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Theoretically, this book by Canadian author Wayland Drew is the novelization of the 1988 movie Willow However, it s not based directly on the movie itself, but on Bob Dolman s screenplay which was itself developed from a guiding storyline written by George Lucas Much of this screenplay was omitted and some of it apparently changed, usually to condense and simplify the dialogue and action in filming the actual movie, and one of the stars Val Kilmer ad libbed most of his dialogue So the Theoretically, this book by Canadian author Wayland Drew is the novelization of the 1988 movie Willow However, it s not based directly on the movie itself, but on Bob Dolman s screenplay which was itself developed from a guiding storyline written by George Lucas Much of this screenplay was omitted and some of it apparently changed, usually to condense and simplify the dialogue and action in filming the actual movie, and one of the stars Val Kilmer ad libbed most of his dialogue So the movie actually differs significantly from the book the latter is much richer in world building and character development and has a number of significant events that aren t in the former, and that help to explain some character s attitudes and choices that are only weakly explained in the film This means that the relationship of the two islike that of a movie adapted from a book than that of a typical novelization It also means it s harder to identify Drew s individual modifications and contributions than it would be with most novelizations.Regardless of the prehistory of the book s text, though, the finished novel is a fine work of epic fantasy, with well developed characters, a stirring plot that doesn t have logical holes, and vivid prose In general conception, it owes something to Tolkien s monumental Lord of the Rings series but few works of post Tolkien epic fantasy do not, and it has its own distinct premise, plot, characteristics and flavor any literary influence is simply that, not slavish dependence Like Sauron, Bavmorda is a power freak magic wielder hungry for world domination but where Sauron is an impersonal, off stage evil force, Bavmorda is a fully human character we see up close and personal, in all her ugly glory Drew s short statured Nelwyn race has some general similarities to hobbits, and perhapsto dwarves but in the final analysis, they re neither, a race and culture all their own And the basic structure of a quest narrative in fantasy goes back long before Tolkien, as do other archetypes that appear here But like the LOTR saga, it has a very clear conflict of good and evil, and a recurring theme of the necessity and important consequences of the moral choices we re called to make and the responsibilities we re called to shoulder, whether we see ourselves as well qualified heroic types or not.Lucas influence is evident in a few places, where the Mystery of magic is presented in terms vaguely reminiscent of the Force in his Star Wars saga the kind of thing Francis Schaeffer referred to as contentless mysticism , but this is a minor note that has no real significance for the storyline Aprominent andpositive theme is the strong affection for the natural world that s evident, with the idea that good people care about the latter, while evil results in defilement and destruction of nature This is brought out muchin the book than in the movie The book is also grittier andviolent than the movie in places, but it has no bad language Madmartigan s h words in the film resulted from Kilmer s ad libbing and no real sexual content, beyond the implication of womanizing by Madmartigan with an innkeeper s wife at one point That aspect of his character isn t glorified, and is explained as a reaction to an earlier event in his past In a fantasy genre that s overrun by bloated series, this one also has the advantage of being a stand alone book with a contained storyline and a clear cut resolution Lucas actually intended to make sequels to the film, but never did instead, he wrote a series of follow up books, the Chronicles of the Shadow War But these are set after the events here, and aren t directly related to them, or at least that s my impression I ve never read them That s why Goodreads labeled the book Chronicles of the Shadow War 0, rather than giving it a number as an actual part of the sequence So this would be a great choice for fantasy readers who don t want to commit to a multi volume series But it s a solid, rewarding read for any epic fantasy fan Love it.Love it.LOVE IT This book is the novelisation of a movie that marked my early childhood and teenage years I developed a weird relationship with the movie, considering that, as a child, half of it gave me the creeps and I didn t understand much of the remaining half, but I still love re watching it One day, when in high school, I discovered the book on a shelf of one of my parent s many, many bookshelves in our house Wait, they wrote the book I said, and my mother replied Why, yes Read it, it s good This book is the novelisation of a movie that marked my early childhood and teenage years I developed a weird relationship with the movie, considering that, as a child, half of it gave me the creeps and I didn t understand much of the remaining half, but I still love re watching it One day, when in high school, I discovered the book on a shelf of one of my parent s many, many bookshelves in our house Wait, they wrote the book I said, and my mother replied Why, yes Read it, it s good From that read it onwards, it was long lasting friendship between me and that book The best thing about this book, in my opinion, is the way the characters have been developed, givendepth with respect to the movie, still remaining faithful every inch to its atmosphere Willow is still one of my favourite characters ever, because he feels like a real person, though namely being a Nelwyn, thus a fantastic creature I also really liked the way the book made room for the character of Bavmorda though being unmistakeably evil and cruel in the movie, the witch queen does not speak much Although Jean Marsh I loved her does not need many words to make her Bavmorda credible, in the book one is allowed to understand the character much , and reflect over her There is room even