It’s important for you to understand the unusual nature of what you’re about to read.
In the 1970s and 1980s, a hybrid type of fiction, known as a novelization, became popular. Basically, it’s a screenplay that’s expanded into what looks like a novel. In an age before films were widely available on videotape, fans of movies like Star Wars and E.T—the Extraterrestrial could experience them only in a theater or else, if they waited a long time, on network television. Neither DVDs nor cable movie channels existed.