Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Book Was Better Classics: The Net!


I'm on holiday, so instead of a new episode here's a classic from the archive! Relive some of the highlights from the original Book Was Better run with co-host Jessica McLeod, starting with this personal favourite - the novelization of Sandra Bullock's insane The Net!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Episode 150: Annual Novelization Challenge - Elf Man!


It's that time of year! Welcome to the annual Book Was Better Novelization Challenge! The tables have turned when WE write the novelization instead of making fun of it! The hard-working Tim the Stats Man has gifted us a transcript of 2012's obscure movie Elf Man (starring Wee Man from Jackass!) and a team of us have banded together Exquisite Corpse style to adapt it into our very own, original festive novelization! Unlike our regular episodes this one is a full audio book (running a whopping 2 1/2 hours!) and featuring: Jessica, Lizzy Unpronounceable, Courtney Coulson, Suzanne, Jacinta, Paris and work from Hector Weenis, Kenney, and Zach! By far our biggest episode ever and what better way to celebrate our 150th!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Episode 149: The Santa Clause (with guest host Lia!)


Forget coal! This week naughty listeners get punished when we read the wafer-thin novelization of killing-Santa comedy The Santa Clause! Joining me in the sleigh is guest host Lia as we talk about deadbeat dads, the high Santa death rate, and try to figure out why anyone in their right mind would be interested in Tim Allen! This is the darkest Christmas story of them all!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Episode 148: The Grinch! (with guest host Lauren)


This week we continue our jaunt down Santa Claus Lane as we read the flimsy novelization of green-hairy-Carrey Christmas-stealing movie: The Grinch! How did the Grinch steal Christmas you ask? Helping me solve this incredibly anti-climactic puzzle is none other than festive expert (and actual American) guest host Lauren! Warm up your sugar plums! I'm reaching into your stockings!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Episode 147: Home Alone 2 (with guest host Xavier!)


This week begins the most wonderful time of the year when we celebrate the holidays by reading the novelization of adults-being-irresponsible/neglectful Christmas comedy: Home Alone 2! And joining me on this festive journey is none other than the long-absent and sorely missed Christmas helper Xavier! We'll find out how the same thing can happen to the same kid twice, plus answer other pressing questions like how do you play Ding Dang Dong? Listen and learn!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Episode 146: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (with guest host Hector Weenis!)


This week we traverse post-apocalypse 'Straya alongside mighty mulleted hero Max, as we read The Vinge's novelization of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome! And joining me on this trek past strange characters with unusual names, is strange character with an unusual name: Hector Weenis! Will Mad Max find his monkey? Why is he so mad anyway? And what makes Angry Anderson angry? You'd be mad to miss it!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Episode 145: Paper Planes! (with guest host Jacinta)


This week we tackle a fair dinkum Aussie classic, when we read the novelization of kid-chucks-origami movie Paper Planes! And who better to help translate this bogan explosion than true blue guest host, Jacinta! And did I mention that this film stars Sam Wortho Worthington? Best bloody actor in Australia - if not the whole world!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Episode 144: Noah (with guest host Zach!)


This week we get down in the biblical sense when we read the novelization of Aronofsky's Noah, based on a really old bestseller! My other half on this trip is new guest host Zach as we try our best to wrap our heads around Russ Crowe's crazy psychopathic Noah, ninja-ing doodz to death in a world gone insane! Don't risk your eternal soul - join us on the ark!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Episode 143: Event Horizon (with guest host Paris)


All aboard the HMS Hellship as we read, debate, discuss and poke fun at the novelization of haunted-house-in-space movie Event Horizon! And joining me on this spine-tingling adventure is brand new crew-mate Paris. We'll learn all sorts of crazy stuff like Sam Neill's shaving technique, his surprisingly bold favourite type of underwear, and whether he prefers the floor or the ceiling! Plus you know... HELL! Let's bust those space-spooks!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Episode 142: Van Helsing (with guest host Courtney Coulson!)


