By name recognition alone, Quentin Tarantino will sell books. People love to read, but I have to question his first ever novel being a movie novelization. He couldn’t come up with something he hasn’t already made into a film?
Quentin Tarantino has signed a two book deal with Harper, the HarperCollins imprint. First up is Tarantino’s first work of fiction, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, a novel to be published next summer that breathes new life into the characters and the premise of a film that got 10 Oscar nominations and won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Brad Pitt. Tarantino has long been infatuated with the movie novelizations he read voraciously growing up, paperbacks that accompanied a film’s release.Quentin Tarantino Two-Book HarperCollins Deal; Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ & ’70s Movie Deep Dive ‘Cinema Speculation’ – Deadline
The other part of Tarantino’s first novel that I’m not digging is that it isn’t even based on one of his best movies. It’s a recent movie, sure, but if he has to do a novelization, wouldn’t Pulp Fiction be better?
I remember reading several novelizations but once you’ve seen the movie, the book that tells the movie — unless the book came first, of course — just isn’t the same. I’d rather read a great novel, something that wasn’t written using a film as the original source.
What about you? Do you read novelizations?