I am an independent researcher in adaptation, film and television studies. My main research interests are film and TV novelizations, science-fiction cinema and contemporary TV series.


PhD | Literature | KU Leuven, 2011
MA | Literary Studies | KU Leuven / VUB / UGent / UA, 2006
MA | Linguistics and Literature: Germanic Languages | KU Leuven, 2005


Edited Collection

  • Van Parys, Thomas and I.Q. Hunter, eds. (2013). Science Fiction across Media: Adaptation/Novelization. Canterbury: Gylphi.


  • Van Parys, Thomas (2018). “Watching as Data Mining: Seeing Person of Interest through the Prism of Adaptation”, in Where Is Adaptation? Mapping Cultures, Texts, and Contexts, eds. Casie Hermansson & Janet Zepernick, 57-69. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

  • Van Parys, Thomas (2018). “Another Canon, Another Time: The Novelizations of the Star Wars Films”, in Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling, eds. Sean Guynes & Dan Hassler-Forest, 73-85. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

  • Van Parys, Thomas (2013). “The Abyss: Between Film and Novelization”, in Science Fiction across Media: Adaptation/Novelization, eds. Thomas Van Parys and I.Q. Hunter, 227-243. Canterbury: Gylphi.

  • Van Parys, Thomas (2013). “eXistenZ, the Story of a Novelization: An Interview with Christopher Priest”, in Science Fiction across Media: Adaptation/Novelization, eds. Thomas Van Parys and I.Q. Hunter, 201-210. Canterbury: Gylphi.

  • Van Parys, Thomas and I.Q. Hunter (2013). “Introduction: Science-Fiction Adaptation across Media”, in Science Fiction across Media: Adaptation/Novelization, eds. Thomas Van Parys and I.Q. Hunter, 3-17. Canterbury: Gylphi.

  • Van Parys, Thomas (2011). “Against Fidelity: Contemporary Adaptation Studies and the Example of Novelisation”, in Adaptation Theories, ed. Jillian Saint Jacques, 407-443. Maastricht: Jan van Eyck Academie.

  • Van Parys, Thomas (2011). “The Study of Novelisation: A Typology and Secondary Bibliography”, Belphégor 10 (2), http://hdl.handle.net/10222/53191.

  • Van Parys, Thomas (2011). “A Fantastic Voyage into Inner Space: Description in Science-Fiction Novelizations”, Science Fiction Studies 38 (2): 288-303.

  • Van Parys, Thomas (2009). “The Commercial Novelization: Research, History, Differentiation”, Literature/Film Quarterly 37 (4): 305-317.

  • Baetens, Jan and Thomas Van Parys (2009). “The Surrogates: Science Fiction as MacGuffin”, Quaderns de filologia: Estudis literaris 14: 73-84.

  • Van Parys, Thomas (2008). “A Typology of the Publicity Still: Film for Photograph”, History of Photography 32 (1): 85-92.

  • Lauwers, Jeroen and Thomas Van Parys (2008). “‘You Cannot Make a Living Just Being a Theoretician’: An Interview with Jean-Michel Rabaté”, Parrhesia 5: 1-9, http://www.parrhesiajournal.org/parrhesia05/parrhesia05_rabate.pdf.

  • Van Parys, Thomas (2005). “An Unusual Suspect: The Novelisation of eXistenZ”, in Christopher Priest: The Interaction, ed. Andrew M. Butler, 97-113. London: Science Fiction Foundation.

  • Van Parys, Thomas, Lien Jansen and Elisabeth Vanhoutte (2004). “eXistenZ, a Different Novelization? An Interview with Christopher Priest”, Image [&] Narrative 5 (1), http://www.imageandnarrative.be/inarchive/performance/vanparys.htm.

Other Publications

  • Van Parys, Thomas (2009). “De Hollywoodnovellisatie voor de bijl”, Parmentier 18 (4): 32-37.

  • Van Parys, Thomas (2008). “The Science Fiction Film Still”, EXTRA – Fotografie in context 1: 24-25.

  • Van Parys, Thomas (2006). “De continuatie-novellisatie als subgenre: The Prisoner en Lost”, Deus ex Machina 117: 62-64.


Blog Posts


    • Seriality in the Contemporary ‘Long-Term Television Narrative’ | Research Foundation – Flanders, 2012-2015

    • Read the Novel: Science-Fiction Film to Novelization | KU Leuven, 2006-2010

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