Differences Between the Books
& the Series

The Roswell TV series was loosely based on a set of 10 books called Roswell High,
that were written by Melinda Metz.

At least the first 7 books were published before the television show was made, so
they had different covers originally. But after the show aired, they were republished
with new covers using pictures of the actors from the show.

Here are the books with cover pics, and general plotlines.

#1 The Outsider

Liz has seen him around. It's hard to miss Max - the tall, mysterious senior stands out in her high school crowd. So why is he such a loner?

Max is in love with Liz. He loves the way her eyes light up when she laughs. And the way her long black hair moves when she turns her head. Most of all, he loves to imagine what it would be like to kiss her.

But Max knows he can't get too close. He can't let her discover the truth about who he is. Or really, what he is.

Because the truth could kill her.

#2 The Wild One

Dangerous love...

Isabel: From the moment she hears the roar of Nikolas' motorcycle, she's hooked. This new guy in town seems to understand exactly how she feels and thinks, exactly what she needs. He's someone willing to let her be what she was born to be...the wild one.

Alex: He's jealous of Isabel's new boyfriend. Worse, he fears that Nikolas is dragging Isabel deeper and deeper into danger. If Isabel's not careful, Sheriff Valenti will discover the truth about her. And if that happens, no one from Earth will be able to save her.

#3 The Seeker

Circle of danger...

Maria: She hasn't told her firends about the strange glowing ring that she found. It seems to be giving her powers -- special abilities that let her enter a world she's been dying to experience. Here's her chance to learn what she longs to know: how Michael feels about her.

Michael: He feels all alone on Earth and he's searching for a place to belong. He didn't count on discovering someone to care about right here in Roswell. Now he's falling for his best friend. But what he doesn't know, and Maria doesn't realize, is that she's drawing danger to them all.

#4 The Watcher

Life will never be the same...

Max is dying. No one wants to believe it, but he knows it's true. And as the end grows closer, he can only think of one thing: Who will protect Liz if he's not here?

Liz can't stand watching Max suffer. She's determined to find some way -- any way -- to save him. But the only way to help Max is to risk her own life. Is she willing to die for the one she loves?

#5 The Intruder

Love...too late?

Michael: He's being held in a secret compound. But he's concerned less for himself than his friends. Max. Maria. Liz. Alex. And Isabel. He's got to get out before he's forced to betray the Roswell residents whom Sheriff Valenti is dying to capture. And once Sheriff Valenti has the information he wants, he won't be needing Michael anymore.

Isabel: She used to think of Michael as a brother. But now that he's been captured, she seems to be the only one able to hear his every thought, feel his every emotion, share his dreams. Could this special bond between them mean they're meant to be together? Time is running out for Isabel to know for sure.

#6 The Stowaway

Trust betrayed...

Michael: He's still having flashbacks of his escape from the underground compound. Only Cameron, the mysterious girl he met behind bars, seems to understand him -- and realize that the sheriff may be gone but an even more dangerous enemy is out there.

Cameron: She fell for Michael while in the compound...spying on him for Sheriff Valenti. Now she feels guilty, and wishes she could tell him the truth. But how can she be honest -- without losing Michael?

#7 The Vanished

Gone for good?

Max is on a mission to save Alex, who is stranded on the home planet. Alex may be lost or wounded -- or worse. To get Alex back, Max knows he'll need one of the Stones of Midnight. If only he knew where to find one...

Liz understands that Max can't rest until he finds Alex. And she's been busy herself -- spending time with Roswell newcomer Adam. She's been having so much fun with Adam that Max is in danger...of being forgotten.

#8 The Rebel

Blood brothers...

Michael has finally found the one thing he always yearned for -- family. When his brother Trevor arrives in Roswell, Michael will do anything to please him. But soon Trevor's loyalties come into question -- and Michael is caught in the cross fire.

Maria's little brother has disappeared and she knows the kidnappers are trying to get to her and her friends. Devastated and guilt-ridden, Maria turns to Michael for help. But will he be there for her, or has Michael himself become the enemy?

#9 The Dark One

True love never dies.

Isabel has run away from home, and Max knows her life is in danger. He has to find her and save her, but time is ticking away.

Alex is back on Earth, and he's a changed man. He looks better, feels better, and is ready to live life to the fullest -- without Isabel Evans. Little does he know he's the only person that can help the ailing Isabel. Will Alex be able to put aside his pride and save the life of his former love?

