Everyone knows that books are often adapted into films or television series. However, there is an off chance most people don’t know that even films are adapted into books. It is known as novelization. In novelization, the author can follow the same story as the film or take liberties to create different scenes. Here are 7 best novelizations of films.

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

7 Best Novelizations Of Films
7 Best Novelizations Of Films (Book 1)

2001: A Space Odyssey is a science fiction novel by writer Arthur C. Clarke. The novel was developed simultaneously with Stanley Kubrick’s film version and was published in 1968 after the release of the film. In the book when scientists find an mysterious monolith buried on the moon, they are astonished to discover that it is at least 3 million years old and that the unearthed artifact releases a powerful signal aimed at Saturn. To find out what sort of alarm has been triggered, a manned spacecraft, the Discovery, is sent to investigate.

The crew is highly trained and they are assisted by a self-aware computer, the ultra-capable HAL 9000. But HAL’s programming is patterned after the human mind a little too well. HAL is capable of guilt, neurosis, even murder, and he controls every single one of Discovery’s components. The crew has to overthrow this digital psychotic computer to make it to their rendezvous with the entities that are responsible not just for the monolith, but maybe even for mankind.

Alien by Alan Dean Foster

7 Best Novelizations Of Films
7 Best Novelizations Of Films (Book 2)

Alien by Alan Dean Foster is based on the screenplay by Dan O’Bannon and film by Ridely Scott. The story follows the crew of the spaceship Nostromo waking from cryogenic sleep to distress signals from an unknown planet. When they investigate a derelict alien craft one of the crew members is attacked by a mysterious life form. As they safely make their way back to Sol, none of them foresee the real horror that is about to begin. However, they soon realize that alien’s life cycle has merely begun and all their lives are in danger.

Braveheart by Randall Wallace

7 Best Novelizations Of Films (Book 3)

Braveheart is based on the Academy Award-winning Best Picture of the same name. Randall Wallace also wrote the screenplay for the film. The story follows one of history’s darkest hours that arose from humble beginnings a man of courage and honor, Scottish warrior William Wallace as he leads his countrymen in a rebellion to free his homeland from the tyranny of King Edward I of England. William Wallace is a farmer by birth and rebel by fate. He banded together his brave army of Scots to crush the cruel tyranny of the English king. The story is set in the middle of the color, pageantry, and violence of medieval Scotland.

Revenge Of The Sith (Star Wars) by Matthew Woodring Stover 

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7 Best Novelizations Of Films (Book 4)

Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Woodring Stover is based on the screenplay of final Star Wars film by George Lucas’s epic saga. The story is set after years of civil war, the Separatists have beaten the Republic which is nearly to the point of collapse. On Coruscant, the Senate is concerned as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine strips away more and more constitutional liberties in the name of safeguarding the Republic. Yoda, Mace Windu, and their fellow Masters struggle with the Chancellor’s move to assume control of the Jedi Council.

Anakin Skywalker who is the prophesied as the Chosen One to bring balance to the Force, is growingly consumed by his fear that his secret love, Senator Padmé Amidala will die. As the fight grows across the galaxy, Obi-Wan undertakes a dangerous mission to destroy the dreaded Separatist military leader General Grievous. Palpatine influences public opinion to turn against the Jedi and a conflicted Anakin edges dangerously closer to the galaxy-shaping decision.

Almost Famous by Cameron Crowe

7 Best Novelizations Of Films (Book 5)

Almost Famous is based on the Cameron Crowe’s film of the same name. The story is inspired by Crowe’s own start in journalism as a teenage reporter for Rolling Stone. It is a coming-of-age story that is mixed with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. It is set in 1973 and tells the story of a fifteen-year-old boy whose dream of becoming a rock journalist comes true when Rolling Stone sends him on tour with the up-and-coming rock band Stillwater which is loosely based on Led Zeppelin.

The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars) by Donald F. Glut 

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(Book 6)

The Empire Strikes Back by Donald F. Glut is based on episode III of the epic Star Wars by George Lucas. The story follows Luke Skywalker as he manages to escape the battle on the ice planet Huth and goes to Dagobah system. There he meets Yoda, the last and greatest of the Jedi Masters and starts his Jedi training. As Darth Vader knows how strong the Force is in Luke, he is obsessed with bringing him to the dark side of the Force. And Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy.

Dead Poets Society by N. H. Kleinbaum

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(Book 7)

Dead Poets Society by N. H. Kleinbaum is base on the film by Peter Weir and screenplay by Tom Schulman. Tom Schulman won Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay). The story follows Todd Anderson and his friends at Welton Academy. When they get a new English professor John Keating their lives are changed. Keating challenges them to make their lives extraordinary. The boys inspired by Keating, the boys restore the Dead Poets Society, a secret club where, free from the restrictions and expectations of school and parents, they let their passions run wild. As Keating teaches the boys the great words of Byron, Shelley, and Keats, they discover the beauty of language and the importance of making each moment count. However, the Dead Poets Society soon realizes that their newfound freedom can have tragic consequences.

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