Sunday, March 11, 2012

Book Ad of the Week: "Planet of the Apes paperbacks"


Despite what this ad claims -- "5 great novels based on films" -- Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle (Signet, 1968) is really a movie tie-in paperback of Boulle's 1963 novel La Plan├Ęte Des Singes, first published in English as the U.K. hardcover Monkey Planet (Secker & Warburg, 1963), which was the inspiration for the 1968 and 2001 films PLANET OF THE APES. The other four books pictured here are indeed novelizatons: Beneath the Planet of the Apes by Michael Avallone (Bantam, 1970), issued with two different covers, was followed by Conquest of the Planet of the Apes by John Jakes (Award, 1972), Escape from the Planet of the Apes by Jerry Pournelle (Award, 1973), and Battle for the Planet of the Apes by David Gerrold (Award, 1973). Award also issued four novelizations of the PLANET OF THE APES live-action TV series, which ran on CBS from September to December 1974, while Ballantine published three novelizations of the DePatie-Freling animated series RETURN TO THE PLANET OF THE APES (NBC, 1975-1976). Dell Rey reprinted Boulle's novel in 2001 to tie in with Tim Burton's PLANET OF THE APES redux, but RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2011), a prequel to the original film series, became the first POTA-related project to not have a novelization.

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  1. that paperback of Planet of the Apes is the one I borrowed from the library and did a book report for my 5th grade class (many, many years ago) and was personally astounded by the differences between the movie and the book

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