Farley Hammerton, December 17th, 2o13.
Hamilton’s E.E. Bonnet was called “The Greatest Novelizer of Our Time” by her peers. She put movie classics into novels right from her teens, starting with Bambie. It wasn’t until she did Airplane 2 that things really started to take off for her. From there it was a series of literary high fives that made her the most poignant and prolific novelizer of her times: Rocky IV, Die Hard II, Duck Tails (2nd Season), Rad, Who is Harry Crumb?, Scrooged, The Goonies, Mighty Ducks II, 10 Things I Hate About You and the list goes on. The tragic death this week from a car accident, while doing research for Scary Movie 5, has sent ripples through the books-based-on-movies community.
Her mentor, the great B.B. Hiller, novelized such silver screen classics as The Karate Kid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Honey, I Blew Up The Kid. Bonnet’s quest to becoming the world’s most celebrated novelizer started in a cafe in New York City, when she spilled her espresso on B.B. Hiller. Hiller happened to be working on her Opus Magnus, The Karate Kid 2. Here is a snippet of the transcript of my interview with Hiller over the phone last night:
E.E. Bonnet: “She never forgot her roots in Hamilton. It’s all she talked about, save for movies and T.V. shows. It’s a huge blow to the literary world, and, I know, a huge blow to Hamilton.”
Farley Hammerton: “What set her work apart from other screen-to-page authors?”
E.E.: “Part of it was her selection of projects. No one did a romantic thriller like her. Speed 2 almost literally jumped off the page. you felt like you were on the bus. She also did thrillers, spoofs, children’s T.V., and a half-way decent erotica.”
F.H.: “You often here that she was an innovator in her work. What was it about her novels that sparked so much respect from her peers?”
E.E.: “Her first shock to the community was taking a movie that was already based on a book, and turning the movie back into a novel – making them more accessible to a less educated or discerning crowd. As you know, her first instance of this was Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, originally based on Michael Chrighton’s novel. (Uncontrollable sobs…awkward silence. Interview ends.)”
As the city suffers this terrible loss, I, Farley Hammerton, offer my sincere condolences to you and your families.
A candlelight vigil will be held in from of service will be held in front of Centre3 for Print and Media Arts, on James St. N at 7:30 pm. All of 2,334 of her books and pamphlets will be on display.
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