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Soapstone

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I finally got around to seeing the Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining last year with my friend. He said there was a made for TV version of the movie, and the Kubrick version didn't really follow the storyline of the book, but people liked it more than the TV movie version. and now there is a new one coming out it seems.

i am wondering why more people like Kubrick's version more when it doesn't follow the book as much?
 
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blunthead

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I finally got around to seeing the Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining last year with my friend. He said there was a made for TV version of the movie, and the Kubrick version didn't really follow the storyline of the book, but people liked it more than the TV movie version. and now there is a new one coming out it seems.

i am wondering why more people like Kubrick's version more when it doesn't follow the book as much?
From what I've gathered since being an SKMB member fewer CRs (sK's Constant Readers) like the Kubrick more than do the TV version. I assume that people who like the Kubrick movie are those who enjoy Kubrick movies in general and are not necessarily sK fans, and even that most haven't read the book.

I'm a Kubrick fan and like the movie, still imho it's not Kubrick's best work. It's confusing and disjointed. I haven't seen the TV version yet, but I've heard good things about it here on the Board.
 
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not_nadine

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I really liked the mini-series, as much as you can like an adaption.. It kept to the novel.

The hedge animals were great. !! No maze.
 
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skimom2

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Jack Nicholson does a great crazy--I think that's the appeal of the movie. Unfortunately, Jack Torrence in the novel is NOT crazy until far into the story. What makes him a good protagonist is that he is a good man that truly loves his wife and child; that's what's shattering when the hotel takes over. Nicholson clearly hated his wife and kid from the first scene of the movie, so he isn't nearly as sympathetic (to me, anyway).

I liked the TV version far better. Since Mr King wrote the screenplay, his Jack is far closer to the book. There are a few minutes of time in each episode wasted on atmospheric shots, but I suspect this was done to make the miniseries fit neatly into the TV time allotted.
 

Soapstone

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that makes sense. well, when i finish under the dome i think that will be my next SK story i read.
 
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