Friday the 13th part 4 & 5
The Friday the 13th franchise had a number of novelizations over the years. The first three movies each received a book. In fact, the third film was officially adapted twice by two different authors, but the next movie to be given the novelization treatment was the sixth film. The fourth, fifth, and sixth movies introduced the protagonist, Tommy Jarvis. Those films are almost a standalone trilogy in a franchise that currently spans 12 films. Tommy Jarvis is one of only two protagonists that appear in multiple films. So, it is a little strange that the last movie in that trilogy received a novelization and not the film that introduced its main hero.
The premise of a kid’s club of monster movie fanatics fighting a group of classic horror villains would have lent itself perfectly to being a young adult novel. The children in this movie are forced to solve their town’s monster problem mainly on their own without help from adults. The film was so much fun when I was a kid, and I know that I would have loved to read it over and over again if I had the chance. Since its release, there have been books to use the name Monster Squad but are unrelated to the film.
Big Trouble in Little China
The characters and the world this movie introduced are all great and so exciting. It has become a cult classic after its release. This was directed by John Carpenter, whom had many of his movies adapted to books or were initially based on a book. So, when this one doesn’t fall into either of those categories it definitely stands out. Recently, there has been a series of novels and comic books that continue the adventures of Jack Burton and the Porkchop Express.
Here is another example of a series of novelizations for a franchise skipping films. In this case, the very first movie never got a novelization, but the second and third sequels to it did get adapted as books. This was all released before the internet existed. So, I imagine this may have caused fans some confusion in the search for trying to complete their Child’s Play novel collection with a hunt for a book that never existed.
I was surprised to find out that Legend was not based on a preexisting book and it had never received a novelization. The film plays a lot like an adaptation of a fairy tale, but it is an original story. The fantasy genre has such deep roots in books and reading, it’s just hard for me to process that this classic doesn’t exist on the page. Apparently, there was initially a plan to do a novel, and it would have expanded the storyline, but that deal fell through.