Adapted Hist-Fic Huge on German Boob Tube, Tie-ins Take Off Too

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

by Siobhan O’Leary Author and literary critic Elke Heidenreich once wielded enough power to make a book a bestseller in Germany simply by mentioning it on her television show Lesen!. When ZDF cancelled her show in late 2008 amidst controversial debates about its quality, many saw it as a sign that television networks now deemed books too unsexy for prime …

What’s the (Novelized) Story, Morning Glory?

In Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Diana Peterfreund Last fall, my Random House editor, Kerri Buckley, called me and asked if I’d ever considered writing a movie novelization. I’d just returned from a writing conference where I met several writers who did such work, and I was intrigued. Though I’d published five original novels, I’d recently branched out into other kinds of fiction writing, including …

Why Aren’t More Movie and TV Franchises Turned Into Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Diana Peterfreund writes about adapting the screenplay of the film Morning Glory into a novel. Over the years several film and television franchises have been extended via book and comic book adaptations. Think of Star Wars, which comprises just six films, but has been continued in several hundred more novels — many of …