Big Driver

Discussion in 'Full Dark, No Stars' started by jarvi, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. jarvi

    jarvi Member

    Damn, dude. Big Driver is awesome. Not the character, obviously. The story. How has this not been adapted into a movie yet? I see that it's on the list of dollar babies, so Hollywood's asleep at the wheel on this one. Get someone like Bridgett Fonda, Winona Ryder, or Lauren Graham and you have a hell of a revenge thriller. Maybe Helena Bonham Carter. She likes the darker stuff. I kind of hope no one dollar-baby's it. Oh, okay. Thanks, Google. I see that several people have gone and kickstarter'ed Big Driver shorts. Well, good for them. I hope they turn out well. But I feel like this is a feature length film. It needs to play slow and quiet. Kind of like that new Redford movie, All is Lost, this is the chance for some great actress to do a mostly silent film. Internalize all of the
    projected conversations she has with Tom, Fritzy, and Doreen and make the camera and the edit do all the exposition work.
    I digress. Maybe someday someone will tackle this as the awesome revenge flick it could be.

    Unlike 1922, we have a great character to root for. I love that Tess is a woman of simple pleasures and we have to sit in the passenger seat and follow her through the worst couple of days ever. I rooted for her every step of the way.

    The assault is so so so so awful horrible terrible. It was rough. And her descriptions of tending to herself afterward. Good grief. It's all straight-up curl-into-fetal-position stuff. But then following her through the aftermath is riveting. Everything she thought and did felt so real and immediate. I've read elsewhere that some people thought she had too easy of a time dispatching the Driver family, but I think it makes perfect sense. She goes into each situation looking to kill somebody and every one of those people was pretty much in TV-watching mode, not expecting what's coming. I think they'd be pretty easy pickings. Plus, the struggle isn't supposed to be a physical one.
    The best revenge stories are about the internal struggle. The balancing act. This one is too. Although, the mechanics are what pulled me through and kept me so rapt. It's what King's so good at. The logical step by step process of a normal person adapting to crazy situations and giving us the cathartic blow by blow that reality never provides.

    Another shocking thing as I was cruising through online reviews is how many really in depth summaries of the story leave Betsy, the woman from the Stagger Inn, out completely.
    For me, the most horrifying thing in the entire story was her glass eye revelation. It just made me feel sick. It was so ultimately brutal that I wanted Tess to go kill that son of a bitch too. I didn't realize until a few minutes ago how it was a literal representation of the revenge story credo--an eye for an eye. Although, in that case I would have only been satisfied with a life for an eye. But after hearing Betsy's tale, Tess became more than just a woman who sought bloody justice to appease her own sense of shame and humiliation. She was the woman taking revenge against every rapist, every person who condoned it, and everyone who looked the other way. And I loved her for it.

    I love a good revenge tale. And this is a great one.

    My only complaint with the audio book is that the narrator gives Tess a really weird voice. Fragile, almost childlike. I think the voice she used for Betsy would have been a more appropriate Tess.
  2. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    Most of the characters in this story (except Betsy) are scary, on some level - including Tess.

    Tess is so. . self-contained & controlled.
    It's never crossed her mind that The Real Bad Stuff could ever happen to her.
    That truly scares me.
    It doesn't stop me cheering her on, every step of the way, though.

    But I think SK's message in this story (and the rest of the collection) is expect the unexpected.
    Just be aware that it's out there, yeah.

    & all that stuff. .
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  3. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Big Driver is a very brutal and graphic story. I did like it! I think it asks the question of how far can/could you go to have your revenge? I'd like to see a sequel done so we can see how much Tess changes from this horrific occurance. Now there's a story that only SK could do.....
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  4. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Brilliant tale, awesomely descriptive. Love the whole book of tales.
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  5. charmed_one3

    charmed_one3 Active Member

    I love Big Driver, it is my favorite from Full Dark, No Stars. As a woman, I found it a difficult read. It made me think of what I would do if I were in Tess' situation, such a scary thing!

    And I agree, it would be a great film. I love the idea of Lauren Graham as Tess. Lauren Graham is awesome. I also think Kate Beckinsale would be a great Tess too.
  6. ghost19

    ghost19 "Front sight focus."

    Kate Beckinsale would be perfect. Kate Beckinsale IS perfect. Kate Kate Kate Kate Kate....sigh.........:lurve:
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  7. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    Shhhhhhhh, Sunny will hear you.
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  8. KiddDizz

    KiddDizz New Member

    I'm working on Big Driver now as a Dollar Babies film and I WISH Kate Beckinsale would just drop by and volunteer! Auditions are tomorrow night, so maybe if someone has a magic Genie around they can give the ol' lamp a rub and send Kate my way? Thanks!!
  9. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Welcome back to the new board at SKMB @KiddDizz
  10. KiddDizz

    KiddDizz New Member

    Thanks!! I stop by to read a bit from time to time, just haven't posted in a while.
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  11. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I think this new board (since October 31, 2013) is a big improvement over the old one.

    Of course, I was not heavily involved in the "little boards" behind the scenes, so I do not miss those. I guess it is just a case of learning to adapt and not be "set in our ways".
  12. OKKingFan

    OKKingFan Active Member

    Just finished this story. Very good. Gotta love a nice revenge caper, and this would make a good movie. You could pretty much leave everything in and it would work out at a good length.
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  13. ghost19

    ghost19 "Front sight focus."

    Be sure and let me know if she shows up, 'cause I'm immediately heading your way.:)
  14. KiddDizz

    KiddDizz New Member

    I agree, when I finished the first draft of the script it wound up right around a hundred pages, but the contract states it can't be longer than 45 minutes. So I have had to cut some things and combine others. Really hoping to give the story it's due. Not gonna lie, pretty nervous.
  15. notebookgirl

    notebookgirl Well-Known Member

    Listening to this collection in my car on the way to work. I've read it before and I forgot how much I love these stories. So intense. I have been listening on my way to work and actually not turning on the morning show or typical afternoon ride home. It makes me hour commute bearable!

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