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TV Tie-ins

I was looking in my library's catalog to see if they had Eureka Season 4 on DVD, and to my surprise, I saw there are three Eureka tie-in novels. How interesting! I've always been keen on writing a tie-in novel because I really love the challenge of taking someone else's character and storyverse and basically playing in their sandbox so flawlessly that everyone just sounds like "themselves." Maybe it's akin to being in a band and playing a cover song from another artist you really, really like. (Except it's probably more like writing a new song "in the style of" some other artist.) Most definitely it's just a sanctioned sort of fanfic.

My guess is that your plot would need to start and end without affecting the arc of the series. No new relationships could be forged, no one can gain or lose any abilities (except for the duration of the story...hm, that's an interesting idea.) You'd need to always end up at square one again without feeling cheated.

Digging deeper into TV tie-ins, I see Lee Goldberg has written novels for TV shows he produces, like Monk and Diagnosis Murder. I imagine the fans of these shows are in their glory seeing the characters handled by the man himself.

I imagine writing a tie-in for a small time author like me would involve pitching a sample chapter and an extensive outline to the right person. I'm too busy for that right now. But it'd be fun to put on my bucket list.


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Jan. 14th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
I think you could do it. I do enjoy playing in other people's sandboxes at times. Fanfic was fun.
Jan. 14th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
I ended up watching a Lee Goldberg interactive webcast where fans got to ask him about writing the series and the books. It was really inspirational!

Star Trek would have been fun to write novels for...their canon is incredibly extensive, though.
Jan. 14th, 2012 11:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, that would be a tough series to write for. It is so extensive.
Jan. 14th, 2012 11:28 am (UTC)
A couple of my geeky friends read sci fi tie-in's all the time. One reads lots of Torchwood books and the other lots of Star Wars. Like anything, some better than others. I've not read any myself although I will say I read one fan-fic YEARS ago which was a XXX Seinfeld episode which was the funniest most disturbing thing I've ever read, but whoever wrote it had the voices/charqacters down perfectly. I'd swear it was one of the writers getting to write the scene he'd always wanted just for fun.
Jan. 14th, 2012 11:29 am (UTC)
Well, hell. When you get the other comment about sci fi and Seinfeld, that was me Jordan. Sorry. Didn't realize I hadn't logged in.
Jan. 14th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
It seems like when you nail a character's voice, you can really get away with a lot.
Jan. 14th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
Torchwood had a number of tie-in novels. I think at least some of them were written by the show's writers. The audiobooks were narrated by actors from the show.
Jan. 14th, 2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
I heard some of the audios and I thought the writing quality really varied. Some of it was pretty clumsy and only saved by the fact that the actor was reading it well.
Jan. 14th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
I agree. Unfortunately, the show itself was the same. The readings weren't all the same either Gareth David-Lloyd was the best--he has great voice, and a skill for doing various accents. John Barrowman, on the other hand, stank. I love the man, but he's a ham.
Jan. 14th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
If I remember correctly, and it's been a few years since I heard them, Barrowman's script was really dubious too. It didn't help.
Jan. 14th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
Ohh Supernatural has tie in's . I read one of them a while back but it wasn't great. The voices just weren't quite right.

Jan. 14th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
I don't think I knew that! Man, I would think their voices would be really easy to get right. Just have Dean talk like himself and make Sam sound more educated and rational.

I keep thinking about my Eureka tie-in. Where I'd set it, who the story would focus on, how it would be fun to bring back a guest scientist who was just an interesting one-off in a prior episode...

One guy wrote all three Eureka books though, so he probably has an exclusive deal. With Torchwood, I seem to remember they use all different writers.
Jan. 14th, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Supernatural is so easy.

The two tie-ins that I know of were written by different guys. If I remember right, the concensus was that one was more successful than the other.

That said, I think doing Supernatural ties would be super easy because you would just do cases that were in between episodes etc.

I srsly need to catch up with Eureka. I fell behind around Season 2 just around the time of the writers strike I think and never caught up again.

Jan. 14th, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
I finished season 3 thinking it was getting a bit tedious (or that it varied, some good episodes and some not as good), but now season 4 looks OMG-good. I read they got new writers and from the one episode I saw, it looks like the new writers are phenomenal and they're taking the show in a strong direction again. It looks like I need to buy the DVD, it's too new for Netflix.
Jan. 14th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
I used to devour Star Trek books much to my parents' disgust when they had to move them back and forth across country. I still have them in storage. My first writing was Star Trek fanfic that I'd write in my notebooks in high school instead of paying attention in class. There's too much canon to deal with there now though.

X-Files was my last TV tie-in obsession book-wise.
Jan. 14th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
I guess I must just enjoy the types of shows that lend themselves to tie-in novels! Love Star Trek. Love X-Files. Love Smallville.

I can't recall reading any tie-in novels, though. Huh. Well, my library has the Eureka books so I'll start there.

I remember reading that landing a novel in a franchised universe is considered a great business move for a new SF writer. It helps them build their fanbase.
Jan. 14th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
It's funny. I always thought my first novel would be Star Trek, but it's not. Of course if I don't get through the final edits, it's going nowhere fast. =D

I am a scifi geek too.
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