#10 The Salvation

The ultimate battle.

Max is out of control. He's lying to his friends, ignoring his family, and has even turned on Liz. Has Max completely lost his mind...or is Max not really Max at all?

Liz hasn't felt connected to Max in a long time -- not the way she used to be. She knows he isn't the guy she fell in love with. There's something else controlling him. Something sinister. Can Liz help Max break free before he's lost forever?

There are many differences between the books and the TV series

In the books, the aliens can sense, see and hear, auras, scents and music, but not on the show.

The books every person has a certain color to their aura. When someone is alive and happy
they're certain color is bright. But when someone is on the verge of dying then they're aura
is a shade of dark brown, which reaches black after death. Here are the aura colors...

Max Evans: liquid emerald
Michael Guerin: brick red
Alex Whitman: sunny orange
Isabel Evans: deep purple
Liz Parker: warm amber
Maria DeLuca: liquid blue

In the TV Series In the Books
Max Evans: dark hair, gold eyes Max Evans: blonde hair, blue eyes
Liz (Elizabeth) Parker

Family - only child
Liz (Elizabeth) Ortecho

- sister Rosa who died from Drug overdose
Isabel Evans Isabel Evans
Michael Guerin

Family - had three foster families; The Salingers, The Hughes, and The Pascals. His last family he had three foster siblings, Dylan, Amanda and Sarah - had a brother from his home planet, Trevor

Job - Cook at Crashdown Cafe
Michael Guerin

only child, foster father Hank Whitmore

worked at Space Supplies a local Convinent Store
Maria DeLuca

Family - dad left when she was 7 and is no longer around, she is an only child but does have an annoying cousin Sean DeLuca
Maria DeLuca

- parents divorced but dad is still around, and had a little brother Kevin
Alex Whitman: killed by Tess' mindwarpping powers after decoding the aliens destiny book.

Family - only child, his father is a nerdy type
Alex Maines: sucked into a wormhole and taken to the aliens homeplanet but was brought back to Earth

3 brothers who were in armed services as was his father
Sheriff Jim Valenti: became friends with the aliens and helped them Sheriff Valenti: leader of Project Clean Slate that was against the aliens, he gets killed when Adam blows up the base
Kyle Valenti: Liz's ex-boy, who got shot and Max saved him. he befriended the aliens and became a Buddhast Kyle Valenti: Liz's idiot boyfriend who eventually gets put in a mental facility for announcing in front of the t.v crews that aliens exist.
Sean Deluca: Maria's deliquent cousin who cames to live with them Sean: Cameron's crush when she was younger
Nicholas: little kid that was in charge of the skins and friends with Khivar. Had a thing for Vilandra/Isabel. Nikolas Branson: Isabel's alien boyfriend who feels humans are pests, he gets killed by Valenti when they broke into the mall.
Other aliens

Tess Harding: a fourth alien in the pod squad

Courtney Banks: an alien member of the Skins who supports Michael as the leader of their home planet

Adam: Another alien that was taken by Project Clean Slate and lived in a govt. facility were he was studied, he died.

Cameron: Michael's girlfriend he meets while being held hostage by Clean Slate, she cames between Maria and Michael, she's really a spy for Valenti.
Places around Roswell

Pizza Pan:

West Roswell High School: where the gang goes to school

Flying Pepperoni:

Ulyesses F. Olsen High: where the gang goes to school

Space Supplies: convient store where Michael works

Black Hole Putt-Putt: Place where Isabel and Alex shared their first kiss
Alien items

Healing stones: stones from their home planet that help heal them by restoring the balance of life-force inside them

Stone of Midnight: stones from their home planet
The aliens were sent to Earth after they were killed on their own planet, to be reborn and help save their people The aliens came to Earth but their parents ship wrecked on Earth because of an evil stowaway alien
Crashdown Cafe

Jose: the Cook at the Crashdown Cafe
Crashdown Cafe

Stan: the Cook at the Crashdown Cafe

Limewarp: popular drink at the Crashdown
Special Unit: part of the FBI that hunts aliens, headed by Agent Daniel Pierce

captured Max and studied him

Based at Eagle Rock Military Base
Project Clean Slate: Sheriff Valenti headed the group that held aliens and tried to turn them into tools

captured Michael and Dr. Doyle studied him

Based at Clean Slate Compound

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