Friday the 13th Part III was released on 13th August 1982, and is my personal favorite of the series. And yes it is 3D, but I’ll take it over any of the 3D crap they release today, thank you very much. Personal feelings about the movie aside, it is a well made sequel that holds up today (Well maybe not the music) and is regarded by fans and critics alike as one of the best in the series. But today we’re going to be looking at the novelization of the movie.
I had two reactions to seeing this cover.
1. Is the book going to be in 3D?
2. Why the fuck can’t people get the mask right?
As for it being in 3D, well, it’s not. Not sure why they decided to keep the 3D part for the novelization, but there’s no 3D in the book. The words do not jump out at me in cheesy 80’s fashion; so clearly, the novelization has already failed at being a good adaptation of the movie. And yes, that was sarcasm. So how does the novel hold up? Well…
I’m not sure the writer knew what the hell he was writing. The novel does follow the movie pretty closely in terms of the overall story, but its execution is simply baffling. I wasn’t expecting Hugoesque prose or anything high caliber, but Jesus Roosevelt Christ in a taxi cab, I didn’t expect this.
Well it can’t be God and the Devil. Pick one.
As you can see, it’s a pulp. Not a very good one, but is it entertaining? Hell Yes! The books is filled with hilarious stuff.
Yeah, we’ve all been there.
The book pretty much just takes the movie, cranks the cheesy prose up by about 20, and has good bloody fun. For instance, have you ever wondered why the police never caught Jason?
I don’t even.
Well it’s because the police force are about as competent as Michael Bay. Not that the author is a literary genius, he does seem to get confused about how manky killers there are in the movie.
Well maybe if you actually watched the movie, you’d know.
Seriously though, why even attempt to make us think that it’s not just Jason?
Oh so now you’ve figured out what you’re writing!
Despite its pulpy prose and confusing storytelling, the novel does capture the likability of the characters from the movie well. This is mainly achieved by just lifting the dialogue straight out of the movie, unaltered.
Still more erotic than 50 shades of grey.
However, the book does get the most important character wrong…
So Jason’s racist now? wtf?
The character of Jason is, shall we say, a little off from his celluloid counterpart. Sure, he kills the same way he does in the movie. But it’s the way Jason behaves when he’s not killing, that is baffling. As seen above, Jason’s way of thinking seems to be different than that of the movie version. And why? Because you’re not supposed to bloody know!
Ok, since when did Jason ever laugh? seriously, did the person who wrote this ever see a Friday the 13th movie?
I know it may not seem like much of a problem, but it is distracting and does hold the novel back. If they had treated Jason properly, the novel wouldn’t be half bad.
Again with the laughter? Although that description of Higgins Haven is pretty cool.
So to sum up, if you’re looking for a quick, funny read, this book is for you. It doesn’t hold up well as an adaptation, but it’s still pretty enjoyable regardless. So check it out if you like pulpy horror or are a Friday the 13th Fan. And I hope to be back soon with another Book vs Movie article. So come back anytime.