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Of Stephen King's first 17 novels, everyone has been or is being made into a film or tv miniseries -- two of them being mini series and one of them is supposedly in the works. (see below)
'Approximately ten years ago The Eyes of the Dragon was optioned by a French company but the option collapsed. Currently Steven E. Gordon holds that option and is developing this project for an animated feature.'
The streak begins with his first book Carrie in '74. The next book to not be adapted to film is Dolores Claiborne in '92.
That lucky bastard. I think he might be rich.
― CaptainLorax, Sunday, 25 November 2007 04:04 (5 years ago) Permalink
Dolores Claiborne was made into a movie (or maybe a mini-series?).
― milo z, Sunday, 25 November 2007 04:34 (5 years ago) Permalink
thank you, I missed that when I was looking up several of the first 17 Stephen King novels on wiki. Now I have no idea when his last novel was adapted and I guess I better get back to work :/
― CaptainLorax, Sunday, 25 November 2007 04:42 (5 years ago) Permalink
Gerald's Game (1992) is a novel by Stephen King. It stands as one of the few properties in King's work that hasn't been adapted for television or film, possibly because the lead actress would be required to be naked or near-naked for most of the film, and the disturbing themes of necrophilia.
That means, uh, his first 18 novels have been or are being adabted to television or film.
I don't know if this gerald's game is any good but seeing a naked chick for a whole film seems kinda cool
― CaptainLorax, Sunday, 25 November 2007 04:53 (5 years ago) Permalink
after reading what that book's about, I change my mind, bleh. stephen king takes the fun out of sex.
― CaptainLorax, Sunday, 25 November 2007 05:02 (5 years ago) Permalink
somebody asked about his books with Peter Straub- The Talisman and Black House. both are up there with his best work, if you like SK then they're pretty much essential.
― darraghmac, Sunday, 25 November 2007 06:07 (5 years ago) Permalink
Dude's probably roffling this morning.
― Rock Hardy, Monday, 17 December 2007 16:37 (5 years ago) Permalink
i just saw "an apt pupil" the other night - bonkers film, really good.
― CharlieNo4, Monday, 17 December 2007 17:58 (5 years ago) Permalink
Does anyone know which book the story "Rock & Roll Heaven" is in? cuz I just read that recently and it was corny and fricken terrifying at the same time.
I don't like his novels that much but I think his short stories are very good.
― DustinR, Monday, 17 December 2007 21:06 (5 years ago) Permalink
That's in Nightmares and Dreamscapes and it's called something like, "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band." (I just looked at my copy of the book to double check, walked across the house, and already not sure of exact story title...)
― Sara R-C, Monday, 17 December 2007 21:40 (5 years ago) Permalink
got Different Seasons for a buck tonight - is the Shawshank novella better than the movie?
― milo z, Friday, 29 February 2008 03:59 (5 years ago) Permalink
Yes, I think it is.
― Lostandfound, Friday, 29 February 2008 04:29 (5 years ago) Permalink
As are "The Body" and "Apt Pupil". (The other story hasn't been filmed, afaik.)
― Lostandfound, Friday, 29 February 2008 04:31 (5 years ago) Permalink
The Shawshank novella is better than the movie, but then again I hate the movie.
― Eric H., Friday, 29 February 2008 04:38 (5 years ago) Permalink
An adaptation of the winter story could be one of the strangest, most beautiful films ever if done right.
― Eric H., Friday, 29 February 2008 04:39 (5 years ago) Permalink
Dreamcatcher II: The Poopening
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 29 February 2008 04:42 (5 years ago) Permalink
"Apt Pupil" is probably my favorite of the King novellas - the movie was really disappointing though. The Long Walk ranks pretty high too.
I got way into Stephen King when I was pretty young, like fourth grade. My parents were always into me reading whatever, which is kind of funny when they would later freak out about dirty movies or music - I read way crazier stuff in King books when I was 10. I loved the Bachman books, Different Seasons, Skeleton Crew, and a lot of the early novels but stopped reading new ones probably around The Tommyknockers, which I tried a couple of times but never got into.
A lot of the short stories and the parts of The Stand and Needful Things about society falling apart and people turning on each other and utter chaos breaking out are some of my favorite things ever.
― joygoat, Friday, 29 February 2008 04:48 (5 years ago) Permalink
I love love love how pretty much everyone in the world dies in the first part of The Stand. I'm sure this means I'm a sociopath or something.
Also echoing the preference for the novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption over the film. And of the four novellas in Different Seasons, The Body has always been my favorite. I've always thought I was alone in that opinion.
― Sara R-C, Friday, 29 February 2008 05:24 (5 years ago) Permalink
I was in a hardcore band in junior high school called The Stand. I still have the tapes.
― If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Friday, 29 February 2008 05:29 (5 years ago) Permalink
<i>So, I need some easy summer reading, and I thought I'd try some Stephen King for the first time -- any recommendations?
More specifically, I kinda fancy checking out "The Stand" because the Lost writers keep name-dropping it -- is it worth it (it's long!) and should I read the old/short or new/long version?
-- Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 20:47 (9 months ago) Link</i>
Ha, I finally finished reading this today! It's only taken me, what, 8 months? (I did take several breaks.)
Thanks for the recommendation, though. What an awesome book.
― Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 04:06 (5 years ago) Permalink
So glad you enjoyed it!
― Sara R-C, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 06:05 (5 years ago) Permalink
this is kind of unrelated to the revious posts but you what's really weird about "It"? that scene towards the end where the kids are in the sewer, just about to fight It, and the girl suddenly asks all the boys to "stick their things" in her. WHA?
i guess it's because to fight the ultimate evil they have to kind of lose their innocence or something, but man does it come out of nowhere
― latebloomer, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 06:11 (5 years ago) Permalink
I always interpreted that as being part of Stephen King's problem with winding stories up. The endings of his books just don't quite work a lot of the time.
