About Shawshank I actually think, perhaps it is blasphemous to think so here?, that the movie is better than Kings original story. For me personally i have always thought that the best adaptions of his work have been of stories that doesn't have to much of the supernatural in them if anything at all. Dolores Claiburne, Misery, The Green mile and Stand by me are together with Shawshank my fovorites. The only other one that can enter the list is Carrie and i guess she is the exception to prove the rule. And when i mention Carrie i mean the movie with Sissy Spacek And Piper Laurie in the leads. Travolta did a good job in the role as the bad boy. King has a way with words that makes you believe the thing he writes, at least so long your'e reading. When you see a movie that illusion becomes harder to uphold and that is why i think i like these movies better than say the adaptions of IT or the Mist or some other story. But thats just me. I'm sure other doesn't have this problem.Wasp27 - I have to agree - I am happy that you get joy out of this movie - it's all good (to use my son's expression!) I do not want to add fuel to the fire so I am not taking sides here, I just think it is so good when a book or a movie inspires someone and makes them happy - and I am sure Mr. King is pleased about it as well!