Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, 1988 ed, Gary Wolf
If I’d read the book before I’d seen the movie, I’d probably have been incensed at how bowdlerized the story was. As it is, I just find it an amusing example of why one should never expect faithfulness when Hollywood gets ahold of a property. I mean, why even buy the rights to a book like this if you’re just going to turn it into a kiddie cartoon, thus stripping the original work of pretty much the entire point?

Oh, right, the massive massive amounts of merchandise money…

3 Responses to “Paperback Book Club”
  1. matthew says:

    But is it any good? Does the pastiche hold up? Is it worth hunting down? It confuses me that it’s out of print.

  2. Dorian says:

    Matthew–It’s worth hunting down as a curiosity, but it’s not a great book. Amusing if you’re into old Hollywood or comic strips.

  3. Wriphe says:

    I must say that I really enjoyed the novel when I read it back in the day (1988? certainly after the movie came out). But other than being a hard-boiled detective genre story involving the broken relationship between Roger and Jessica, the novel and movie have no other similarities. (Different plot, different characters, etc.) The novel has a strong emphasis on newspaper comic strips, not cartoons, and most of the characters are real cads. I second the recommendation to fans of old Hollywood and comic strips, but suggest also that fans of derivative hard-boiled detective novels will also find something to like.

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