for the relatioship between her and Sarsha, which one almost takes for granted in the movie The book also adds some episodes that are not represented in the movie, but add greatly to the pleasure of the book a touch of action here, a hint of thrill there, and the book becomes an amazing experience from the first page to the last To conclude, Willow is a pure fantasy book, with good triumphing over evil, fairies and trolls, mighty warriors and mythical beasts, everything one wants to find in a good old fantasy book Yet, its strength, its true power, is in the fact that, notwithstanding all the fantasy , it talks about true people, living true lives and fighting the way true people do It may be a cut down version of Lord of the Rings, but I still loved it10 February 2012 While this is actually a novelisation of the film, I am giving it a higher rating than normal because I believe that Willow pretty much sets the standard for what one expects from a fantasy setting, and also follows what I consider to be the stamdard line many other fantasy novels have taken in the 80s onwards well, actually, that accolade actually goes to The Hobbit, but it still broke ground as a cinematic It may be a cut down version of Lord of the Rings, but I still loved it10 February 2012 While this is actually a novelisation of the film, I am giving it a higher rating than normal because I believe that Willow pretty much sets the standard for what one expects from a fantasy setting, and also follows what I consider to be the stamdard line many other fantasy novels have taken in the 80s onwards well, actually, that accolade actually goes to The Hobbit, but it still broke ground as a cinematic release I actually love the movie upon which this novel is based, and while I normally do not read novelisations this is the only one that I have read, though I have read some of the glossy books relating to other films when I was a kid, but half the time it was because I never got to see the film upon which the book was based Willow is also one of those unique films that I actually saw in the cinema three times at most it would be two, though pretty much all movies I will only see once The story is a cut down version of Lord of the Rings, minus some of thedetailed themes that the Lord of the Rings covers It also lacks many of the mythological allusions that Tolkein uses in his novel In a sense it is a story for children and teenagers and this is clear when at one stage the only travelling companions of Willow are two obnoxious faeries, a badger that is actually a transformed mage, and a baby Like Lord of the Rings, this film begins and ends in a small village inhabited by little people that is cut off from the rest of the world The main protagonist is one of the little people, and the story is about how this little person ends up punching well above his weight and in doing so saving the world Other elements of Lord of the Rings include the outside world intruding on this paradise in the form of a human baby that is the centre of a prophecy and how the arrival of this baby brings trouble to what was at one stage a peaceful village There is the idea of friendship, as one of Willow s travelling companions is his best friend who, while not truly being cut out for adventure, sticks by Willow through thick and thin There is also a character similar to Aragon that being Mad Mardigan , though he seems to be a lot less honourable than Tolkien s character The other thing about this film is that it uses, and the entire plot evolves around, the quest narrative This is the idea where a quest is undertaken, and through this quest the main protagonist grows as a person, in a sense matures, and then comes back greater than when he set out on the quest It is the idea that through struggles and turmoils, one becomes stronger, and when the quest has been completed, the protagonist matures This is not the idea of the young boy being thrust out into the world and learning what it is to be an adult, but rather the protagonist coming to a point in their life where they desire to move forward, but in doing so they must be mentally prepared for this and in Willow s case it involves becoming a magician It is through the quest that they become mentally prepared, and at the conclusion they are able to then confidently take the position that they have desired I feel that many of us misunderstand the quest narrative, and it is interesting that many of the books that follow this narrative are generally read by a younger audience I have known numerous people who have immersed themselves into fantasy literature, but have failed to see that the quest narrative is really an allegory for their own lives In our world we create our own quests though sometimes they are thrust upon us and can be anything from completing highschool, finishing university, moving forward in your career, or even something as simple as travelling overseas for the first time Many of us find ourselves stuck in one place, and fail to see how we can move forward and onwards, and I believe that we need to look deeper at the quest narrative to see how we can apply that to ourselves This is the best novelization I ve read so far It has the spirit of the movie and adds so much great stuff I especially like that Bavmorda and Sorsha get some backstory. There s at least 25%book than movie here There s an entire sequence with a monster in the lake where Fin Raziel is, that would have been pretty interesting to see, though given effects at the time, probably impossible to film Maybe Ron Howard should pull a Lucas and release a digital special edition Where did you get those tomatoes from, and what do you plan to do with them Looking at Wikipedia Home media edit The film was released on DVD as a special edition in November 2001 by 20 There s at least 25%book than movie here There s an entire sequence with a monster in the lake where Fin Raziel is, that would have been pretty interesting to see, though given effects at the time, probably impossible to film Maybe Ron Howard should pull a Lucas and release a digital special edition Where did you get those tomatoes from, and what do you plan to do with them Looking at Wikipedia Home media edit The film was released on DVD as a special edition in November 2001 