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Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

Discussion in 'Different Seasons' started by Aloysius Nell, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    Poor Red. Poor Andy. They had no thread so I decided to make one.

    The best story (by a hair over The Body) in this collection. I do like the movie, of course, but I'm one of the few who felt it could have been done a little better. Unlike The Green Mile, for example, which was cinematic perfection.

    My favorite thing about this story is the narrative voice. So matter of fact; descriptive without being wordy; profound without being self-important. You can easily believe it was written by an intelligent, but uneducated, long-time prisoner. This is why I keep coming back to Stephen King. He's the man with a million voices; he just happens to write them down!
     
  2. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I wish we knew more about the process of writing. There's nothing in The Library to indicate inspiration, that sort of thing, not for this one. But it isn't inspiration so much as it is the creative process as in how much of the story was in his head maybe on one of those long walks he takes. If you reduce the story to a few lines of major plot points what does that say about the creative process? Considering what King writes in On Writing...something about outlines...that stories based on an outline are never good. And I might have that wrong so don't quote me but that's how I remember it. I'm sure if I have it wrong someone will be along to spank me. I'd guess that much of this story, the major points anyway, were there swimming around on the surface and the assorted details had to be fished out one by one. And maybe by 'major points' there are/were nothing more than a line or two that could describe the story.
     
  3. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I'm not old enough to have worked in a prison of the type in Shawshank, but I do work in one now-and not much has changed in "the vibe", he nailed the atmosphere...
     
  4. novelwriter

    novelwriter Member

    I have read this story before. This is a great one! =D The book club chose these novellas to do first and I am happy with that. I am still reading this. The narration is great in the book.
     
  5. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Yes, SK dug deep for this one, and it shows.
     

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