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Posted February 19, 2013
I was reluctant to buy this book for two reasons. (1) I'm a bit protective of George Romero's copyright. I think its uncool of others to reissue his film and make money off of it because of a screw-up in the copyrighting. Yes its legal but it I still don't like it. But this isn't the film, this is a novelization. The author didn't just rebundle the film but put his own blood and sweat into the novel so I got over myself on that one. This feels like a companion not a rip-off. (2) I tend to not like novelization of films much. The two are different animals altogether and horror generally fails the transition. But I was generally thinking about horror books made into flat movies (think Steven King) and not the reverse. I'd never seen a horror movie turned into a book. I enjoyed the authors book of short stories (title fails me right now but it was mostly horror) and he did a wonderful job of turning Hamlet into a novel (yeah, that took brass balls) so maybe he did a decent job of turning the granddaddy of zombie movies into a novel. Anyway it was worth the minimal risk so I took the chance.
I'm glad I did. It is easy to root for an actor on the screen. To get into their skin and want them to survive. That is much harder in a book when they are simply a name and brief description. A straight forward adaptation probably would have fallen flat as the story was crafted for film, for a tight fast moving film at that. What the movie lacks is characterization and backstory and that is exactly what Christopher Andrews brings to the story. He brings the characters alive and adds just enough backstory to fill things in and make us care but not so much that the story halts or even slows.
Needless to say I enjoyed the book enough that I'll buy his next, and probably the one after that, although I hope he'll veer back into horror territory again soon.
Posted January 5, 2012
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