Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Author: Richie Tankersley Cusick
Release Date: 1992
** spoiler alert ** The best things I can say about this book are that it is a very quick read and it features most of the good parts from the movie. I don’t read many novelizations because I prefer to enjoy something in the form it was originally conceived for (although I’m reminded of Alan Dean Foster’s great comment about how a guy that takes a book and turns it into a movie script gets nominated for an Oscar while the guy that turns a movie script into a book is called a hack).
In theory a good novelizations should try to capture the feel of a movie but also distinguish itself by expanding on plot points or character development. This book felt more like the movie streamlined or the movie as told by somebody who enjoyed it but missed a few details. The major differences are the **Spoiler Alert** deaths of Lothos and Merrick and the background info given on the watchers (including the dumbest bit, an allusion that watchers choose the slayer based on proximity to a vampire master).
Not a book I’d recommend to many people as its uneven tone is much less fun than the movie and various departures fit it firmly outside of any possible tv canon.