for tougher ratings. Which is why I think this is a weird choice for a children’s Book and Record.

FT13th 3D by Michael Avalione

Friday the 13th Part 3 3-D by Michael Avallone

The third Friday the 13th movie’s big gimmick was it had scenes shot specifically for 3-D. Of course, that wasn’t translated into the novelization, but that didn’t stop the title of the book from still stating “3-D”.

Kingkong1932 by Delos Lovelace

King Kong by Delos W. Lovelace

The novelization of the film of the original King Kong was published in the winter of 1932. The interesting part is that the motion picture wasn’t released until spring of 1933. The novel was written based on the screenplay for the film, and it was meant to act as advertising for the movie. Today, many novelizations would not be released so far from the release of the actual film. Of course, spoilers weren’t an issue back in the 1930’s.


Alien the Coloring Book

Alien: The Coloring Book

This coloring book doesn’t translate one particular movie, but it features a collection of some of the most memorable scenes from all the movies in the Alien franchise. I hear coloring books can be relaxing for adults. There’s nothing like coloring a picture of an alien bursting out of someone’s chest to calm the nerves.


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  1. Great list. I had all of these as a kid. Ah, memories…

    Got a couple more for you. Star Wars novelization was released in 1976 to help promote the film as King Kong did… at Comic Con. The junior novelization of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom had graphic color photos, and that was the movie that led directly to the PG-13 rating vote. Gremlins was icing on the cake, definitely.

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