In this spooky Halloween episode we endure the novelization of ill-fated Hugh Jackman monster mash: Van Helsing! And who better to join me on this bitter trek than fabled monster enthusiast Courtney Coulson? Thrill as Van Helsing consistently fails at things! Be shocked as Van Helsing showcases his complete lack of knowledge! Laugh as Van Helsing repeatedly chokes his friends! This may be the scariest tale of all!

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Episode 141: Dunston Checks In (with guest host Lizzy Unpronounceable!)


This week we take a hilarious look at the novelization of questionable Jason Alexander vs an orangutan (in a hotel) movie: Dunston Checks In! And suffering alongside me is fan favourite guest host Lizzy Unpronounceable! We endeavour to answer all the big questions like: Does Dunston actually check in? And is knocky-trunky the brand new craze that is sweeping a nation?

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Episode 140: Aliens (with Jessica McLeod)


It's old skool BWB with original co-host Jessica back in the house! And we follow up on our classic cat-filled Alien episode with Alan Dean Foster's sequel novelization Aliens! The cat came back! 'Nuff said!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Episode 139: My Girl (with guest host Emily!)


This week we read the novelization of 90's (set in the 70's) coming-of-age drama: My Girl, the story of young Lord Vada and her pussy friend McCauley Culkin! And helping me navigate through all these pubescent girl problems is brand new guest host Emily! Find out why I give this book a B+++!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Episode 138: Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer (with guest host Courtney)


This week we subject our fool selves to the novelization of not-so-fantastic sequel Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer! And joining me is super-powered team member Courtney Coulson as we get to the bottom of what this film is really about. There is plenty of speculation and sixties comic book knowledge along the way - devour it like a hungry cloud!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Episode 137: Ghostbusters (with guest host Lauren)


This week we bust up the novelization of the spooktacular spectacle Ghostbusters! One of two novelizations for the same film, expect a ton of extras not in the movie including new scenes, characters, backstories and a whole lot of nonsense! Joining me to unravel it all is fearless American Lauren! BUSTIN' MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Episode 136: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (with guest host Brett!)


This week we delve into S.H.I.E.L.D's secret files when we read the loose, 50% incomplete novelization of Captain America: The Winter Soldier! The Disney book group seems to have a habit of gutting movie novelizations so what crimes have been committed on Cap? Joining me in the search for the truth is comics aficionado and super soldier Brett. Will our Avenger shine, or does this book put the ass in Assemble!?

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Episode 135: George of the Jungle (with guest host Jacinta)


This week we all have jungle fever as we explore the steamy depths of the junior novelization of the Brendan-Fraser-will-do-anything classic, George of the Jungle! And helping me cut through all this sexual tension is none other than guest host Jacinta! Will George drain his coconuts? There's only one way to find out!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Episode 134: Hook (with guest host Courtney Coulson!)


This week we fly off to Neverland, or at least nearly nod off while reading the junior novelization of Stephen Spielberg's unnecessary Peter Pan sequel Hook. And joining me is our very own boy-who-never-grew up, Courtney Coulson, as we ask the question: What would happen if Peter Pan got old and found out he was an American?!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Episode 133: Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties!


The Book Was Better is back! This week the formidable Lizzy Unpronounceable and I tackle the most loathsome of creatures - the novelization of Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties! And this time Garfield is in London! And still likes lasagna! And still hates Monday. HAHAHA Garfield, so fresh after all these years! Don't worry though, we pepper this episode with lots of interesting tangents! Did I mention he hates Mondays?

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Episode 132: Planet of the Apes (2001) with guest host Courtney Coulson!


