King Kong: The Junior Novel
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King Kong: The Junior Novel, also known as Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World - The Junior Novel is a junior novelization of the 2005 Universal King Kong film. It was released in December of 2005, and was written Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz.
"Carl Denham could not have imagined a better place to shoot his movie. Skull Island was perfect - its lush jungle, massice ruins, and exotic creatures looked incredible through his camera lens. But when his lead actress, the stunning Ann Darrow, is taken by the islanders and captured by a giant gorilla called Kong, the movie takes on a life of its own. Follow Carl Denham and his crew across Skull Island as they battle ferocious dinosaurs and deadly giant insects, and pursue Kong, the eighth wonder of the world!"
In a bid to make the greatest movie ever made, Carl Denham takes off for Skull Island aboard the Venture. Ann Darrow, who was taken aboard as his lead actress, makes fast friends with the crew, but embarrasses herself in front of her favorite playwright Jack Driscoll by mistaking the sound editor for him. However, before they reach their destination, Carl feels the ship turning around because Englehorn had been given orders to divert to Rangoon for Carl's arrest. However, before they were able to, they arrive at Skull Island. They quickly struck rocks and began taking on water. Not waiting to help, Denham gathered his crew and set out for the island's shores. They filmed Ann screaming in front of a statue, but her scream garnered a response from beyond the island's towering wall. Carl ran toward it, bidding them to follow, and they came upon a village where they were quickly found by a little girl. Denham attempted to give her some chocolate, but this prompted her to bite him, and for the sound director Mike to be run through with a spear by natives. Ann’s shouting brought more roars, and the villagers who began to brutally attack the group. They were saved just before Carl was killed by Engelhorn, and the survivors returned to lighten the ship and free it from the rocks. However, Ann was kidnapped by a native and was hauled back to the island and tied to an altar and lowered to the other side of the wall, where Kong arrived and roared before grabbing her. She heard gunshots from the village and cried for help before Kong disappeared with her into the jungle. Carl and the rest of the crew had arrived to rescue her, but arrived too late. They pursued the beast into the jungle, and fired into the bush at the sound of something approaching, only to find it was a dinosaur: the long extinct Ligocristus. Kong carried Ann through the jungle to a spot beneath a great carved face with a waterfall flowing from its mouth: His usual place for killing his sacrifices. Ann leaped free of his grasp and ran into the jungle toward the sound of the sailors' gunshots. Kong felled trees to impede her as she ran, but she soon hit a cliff and could run from him no further. Jack heard her cries and tried to run toward them only to find the boneyard she and the ape had just left.
Differences from the film
- Following Ann's mistaking the recordist Mike for Jack, this version sees Preston follow her out to comfort her.
- Carl sets off to the island immediately upon arriving at Skull Island, as opposed to waiting until morning.
- As opposed to what is established in the film's lore, this novel treats Skull Island's saurian residents as actual dinosaurs, specimens of which can be found in various museums.
- Instead of stabbing Kong's hand with her necklace to escape his grasp, in this adaptation Ann simply flings herself free.
- The entirety of the scenes set in New York after Kong's capture are drastically shortened, and relegated entirely to four pages of epilogue.
- Ann Darrow
- Jack Driscoll
- Carl Denham
- Captain Englehorn
- Benjamin Hayes
- Bruce Baxter
- Sam Kelley (mentioned)
- This novelization misspells Captain Englehorn's name as "Engelhorn".
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