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Willow: Novel Paperback – 27 Oct 1988

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere Books; 1st Paperback Printing edition (27 Oct. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747402477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747402473
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Synopsis

Novelisation to tie-in with the next george lucas film. A cross between "raiders of the lost ark" and "return of the jedi", this is a story set many years ago in a mythical country. It is an adventure fantasy and is basically about good against evil. Evil loses of course] is supposed to do for fantasy what "star wars" did for science fiction. 29/2/88:buying del rey film: a: 50000 at $2.99: 288pp: uc=21p: max. 09/05/88 resubmitted to show extra costs of including 8pp 4 colour inset.text & inset film from us.adapt us cover: 50000 at $2.99: 288pp + 8pp inset: uc=31p: max. UK FILM/TV TIE IN

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Format: Paperback
Willow tells the story of a Nelwyn, a halfling race similar to hobbits from what I can gather, who finds a baby washed up from the river bordering his lands. It turns out that this baby is the Elora Danan, the child foretold in prophecy whose birth would bring about the downfall of the evil sorceress Bavmorda who rules over the lands. Pursued by the Death Dogs and Bavmordafs minions, Willow must find the good sorceress Fin Raziel and, together with swordsman Madmartigan and some dubious brownies, journey to the castle of Tir Asleen to save the child and defeat Bavmorda.

I feel I should start out by saying that Ifve never seen the film Willow on which this book is based. Doubtless it is very entertaining in the same amusing, 80s fantasy way that Labyrinth and Legend are. The plot is riddled with cliches, but it trundles along at a fair old pace and probably makes quite good cinema (albeit with special effects that are no doubt incredibly dated). The book, however, is genuinely dreadful.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this book is definitely a case in point. When adapting a film that is (according to Amazon) approximately two hours in length into a book, that book can either try to capture and convey properly everything that takes place in the film and thus be quite lengthy, or it can be quite short and skim along the top of the action and appear shallow. Sadly, Drew appears to have gone for the latter, depthless option (although how much choice he had in the matter I donft know; he may have been making the best of a bad lot). The writing continually states the obvious and is entirely without subtlety: no character has a thought which they donft vocalise, an emotion which doesnft show in their face or contemplates an action without immediately following through.
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I always loved the film and this adaptation just made it even better for me. Re-purchased after years during a nostalgic phase and still such fun!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Willow Ufgood is a nelwyn (little people) farmer who aspires to being a good farmer, a good father, and (if possible) the village sorcerer's next apprentice. However when he finds a daikini (tall people/us) baby, his whole world is turned upside-down. This baby is Elora Danan, a child of prophecy, destined to be the end of the evil witch-queen Bavmorda, and Bavmorda's army is looking for her. There's a destiny at work here, and Willow must see it through. But along the way he will find help in unexpected places, most unexpectedly in the form of Madmartigan, a rogue of rogues and self-proclaimed "greatest swordsman that ever lived."
All right, this book is a novel based on the screenplay for the movie of the same name. It doesn't seek to be a mere text edition of the movie, but sets out to expand and improve upon the screenplay. Do you want to know where Vohnkar learned to be a great warrior? Do you want to know about the rise of Fin Raziel and Bavmorda? Do you want to know the past of Madmartigan and Airk Thaughbaer? Well, this book is the place to look! Being a fan of the movie, I deeply enjoyed all of the background information that this book gave me. It really filled in a lot of blanks.
Now, that said, how does the book do as a standalone novel? Overall, I found it to be somewhat thin when it came to motivation. That is, the characters often seemed to be marionettes going through an act, rather than living, breathing people, caught up in a dark adventure. But, in spite of that, I did enjoy the book, and am very glad I read it. I highly recommend it to all fans of the movie, and guardedly recommend it everyone else.
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By KMcD on 12 May 2015
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Love the film and the book brings more depth to the movie!
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 24 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie 26 Jan. 2017
By garrett - Published on Amazon.com
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Love the movie....but this book is empty. Just not much to it. I'm typically the person that loves the book better than the movie - but this is almost awful. Might be good for a very young reader? But its also outdated - that I don't know why a young reader would like it. Much better stuff out there.

Just watch the movie
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the movie 7 Sept. 2016
By Tanya Loranca - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like the movie, you will like the book. It gives a lot more detail to the story. I enjoyed it very much.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 31 Dec. 2013
By P. V. - Published on Amazon.com
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Named my daughter after the heroine. Gave her the book for her Christmas gift and she melted! Love the movie stills in the middle of the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Mar. 2016
By 333 - Published on Amazon.com
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A favorite movie when my boys were young....will now be read to my grandchildren. Arrived quickly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Willow book 4 Jan. 2017
By Thunder Heart - Published on Amazon.com
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Love the book and the movie.
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