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Alien(TM): Resurrection Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1 1997

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Aspect; Film tie-in edition edition (Dec 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446602299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446602297
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 132 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

A.C. Crispin was the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels, including tie-ins to Star Trek, Star Wars, V and Pirates of the Caribbean. In 2013, she was named a Grandmaster of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Most novelizations of films are little more than breathless descriptions of what happened on screen. They had more of a place years ago when people did automatically buy videos or DVDs, and once your favorite film left the cineplex, you might not see it again for years...so the novelization would let you "relive" the film. That's not necessary anymore, so the only function they can have is to fill-in information that might have been left on the cutting room floor.
A.C. Crispin makes a sincere effort with "Alien Resurrection", and it doesn't read too badly. It does fall short of a real novel in it's dramatic structure and characterization. She makes a token attempt to fill in backgrounds, even first names, for characters who in the film often are killed off before we get a chance to know them. (Personally, I think this is a flaw in the movie, as we can't possibly care about the death of a character we have barely been introduced to.)
Since the novelization came out at virtually the same time as the film was released, I am guessing that it had to be written before viewing the finished film and that it is largely based on older versions of the script and maybe rough cuts of the movie. There are numerous deviations from the finished film, none of them cosmically important but if you enjoy certain bits of dialogue -- especially some of the very humorous throw-away lines -- it is disconcerting to see them stated differently or clipped or just dropped entirely.
What I was hoping for WAS that the novelization would fill in some of the critical information gaps in the film -- especially Call's motivation in joining the smuggler crew of the Betty and heading out to the Auriga to destroy the alien breeding experiment. This is confusingly told in the film.
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I'm sure all true ALIEN-philes already bought and read this book! But perhaps you're not one of these guys, so I'll tell you what I think about this novel! Of course, this novel tells the story of the movie in a much more detailed way - which is a really good thing, I think (To be quite honest, I had to read this book to be finally able to understand the causal chains of some of the dialogues in the movie!). In my opinion the development of the relationship between Ripey and Call is the highlight of this book! It's much better described than in the movie. But I also felt some scenes quite differently when I saw "ALIEN: RESURRECTION" at the cinema than A.C. Crispin writes in the book (But I felt the samy way about Alan Dean Foster's first three "ALIEN"-novels, by the way.). But I'm an ALIEN-phile which means I still love this book! My suggestion for you would be: watch the movie first (because that's the REAL thing!), then read the book, and finally make up your own idea!
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One question...who can write a novelization that is better than the movie it's based on? Answer...A.C. Crispin and Kathleen O'Malley, of course. Crispin did it before in her practically epic novelization of V years ago, and now she's back, with her wonderful co-author from Silent Dances and Silent Songs, to write another. I was blown away after reading this book. Ironically, the movie didn't give this book enough credit. The book gave a lot more insight into Gediman and Wren's motives for conducting the experiments, and made Perez, Distephano and Purvis more than just meat. The story is not only given to us from the point of view of the prey (us, that is), but also from the point of view of the Aliens. Which was very unsettling, and wonderfully wicked of Crispin and O'Malley. The descriptions of the deformed cloans and the Newborn were especially vivid, and actually put the ones on screen to shame. Having read the book before seeing the movie, I cared more for Ripley and Call than I would have after only seeing the movie. Don't get me wrong, Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder were brilliant. The best parts were what they didn't say (don't take that the wrong way either). I love it when a sequel refers to its predecessors, because it ties eveything together making you think. And the book contained more of a connection with the previous movies than the movie did, which was odd. There were references to Jonesy (Ripley's cat, that was killed in the first one), Newt (the little girl, who Ripley basically adopted in the second movie, and died somewhere between Aliens and Alien3), and also Ripley's own daughter (who died not being able to see her mother again while Ripley floated in deep space for 50 years).Read more ›
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A.C. Crispin's novelization of "Alien Resurrection" is a thought-provoking, well-written book that provides a surprising amount of depth to its characters. While many novelizations have a tendency to be poorly written, Crispin has managed to adapt Joss Whedon's screenplay in such a manner that it practically appears to be an original work. Set 200 years after the events of Alien 3, "Resurrection" continues the story of Ellen Ripley and her battle against the biomechanoid monsters from the previous "Alien" outings. The novel begins with an interesting look at the cloning process, as scientists use DNA and tissue samples to grow a "new" Ripley and extract the alien embryo she was carrying at the time of her death. Crispin provides the reader with a thoughtful look at each of the characters' motivations and backgrounds, particularly the Ripley character. Ripley's struggle with her alien side and her subsequent reconciliation with her human characteristics are an enthralling subtext to the story, well-crafted and carefully thought out. Another interesting aspect of the story explored is the mother/child relationship that was a cornerstone of the second entry in the series, "Aliens." The author expounds on this subtext quite masterfully, making the reader balance his/her feelings of revulsion and horror of the alien species (particularly Ripley's "child" The Newborn) with the tender feelings of human compassion and the strength of the maternal instinct. It is doubtful that even the film will be able to provide these details, which only serve to enrich the story and provide a deeper psychological layer to the suspense and tension of what is admittedly an action piece.Read more ›
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