The Cabin In The Woods, the “official movie novelization,” is available now from Titan Books. I admit I have little interest in the film, even though I am a big Joss Whedon fan and a fan of horror. But something about this film did not pique my interest. I thought I would look inside the book and see what it was all about. I was surprised when, a half hour later, I was well beyond page 50 and not even aware of the time passing by.
The novel is written by Tim Lebbon, who is perhaps best known for his fantasy titles Dusk, Dawn, Fallen and The Island, has done a wonderful job of adapting from a screenplay. And that, in itself, is no mean feat. I have seen very few of this kind of reverse adaptation which have actually worked. Praise where it is due, Mr. Lebbon has made it work, and admirably so. Looking at his C.V. I discovered he is not a newcomer to such work, having adapted the novel from the script (taken from the graphic novel) of 30 Days Of Night.
Joss Whedon is, of course, the person who gave us Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse. He also wrote and directed the movie Serenity. The other screenwriter at work here is Drew Goddard, perhaps best known for his work on Cloverfield. Both gentlemen contributed at length to the larger Visual Companion, which arrived with the paperback novel. The Visual Companion is chock full of wonderful tidbits and behind-the-scenes information for Whedon fans and fans of the film itself. Included in the Visual Companion are:
- The full screenplay
- Interviews with producer Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard about writing and developing the film
- Character biographies
- A LOT of concept art and color photos of the characters, monsters, sets and effects
- Interviews with the special effects crew about how they brought some of the monsters and effects to life
After reading these two books I discussed the story of the film at some length with one of my peers here at FM and discovered that much that seemed confusing or unclear to my friend seems to have been cleared up in the book. So I was able to provide some insight to a viewer without having seen the film at all, which is pretty amazing.
Both books are now available from Titan Books. Definitely look for them at your local bookstore or favorite online outlet.