by Thea von Harbou
Yes, Fritz Lang's film is fantastic (she wrote the screenplay, as well as the novel, but the film's visuals are vastly superior to its writing) but the book is also amazing, in its own way. You have to be willing to forgive its tedious over-embellishments and its ridiculous sentimentality, but just like Les Miserables there are astoundingly bad ass scenes inside!
So while the novel is completely over the top in terms of heart rending melodrama, it is also completely over the top in terms of ACTION!
I don't know, I loved it. Worth reading the whole thing just for lines like:
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