So no, you're not the only person who thinks that part of It is kind of... off.
― Sara R-C, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 06:24 (5 years ago) Permalink
Although now that I think about it, isn't that scene AFTER they have fought It and they are lost in the sewers? And then suddenly after that scene, they realize where they are and are able to find their way back...?
― Sara R-C, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 06:26 (5 years ago) Permalink
I should go look at my copy of the book, but I think it's the one with the Stephen King Trying To Look Cool With His Guitar author photo, and I just can't look at that very often.
― Sara R-C, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 06:29 (5 years ago) Permalink
On the subject of sadism, there does seem a fair bit of it in The Stand -- all those loving descriptions of (often quite sympathetic) characters' heads being shot/torn to pieces. etc. I mean, when people die in the novel, they really die. (Although I assume that also be a horror novel convention -- this is the first horror novel I've read, if you exclude a forgotten James Herbert book I skimmed when I was 12.)
I ended up reading the unabridged version, which I'm quite happy about, although I did skim occasionally (cf. the Trashcan Man and Abigail chapters). But there's so much plot, and so many great set pieces, it more-or-less justifies the length.
― Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 07:15 (5 years ago) Permalink
So many creepy genuinely terrifying images in "It". Like when they're looking through an old photo book and the pictures come to life, grainy and choppy like an old movie... they see the clown in one and he suddenly runs across the street, and thrusts his face right into the camera, his nose pressed up against the cellophane covering the photo.
― ledge, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 13:14 (5 years ago) Permalink
Ha, I think having read my first Stephen King novel, I think it's ruined fiction for me forever. I keep starting books and thinking, "Well, this is good, but it's no The Stand."
Anyway, I picked up Night Shift, Cell, Christine and Cujo for five bucks from my local store to compensate. Are Christine and Cujo really that bad? The first chapters are pretty engrossing. I'm also shopping for Pet Sematary. I'm gonna keep away from It and Misery based on the fact that I know their stories from the movie/mini-series already.
― Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 24 July 2008 17:33 (4 years ago) Permalink
The ponderous John A Macdonald intro to Night Shift is hilarious:
"In another story he demonstrates his good ear, the ring of exactness and truth he can give dialogue... Nice. It looks so simple. Just like brain surgery.the knife has an edge. You hold it so. And cut."
― Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 24 July 2008 17:37 (4 years ago) Permalink
night shift has good stories in it. never read cell, can't imagine it's that good. cujo was alright. IT is very good, at least the first 3/4. The Shining is excellent; Misery is good; all those early Bachman books are good.
― akm, Thursday, 24 July 2008 17:40 (4 years ago) Permalink
A friend of mine is reading and reviewing all of King's novels in order:
― Neil S, Thursday, 24 July 2008 17:42 (4 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, Chuck, you'll miss out on a LOT if you don't read IT and Misery, storywise. IT, in particular, has subplots and relationships that a two-part TV movie could not possibly have touched on or achieved.
― Pancakes Hackman, Thursday, 24 July 2008 17:45 (4 years ago) Permalink
the relationships and backstories were the best part of IT actually. it lost me when it got to the turtle and shit, I was like, what? but king worked best with characters, etc, those have always been the strongest parts of his books. I guess maybe he's written a lot of things like that in recent years but life is too short for me to take the chance on them.
Oh I really liked "the talisman". I think that's a good companion to the Stand.
― akm, Thursday, 24 July 2008 17:59 (4 years ago) Permalink
This is the conventional wisdom, and it's probably been said more than once upthread, but there was a time when SK was both insanely prolific and reliably good. But that was a long time ago, and the quality of his work has been declining ever since. His eak years were the mid to late 70s: Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, Dead Zone, The Long Walk and the stories collected in Night Shift. All good to great.
Over the 80s (the peak of his popularity and productivity), he became much more inconsistent and defined by his most well-known stylistic tics. There's excellent stuff here: Cujo, The Gunslinger, The Running Man, Pet Sematary, It, Misery, Needful Things, The Dark Half, many of the stories in Different Seasons, Skeleton Crew and Four Past Midnight. But there's also a lot of filler: Firestarter, Christine, Eyes of the Dragon, The Tommyknockers, the contunuation of the Dark Tower series, collaborations and cash-ins of every imaginable sort.
Since then, little of any real interest. He's always been readable and engaging, even at his worst, but his writing seems to have lost its focus and its animating spark. Haven't made it more than halfway through a King book in ages, and that's a shame. On the other hand, maybe it says more about me than it does about his writing. I dunno.
― contenderizer, Thursday, 24 July 2008 18:51 (4 years ago) Permalink
"eak years" hee
― contenderizer, Thursday, 24 July 2008 18:52 (4 years ago) Permalink
I heard Dolores Claiborne was also good.
Needful Things is so unrelentingly grim and awesome!
― HI DERE, Thursday, 24 July 2008 18:53 (4 years ago) Permalink
I might have said this upthread, but I re-read Misery a couple of years ago and I was literally on the edge of my seat. And I pretty much knew what was going to happen. So don't miss that one.
― Sara R-C, Thursday, 24 July 2008 19:12 (4 years ago) Permalink
i do think king's prolificness (prolificity? prolificoshiousness?) has damaged his reputation in the long run; imagine if he'd stopped after Misery or IT.
― akm, Thursday, 24 July 2008 19:18 (4 years ago) Permalink