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Photonovels, occasionally spelled as Fotonovels, or referred to by the Italian-derived term Fumetti, are print adaptations of television episodes or feature films into a book, using screenshots, or stills, with word bubbles instead of traditional text. While original marketed as novels, most photonovels made today would be considered a form of graphic novel, a format closely linked to comics.

A relatively short-lived phenomena, the format came into vogue in the late 1970s, early 1980s, but went out of fashion just as quickly. The main reason for this was that very shortly after its introduction, the advent of visual home media formats, most notably VHS, became wide spread, causing the perceived added value of the format to greatly diminish. Due to the visual effects imagery involved, science fiction franchises of the period, like Alien, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Outland, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Trek were well represented, while the format was popular. New outings in the format became very rare afterwards.



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