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Discussion in 'The Stand' started by Lisey Landon, Dec 19, 2013.
In my case I believe my bias must be deep enough for me to be a major sK fan while still subconsciously assuming I won't like his stuff. I'm convinced sK detractors have a personal prejudice about him, for whatever reason but it's probably due to fear which is whence all prejudices emerge. This conviction proceeds then to explain to me all criticisms of him which prove to be inaccurate or outright lies, including that of the literary elite, who's great mouths continue to be forced shut by the relentless truth of sK's genius and by common sense.
I'm always amazed by the number of people who absolutely don't believe me when I tell them one of their favorite movies, Shawshank Redemption or Green Mile usually, was originally written by Stephen King. Off they go to Google to see if I'm pulling their leg, then they just say something like "I just can't believe he wrote that book." You would think the world's best selling author would garner a little more respect than someone "not believing" he could write a best seller that turned into a hit movie. I bet they know about the damn Twilight movies though....friggin frack fracking......
I'm just eternally grateful not be living inside some people's heads.
Exactly what I was thinking! Frankly, I didn't care for Frannie in either the book or the movie. In my opinion, she just was not likable at all. But I loved the book anyway, and other characters were much more interesting.
...Frannie, despite her cloying ways, was an icon of femininity as related to that time and the world in which Steve grew up...
Hide redeemable Monopoly money throughout the book? Oh, this is a good idea! $500 bill=$5, $1 bill=$0.01, etc., (after a brief Reading Check, of course! )
She's a film director? Then she knows not everything can be included in a movie adapted from a book; with The Stand (I'm talking about the unabridged version, yes?) so much was left out. Someone mentioned going through the Lincoln Tunnel, in the book that's TRUE HORROR. The words build up horrific pixs in the reader's mind....and the characters from the book were all dimensioned not the cardboard profiles seen in the movie.
Please keep us up to date here, this is an important intervention.
tie him/her down and make them read the first couple of pages , that should do the trick!!
Unless they like to get tied up, which could indeed become interesting - but you could read it aloud to them anyway
NEVER force someone to read something they don't want to. Even SK's work.
Hi Neil W and welcome to SKMB. I think that they do not want to FORCE anything on anyone. The person just feels so enthusiastic and wants to share their enjoyment. But if people resist your efforts I think there comes a point where you should just give up.
I heard that Barbara Kingsolver's book "The Poisonwood Bible" was great. I bought it from a book club and then regretted doing so. It was just not my 'cup of tea' Others thought it was very good, so to each his own.
I actually told her I had asked for your advice on the board. She is still not interested in The Stand, but she is currently reading Carrie, so I am hoping she will become a total SK addict, like me.
I will absolutely keep you updated!
Of course not! The goal is to make her want to read it
Why not hold off with the Stand for a little while? In the meantime you feed her Stephen King-interest by giving her other books by King. IT, Salems Lot for example. During that time she might realise that The Stand is worth at least a look. And if you once start on The Stand you're hooked.
I tried posting the following to How can I convince my friend to read this book? | The StephenKing.com Message Board, but was directed to start in the Nwebies forum:
I read "The Dead Zone" after seeing the movie, and still enjoyed the book. But that was a good movie version of the book. The mini-series of "The Stand" was not good: the sets were cheap, Flagg's glowing eyes couldn't have been less frightening, and far too "clean" a production: there's nothing realistic about 10 different camera angles in each scene, and reality is what must be established before horror can occur. I understand your friend's reluctance to "waste her time" on what appears will be a very generic horror story. To anyone who hasn't read or seen "The Stand:" read it first, then wait for the next movie version.
moved it for you. Welcome.
Audio book....that's how a "I hate to read"-er (me) got to enjoy a lot of SK.
My 40 min commute, where I did all my "reading" turned to 40 seconds a while back. Now I'm way behind.
Catching up will be fun.
Suggest that she listen to the Audio, maybe she will come to a point that will spark an interest and want to pick up the book. Just a thought.