Occasionally, as part of the release of an original movie, the production company will commission a writer to produce a full-length novel based on the script. This happened recently, for example, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and has happened with all previous Star Wars movies. In such cases, the novel is referred to as a
novelization of the movie.
novelizations, while rare, also happen for other media adaptations, including television shows, video games, and comic book series.
However, this seems to be the only type of adaptation that has it's own specialized term. When a book (say, Harry Potter) or video game (e.g. World of Warcraft) is adapted to film, it's simply referred to as an
adaptation of the original material.
Are there specific words for other types of adaptations? And if not, is there any particular reason why they have never developed as counterparts to
Just for some context, we discuss these kinds of adaptations all the time on Sci-Fi/Fantasy, often times in cases where one set of source material has many different kinds of adaptations. It would be useful to know the correct terminology to use.