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Differences between the serialized and the one-volume versions?

Discussion in 'The Green Mile' started by Genug, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. Genug

    Genug Member

    Hello.
    So far I haven't found any place that would offer the answer to that question. In the afterword of Volume 6, published in 1996, St. King discusses the possibility of making a single-volume version of The Green Mile, wondering how he could lose the installments element. So I'd really like to know how he made it in the end: how far did he alter the original text (including the various goofs he was aware he made in the making)? Thanks in advance . . .
     
  2. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Good question! I never read it in serialized form, only as a single volume. Perhaps Bev Vincent can tell us if there were significant changes?
     
  3. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    I don't have a copy to easily compare. It would mean physically taking each version and doing that which I do not have time to do but perhaps someone else here has an answer for you.
     
  4. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    I don't think there were many changes other than a couple of continuity error corrections -- like Percy's magical third hand -- but I've never done a page-by-page comparison.
     
  5. Genug

    Genug Member

    Thanks to the Look Inside feature on Amazon.co.uk regarding a 1999 Orion edition (978-0752826752), I could get a glimpse of the introduction, and indeed St. King writes he finally did very little changes -- and wishes he'd rewrite the whole thing. Indeed that edition even reprints the afterword of volume 6, where the author wonders if and how he'll ever publish a one-volume version . . . /:-\
     
  6. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...as Bev said, nothing big-but certainly the omnibus volume-lost the excitement of the originals monthly releases....
     
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  7. Genug

    Genug Member

    All right then, thanks for sharing your thoughts -- and I guess I'll stick to the six volumes version.
     
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  8. Genug

    Genug Member

    For information, Rocky Wood labels the omnibus version as an altered version of the serialized novel.
     
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  9. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I know, but in this case "altered" ain't much of a such...
     
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