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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 02:22 PM
marvel is releasing The stand as a comic book on 9/10

the first issue is about captain trips

 

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 08:33 PM
Should be really interesting. Has this been done for any other S. King books? I haven't read any S. King in about a year although we did stop by his house this summer, took a few photos and admired his very cool iron fence. Thanks for the info!
 

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 08:47 PM
The Stand is far and away his greatest book. I read it in 1983 when the original date of the events was 1985 (it was written in 1978) The original shorter version is actually better. Everyone that loves good fiction should read it (Not the comic book but the real book. Read the comic book AFTER you read the real book) The mini series sucked. Gary Sinese was good as Stu Redman but Molly Ringwald was absurdly miscast as Frannie Goldsmith and they truncated the story so much they basically eliminated the character of Larry Underwood who was the pivital character in the book.

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 08:59 PM
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Should be really interesting. Has this been done for any other S. King books? I haven't read any S. King in about a year although we did stop by his house this summer, took a few photos and admired his very cool iron fence. Thanks for the info!


The "Wizard and Glass" volume of The Dark Tower was turned into a comic series - in seven or eight installments. I have all of those, but then I think they started in on the back story - some of Roland's adventures with his fellow gunslingers that were NOT part of the Dark Tower, i.e., the time in between the return to Gilead and the time when the "man in black fled across the desert."

And I liked The Stand just fine . . . perhaps I'd give it the position of "single" greatest book, but then again . . . it's just another brick in the Dark Tower, along with Hearts in Atlantis, The Talisman, Black House, Desperation, Insomnia, Bachman's The Regulators, etc.

 

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 09:06 PM
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The Stand is far and away his greatest book. I read it in 1983 when the original date of the events was 1985 (it was written in 1978) The original shorter version is actually better. Everyone that loves good fiction should read it (Not the comic book but the real book. Read the comic book AFTER you read the real book) The mini series sucked. Gary Sinese was good as Stu Redman but Molly Ringwald was absurdly miscast as Frannie Goldsmith and they truncated the story so much they basically eliminated the character of Larry Underwood who was the pivital character in the book.

Doug



I agree with most of this.

The first "short" book was the best.

Nothing added to it was really necessary to tell the story.

Larry Underwood was a HUGE character in the book, my only real complaint about the series was making him less important.


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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 09:31 PM
Wow - I LOVED The Stand.....i remember reading it pretty much when it came out and just hearing the click click of The Walking Dude.....awesome book - I might need to revisit it!

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 09:32 PM
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The Stand is far and away his greatest book. I read it in 1983 when the original date of the events was 1985 (it was written in 1978) The original shorter version is actually better. Everyone that loves good fiction should read it (Not the comic book but the real book. Read the comic book AFTER you read the real book) The mini series sucked. Gary Sinese was good as Stu Redman but Molly Ringwald was absurdly miscast as Frannie Goldsmith and they truncated the story so much they basically eliminated the character of Larry Underwood who was the pivital character in the book.

Doug



I agree with most of this.

The first "short" book was the best.

Nothing added to it was really necessary to tell the story.

Larry Underwood was a HUGE character in the book, my only real complaint about the series was making him less important.


"Baby, can you dig your man?"




[Edited on 9/10/2008 by PhotoRon286]

The evolution of Larry Underwood was the moral pivot on which this great story turns. He, along with Harold Lauder, his moral opposite are huge characters barely mentioned in the mini series.

 

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Should be really interesting. Has this been done for any other S. King books? I haven't read any S. King in about a year although we did stop by his house this summer, took a few photos and admired his very cool iron fence. Thanks for the info!


The "Wizard and Glass" volume of The Dark Tower was turned into a comic series - in seven or eight installments. I have all of those, but then I think they started in on the back story - some of Roland's adventures with his fellow gunslingers that were NOT part of the Dark Tower, i.e., the time in between the return to Gilead and the time when the "man in black fled across the desert."

