I have recently started reading novels by Stephen King and I must say that they really are page turners. I have been considering them for a while and ever since I picked up Carrie from the library I have been hooked. Great character development, plot, and creepiness throughout. I have been working my way through pretty much in order of publication. I really liked ‘Salem’s Lot (a terrific vampire nail-biter). The Shining just creeped me out (I have never seen the Jack Nicholson movie… I dunno if I will).
I am now making my way through the 1100+ page uncut, unedited version of The Stand. While spending a lot of time backstage in the last play I was in, I was only starting on the post-apocalyptic novel. An apocalypse brought upon by a strain of (now isn’t this ironic) a superflu…OH, GREAT! The survivors of the epidemic make their way from various points of the country to Colorado. Some of these make their way via I-80/90 through my neck of the woods. Archbold, Maumee, and even little Columbia are mentioned. I am in the 800s so I am nearing the climax and good thing with the next play starting rehearsals Thursday night.
Intriguingly, one of Mr. King’s short stories is no longer to be found on the open market which only increases my desire to hunt down a copy. Following the rash of high school shootings in the late 1990s, the novelist himself made the decision to pull Rage from publication. The plot was a little too close to the tragic events.
Suspenseful, page turners all. I have seen a few of the other movies adapted from the books: Firestarter and Christine years ago; The Running Man (starring the Governator); The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, of course. However, I rarely prefer a movie adaptation to the original novel.