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Media Tie-in Science Fiction

What is Media Tie-in Science Fiction?

Media Tie-in is a rather large sub-genre composed of books that are based on stories in other media: television, movies, games, comic books, etc. It is a sub-genre that allows fans to delve deeper into their favorite universes. This sub-genre has two sides: the publishing grab for money and the creation of stories that bind together an already awesome and engaging universe. The publishing grab, the strapped for cash writer, and the quick turn-around time of many of these books have given Media Tie-in an unsavory reputation. The sub-genre has even been called hack writing. However, there is something to be said for the enthusiasm of fans and the writers who contribute to that world by adding their own voice.

Crafting a Media Tie-in story has many constraints—writers are working with already realized characters, so they can't exactly reinvent them; there is already a history and sometimes a future already laid out, so continuity is a big component. The constraints may restrict creativity or inspire a truly great story.

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Other Features of Media Tie-in Science Fiction

  • Media Tie-in Sci Fi is really just a publishing tool. It capitalizes on the interest of Sci Fi in other formats and does not have any real, genre specific, features. The types of characters, plots, and technologies are based on the original story, whatever it may have been. As such, the features of these stories vary widely. 

  • Media Tie-in stories do have a unique feature—that of the shared experience. The universe has already been established, which gives writers more room to craft their own contribution to the stories' canon. Storytelling is a communal and interactive effort between all the contributing writers, with the original creator, and with the readers.

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    Anything. Media Tie-in simply means the book is based on a story from another media—usually movies and television—which means a bunch of possible sub-genres can be utilized.

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