The focal point of this Thesis can be deemed as dual; the overarching focus is on ’novelizations’ as a literary phenomenon, but it is approached through both a distinction between high and popular culture and the potential opportunities and limitations that exists for the publishing industry. This duality forges that the subject is observed from multiple perspectives.
The chosen subject and focal point of the analysis is the novelization of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover from 2005. This work is used as a central point for the research and examination of the phenomenon ’novelizations’, which is primarily uncovered through the work of researchers Jan Baetens and Thomas van Parys.
One of the central questions sought answered through this Thesis is considering whether the existing stigmatization of the phenomenon should be applied to all commercial novelizations. To answer such question, this Thesis includes an analysis of Star Wars as popular culture, as novelization, the general literary qualities of a novelization, as well as an analysis of Star Wars as transmedia storytelling. Additionally, this Thesis includes an examination of the general perspective on popular culture in modern times by applying the thoughts of John Storey, professor of cultural studies, and how the general societal understanding might affect the opportunities and limitations that novelizations offers the Danish publishing industry.
This Thesis concludes that the general view of novelizations has been formed by a negative connotation and understanding of popular culture as mass culture, why the phenomenon is seen as commercial, inferior literature, thus posing significant limitations for publishers. However, publishers might be able to capitalize on novelizations as the art and entertainment industries are undergoing overall change and that commercial novelizations does hold some literary abilities.
|Uddannelser||Dansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||3 jun. 2019|
|Vejledere||Lasse Horne Kjældgaard|