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E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial Paperback – January 29, 2002
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Afterwards, seeing the movie was a big disappointment, because it contains none of these deep character developments... I think reading this book truly adds another dimension to the E.T. story, so I recommend it. (But beware: some of the concepts strayed from the movie, so be open to new ideas! For example, in the book, E.T. is not an ignorant baby, but is million-years-old wise).
I'm happy to say that Kotzwinkle is two and a half steps above the type of hack that usually writes this kind of adaptation. He successfully captures the flavor of the movie, and adds a whole other dimension to the story by mining the strengths of a book format. Unhindered by special effects limitations or the need for dialogue, Kotzwinkle brings us into the minds of the characters, most notably E.T. himself. He adds scenes that would have been too slow for the movie, and fleshes out existing scenes that could only be spared a moment of screen time.
If all movie adaptations were done like this, the genre would have a better name. As it is, Kotzwinkle has done it right, and it's no surprise to me that he has a successful writing career outside of this adaptation. If you're a fan of the movie and the characters, this book is definitely a way to extend and deepen your pleasure.
So, we bought it.
It was worth it, a very suprising book. Letting us into the mind of the alien, revealing a few deleted scenes (that, if I recall, were put back into the movie a few years after I read the book when it was re-released), and giving more detail into the hows and whys of the film.
If you're curious, then I would suggest checking this book out!
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ET items are hard to find in good shape. This was just what I was looking for.Published 10 months ago by GF
It's almost hard to believe that 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" which is the first movie I'd ever see in the theater at the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Paul L.
The world knows E.T. from a godawful video game on the Atari 2600 and a spectuacular film was held over in movie theatres throughout 1982 and grossed all records. Read morePublished 18 months ago by T. Paull
I was not a huge fan. I was expecting the story to follow the storyline from the movie a little closer. I am obsessed with E.T. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Jill Greenwell
I read it as a kid and recently bought it to read to my kids. It's a lovely book that adds greater depth to the story we're told in the movie.Published on January 8, 2014 by Dusty Lizard
This book was a terrible disappointment after the magic of the movie. Kotzwinkle apparently never saw the movie, and takes such liberties with the plot that it is hard to recognize... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Rachel Elliott
We bought this for our children when it first came out, and spent many happy hours reading it to our kids and exploring the pictures. Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Philip Crocker
This is one novelisation I did enjoy quite a bit and read more than once. Kotzwinkle did a reasonable job of somehow taking the amazingly ugly but cute at the same time alien and... Read morePublished on September 3, 2007 by average