^ Really? I haven't bought any in years but I used to buy them when I was a kid. I remember that I read the novelisations of Return of the Jedi, The Search for Spock and Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom before they came out over here. Spoilers didn't bother me back then!
Yeah, in January, 1977, I found a book on the shelf that was a space-opera of sometype. Farm kid, family died, kid teamed up with old man and spaceship pilot to rescue a princess. It was a pretty good story.
On the back cover, it said "Soon to be a major motion picture".
Not sure if that movie ever got released, though...