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BOOK REVIEW: FTN reviews Supernatural: The Official Companion Season Seven

December 4th, 2012 by Big Phil Comments

Supernatural: The Official Companion Season 7
Written by: Nicholas Knight
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781161089
ISBN-13: 978-1781161081
Price: £9.99

The hit show starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as monster-hunting brothers continues its spooky road-trip through the dark heart of America as the Winchesters face a new threat from the human-eating Leviathans. This official Season 7 companion is packed with exclusive interviews, photos, behind-the-scenes secrets, a complete episode guide, plus a colour portrait gallery of the stars.

Supernatural: The Official Companion Season 7 by Nicholas Knight is the perfect accompaniment to the superb television series. This book has been created for fans of the show by an author who clearly understands what both casual viewers of the show and obsessive fans desire.

There is a complete indepth guide to the making of each episode which includes everything from special effects, make-up, ideas for the story arc and insights by the main actors. Indeed, it seems that the author has had amazing access to all members of the cast, both main and re-occurring, to get their own little snippets about the making of the series and in depth look at their individual characters.

The book is punctuated with pieces of trivia that fans will surely enjoy such as where certain props came (and in several cases disappeared) from. There are also wonderful quotes from each episode that the reader will immediately remember.

However, great as the above is, there is another selling point to this book. There are 18 pages of high quality glossy photographs featuring the main characters, iconic items and even close ups of make-up effects and adverts from various newspapers and diners. The quality of these photographs and size of the book means that it is the perfect companion for fans who may wish to get autographs at a convention.

The overall feel of this book is superb. For readers who may not be too familiar with the Supernatural series, this is certainly a helping hand; however they may be a little puzzled with references to previous episodes. That said, this book is quite clearly aimed at the more devoted fan.

This is primarily a reference book, with no separate novelisation included, as has been with some other television series companions in the past. That said, with the ever-expanding Supernatural universe, there are pages to the rear devoted to the other six season companions and also information on the DVD releases and other stand alone novels.

The companion reads very easily in that the print changes type for pieces of trivia, and actor quotations. Though it is not by any means a heavy read, it certainly adds another dimension (pun apart) to a brilliant television series.

4 out of 5 Nerds

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I arrived on Earth in 1977 and have virtually devoted my entire existence to cult films, television programmes and cartoons. I am a very big fan of Star Wars and Star Trek; I may struggle with foreign languages but I can order live Gagh in Klingon! I’m the Nerd that knows the trivia but I’m hopeless at sport!