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Stephen King - 24/3/2006 5:40:43 PM   
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What's everyones favourite King book? My choice - It.

Scary, but also so beautiful in its tale of the 7 kids coming together as a gang.

Nevermind the shite film adaptation, it could still be a great film. This is who I would cast:

Bill - Matt Damon
Ben - Joaquin Phoenix
Beverley - Evangeline Lilly
Ritchie - Ryan Reynolds
Eddie - Giovanni Ribisi
Mike - Harold Perrinaeu

Pennywise - Willem Dafoe

Any other thoughts on casting?

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RE: Stephen King - 24/3/2006 5:45:44 PM   
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I love IT, the most beautiful book I've ever read about childhood friendship (Beverly Marsh I love you).
 
My favourite would have to be The Stand, great characters and a haunting premise.

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RE: Stephen King - 24/3/2006 5:50:30 PM   
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Right, my favourite books are (in no particular order):

IT
Needful Things
The Stand
The Talisman
Pet Semetary
The following stories from Night Shift - The Mangler Gray Matter, The Lawnmower Man and Quitters Inc

There were rumours that The Talisman was going to be made into a film, I hope not as I really can't see how it can be made into a decent film as it is such a complex book.

Funnily enough I was rooting through my Stepehn King books the other day and have now got the urge to start reading them all over again.  Might start with IT or Needful Things



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RE: Stephen King - 24/3/2006 6:06:26 PM   
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dark tower series
misery
insomnia
needful things
rose madder

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RE: Stephen King - 24/3/2006 6:11:08 PM   
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I read a while back that there was going to be another IT television series, focusing on Beverly's character.
 
Not sure what came of that.

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RE: Stephen King - 24/3/2006 7:01:26 PM   
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I love Gerald's Game and Rose Madder and Needful Things. The film version of Needful Things was awful!

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RE: Stephen King - 24/3/2006 7:54:35 PM   
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Difficult one. 'It' would be up there (and personally the one piece of casting I had no problem with in the adaptation was Tim Curry as Pennywise). More so would be Salem's Lot. Dead Zone may be his best writing - along with the wonderful The Long Walk.

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RE: Stephen King - 24/3/2006 7:56:23 PM   
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Salem's Lot is great and one of the reasons I so desperately wanted to go (and went) to Salem 

I (thankfully) missed the film version of Needful Things. 


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RE: Stephen King - 24/3/2006 8:14:10 PM   
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Salem? For Jerusalem's Lot?

I guess, though, they have a ton of tourist stuff on the witch trials? It would be interesting to see if they have a museum on it.

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RE: Stephen King - 24/3/2006 8:19:41 PM   
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Difficult one. 'It' would be up there (and personally the one piece of casting I had no problem with in the adaptation was Tim Curry as Pennywise). More so would be Salem's Lot. Dead Zone may be his best writing - along with the wonderful The Long Walk.


Yep... The Long Walk is his best short story ever, just edging out The Float (from Skeleton Crew), I reckon.

I loved The Talisman (credit to Peter Straub also...). Has anyone read the follow up? I have it on my shelves to read, but haven't got around to it yet.

I also loved...

The Tommyknockers (awful film)
Pet Semetary (OK film)
Insomnia
Rose Madder
Bag of Bones
Misery
It
The Shining
Christine
Dolores Claibourne
Thinner (as Bachman)
The Dark Half

I didn't like...

The Regulators (Desperation was OK)
Eyes of the Dragon (too much preoccupation with 'boogers')
The Stand (I really don't understand the popularity)
Needful Things (worst end to a King book ever....how the feck were those flowers so powerful... a real Deux et Machina..)

His Tower Series... I never got past volume 2... nothing happened and I got bored.

His short stories... some gems among them, like the obvious ones that the films 'Shawshank' and 'Stand By Me' were made from, but on the whole I must admit I find them very disappointing on the wgole.

I have his last 6 hardbacks on my shelf to read... and have ordered Cell, but I have to be in the mood, and I think he's become more and more verbose with age, without really adding much to the story...

Still to Read

Hearts in Atlantis
The Girl who Loved Ton Gordon
Everything's Eventual
Black House (with Peter Straub)
From a Buick 8
Dreamcatcher

I just spotted a novel called 'The Colorado Kid' on Amazon, but know nothing about it...

