Page by Page Review of the Back to the Future Novelisation
February 25, 2012 4:38 AM   Subscribe

I present to you a page by page review of the novelisation of the movie Back to the Future. The review is being undertaken by Ryan North, who also creates the very funny webcomic Dinosaur Comics.
posted by Effigy2000 (26 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Read the first page. Definitely liking this. BTW, Back to the Future is the third best film ever made, after Taxi Driver and Twelve Angry Men.
posted by howfar at 4:46 AM on February 25, 2012

Damn, this is fantastic. Don't mind me, I'll be listening to some stereo rock music on my tiny but powerful Walkman stashed in a book while catching up with this.
posted by SpiffyRob at 5:45 AM on February 25, 2012

If you can't wait for the next installment of this exciting saga, there is a copy of the novelization available on eBay. Opening bid is $8.50, auction ends in five days.
posted by SpiffyRob at 5:56 AM on February 25, 2012

Well this is great.
posted by DU at 6:08 AM on February 25, 2012

If you run into Jeffrey Jones at Teen Discipline Enforcement Camp, call the police immediately.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:21 AM on February 25, 2012

Fun read. Is there an age over which the site navigation does not make sense? It seems confusing and non-linear. I don't want to have to ask my kids to read it to me.
posted by cgk at 6:40 AM on February 25, 2012 [2 favorites]

this is awesome.
posted by subbes at 6:45 AM on February 25, 2012

PRO TIP: Start with the oldest post at the bottom of this page, then work your way back to theā€¦ well, you know.
posted by designbot at 7:08 AM on February 25, 2012 [3 favorites]

SUPER PRO TIP: Search by tags and append "/chrono" to restore the space-time continuum.
posted by designbot at 7:12 AM on February 25, 2012 [4 favorites]

So good.
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:29 AM on February 25, 2012

Damn. Why didn't my school have a mistress of discipline?
posted by ThusSpakeZarathustra at 7:36 AM on February 25, 2012

The super pro tip, unfortunately, fails when some of the posts aren't tagged as bttf.

You don't want to miss Marty Quest.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:12 AM on February 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

One of the worst things about the internet is things I'm interested in made impossible to enjoy or follow by a shit interface.
posted by fuq at 8:40 AM on February 25, 2012

This was the only movie novelization I read as a kid and I LOVED IT. It was the book that pointed out to me the Twin Pines/Lone Pine Mall difference, hadn't noticed it in the film before that.

I love this review project, but yeah, holy crappy presentation.
posted by LooseFilter at 8:42 AM on February 25, 2012

Here's a "Pro Tip" "Life Hack:" Subscribe to the RSS feed. If you use Google Reader, it should have the oldest entries cached for you. You can even go Feed Settings -> Sort by Oldest and read them in order.
posted by JDHarper at 8:50 AM on February 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

I love how Doc Brown is turned into a low-budget version of Walter from Fringe in the tie-in.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 8:51 AM on February 25, 2012

I love that he not only linked to the most horrifically-written fan fic of all time, but also did a dramatic reading and posted it with a MJF action figure background. Awesome. But I still feel like I missed a post because of that interface.
posted by Huck500 at 8:56 AM on February 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

PRO-TIP: Imagine the entire thing is being narrated by whatever voice you have imagined for T-Rex.
posted by justkevin at 9:52 AM on February 25, 2012 [2 favorites]

I was just going to say what justkevin just said. WE ARE MIND BUDDIES!
posted by The otter lady at 10:18 AM on February 25, 2012

the illicit unit slid tantalizingly across the waxed tile in slow motion
posted by The otter lady at 10:34 AM on February 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

Guys, tumblr isn't that hard to figure out.
posted by mokin at 11:10 AM on February 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

Maybe a link to the site instead of the archive will help?
posted by mokin at 11:14 AM on February 25, 2012

I don't know. I'm eighteen and I feel that interface is badly designed, mainly because the older posts happen to go right to left, which for non-arabic speakers becomes rather unintuitive.

Maybe I'm old by internet time.
posted by solarion at 2:39 PM on February 25, 2012

It's not fair that Ryan North gets so much of the world's share of hilarity. This is far funnier than I thought it possibly could be.

I need to become an official Ryan North fangirl. What's the word for that? Northhead? Northbot? T-Rexes?
posted by meese at 5:50 PM on February 25, 2012

I rolled my eyes when I saw this post said to myself, "Ugh. Why would I want to read ... by Ryan North?!" CLICK!
posted by straight at 6:45 PM on February 25, 2012

I read the hebrew translation of this novelization as a kid, and I had read it before watching the movies (I had distant memory echoes of watching Back to the Future 2 when I was 3). I found the movie didn't live up to the novelization!

The sequels are pretty amusing, too.
posted by anateus at 1:22 AM on February 26, 2012

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