Re-reading Stephen King

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Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Post by carsjr » Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:46 pm

mr tough guy wrote:the Green Mile, Shawshank redemption, Carrie, Apt Pupil, Misery, Stand By Me
Haven't read any of them, but they're all excellent movies, but yeah for every good adaptation there's half a dozen crappy ones



This. The Mist was mentioned as well. Another very fine (Frank Darabont) adaptation; and an 'alternate' ending SK himself wished he'd thought up.


I absolutely loved the Dark Tower series. 11/22/63 was fantastic as well. 'Salem's Lot scared the bejeezus out of me when I was 13. I haven't read it in 30 years, but the image of the vampire boy scratching at the window has stuck with me since 1984

Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Post by Ajsalium » Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:49 pm

Duff wrote:I enjoy his short stories but I can't be having his full length books, bar Salem's Lot. Just too bloated, and often a bit boring.


That.

But I'm a sucker for short stories, I admit. Specially in the horror genre. I've always thought that horror is about a shocking revelation that the world is not like you thought it was; a single "reality twist" that only needs a few pages to be exposed, not hundreds.

Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Post by Vermis » Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:42 am

My username around the nerd-net came from a story in a Stephen King anthology. :P Although I can't say I've read much else apart from The Shining, from which I can barely remember the events and tone different to the movie, except a sense of dragging.

Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Post by mr tough guy » Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:19 pm

I've been meaning to read the Stand and reread Eyes of the Dragon ever since I've read the Dark Tower series, but I just can't be arsed at the moment as my to read pile is huge and is only growing as I buy books faster then I read them.

Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Post by Clayface » Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:17 am

a lot of King's later stuff is utter shite - but 'the Stand' is not just his best book, it may be one of the best books. Don't make the mistake of buying one of his 'updated' versions - the original is far superior and tighter, if you can call a book that big 'tight'.

I read it aged about 12 and was utterly enchanted and terrified. It's a genuinely creepy book.

I SWEAR this is a true - the first time I read it, in one sitting, i was sat up in bed at about 2 AM, at the point where the characters are starting to have the dreams - and there is a TAP! TAP! on my window. I stumble, literally whimpering in fear, to my window and look out - and there is a tall dark figure standing on our flat roof looking up at me.

It was my brother, drunk and without his keys - but i thought The walking Dude had come for me - I almost got religion.

Pat

Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Post by Cosmotiger » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:16 pm

Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Post by Duff » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:04 pm

I enjoy his short stories but I can't be having his full length books, bar Salem's Lot. Just too bloated, and often a bit boring.

Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Post by Levied Troop » Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:12 pm

Sequel to The Shining to be published this month:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24151957

Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Post by hetz » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:49 pm

Loved the Running Man as the book, thought the film was utter shite.
Can't remember what Cujo was like, but King apparently loved the film.
Don't forget The Mist, good story, excellent film.
I've not seen Hearts in Atlantis, but I loved the story.

Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Post by mr tough guy » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:38 pm

the Green Mile, Shawshank redemption, Carrie, Apt Pupil, Misery, Stand By Me
Haven't read any of them, but they're all excellent movies, but yeah for every good adaptation there's half a dozen crappy ones

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