INTERSTELLAR: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE NOVELISATION

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BOOK REVIEW: INTERSTELLAR: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE NOVELISATION / AUTHOR: GREG KEYES / PUBLISHER: TITAN BOOKS / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

There is a right way and a wrong way to approach Greg Keyes’ novelisation of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar.

Firstly, the wrong way. This would involve dipping in and out of the book, perhaps taking in a few pages at a time while everyday distractions vie for your senses. And then there is the alternative.

Take an evening, any evening, when potential interruptions are at a minimum. Settle on a location, be it a well-proportioned sofa or a favourite chair, somewhere that you can recline for at least a couple of hours with the minimum of discomfort. On your music player of choice cue up Hans Zimmer’s deeply atmospheric and brooding soundtrack, set it to repeat and at a volume that will thrill without being too invasive. Place refreshments near to hand. And then begin.

For this is the only way that, and with the greatest respect to Keyes’ novel, you could possibly begin to immerse yourself in Interstellar in such a way as to offer even a glimpse of being comparable to the film. Such is the spectacle of Nolan’s film, so strong is the imagery and so nail-reducingly tense is the adventure that there is simply no other medium that can do it justice.

Keyes’ novel in itself is absorbingly good. It is relatively brief at just under 300 pages, which is perhaps understandable given the film’s visual strength, and so can, and should, be finished in one sitting. But it is a companion piece only and, while impossible to replace the experience of the film, it does reaffirm one or two lines of dialogue and shed light on some characters’ motivations.

There is always the third option of course; just go and see Interstellar again at the cinema.
 

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