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As Much As I Liked This Book...

Discussion in 'The Stand' started by Dennis Jagged, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. Dennis Jagged

    Dennis Jagged Member

    ... I could not stand Fran. I imagine this has been beaten to death already, but her general attitude stunk on ice. For example, Stu wasn't worthy to feel what she thought was the baby kicking for the first time (as he wasn't the biological father) , but when Mother sent him to Las Vegas she said:

    "For God's sake I'm going to have a baby..." and more or less made the baby Stu's responsibility; yet she drew an invisible line. That, and of course her more than blatant blasphemy at Mother's death bed.

    Her condescending, conceited and snooty (albeit stereotypical) New England persona was brought into very sharp relief, and was well done. But I couldn't stand her.

    Now I absolutely loved Dana, Lucy, hell - I even liked Nadine to a certain degree. But Fran.. blech.
  2. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Welcome! I actually think Fran is one of King's strongest female characters. Molly Ringwald's portrayal in the miniseries is another matter. There's derision on that topic with SKMB members. I thought Molly did a good job. Others don't.
  3. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    I'm not a fan of this book at all and Fran is one of the main reasons.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

  5. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    I liked her in 'Pretty In Pink'.
  6. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    I liked her in nothing.
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  7. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member


    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...she has eyes and ears everywhere old friend!....
  9. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    I prefer her fully clothed. ;;D
  10. chief4db

    chief4db When it doubt, run!

    Not even in the breakfast club?
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  11. Dennis Jagged

    Dennis Jagged Member

    Molly Ringwald gets on my single solitary nerve, as well. Having her act as Fran brought it all into sharper relief.
  12. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Love that movie but not her. Ally Sheedy is my girl in that one.
  13. Anduan Pirate Princess

    Anduan Pirate Princess Well-Known Member

    :snicker: I know exactly what you mean. She was far from my favorite character. A bit of a snob, honestly.
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  14. Tilly

    Tilly Well-Known Member

    This is one of the gazillion reasons they need to figure out a way to do this novel justice. Take more than one movie like Kill Bill. Something. Anything. That mini series doesn't cut it for me.
  15. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    I’m with you. Totally.
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  16. Tilly

    Tilly Well-Known Member

    I like Ringwald. I like Fran. Ringwald helped that lame adaptation and it still sucked.
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  17. Dennis Jagged

    Dennis Jagged Member

    Man you ain't kidding. God couldn't have miracled that thing's way out of suckage.
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  18. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    I never liked fran either, in fact for most of the book reading about her was annoying and tedious for me, that only changed towards the end but I still didn't like her.

    As for molly, I've said it before on here I'm sure, I think the criticism of her is too harsh, ok she wasn't great but (in my opinion) the only person who was great in it was Gary Sinise playing stu and possibly the guy who played lloyd hendreid. Kathy bates was as good as you'd expect from a fantastic actor such as her but her part was so small you could hardly count it. For me, the actors who played Flagg, Harold, trashy, kojak's owner (whose name I can't remember) and many others in the mini series were as bad as or worse than molly ringwald.
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  19. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Glen. And I forgot Kathy Bates was in the series. Now I remember. Gary was wonderful.
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  20. Tilly

    Tilly Well-Known Member

    Absolutely. As far as casting the only ones who rang true were Stu and Moon guy. I've tried to remove the mini series from my memory. It really missed what my mind did with this story. This was my first King Novel and I loved it. Molly Ringwald was not the problem. While Fran was, well Fran. She survived and was a character. I might have said this before..casting Tom Cruise as Lestat hurt my relationship with that book series. If they'd do The Stand justice, I'd forgive them. The book needs to be produced right. They have the technology.
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