Any reviews and opinions of the books I have yet to read would be appreciated. 

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RE: Stephen King - 25/3/2006 2:28:14 AM   
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I liked:

Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile
The Stand
It
Christine
Trucks
The Long Walk

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RE: Stephen King - 25/3/2006 8:31:27 AM   
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The Stand (I really don't understand the popularity)



(Gasp!!)

The Stand is amazing. So many memorable characters, a compelling story. It's very pro-Christian now that I look back on it but it's the King's best (in my opinion).


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RE: Stephen King - 25/3/2006 11:52:29 AM   
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Good forum idea!

My favourite Stephen King book is also IT and have just recently bought it on hard back so can't wait to start it again.
Other favourite (in no order)

The Stand
Dark Tower (1-3) haven't read past 3 yet
Insomnia
Bag of Bones
Pet Sematary
The Shining
Misery
Carrie (first one i read)

Two i was disapointed in

The Girl who loved Tom Gordon
Geralds Game

Has/Is any one read/reading "Cell" yet and is it any good?

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RE: Stephen King - 25/3/2006 12:11:15 PM   
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The Stand (I really don't understand the popularity)



(Gasp!!)

The Stand is amazing. So many memorable characters, a compelling story. It's very pro-Christian now that I look back on it but it's the King's best (in my opinion).



With you on this one!  I know that it is not to everyone's taste but I loved it.  Really getting into a Stephen King mood now


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RE: Stephen King - 25/3/2006 1:20:10 PM   
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Anyone read Desperation?

That started off sooo good then just nose-dived into King cliche.

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RE: Stephen King - 25/3/2006 3:11:47 PM   
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I agree on Desperation - sorry to see that getting the mini-series treatment when I found the twin, The Regulators, much more interesting.

Tom Gordon was interesting I thought.

For the rest of DB's list, they are far from King's best although Dreamcatcher has its moment - bit of It, bit of Tommyknockers.

No great stories in Hearts in Atlantis - and the main one felt unfinished - ditto Everything's Eventual. From a Buick 8 has some nice moments, but nothing new.

The Black House is different to the Talisman, and not, I think, as good. But a step up from a lot of King's latest stuff because, I guess, of Straub, who I think is often a better actual writer. If that makes sense! Mystery is one of my favourite books.

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RE: Stephen King - 25/3/2006 3:49:59 PM   
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Isn't it funny how people like different stuff?

I quite liked Desperation, but not The Refulators.

I also agree with James74 on Gerald's Game...... I can't believe I left it off of my 'disappointed' list. It's his worst book ever in my humble opinion. I have tried to read it on several occasions, but haven't got past page 80, as it's just so boring.... the only King book I've given up on. With King, invariably his endings are disappointing and seem rushed, but on the whole you enjoy getting there.

Thanks elab, for the info on the King books I haven't read.

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RE: Stephen King - 25/3/2006 6:07:48 PM   
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Has/Is any one read/reading "Cell" yet and is it any good?


yes! its a good return to form 8/10

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RE: Stephen King - 25/3/2006 6:09:39 PM   
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Has/Is any one read/reading "Cell" yet and is it any good?


yes! its a good return to form 8/10

Excellent!  Looking forward to reading that!


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RE: Stephen King - 25/3/2006 7:55:37 PM   
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Salem? For Jerusalem's Lot?

I guess, though, they have a ton of tourist stuff on the witch trials? It would be interesting to see if they have a museum on it.


Salem, Massachusetts, is chock full of witch museums and the ilk. My sis wouldn't let me go to them.

Anywayyyyy, back on topic....

My fave Stephen Kings books are probably The Shining, The Stand, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The Body (aka Stand By Me), and Rita Hayworth & Shawshank Redemption.

I thought Needful Things was absolute rubbish, I'm afraid.

Dreamcatcher wasn't brilliant but it was faaaar better than the film.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is brilliant until the end, which just ruins the whole thing.

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RE: Stephen King - 25/3/2006 8:03:41 PM   
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Salem? For Jerusalem's Lot?

I guess, though, they have a ton of tourist stuff on the witch trials? It would be interesting to see if they have a museum on it.


Salem, Massachusetts, is chock full of witch museums and the ilk. My sis wouldn't let me go to them.


