Alien: The Official Movie Novelization (Unabridged)
by Alan Dean Foster
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Alan Dean Foster is the acclaimed author of movie tie-ins for Star Wars, Alien and Transformers. He was awarded the IAMTW Grand Master Scribe Award in 2008. He is also a best-selling science fiction and fantasy author in his own right, including the popular Pip & Flinx novels and the Founding of the Commonwealth series.
One of my favourite movies, and I love the book. I bought the audiobook as soon as I saw it on the store, very well read but was surprised that all the swearing had been taken out, it kind of waters down the grittiness and realism of the story for me.
A great novelization of a great film
Alan Dean Foster adds further texture and gooey detail to a tense thriller that redefined space horror cinema. His descriptions add to your memory of the film whilst adding more back story and a few missing scenes from the theatrical cut. A cut above the usual film novelisation back in the day and well worth a listen now its an audiobook.
Great adaptation of a masterpiece film
Really enjoyed this adaptation of the film. The approach to LV-426 was much more dramatic in the book than in the film. I didn’t really notice the crew were concerned about landing on the planet when watching the film.
One criticism I would have is that the times when the alien attacks the crew members are a bit underwhelming. It’s kind of like the alien appears, another crew member is gone, the alien disappears again. I guess it was written like this to keep the aliens intentions unknown, making it more menacing and raising questions about what happened to the crew member and where did it take them. I however as a reader who has seen all the movies and knows the intentions of the alien would have preferred a bit more information from the book. That said, it stayed true to the film which is probably best for readers who haven’t already watched the film.