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment The release included an audio commentary by Warwick Davis and two making of featurettes In the commentary, Davis confirms that there were a number of lost scenes previously rud to have been deleted from it including a battle in the valley, Willow battling a boy who transforms into a shark in a lake while retrieving Fin Raziel, and an extended sorceress duel at the climax 32 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released the film on Blu ray Disc on March 12, 2013, with an all new transfer supervised by George Lucas 33 .E-PUB ⚉ Willow: Novel ⚉ st edition st printing film tie in paperback vg condition In stock shipped from our UK warehouse The movie Willow came out on the heels of my being introduced to Narnia and The Hobbit for the first time I fell in love immediately There was a prophecy, fairies, little people, and a very beautiful girl who could also hold her own with a sword Also, I trace my love for snarky, long haired, trouble causing swordsmen right back to this story s door Yes, Corri, but what about the BOOK I hear you say Well, in the summer of 1988, I was seven years old, and my parents took me on a road trip The movie Willow came out on the heels of my being introduced to Narnia and The Hobbit for the first time I fell in love immediately There was a prophecy, fairies, little people, and a very beautiful girl who could also hold her own with a sword Also, I trace my love for snarky, long haired, trouble causing swordsmen right back to this story s door Yes, Corri, but what about the BOOK I hear you say Well, in the summer of 1988, I was seven years old, and my parents took me on a road trip from our little town in central California, up through the Northwest, all the way to Alaska I traveled well as long as I had something to read When we got up to the ferry we were going to be on for a couple of days, I was out of reading material So, my mom took me to the ferry bookshop and said, Pick out whatever you want Instead of heading straight for the kids section, I found myself drawn to a display that had the Willow novelization on it I don t think I even knew that movie novelizations EXISTED at that point, so finding out that someone had taken the story I was already madly in love with and put it in book form was a major revelation to me And when I started reading it, I found that the author had been given the freedom to expand on character back stories and motivations that had been barely touched on in the film I loved it I must have read this book ten times before we got back to California In fact, I think that Dad once stopped at a mall with the expressed purpose of buying me something else to read because he was sick of me reading the funny bits to him every time I got to them I still have my original copy of this The spine is bent, and the pages of stills from the movie are falling out, but I still love it and treat it like one of the treasured artifacts of my childhood and my imaginative life Let me start off by saying that I adored this movie I loved the soundtrack I loved the story I loved the acting Everything was simply amazing Well worth watching.Now On to the book.Like any book that is released after a movie, things were added, and things were taken out The majority of the dialogue was the same, and the storyline was the same I read this book over the course of three hours during school, the day before Spring Break, since I did essentially nothing in any of my classes Let me start off by saying that I adored this movie I loved the soundtrack I loved the story I loved the acting Everything was simply amazing Well worth watching.Now On to the book.Like any book that is released after a movie, things were added, and things were taken out The majority of the dialogue was the same, and the storyline was the same I read this book over the course of three hours during school, the day before Spring Break, since I did essentially nothing in any of my classes.The whole time, I was enthralled Wayland Drew wove the story in a way that did the movie such incredible justice I was sad and happy and tense and relaxed at every appropriate moment, and I really have no complaints about it.It was odd to me, a few things that were slightly altered for the sake of the novel But still, it was done so smoothly that it felt effortless If I were to really complain about anything, it would have to be the length of the book Yeah, it was long ish, and maybe this has something to do with how quickly I read it, but the adventure was just there and gone I blinked and all of a sudden Bavmorda went from being inexplicably evil to definitely nonexistent I missed the story in the movie, the story that was so slightly different that it felt like a long and exhausting, fast paced adventure, not a road trip in disguise.Despite that one little tidbit of pickiness, this book is beautiful Perfect for anyone, whether or not you ve seen the movie Five stars P To say that my opinion of this book is biased would be a gross understatement I grew up watching this movie at my grandmas house, almost on repeat and my love of it has not diminished over the years The characters are lovable, the plot charmingly predictable, and the magic is of course, epic This was my first read through of the book, and I really enjoyed it For me, this fleshed out the plot better than the movie, especially scenes like the ones where Raziel is transformed into multiple anim To say that my opinion of this book is biased would be a gross understatement I grew up watching this movie at my grandmas house, almost on repeat and my love of it has not diminished over the years The characters are lovable, the plot charmingly predictable, and the magic is of course, epic This was my first read through of the book, and I really enjoyed it For me, this fleshed out the plot better than the movie, especially scenes like the ones where Raziel is transformed into multiple animals, or Madmartigan and Sorsha s little romance But is it just as corny as the movie Hell yes perhaps that s part of the charm, but I love when good triumphs over evil It just makes my heart swell, especially when it s common people that turn the tide To wrap it up, this is a book that i m going to be keeping in my collection for nostalgia, and good fun reading