Movie companion books, as I personally define them, are books that are released in conjunction with (or after) the release of a movie, maybe even sometimes before. They typically add information about characters, plot, settings, or other aspects about the movie or the universe the movies was set in.

These books aren't necessarily 100% dependent on seeing the movie first, and can be good sources of information.

See my a question here: Why was the Obscurus omitted?. It's admittedly not a great question in itself, but that shouldn't be condemning for ALL companion books.

So, what do we think about companion books, or other pieces of literature written to accompany a movie?

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    Possible duplicate of Are movie Character guides ontopic?
    – Himarm
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 21:29
  • @Himarm I'd argue mine's broader
    – DForck42
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 21:30
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    It seems such "companion books" are largely non-fiction and don't tell an actual story at all. I doubt a pop-science book on gravitation would be on-topic, just because it has the word "Interstellar" in the title. Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 21:30
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    @ChristianRau Yes, so what? Literature doesn't have to tell a story. Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 23:58
  • @Gilles That, I guess, makes for an interesting meta discussion on its own. Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 23:59

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I personally think they are On-topic. They are a good source of information for those that want to READ more about a particular universe.

I also don't think we want to get into the weeds of "this type of book is off-topic because it's for a movie" and "this graphic novel is off-topic because it extends a movie universe" and such.

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    No, if anything, it's off-topic because it's a non-fictional non-storytelling encyclopedia. Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 21:41
  • @ChristianRau it's not exactly like an encyclopedia, but it's not straight up story telling either, it's a mix of both.
    – DForck42
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 21:49

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