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“The official novelization of the summer blockbuster Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the latest film in the MonsterVerse franchise!
Godzilla: King of the Monsters follows the heroic efforts of the cryptozoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and its ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species–thought to be mere myths–rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance. “
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of reading novelizations of movies, but that’s not to say I don’t think they’re important and needed in a lot of cases. Most of the time when I’ve read a novelization of a movie, it’s for a specific reason; usually in which I can find something in the book that can’t be found in the movie.
This is why I read/am now reviewing the novelization of Godzilla: King of the Monsters – It’s not just because I’m a superfan of anything kaiju. [But that helps a lot] I felt I had to state that because I got a weird amount of sort of either surprised or condescending questions about when I was reading the book at my work/friends saw it, sort of this catty ‘wow you liked the movie so much you had to read it too?’ which – what’s it to you???
Michael Dougherty is a big fan of reading/books and I’ve seen in multiple interviews where he laments that people as a whole don’t read much anymore. In this case it seems he really pushed for there to be information in the novelization that can’t be found in other media for the KotM movie. That includes the special features of the bluray/DVD, art/concept books, etc. This would be the details and inclusion of the additional kaiju/titans that aren’t Toho’s original creations [Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan] or other established pre-existing kaiju/titans of the Monsterverse [Kong]. Of the ones seen in the movie, those would be MUTO 3, Behemoth, Scylla, and Methuselah; but there are even more that were only referenced in the ARG related to the movies/website files that you had to play and unlock that are given more information in the book. All of the additional titans are named/their codename provided, their location given, as well as their physical description, assigned Monarch divisions/staff, and their ’emergence’ after Ghidorah so rudely woke them up – for the ones that survived or weren’t killed by Monarch. [This was a really surprising tidbit in the book, all of the kaiju/titans that Monarch knew about had a killswitch assigned to them despite that Monarch seems to be pro-preserving the creatures, in the case of ‘end of the world’ circumstances came that they would then kill the kaiju/titans. They were successful in some of the cases during the events of KotM apparently.]
Plot wise, it’s exactly the same as the KotM movie, except for the tidbits of the other Monarch and kaiju/titan emergence locations thrown in between certain events, and there’s more background context for a lot of the main characters, and more of the thoughts/monologue from the human characters. There’s also some parts that are from the perspective of both Godzilla and Kong, which also was kind of interesting. I didn’t think I’d really like more information on the humans per say, but I realized that I was mostly not liking/caring about the Russell family [Mark, Emma, and Madison/Andrew] but greatly welcomed the information given about the main Monarch members, including Dr. Serizawa and Dr. Ilene and Ling Chen.
At the beginning of every chapter is made of snippets of research material from Dr. Serizawa and Chen’s notes of ancient stories/documents/etc that seem to explain humanity’s interactions with kaiju/titans that have gone as far back as humanity itself has, and all are rather interesting.
I was in it for the additional kaiju/titan information that is purposely made scarce except for the book, and I wasn’t really disappointed except that it’s not more easily available. If you like the current Monsterverse by Legendary Pictures, and liked the previous movies, or really just a Godzilla fan in general – if you’re wiling to essentially read the movie, then I’d definitely suggest it. It does give some more in-depth concepts missed by the movie and more information to hold onto while waiting for Godzilla vs Kong.
I give Godzilla: King of the Monsters 4/5 Atomic Breaths
The light shone from a pair of enormous wings, as if an angel was descending from the heavens. But an angel with the gossamer wings of an insect rather than feathered pinions; and the body those wings bore between them wasn’t remotely human in form. More like an insect. But it felt like an angel. Like an answer to a prayer. It could only be Mothra.
She took the stairs two and three at a time as Monster Zero savaged the stadium, blasting it with his lightning, slashing it with his tails, ripping out support beams with steel-toothed jaws. He was desperate to find her, his new top predator foe, a Titan clocking in at about five-foot-two. It would be funny if she wasn’t about to die.