Ever since The Force Awakens hit theaters a few weeks ago, theories have been flying about the new trilogy. People are lining up to see the film twice, three, or even four times looking for hints, Reddit and Tumblr threads grow by the day, and Youtube channel theories abound. Want a source of further insight that’s 100% canon? Check out the novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster. If you’ve seen the film, read the novel, and/or aren’t afraid of spoilers, let’s talk about some of the biggest reveals the novel offers that we didn’t see on screen. I’ve included some pages from the hardback novel for reference. SPOILERS AHEAD!
In an attempt to fill the hole left in my heart since December (when the series ended), I robbed my library of all things Korra-related. This includes two books which novelize the entire first season of the show.
Both Revolution and Endgame are well written, offer insight into the characters’ thoughts and motives, and sprinkle in some new information. The biggest problem with the books is that they are basically just the script for the show novelized. So if you’ve seen the show, which most readers have, you know everything that will happen and you might (if you’re like me) be able to quote the conversations from the first season word-for-word, which can make the dialogue and larger plot feel a bit boring at times.
I wish these books had taken the unique opportunity to expand on Book One: Air‘s story. LoK, which has very short seasons, often must leave things out for the sake of time. This leaves many questions unanswered, questions which could be easily addressed in a canon novel series such as this (much the way ATLA has answered questions through Gene Yang’s graphic novels).
I would still recommend these books to fans of show as a light read or a nice way to recap Book One, but they are far from essential.