I've been trying to read the novelization of Pacific Rim, but somehow the writer has managed to make Raleigh come across as a dudebro, which is just unpleasant.

Where is the big Labrador puppy from the movie? Why am I reading about a guy who is insubordinate and disrespectful, because Raleigh was neither of those things in the movie?!
madripoor_rose: milkweed beetle on a leaf (Default)

From: [personal profile] madripoor_rose

....did they confuse him with the younger Aussie kid? Because, yeah, no. That's not at all the Raleigh I saw in the movie.
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From: [personal profile] giandujakiss

But it is the Raleigh you expect to see - so it doesn't surprise me at all that the novelization author got it wrong, for the same reason that so many reviewers missed what Black Widow did in the Avengers movie. There's an idea of what a male hero looks like in this kind of narrative; sounds like the book author was just following that narrative. And if the author is male - well, I'm betting male fantasies more often revolve around bucking authority and being rewarded for it than around being respectful.
madripoor_rose: milkweed beetle on a leaf (Default)

From: [personal profile] madripoor_rose

Very true.

I was also wondering what draft of the script was sent to the tie-in author, because that IS the usual 'action hero' shorthand, and we did have the whole 'don't get cocky' scene with his brother at the beginning. So maybe Raliegh was written as the stereotype at some point, and then improved?
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From: [personal profile] malkingrey

I can only guess the tie-in author got an early version of the script

Speaking as somebody who did a couple of movie tie-ins once upon a time, that's depressingly probable. In which case they'd be getting the character purely as written, without any of the nuances that the actor and the director (and the costume designer, and the cinematographer, etc., etc.) brought to the role. And God forbid that the tie-in novelist should attempt to add some three-dimensionality to what by the nature of screenplays is mostly a sketched-in outline, because he or she might accidentally take the character in a different direction from the actor and the director and all the et ceteras.

The writer probably counted himself lucky if the scenes in the screenplay more or less matched up with the ones in the final movie.

Writing tie-ins can pay well, but it is often dispiriting work.
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From: [personal profile] feuervogel

The novelization was, in fact, made from an earlier draft of the script than the one that was released. (See: the end scene when you get there.) Something to do with production schedules so the book will come out around the same time as the movie.

The writing is terrible, and there are some glaring continuity errors. My favorite is where Raleigh says he's never done a mission with a Mark V jaeger, then further down the page, he talks about being on a mission with Striker Eureka. It's on page 49.

(PS: If you're interested in traveling to Atlanta, I'm running a Pacific Rim con in May...)
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From: [personal profile] jena

I wanted to read the novelization but heard Raleigh wasn't portrayed well in it.
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From: [personal profile] jena

I don't know if this would help but [personal profile] kayim has gathered some information from Travis Beacham regarding the world of Pacific Rim.


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