This week we get lost down a wormhole and wind up reading the novelization of Tim Burton's unnecessary remake of Planet of the Apes! And joining me is my own monkey companion, Courtney Coulson, who is determined to unleash some science to this simian silliness. Will a bunch of crazy monkeys go ape? There's only one way to find out!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Episode 131: Independence Day! (with guest host Lauren)


This week we celebrate the greatest nation in the world - a couple of days late - by waving our flags, shooting our guns, eating our hamburgers, and reading the novelization of the greatest America-saves-the-world classic Independence Day! And joining me on this show is an actual real live captured American, Lauren! USA! USA!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Episode 130: Scooby-Doo! (with guest hosts Laura and Hannah)


This week we solve one of the world's greatest mysteries and we investigate the junior novelization of the first Scooby-Doo movie! And joining me are two meddling kids - my sisters, Laura and Hannah! Let's find out who really hides behind the mask!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Episode 129: Batman (with guest host Lizzy Unpronounceable)!


This week is a big one as we read the novelization of Tim Burton's unforgettable 1989 Batman! And sharing the love is the equally unforgettable Lizzy Unpronounceable! Find out about all those missing scenes, weird early dialogue, and we even talk about Prince's sexiest lyrics. This one is unmissable!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Episode 128: Cars 2 (with guest host Sabrina)!


This week we tackle the highly likely novelization of post-apocalyptic horror Cars 2! Joining me on this grand quest of discovery is guest host Sabrina as we desperately try to figure out how this chilling new world works. The truth may shock you!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Episode 127: Beverly Hills Chiahuahua 2 (with guest host Courtney Coulson!)


This week Courtney Coulson and I revisit some long lost friends when we read all about the continuing saga of Chloe and Papi in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2! Will Bimini get back in her bikini? You'll be barking mad if you miss this! Dogs. Woof. Bones. Etc...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Episode 126: Tank Girl (with guest host Lia!)


This week is a BWB first as we read an outlandish book that not only strays wildly from the film, but appears to have complete contempt for it! It's the novelization of Tank Girl which thankfully has the manic energy of the comic book rather than the awfulness of the movie. And joining me on this post-apocalyptic tank ride is the wonderful Lia! This is a show unlike any other...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Episode 125: Twilight Zone the Movie (with guest host Violet)


This week we tackle our very first anthology book/film when we read the adaptation of 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie! And joining me to unravel these four unlikely tales of terror, suspense, and supernatural, ironic, karmic retribution is ailing guest host Violet! A racist gets run out of town, old people turn young, a kid can control the world, and holy crap - there's something on the wing! This is a show that has it all!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Episode 124: Men in Black (with guest host Lizzy Unpronounceable!)


This week we're getting jiggy wit' it when we read the junior novelization of Big Willy's man-versus-alien classic Men in Black! And what better partner to go this mission than beloved guest host Lizzy Unpronounceable! Here come the MiB's!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Episode 123: Young Sherlock Holmes (with guest host Courtney!)


This week we look at a forgotten Spielberg/Levinson/Christopher Columbus/The Fonz classic when we read the novelization of 1985's Young Sherlock Holmes. Filled with mystery, chemical induced hallucinations, and some ground-breaking special effects, it's well worth finding out where it all began! And joining me is our own junior detective Courtney Coulson who has plenty to say about the Sherlock mythos! Plus, don't forget that this week we also launched our Patreon page, where you can subscribe/support us for bonus shows!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Episode 122: The Silver Brumby (with guest host Jacinta!)


G'day, cobbers! This week we delve back into the very heart of Australia as we read the novelization of true blue Aussie horse movie The Silver Brumby! Never heard of it? No worries, bloke, we got you covered! With me good mate, Jacinta, we're gonna' spin a ripper yarn all about the time that Big Russ Crow got creepily obsessed with a creamy horse! You bloody beauty!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Episode 121: Camp Rock! (with guest host Violet!)


This week we pitch a tent at Camp Rock when we read the aptly named novelization of Camp Rock! And joining me on this stylish, teen musical adventure is guest host/fellow camper Violet! Join us as we get to the bottom of the Jonas Bros. bad boy behaviour and find out exactly what a Cesario Brown entails...

