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King Kong by Delos W. Lovelace

King Kong (1932)

by Delos W. Lovelace (Adaptor), Merian C. Cooper (Original screenplay), Edgar Wallace (Original screenplay)

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I think this is an easy book to read, not to big and wihout difficult language. I think some facts should be more explored like the romance between Ann and Jack, the true intentions of Kong about Ann or some more facts about the tribe of the island. Despite this, I think it's a good book, with nice action scenes and definitly a good classic you should to read. ( )
  paulafigueira | Aug 1, 2017 |
Short and to the point, Lovelace's novelization (one of the premier movie novelizations to exist) does not add much to the story in the original film, but is still a swift, solid read with some literary quality. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jul 3, 2017 |
In King Kong, Delos W. Lovelace adapts Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper’s screenplay for the original 1933 film to the novel format, released in the same year as the film. Lovelace’s writing evokes the best of the classic adventure novel story and doesn’t waste words. He quickly sends the characters off on adventure, allows the suspense to build when necessary, and focuses on the action to great effect. The only point on which Lovelace grows repetitive is his portrayal of Denham constantly reiterating that this is a tale of Beauty and the Beast. In many respects, he’s right. King Kong serves as a modern retelling of Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s classic French fairytale. Unfortunately, the “modern” setting is the 1930s and there are plenty of scenes that suggest severe racial undertones.

The basic story of King Kong, well-known as it is, serves as an American retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. In this manner, Kong carries with it not only the baggage of a colonial mindset from the romanticized Age of Exploration and Discovery, but also the racial attitudes prevalent in the United States in the 1930s. As the crew of the Wanderer approaches Skull Island, Denham declares, “I tell you there’s something on that island…Something no white man has ever seen” (p. 46). Later, following Kong’s capture of Ann, Lovelace evokes the myth of the black male rapist when he writes,
“In the faint light Ann was now no more than a shadow except where her dress was torn. There, however, her shoulder was white and softly gleaming. Kong squatted down…Ann screamed again. Kong snatched at her. His hand caught in her dress and the dress tore in his huge fingers. More whiteness was revealed. Kong touched the smooth revelation” (p. 164).
Finally, Denham’s proclamation to his Broadway audience calls to mind the image of a slave on the auction block:
“I am going to show you the greatest sight your eyes ever beheld. One who was king and the god of the world he knew, but who now comes to civilization as a captive, as an exhibit to gratify mankind’s insatiable curiosity” (p. 202).
This subtext, while rarely overt, lurks throughout Lovelace’s writing.

Following the passage of eighty-three years, most modern readers will not grasp the racially-charged nature of King Kong without a background in history or literary analysis. For most modern readers, the various remakes and spinoffs of King Kong (including the Toho films) have buried most of the subtext, turning the character into a typical giant monster, or kaijū. With that in mind, Lovelace’s novel and its use of language may seem dated to a modern reader, but not overtly offensive. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Feb 1, 2016 |
King Kong remains one of the most enduring icons of American popular culture — a massively destructive but curiously sympathetic giant gorilla whose rampage through New York City suggests, on a psychological level, the re-emergence of repressed desire. This novelization captures the pathos, drama, and horror of this story of the beast who loved a human beauty. The action begins with the controversial expedition of Hollywood filmmaker Carl Denham to... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 25, 2015 |
''King Kong'' was initially concieved as a screenplay by Wallace and Cooper. Lovelace novelized the screenplay and released it before the movie came out. It's a fast read non-stop action (like a movie). There is nothing particularly deep about the writing since it's just a written version of the movie. The language is 1930s wise guy with lines like "look here" and "tough egg" and "shove off" peppered throughout (and not in a nostalgic way, the "genuine article"). ''King Kong'' is of course part of the "Lost World" genre started by ''King Solomons Mines'', but is most influened by Edgar Burroughs ''The Land that Time Forgot'' and Arthur Conan Doyle's ''The Lost World''. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lovelace, Delos W.Adaptorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cooper, Merian C.Original screenplaymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Wallace, EdgarOriginal screenplaymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bear, GregIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayCommentarysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foster, JonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frazetta, FrankCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giolitti, AlbertoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glenn CravathCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Niven, LarryCommentarysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Popp, WalterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, RichardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0448439131, Library Binding)

King Kong returns in this reissue of the classic novel, first published by Grosset in 1932. Releasing just in time for the opening of the new movie in December 2005, this edition contains a four-page photo insert including two never-before-seen images from the original movie! Journey back to Skull Island with Carl Denham and Ann Darrow to discover the ancient evil of Kong all over again.

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A movie director sails to Skull Island to make the greatest movie ever, but is unprepared for the horror he unleashes when he brings back the star, a giant ape named Kong.

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