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Much better than the Shaun Hutson version,
This review is from: The Terminator (Paperback)
It really is an eye opener when you get two novelisations, about the same film that are COMPLETELY different. The Terminator (A Star book) I have read, but I really wasn't too fussed about it. It was just average, and I didn't feel the need to review it.
However, I was eager to compare to this one, especially after re-watching the first film again. This copy of the book is definitely the superior version, in every which way. Every single character in this book, whether they were a big part of the film or not, get a back story. The guy at the start in the truck, the "punks" at the beginning who the Terminator takes the clothes from, even down to Sarah's fellow waitresses and boss get a back story and more time on the page, than they did on the screen.
Also the writng style is far better than the Shaun Hutson version. That edition felt very bland, considering they were both taken from the same screenplay, I find it hard to believe that they are so different!
I actually read the Terminator novelizations in a strange way, mainly because I didn't get the two copies of the first book until after I had read 2 and 3. Actually goes in the same order of how I rate them.
As with the other books, I do find this quite a slow read - it's packed full of description and obviously the characters get more of a chance to spread their wings. Not in any way is the film boring, but obviously certain characters and scenes were left on the cutting room floor, to give more time to the action scenes, rather than the development of characters who weren't really crucical to the storyline. My favourite characters were definitely Sarah's boss (who doesn't appear in the film at all), Ginger & Matt. There's a couple of extra scenes including the latter characters, which definitely would have been great to see on screen.
The action scenes are so very well described in the book, that you can almost smell the fire and feel the heavy tread of the Terminator's boots as he advances on his prey. Randall frakes definitely doesn't skimp on the description, but at the same time, it doesn't feel overly done or forced, like some authors can do. When they're describing a blade of grass for two pages - thankfully, in my opinion, that shows a bad writer.
I would still highly recommend reading the Shaun Hutson copy of this book, as long as you can get it for cheap - thankfully, these novelizationsrun reasonably well priced, even considering coming from the USA, if you're willing to wait. (Unlike some novelizations, these seem to have stayed in print, or had a high print run - I'm looking at you Labyrinth: Novel!) Even if it is just for comparison to the film, and to this book - both are definitely worth the price.
I am definitely interested in reading some of the Terminator spin off novels now.