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Episode 120: Superman III (with guest host Brett!)


This week we check back in with Superman as he gets drunk and acts like a superdouche in the novelization of  Superman III. And today I play cub reporter to comics aficionado Brett who will help me answer all manner of pertinent questions like - why does Superman hate Italians?!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Episode 119: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (with guest host Courtney Coulson!)


This week we have a strange little alien visitor - guest host Courtney Coulson! Coincidentally, we also read the junior novelization of the special edition of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial! Cynical cash-grab or heartfelt update? There's only one way to find out!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Episode 118: Super Buddies (with guest host Suzanne)!


This week we recklessly read the junior novelization of dogs-turned-superheroes-battling-aliens-and-a-monkey modern classic Super Buddies! And joining me as a special guest is late substitution Suzanne! She didn't get time to read the book or watch the film, but boy am I going to tell her all about my new favourite movie!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Episode 117: Baby's Day Out (with Jessica McLeod!)


This week it's Book Was Better Classic as original co-host Jessica McLeod returns to check the veracity of the novelization of the baby-running-rampant-through-a-city classic, Baby's Day Out! Enough said! Right?!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Episode 116: Total Recall (with guest host Sabrina)!


This week it's time to GET YOUR ASS TO MARS when we read the insane, over-the-top, and bewilderingly sex-fuelled novelization of the screaming Schwarzenegger classic Total Recall! Joining me on this ultra-violent mind trip is none other than the adventurous Sabrina. Will we implant fond memories, or will we make you think your brain is having a spasm?

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Episode 115: Ever After (with guest host Jacinta!)


This week we go from rags to riches when we read the novelization of Drew Barrymore's Cinderella wannabe: Ever After. And joining my charming self is our very own ladylike princess Jacinta! Thrill as two adults take pride into making an innocent story smutty!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Episode 114: The Goonies (with guest host Lauren)!


This week we're on the hunt for One Eye Willy's stolen treasure when we read the entertaining novelization of kids-doing-crazy-crap classic The Goonies! And taking the Goony Oath with me is none other than our American pal, Lauren! Plus find out about all those deleted scenes, like a certain infamous octopus...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Episode 113: Nancy Drew (with guest host Courtney Coulson!)


This week we help solve a mystery when we read the novelization of teen girl detective movie Nancy Drew! And joining me on the case is, of course, our very own junior detective Courtney Coulson! Will we solve the mystery of the murdered celebrity something or other? And will we figure out women: the greatest mystery of them all!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Episode 112: Terminator Salvation (with guest host Lizzy Unpronounceable)!


This week we catch up on the further adventures of Steve Terminator in the novelization of auteur McG's totally necessary sequel Terminator Salvation! And my only possible companion on this post-apocalyptic mission is of course, Lizzy Unpronounceable who has been following Steve Terminator's crazy killing adventures since day one! Plus, this film/book stars unofficial Fruitless Pursuits mascot, best-bloody-actor-in-Austraya Sam "Wortho" Worthington! Come with us if you want to read!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Episode 111: Charlie's Angels (with guest host Lia!)


This week sisters are doing it for themselves as we dive into the high octane novelization of McG's year 2000 girls-wearing-costumes-and-kicking-things blockbuster Charlie's Angels! And joining me on this adventure is the always awesome special agent Lia! This episode has so much gratuitous angel action that you will think you've gone to heaven!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Episode 110: Blinky Bill the Mischievous Koala (with guest host Jacinta)!


The Book Was Better podcast is back with a whole new series of episodes! Today we finally turn the tables and take a good hard look at Australian culture when we read the novelization of the crudely animated Aussie "classic" Blinky Bill the Mischievous Koala! And who better to join me that you beaut, true blue, bloody fair dinkum legend Jacinta! Will Blinky Bill sober up enough to find his missing mother? There's only one bloody way to find out, cobber!

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