And I liked The Stand just fine . . . perhaps I'd give it the position of "single" greatest book, but then again . . . it's just another brick in the Dark Tower, along with Hearts in Atlantis, The Talisman, Black House, Desperation, Insomnia, Bachman's The Regulators, etc.




Although all King books are enjoyable reads, I actually think a lot of the ones you name, Desparation, Insominia, The Rgulators, are among his least effective books.

I think in later years, perhaps when he became too big for an editor to really work with, his books have gotten longer, the plots crazier and the writing less effective. Here are my favirote King books, not necessarily in order:

The Stand
The Dead Zone
Firestarter
Cujo
Christine
Different Seasons
Night Shift
Pet Semetary (an unusually horrifying book for many reasons)
Misery
Hearts Over Atlantis

 

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 09:49 PM
I don't want to hijack the thread, but since there are some King fans here.....are there any King adapted movies you all like? I really loved Stand By Me, liked Christine just because I am sort of a car guy, loved Misery, like Pet Semetary.....and some others.....but I really really liked The Mist last year....I liked Stephen's ending better, but after getting over the ending in the movie I thought it was very well done....bought it on DVD the day it came out and have watched it 3 times since....especially good on a large HD TV in the dark while using headphones.
 

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I don't want to hijack the thread, but since there are some King fans here.....are there any King adapted movies you all like? I really loved Stand By Me, liked Christine just because I am sort of a car guy, loved Misery, like Pet Semetary.....and some others.....but I really really liked The Mist last year....I liked Stephen's ending better, but after getting over the ending in the movie I thought it was very well done....bought it on DVD the day it came out and have watched it 3 times since....especially good on a large HD TV in the dark while using headphones.


One of my favorite King short stories.

Haven't seen the movie yet.

 

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 10:11 PM
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Larry Underwood was a HUGE character in the book, my only real complaint about the series was making him less important.




Wasn't there a spinoff of Three's Company called Hello Larry?

 

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 11:09 PM
The only reason I read the Stand was because my friend told me some of the lyrics to don't fear the reaper were in it. You had to see my face when I saw the size of the book. I've been hooked ever since.

My favorite character is the Trashcan man...

 

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  posted on 9/9/2008 at 11:32 PM
How the hell can you turn a book that big into comics? It would take 100 of them to even try and do justice to the story.

I agree with the mini-series not being good but again you would need twenty parts to do it well.

Best advice here is to read the book before either comics or mini-series. It is a shame how literature gets trashed and then forgotten in the modern era.

I felt the same about Lord Of The Rings. Good movies without a doubt and probably couldn't have been done much better. But they don't come close to the book. The biggest fault in this is that now many kids will never read it. Why bother when three movies can do the trick. Shame.

 

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  posted on 9/10/2008 at 07:30 AM
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One of my favorite King short stories.

Haven't seen the movie yet.


Yes, The Mist was absolutely one of my fav short stories, which would explain why I had to see the movie as soon as it came out, something I never really do. With Halloween approaching, you've got a great excuse to check this movie out!

 

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Although all King books are enjoyable reads, I actually think a lot of the ones you name, Desparation, Insominia, The Rgulators, are among his least effective books.



Well, I'd agree that taken by themselves, these aren't the ones that will be jumping off the page at you (although the Regulators had some intense scenes), but remember my "bricks of the tower" qualifier.

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I'm reminded of the scene in, I think it was in The Song of Susanna, where Roland hypnotizes him and tells hims that all of his work shall serve the Tower, either directly or indirectly. That's the stuff I like.

Regarding books to movies - I'm really looking forward to Cell, which I think is coming out next year.

 

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  posted on 9/10/2008 at 08:57 AM
I love Stephen King but have been disappointed by the movies and miniseries and don't make an effort to watch them. While I loved The Stand, I have to admit, It was the only book that has ever really scared me and the Dark Tower series is my favorite work.

My first was 'Salem's Lot and I was hooked.