Awww that's a shame, the main witch museum was excellent.  It was really weird seeing all the graves as well and how the supposed witches died


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RE: Stephen King - 27/3/2006 1:21:51 PM   
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Salem's Lot, It and The Stand are probably my favourites.  i actually also really enjoyed Desperation and Pet Semetary.

on the other hand, i couldn't stand Dreamcatcher.  i thought it started fairly well but then tailed off horribly. I also thought Insomnia was pretty dreadful.  The plot was laughable, and also incredibly boring. 

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RE: Stephen King - 13/6/2006 12:25:21 PM   
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No great stories in Hearts in Atlantis - and the main one felt unfinished



I felt a lot of frustration reading this one. Especially since I found the Hearts-story somewhat moving, describing nut only a generation's but a country's loss of innocence. But it felt unfinished and I wished he would have focused on this story instead of writing the other three. Especially the first one with its references to the Dark Tower.

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RE: Stephen King - 13/6/2006 2:31:21 PM   
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My first King book was It, which I read shortly after I saw the movie for the first time at a childrens birthday...(well yeah nevermind ). Didn't like the movie too much, but the book was great.

My favourites are...
Insomnia
Needful Things
Sara
Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile
and the short stories

I didn't read any of the recent books...after about 40 King books I stopped and had to change my reading habit  think I might enjoy another King in the future.
Any recommendations on which to choose - this way please!

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RE: Stephen King - 13/6/2006 2:54:24 PM   
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I love Stephen King books!

I've read:

Different Seasons
Misery
IT
Carrie
Insomnia
The Stand
Thinner
The Dark Half
The Shining
Dreamcatcher
Pet Sematary

Some of his work is pretty trashy (The Dark Half anyone?) but some of it is truly amazing.

the two books that really blew me away were The Stand and IT. Both masterpieces in my opinion.

It's such a shame that his books get adapted into such shite films and TV shows. The poor guy. Must make him livid and depressed.

Really want to read the Dark Tower series - looks like his best work yet!

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RE: Stephen King - 14/6/2006 3:36:21 PM   
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I love IT, the most beautiful book I've ever read about childhood friendship (Beverly Marsh I love you).
 
My favourite would have to be The Stand, great characters and a haunting premise.


I'd almost forgotten about that one. Brilliant book that felt a little different than his others if you ask me. Also love Pet Semetary, The Shining, Christine and especially Misery.

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RE: Stephen King - 14/6/2006 11:19:13 PM   
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I love Stephen King books!

I've read:

Different Seasons
Misery
IT
Carrie
Insomnia
The Stand
Thinner
The Dark Half
The Shining
Dreamcatcher
Pet Sematary

Some of his work is pretty trashy (The Dark Half anyone?) but some of it is truly amazing.

the two books that really blew me away were The Stand and IT. Both masterpieces in my opinion.

It's such a shame that his books get adapted into such shite films and TV shows. The poor guy. Must make him livid and depressed.

Really want to read the Dark Tower series - looks like his best work yet!


tbird I totally agree about some of the film adaptations of his films.  I totally loved reading The Stand and IT is my favourite, i rented the The Stand on DVD, i couldn't watch it because it was so bad.  I didn't mind the film IT even though its about 4 hours long, however i saw it again recently and its not aged well.
The Dark Tower series is amazing im my opinion.  I have read the first three books and hope to start reading the fourth soon. I think it has some of the best characters Stephen King has ever created.


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RE: Stephen King - 17/6/2006 10:07:53 PM   
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the shining is his best

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RE: Stephen King - 5/7/2006 1:21:34 PM   
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Could have sworn I'd already posted on this thread?!  Oh well...

Thought I'd bump it as it's inspired me to finally get The Stand (breeze block sized uncut edition) that I bought a few years ago off the shelf and read it.  About 400 pages in and so far, so good!!!  I did see the first half of the mini-series when it came out and recall liking it but not much else about it, so I may seek it out when I've finished the book (is it on DVD in the UK??).

Personally I liked Hearts in Atlantis, especially the title story (I spent an awful lot of my college life playing hearts.  No war tho!!!).  Film was a huge disappointment tho...

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RE: Stephen King - 5/7/2006 2:31:58 PM   
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Only one person mentioned Bag of Bones - come on guys, its a great read

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