Friday, 12 July 2013

UK Publisher Spotlight: Titan Books in TV & Film!


It's no secret that I love films. Anyone who knows me in real life or follows me on Twitter knows I've got a rather large obsession with all things cinema, and that stretches to tie-in books too. I collect books about films and TV, whether they be novelisations, guides or art books. I have a whole bookcase containing every official (and most unofficial) Buffy and Angel book published, and another now full bookcase with all my other film and TV books on it. The overflow is currently stacked on a box... yikes!

What I'm getting at here is that these books are brilliant for fans of the films or TV shows in question. They add an extra dimension to the cinema-going experience, and I honestly would be lost without them. If you want to know about all the music featured in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, there's a book for that (link here, it's fantastic), or if you just want to know more about the art of Rise of the Guardians, there's a book with your name on (I reviewed that one here).

Titan Books are the leading UK publisher when it comes to TV and film tie-ins, and they cover everything from fantasy TV to summer blockbusters and animated movies aimed at children. Their back catalogue is hugely diverse and, I'm happy to say, a decent percentage of their titles are currently residing in my room! If, like me, you like books like this, read on for a selection of Titan's new and upcoming releases. I own most of these and I can tell you now, they're all unbelievably good!


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The Art of Turbo by Robert Abele

Format: Large hardcover
Released: June 11th, 2013

Synopsis:

What do you get when you cross a snail with the Indianapolis 500? If youre DreamWorks, then the result is Turbo, an upliftingand gear-shiftingstory about the ultimate underdog. Packed with breathtaking images that showcase the artistry of the industrys top talents, The Art of Turbo gives readers a close-up look at the process behind the new CG-animated feature.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one (review here) because I love animated films, seeing concept art and reading about how the animators do their job. It's a lovely book and you'll be sure to fall in love with Turbo!


World War Z - The Art of the Film

Format: Large paperback
Released: June 18th, 2013

Synopsis:

World War Z is the eagerly awaited film starring Brad Pitt. World War Z: The Art of the Film is the official illustrated companion to the movie, and features a wealth of stunning production art, design sketches and storyboards, alongside the full shooting script.

My thoughts: This is a great book for anyone interested in screenplays and concept art. The book has a nice layout and lots of images that perfectly compliment the script. Review here.



Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman by Daniel Wallace

Format: Large hardcover
Released: June 18th, 2013

Synopsis:

The official companion for the new Man of Steel movie featuring Superman. Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman offers an intimate look at the reinvention of the world’s most iconic superhero through the eyes of acclaimed director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy). This unique companion book offers a rich selection of materials, from concept art and behind-the-scenes set photography to director commentary and interviews with key creatives, unlocking the secrets behind giving new life to an immortal hero.

My thoughts: This is one of my top 3 movie books of the year so far. It's absolutely brilliant and a must-buy for any Man of Steel fan out there. It's worth it alone for the beautiful concept art and behind the scenes info on the Scout Ship! You can read my review is here.



Man of Steel: The Official Movie Novelization by Greg Cox

Format: Large hardcover
Released: June 11th, 2013

Synopsis:

The official novelization of the new Man of Steel movie featuring Superman. The movie, from director Zack Snyder and slated for release on June 14, 2013, stars Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Michael Shannon as General Zod. Also starring are Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Ayelet Zurer, Lawrence Fishburne and Russell Crowe.

My thoughts: Another great novelisation by Greg Cox. It delves deeper into the film and includes character thoughts, unused dialogue and even a few deleted scenes. Here's my review!



Pacific Rim: Man, Machines and Monsters by David S. Cohen

Format: Large hardcover
Released: June 18th, 2013

Synopsis:

When legions of giant, monstrous Kaiju started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources. To combat the Kaiju, a new weapon was devised: massive robot Jaegers, piloted by soldiers of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. This lavish book chronicles the production of the film with concept art, photography, and cast and crew commentary.

My thoughts: I own this book but haven't read it yet as I'm waiting until I've seen the film a couple of times. On a first look through it seems to be a contender for movie book of the year, and comes with lots of extra content like posters, Jaeger blueprints and del Toro drawings. I can't wait to read it!



Once Upon a Time Tale: Reawakened by Odette Beane

Format: Paperback
Released: July 5th, 2013

Synopsis:

In Storybrooke, Maine, Emma Swan and Mary Margaret Blanchard are friends and roommates. Theyre united in their mission to make life better for Henry, Emmas young son, who has been raised by Storybrookes vicious mayor, Regina Mills. However, things are not as they seem, for all those in Storybrooke are fairy-tale characters exiled from their enchanted land by an evil curse.. 

My thoughts: This is a tie-in novel I want to read, and I believe it chronicles the whole first season with short chapters covering each episode. I enjoy the show and I'm sure I'll like this too.



Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelisation by Alex Irvine

Format: Paperback
Released: July 12th, 2013

Synopsis:

When legions of monstrous creatures started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity s resources for years on end. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes to pilot a legendary but obsolete robot from the past. Together, they stand as mankind s last hope against the apocalypse.

My thoughts: As with the Man, Machines and Monsters book, I can't wait to read this novelisation either. I have it on pre-order and will most likely read it as soon as it arrives. I'm hoping for even more detail and scenes than the movie provides!



Elysium: The Art of the Film by Mark Salisbury

Format: Large hardcover
Released: August 6th, 2013

Synopsis:

From Neill Blomkamp, the director of the acclaimed District 9, comes Elysium, an eagerly awaited sci-fi epic starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. All will be revealed in Elysium: The Art of the Film, which will feature a Foreword by Blomkamp, and a wealth of stunning production art and photos, including the input of legendary designer Syd Mead (Blade Runner, Tron).

My thoughts: Elysium looks brilliant and could well be one of the best sci-films of 2013. From what I've seen of the trailers, the art and design looks amazing and I have no doubt that this book will be a fantastic companion.



Once Upon a Time: Behind the Magic

Format: Paperback
Released: October 1st, 2013

Synopsis:

Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, writers of Lost, have created a modern take on fairy tales with a female lead character, Emma Swan, who has moved to Maine. The show revolves around the adaptation of fairytale characters such as Snow White and Prince Charming who have been brought into the real world with no knowledge of their true identities, due to the Evil Queen.

My thoughts: I do like my TV show companions and will be buying this when it's published. I hope it has episode guides and cast and crew interviews - those are always a great source for extra insider information.


1 comment:

Becky Scott said...

I love this post. I honestly didn't know these existed. It's not like they feature prominently in bookshops. Or at least the aisles I navigate. Lovely.