Definition of novelize in English:


(also novelise)


  • Convert (a story, typically one in the form of a film or screenplay) into a novel.

    ‘a novelized screenplay’
    • ‘In Barrie's Peter Pan - first staged in 1904, novelized (by Barrie himself) in 1911 and filmed uncertainly ever since - we recognize within seconds the hallmarks of the authentic children's classic.’
    • ‘You say in your author's note to The Sweetest Dream, ‘I'm not writing volume three of my autobiography because of possible hurt to vulnerable people, which does not mean I have novelized autobiography.’’
    • ‘The story was ‘Boston,’ Sinclair's 1920s novelized condemnation of the trial and execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian immigrants accused of killing two men in the robbery of a Massachusetts shoe factory.’
    • ‘As Esmeralda Santiago, author of the acclaimed novelized memoir When I Was Puerto Rican, states in the volume reviewed here, ‘The ironic thing for me is that in Puerto Rico I was considered American.’’
    • ‘He has also ‘novelised’ some of Agatha Christie's plays - with rather disappointing results, in my opinion.’
    • ‘A novelized poem, for example, they call a ‘romantic poem’ (which of course it is) and believe that in so doing they have exhausted the subject.’
    • ‘The novelized version of 2001 explains the room as being created by the aliens from Bowman's mental images.’
    • ‘It has never gone out of print, it has been repeatedly novelised and dramatised and it has actually gained in power with the advent of the horror film.’
    • ‘To novelize a story of incest is to participate in the societal imperative to always lie about it, to say it's not happening, or that you made it up.’
    • ‘David Lodge and Colm Toibin have both written ‘novelised’ accounts of Henry James's life.’
    • ‘Just as James Joyce made it impossible for all Irish writers to novelize Dublin, so definitive and magisterial was his Ulysses, so Fellini's Roma seems to have dazzled Italian filmmakers to the cinematic potential of their capital.’
    • ‘It is a novelized version of the real-life love story between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.’
    • ‘It's a road thriller told at reckless speed in stripped-down prose - as if Raymond Carver had novelized Natural Born Killers.’
    • ‘Nineteenth-century novelized versions of the story continue to add depth to the character's psychology and use Shore's life to revisit a popular theme of the Victorian novel: the plight and pathos of the fallen woman.’
    • ‘Wilkomirski called his book, Fragments, a novelized memoir.’
    • ‘I still remember that one of the first books I ever checked out from there was a novelized biography of Carlotta, Empress of Mexico, whose husband's doom was first heralded on Cinco de Mayo.’
    • ‘Shindler is better known as a screenwriter, which presumably explains why this book feels like a novelised biopic.’
    • ‘I sent her my script and she answered by return, very frostily, assuming that I was asking her to novelize the screenplay: she told me she was perfectly capable of writing her own stories, thank you.’
    • ‘That's why Solzhenitsyn was so wise to novelize his history of the gulag.’
    • ‘Like his picaresque kin, the novelized Fray Servando's family proves to be less than desirable and could be viewed as the catalyst in his decision to leave home.’