Quite simply asked, novelizations are literature, but they started as "screen" works. Should they be considered on-topic?

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    If Harry Potter is on-topic on Movies & TV, I fail to see how it doesn't work the other way around for e.g. the Interstellar novelization. It has to be clear about which medium the question is really asked, though. Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 21:07
  • Is 2001 an example for your question ;)
    – Montag451
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 21:10
  • @Montag451 Not really, it was a book first, wasn't it? Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 21:11
  • @ChristianRau No, it wasn't. It's rather a very complicated story. openculture.com/2015/07/…
    – Montag451
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 21:14

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As you say, they're written works. It doesn't really matter where they started off; every idea came from somewhere, after all. Being written works makes them on-topic (in just the same way that cinematisations of novels are on-topic at our sister site Movies & TV). Usual caveats apply: if you want to ask a question that's actually about a film, better to ask it somewhere films are actually on-topic rather than posting it here in the guise of a question about a novelisation.

It should be noted that quality of a written work isn't a criterion for its on-topic-ness ...

  • Hmm... now what about movie scripts?
    – Skooba
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 21:14
  • @Skooba - same, they are works of writing.
    – DVK
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 21:18


They may be related to non-book works, but they are works of literature nonetheless.

They are written by writers and are textual and tell a story.

Moreover, they are frequently different from the movies, and often are more in-depth, covering internal thoughts and motivations in great detail.

(and sometimes, are better than the movie in some ways - my personal subjective example is Revenge of the Sith novelization, in which Anakin's character arc makes about 100x more sense than in the film).


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