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Enjoyable but flawed
on 27 August 2009
As BTTF is one of my all-time favourite films, I was very curious about how the book would compare. It is an enjoyable read, bringing in deleted scenes from the film and some measure of insight into the characters' minds and motives. However, at times the writing style was quite laboured and didn't flow smoothly at all. I got the feeling that the author knew what he wanted his readers to see but wasn't quite sure how to transform his vision into words. Granted, that can be difficult and in some instances -- such as the famous skateboard chase -- he handled it well, but in other, more mundane scenes the narrative tripped over an abundance of words and redundant phrases.
As a film tie-in, it worked very well, bringing reminders of favourite scenes and funny moments, but as a stand-alone novel it failed due to poor and awkward writing.