This is an excellent adaptation of the feature film The X-Files: Fight the Future. Elizabeth Hand took Chris Carter's script and transferred it to book form in the most faithful way possible. If you've seen the movie (and I would certainly recommend seeing the movie before reading this adaptation of it), you will "see" the entire movie in your mind as you read along. The dialogue is word for word, the descriptions are an exact match to the scenes in the movie, and you will not find anything from the movie that is not translated onto these pages. Strangely enough, the book feels more rushed than the movie did, and the written word doesn't convey as strong a visual image of the film's culminating action in Antarctica, but I think this is clearly due to the fact that this book was borne of the movie and not vice versa. Lest you think there is no reason to read this adaptation of the movie, I should point out that there is a tiny bit of material here that you will not see in the film itself. This extra material concerns the fate of Mulder's little sister Samantha, and I can't imagine why such an important exchange between Mulder and the Well-Manicured Man was left out of the film. This is information that goes to the very root of Mulder's obsessive commitment to uncovering "the truth." The initial hardback release features several pages of excellent color stills from the film, which make quite a nice addition to an important and very readable novel. Even if you've seen the film so many times you have all the lines memorized, this is a book every X-Files fan really should read and own.
This book tells pretty much all that is in the film, although it cannot show the fabulous acting skills of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. The descriptions that are used are almost there in the intense scene setting and what only takes a second in the movie takes about half a paragraph, and this makes it as enjoyable as the film. I go on about the film, but that is only because I saw the film before I read the book. This book is something, that you could read over and over, without getting bored. With each reading you realise another twist in the story, and for those avid watchers of the TV series you're in for a treat as it does give some conclusions to past quirks in stories, making you think, "ah-ha! That's what they meant!" I 100% recommend this to both watchers and those who are new to the whole concept of conspiracy in the American government. It makes you slightly paranoid about the authorities and that is half the fun of it!!!
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