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No, it's a whole different ball of wax. There aren't even any Ramoses in it!
 

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No, it was a prequel written after the show had become a hit. It starts with Miss Ellie's father dying and ends with the first 'Barbecue'. It's really good, especially on the Digger/Ellie/Jock triangle. You should definitely read it. (Spoiler: JR is ****'s real daddy!)
The words ‘after the show had become a hit’ makes me think you mean the period just before and right after J.R.’s shooting. If that is so, I think that’s not entirely true. I think the book was written earlier than that. For example: the first episode after the miniseries introduced us to Valene. In the book the character of Lucy’s mother is called Maureen. It seems there was no more knowledge about the storyline as shown on TV available for the writer to write about than just the first five episodes. Was this book the first piece of merchandise about our beloved TV show?
 
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The words ‘after the show had become a hit’ makes me think you mean the period just before and right after J.R.’s shooting.
Hmm, not necessarily. But the show would have had to have been some kind of hit for the novel to be commissioned in the first place.

The first episode after the miniseries introduced us to Valene. In the book, the character of Lucy’s mother is called Maureen. It seems there was no more knowledge about the storyline as shown on TV available for the writer to write about than just the first five episodes.
True, although the Julie Grey in the book was called Julie Parsons.

Was this book the first piece of merchandise about our beloved TV show?
In my mind's eye, I can see it on the bookshelf in WH Smith's alongside the 'Miss Ellie's Diary' photobook, which was definitely released to cash in on the Who Shot JR hoo-ha. But that's in the UK so I couldn't say what came first in the US
 

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Hmm, not necessarily. But the show would have had to have been some kind of hit for the novel to be commissioned in the first place.



True, although the Julie Grey in the book was called Julie Parsons.



In my mind's eye, I can see it on the bookshelf in WH Smith's alongside the 'Miss Ellie's Diary' photobook, which was definitely released to cash in on the Who Shot JR hoo-ha. But that's in the UK so I couldn't say what came first in the US
Hmmm, I think you’re right!! Just checked my copies of both books and they were both released in September 1980!! Although the Raintree novel tells me that it was first published in 1978. So there must be an older version, which could be made as merchandise of the miniseries.

In the miniseries J.R.’s secretary was ‘just Julie’. I think we got to learn her last name in the episodes about her death or maybe the one in which she returned and started a relationship with Jock. So the writer gave her the last name Parsons and later - on the show - we learned it was Grey.
 

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Just checked my copies of both books and they were both released in September 1980!! Although the Raintree novel tells me that it was first published in 1978. So there must be an older version, which could be made as merchandise of the miniseries.
Not that it necessarily means anything, but the cover of my edition of the Raintree book has pictures from episodes that came after the mini-series.

In the miniseries J.R.’s secretary was ‘just Julie’.
I never realised that. How interesting!
 

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Not that it necessarily means anything, but the cover of my edition of the Raintree book has pictures from episodes that came after the mini-series.



I never realised that. How interesting!
Mine too. Probably because our copies (well, mine anyway) was (re?)released in September 1980, when the show was on the air for about two, three years. I have the American edition. Very curious about the 1978 edition then. Never seen one before. Couldn’t have been on the shelves for that long, could it? LOL
 

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This seems to be the most common cover, with pictures from 'Double Wedding', 'Reunion' and 'Old Acquaintance':



Then there's this one. The illustrations are all slightly off, in an interesting way, and I love the lurid blurb on the back cover:



Halle Berry as Pam:



This cover has got a great Six Million Dollar Man vibe :

 

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Slightly off-topic, but many novels were re-released after the novel was made into a (mini-) series, and they used the series to sell it (again).


Still, the DALLAS mini-series was a bit of an oddity, it seems strange that they would merchandise it from the very beginning. It certainly wasn't a Roots or Centennial.
But let's not forget that in those days people didn't have access to tv episodes unless they had recorded them themselves. The printed versions were the only way to relive those fabulous tv moments. Which is exactly why I bought the Dallas, Falcon Crest and Dynasty novels (the stories were too short, I wanted more!)
 

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But let's not forget that in those days people didn't have access to tv episodes unless they had recorded them themselves. The printed versions were the only way to relive those fabulous tv moments. Which is exactly why I bought the Dallas, Falcon Crest and Dynasty novels (the stories were too short, I wanted more!)
That's why I bought them too, but in the case of the Lee Raintree book, the 150 pages about what happens before the events of the mini-series are even better!
 

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