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Discussion in 'The Running Man' started by Jojo87, Nov 5, 2013.
wow ! that was better than the movie ...thanks
"Hello cutie pie. One of us is in DEEP trouble"
Not hard to do since it was the worst book adaptation ever. A shame. I bought the book before the big reveal about who really wrote it and thought it was great. I was looking for more by Bachman. When I heard the movie was coming out I ran to see it. Why would anyone buy the rights to a work like that just to piss all over it?
...that there's funny...
I enjoyed the film, arnie all over. I take the 2 as seperate identities and try not to think of them as 1 an the same.
The adaption inconsistencies were never a problem for me because the movie came out when I was a youngster and I had seen it and enjoyed it at least 5 times before I even knew it came from a story.....or ever read a Stephen King book for that matter. So I had no problem liking it....but I always loved Arnie's big dumb action flicks of that era anyways.
By the time I read the story 10 years later the two didn't even need to be connected in my mind. Like Paul said, I always viewed them as separate entities completely.
I'm currently reading The Running Man, about thirty pages in, and so far there are huge differences between the two. I totally agree with looking at them like two separate entities.
I don't have the empirical knowledge to dispute this, but I must note here that I've read Starship Troopers and seen the abomination that was the movie. As I watched it, I thought I could actually hear Heinlein spinning in his grave.
Here is a quote from Stephen King about The Running Man adaptation:
'The Running Man' (1987)
Based on: "The Running Man" (1982; published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman)
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
"[My version of protagonist Ben Richards] is about as far from the Arnold Schwarzenegger character in the movie as you can get." - From an introduction included in the 1999 re-printing of his 1985 novel "The Long Walk"
What does Stephen King think of all those Stephen King movies?
I don't have time to get through all this now, but I couldn't agree more with his comments on The Shining. "Screaming dishrag." Lol, and such.
Okay, I don't have the time to move through this, but he really did a good job on research, and I couldn't agree more with the Stand By Me comments.
And his quiet approvals of Shawshank and Green Mile are nice.