The Body

Discussion in 'Different Seasons' started by Kurben, May 28, 2014.

  1. Kurben

    Kurben Well-Known Member

    Seemed a shame not to have a thread where to discuss one of Kings best short (short for King anyway) stories. I guess a Novella is the right word. For me this is the best Novella in the book and rings very true straight through the story. This walk to see a body is making new boys out of them when get home again. And everything they experience rings true. Again, Kings way of handling stories about kids are fantastic and this is one of the best examples of it.
     
  2. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    Love the story and the movie Stand by me.
     
  3. QuasiRus

    QuasiRus Active Member

    Just finished reading it yesterday, amazing thrilling story with lots of powerful images
     
  4. Walter Oobleck

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

    Saw the movie before I read the story. But the premise has always seemed wonky to me either way. Roadkill. Let's go look at roadkill. Human roadkill...or train-kill if you're a purist.
     
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  5. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...lotta King himself in that one I feel...
     
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  6. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Absolutely agree Kurben. I've always loved his writing about kids and the bonds they have and this is one of his very best examples.
     
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  7. Kurben

    Kurben Well-Known Member

    You do? I think it is perfectly in line with human nature. Just think about accidents. Doesn't it gather a group just to look. Perhaps not the nicest trait in human nature but a part of it nevertheless. And when your a child you're closer to that nature somehow. It is like you haven't yet learned how to raise fences around the more not really likeable parts of it. The rules about what you should like and shouldn't like might be there but say to any kid don't do that and there is a temptation to do just that because he wonders why not.
     
  8. Walter Oobleck

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

    Yes. I do.
    Here we have a dead body...that the boys heard about...a dead body that waits for them to make the long walk over hill and pond scum, train trestle and campfire...that part of it seemed wonky. As in, BONG! willing suspension of disbelief takes an 8-count! Makes me want to run off and join the Texas Rangers! Giddy-up! Giddy-up! omm poppa mow mow! Sorry for not being more precise earlier...if you haven't read the story and you're reading this spoiler, beware, to night, the library policeman is going to get your arse! Still not clear? I mean, come on! A human body, lying there dead, for how long before someone calls it in.
     
  9. Kurben

    Kurben Well-Known Member

    See your point but still think it is perfectly believable. You do have to stretch your imagination a bit more with the library police. =D
     
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  10. EMTP513

    EMTP513 Well-Known Member

    I liked that movie too.
     
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  11. Haunted

    Haunted My favorite place

    Not wonky, just the thing I would have set out to look for when I was a kid 'bout that age. Kids are fascinated with the mystery of death, doncha' think? These kids needed to be with each other for their own reasons and to have a central purpose gave them cover.

    I find it most interesting that Mr. King's novellas make the BEST movies. So much story in so few pages?
     
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  12. Walter Oobleck

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

    The wonky comes in with the body being there, already, the boys get wind of it, and the body is there waiting patiently. Don't recall the logistics of that how and why, but you'd think, or I do, that if someone already knew about the boy's body, some guy with a bubble on the seat of his vehicle would be driving the tracks bound for glory.
     
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  13. Tooly

    Tooly Active Member

    It's definitely one of the best of his shorter works that was made into an even better film, imo!
     
  14. raspberry2012

    raspberry2012 Member

    Same here. I read the novella before the movie, and I was incredibly happy with how the movie was handled - I get very persnickety about how King's books are translated into movies, and this was probably the best in my opinion.

    I really loved "Four Seasons" over all, with the exception of "Apt Pupil" - and not because it wasn't written well or anything like that. It was amazing, but it was so unsettling and creepy that I only could only bring myself to read it once. Now, I'm a huge re-reader; I've honestly lost count of how many times I've re-read his books. And I can tell you right now, "Apt Pupil" remains the one King story I've read exactly once, in 1983 when I first read the book. Let's just say, if you take a look at the sweet little girl in my avatar - that's one answer as to why I've never reread it! (I can't take animals being hurt, just can't) Plus, I have a real scare, I guess you could say aversion, to Nazi stuff. It just freaks me out to a huge degree. Not quite a phobia, but it just really gives me the willies. My boyfriend and I go to a lot of antique marts, and if there's a table or a booth with Nazi memorabilia, I just turn around and hotfoot it to another vendor's table! Not too long ago, we were out at a flea market, and one vendor had some flags and patches, etc., and I turned around, ran smack into my boyfriend's stomach (he's a foot taller than me), squeezed past him and kept going. As I was working my way around his side, he looked down and just went, "Nazi memorabilia?" Anyway, too wordy, I know - but that's my history with "Apt Pupil"!
     
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