It’s kind of funny when you think about it – how nowadays a book’s pop culture shelf life extends well beyond the its initial “book” phase. Read the novel. Then watch the movie (or television show)! Then buy the holiday gift book! Don’t forget the graphic novel, animated series, video game, calendar, and t-shirt!
Some may call it unadulterated commercialization but if there is a demand for this kind of product – as there definitely is – I'm all for it: especially it if involves one of my beloved novels or sagas! It’s called fandom – and it’s a beautiful thing for those who are afflicted.
So, for all of you out there who are looking for gift ideas this holiday season, here is a list of exceptional books about movies (or television series) based on books that have either recently been released or are coming out soon. Enjoy!
I’ll leave you with this humble suggestion – after watching the movie, playing the video game, perusing all of the movie companion books, and drinking from the commemorative coffee mug, how about rereading the novel?
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can follow him on Twitter at @paulgoatallen and get all the latest Barnes & Noble book news from @BNBuzz.