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Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by Ana Moody, Jul 2, 2014.
...awkward dialogue or dated phrasing IMO...
I know I just wanted to throw that out there..... My mistake.
I don't have one but Richard, friend of my family (for over 20 years) thought of one.
He doesn't like how in the earlier books the only characters he made be Vietnam Veterans were also "antagonists, uneducated or otherwise not-nice people."
He did it with a character named Ace in the Hearts In Atlantis book and one earlier novel. Richard said he was "ungodly tempted to write the man and tell him about himself and how I've never been even remotely like that character." He stopped himself at the last minute and let it go.
While he admits to having limited education none of the bullying, nasty, angry Rambo-type veteran is true of him, nor does it ring authentically for any of his veteran friends, one of whom is a psychologist and worked at the VA Hospital.
Richard has a view of Vietnam that I never hear from any but other veterans. He said people refused to give them work if they found out they were about to hire a war veteran. That's why his friend worked for the VA Hospital; he could find work nowhere else. But other than being a bit fanatic about religion, in Richard's opinion, the guy is a good man. And who can really blame a man for being grateful he was given a life after the war when 55,000 people didn't get that chance?
He says SK doesn't do that now in his books, but he did then. He's grown in a different way since Hearts In Atlantis, for which Richard is really glad to see it.
I know what you mean about the cheesy and awkward "second class" adaptations. But weirdly I've grown to enjoy them. I now think of it as a style in itself, with its own demands: Bad acting (number one), studio like settings, funny monsters etc... I think I've seen the best in the genre not so long ago: An 80s adaptation of The Mangler. Oh My, that was something.
Well, I don't mean to seem correcting. I guess I'm just defending the idea that sK isn't necessarily responsible for the movies, which seems to be a misconception sometimes.
Correct. In publishing, the movie rights are hardly are ever kept by the author. They are usually controlled by the author's agent and obviously licensed to the highest bidder. For the not so popular titles, such as early short stories and the like, the demand by major studios is not high, therefore the rights are sold to lesser film companies and the results are the "cheesy" adaptations with poor production qualities and c-list actors.
...and maybe it's just me, but some of these "cheeseball" products that end up on one's TV or in a local cinema are some of the best efforts BECAUSE they are so bad...well done bad, is entertaining to me....
Absolutely! Like the William Castle movies of the 1950s, such as The Tingler.
Everything is King's fault! Oh, wait, that's in another thread, isn't it.....
He's apparently one of those artists people like to distrust. Maybe he's a kinda love-him-or-hate-him type.
....Oh yeah!...bad with a capital "Gack!"...but you just HAD to love it!....another one I lump in there, that was so excruciatingly awful that I've loved it ever since-Them!...
I respectfully disagree about 'Detta Holmes. Having worked in a really bad neighborhood, I think he actually 'channeled' an 'Detta-like spirit and caught her essence perfectly. There is still massive amounts of anger and distrust between cultures for history.
Them is one of my favorite movies lol.
...agreed and understood, I just thought it was pushed to hard...
On another note, like your Avatar!
So I guess you have never played
Especially with Under the Dome - while not an actual movie, it is based on his book.
We watched this together recently (the opening episode of the second season) and when I told him (Andy, my husband that is) Stephen King wrote this episode he said:
"I thought he wrote them all!" which I imagine is the way most people think.
[I had to go back and edit to indicate who the mysterious "him" was ]
p.s. He keeps thinking that I am going to know what will happen next so I had to tell him it is very unlike the original book.