 

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I don't want to hijack the thread, but since there are some King fans here.....are there any King adapted movies you all like? I really loved Stand By Me, liked Christine just because I am sort of a car guy, loved Misery, like Pet Semetary.....and some others.....but I really really liked The Mist last year....I liked Stephen's ending better, but after getting over the ending in the movie I thought it was very well done....bought it on DVD the day it came out and have watched it 3 times since....especially good on a large HD TV in the dark while using headphones.


Misery was probably the best. The movies can never be as good as the books because King's greatest skill is his internal dialogue, getting into the character's head which is not possible in a film. This is the key to the greatness of such books as the Dead Zone, Cujo and the Stand.

 

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The only reason I read the Stand was because my friend told me some of the lyrics to don't fear the reaper were in it. You had to see my face when I saw the size of the book. I've been hooked ever since.

My favorite character is the Trashcan man...


The name of the book come's from Springsteen's "Jungle Land"

"And the poets down here don't write nothing at all. They just stand back and let it all be. And in the quick of the night they reach for their moment and try to make an honest stand..."

 

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  posted on 9/10/2008 at 09:43 AM
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Misery was probably the best. The movies can never be as good as the books because King's greatest skill is his internal dialogue, getting into the character's head which is not possible in a film. This is the key to the greatness of such books as the Dead Zone, Cujo and the Stand.


I think that often the short stories are better served in film. In a 90-120 minute movie, it's a lot easier to do justice to a 30-80 page story than a 400-800 novel.

I think "Umney's Last Case" would make a good movie. I really liked the premise of that one. Did they try that for the "Nightmares and Dreamscapes" mini-series? My work schedule didn't let me catch any of that, and I didn't yet have a DVR at the time.

One book/story to film that frequently slips under the radar is [Rita Hayworth and] The Shawshank Redemption . . . top-notch.


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One book/story to film that frequently slips under the radar is [Rita Hayworth and] The Shawshank Redemption . . . top-notch.




Yeah, apparently I was sleepy when I posted some of my fav books to movies....The Shawshank Redemption is one of my all-time favs.....and no matter how long it was, I liked The Green Mile too...and Carrie was great for its time.


 

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Misery was probably the best. The movies can never be as good as the books because King's greatest skill is his internal dialogue, getting into the character's head which is not possible in a film. This is the key to the greatness of such books as the Dead Zone, Cujo and the Stand.


I think that often the short stories are better served in film. In a 90-120 minute movie, it's a lot easier to do justice to a 30-80 page story than a 400-800 novel.

I think "Umney's Last Case" would make a good movie. I really liked the premise of that one. Did they try that for the "Nightmares and Dreamscapes" mini-series? My work schedule didn't let me catch any of that, and I didn't yet have a DVR at the time.

One book/story to film that frequently slips under the radar is [Rita Hayworth and] The Shawshank Redemption . . . top-notch.


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Yes. It was. As was Stand by Me (based on the Body from different seasons)

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 05:20 PM
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How the hell can you turn a book that big into comics? It would take 100 of them to even try and do justice to the story.

I agree with the mini-series not being good but again you would need twenty parts to do it well.

Best advice here is to read the book before either comics or mini-series. It is a shame how literature gets trashed and then forgotten in the modern era.

I felt the same about Lord Of The Rings. Good movies without a doubt and probably couldn't have been done much better. But they don't come close to the book. The biggest fault in this is that now many kids will never read it. Why bother when three movies can do the trick. Shame.


its probably being made into a comic book to make the characters more graphic
and larger than life than to change the storey line
i lilked the movie but visually it was weak

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 05:49 PM
Favorite movie based on King's writing would have to be Shawshank Redemption. Then I always liked Christine because my 1st car was a 1958 Plymouth Fury, salmon and white, with push-button transmission. I pretty much enjoy the translation of his novels to film across the board

 

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One book/story to film that frequently slips under the radar is [Rita Hayworth and] The Shawshank Redemption . . . top-notch.




Yeah, apparently I was sleepy when I posted some of my fav books to movies....The Shawshank Redemption is one of my all-time favs.....and no matter how long it was, I liked The Green Mile too...and Carrie was great for its time.




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