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Movie to Book

In a previous blog post, I mention a specific actor and film that inspired one of my characters. Creativity is said to come from putting existing elements together in a new way. For that reason, everything a writer sees, hears, senses, reads, or otherwise experiences fills a mental bank or filing system the bits and bobs of which can become a new tale. We have all heard of movies being made from books, but the opposite can also happen. In fact, several novels published by Dell were inspired by the television series Babylon 5. And the Star Trek television and move series also became the basis for books featuring the characters and Star Trek universe.

Have you a favourite book that shares title and plotlines and characters with a movie or television series? Which came first: the book or the film?

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