Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization
Written by: Alex Irvine
Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jay Snyder
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
Release Date: 07-12-13
Publisher: Audible Studios
You know how it happens. A big-budget Holywood movie comes out, makes a bunch of money for the studio and of course they want to squeeze every last dollar possible. So naturally as a part of the modern publishing process, they make a book version of the movie and release it after the flick is in the cinemas. It keeps up the hype and can be a good secondary income stream. Generally speaking these books aren’t that good but thankfully they don’t do novelizations for all movies that come out. On the cover it says it’s based on the movie, but what really that means is it’s based on the movie script.
If you put a movie script between fancy covers and format it like a book – that’s not a novel, it’s still a script. So they have to adapt it and create a new text based on what the original creator of the work intended.
Apparently that’s not very easy to do as I’ve yet to come across a move novelization that will amaze me. It’s still done by (sometimes) skilled writers but I always get the feeling that something’s missing or not quite right. I know it’s silly but it’s almost like the novel doesn’t have a soul.
Taking all that into account, they did a pretty good job with Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization. It’s a short, under 10 hours audiobook that’s full of fast-paced action and can be read in a few sittings. If you start reading it with an open mind and for what it is – an adaptation of a movie, it’s actually quite good. I’m a fan of Guillermo del Toro’s work and he didn’t fail to deliver on the story front. Give me legions of monstrous creatures (known as Kaiju) rising from the sea battling with massive robots (Jaegers) and I’m a happy camper.
Del Toro says he wanted to make “not a war movie, but an adventure movie, with a huge, romantic sense of adventure, a sense of grandeur, and operatic battles”. That he did and it translates well into the audiobook format. I’ve said before that Christian Rummel is one of my favorite narrators and he has a big part in making the audiobook enjoyable and interesting.
Overall, I liked the official movie novelization of Pacific Rim more than I thought I would. It’s a fun epic action sci-fi story with giant robots by Guillermo del Toro and narrated by Christian Rummel – considering it’s an adaptation, I couldn’t possibly ask for more. If you like del Toro’s work or fun sci-fi reads, you should give this a listen.