Retro Reviews: ‘The Force Awakens’ by Alan Dean Foster

August 25, 2020 at 5:25 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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The Force Awakens is the novelization to the blockbuster of the same name from December of 2015. The original screenplay was written by Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, and the novelization was written by Alan Dean Foster.

First off, this is going to be a controversial review. I personally loved The Force Awakens movie when I first saw it, and I still love it. It’s one of my favorite Star Wars movies. However, I did not like the novelization of the film at all. I believe that this is a textbook case of how not to write a novelization. But I will blunt my criticism off the bat by saying that there are some great things in the novelization, well worth your read.

I’ll start with the positives. There are some great, short insights about Leia and her work with the Resistance and her search for Luke that are really good. It adds to the film for me and makes me appreciate Leia. I also love how Foster included several of the deleted scenes/dialogue for Leia and Han’s scenes, some of which actually was repurposed for The Rise of Skywalker, which I didn’t realize until this reread. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘The Force Awakens’ by Alan Dean Foster…

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