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Regarding The Stand..

Discussion in 'The Stand' started by CM Bertellotti, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Hi all, I have a question about The Stand. Should I read the original version, or complete uncut version? From what I have researched it seems the original is the better read. It's one of the few SK I haven't read and I've heard so many good things about it so I'd like to do it right.
  2. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    I prefer the Uncut version... I enjoyed reading it as Stephen intended. :)
  3. CCAL

    CCAL Well-Known Member

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  4. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    And I prefer the original :) Though the added scenes were interesting, in some cases they muddied up the main narrative (for me-others might disagree, of course). This book is in my all time, every book, top 5, so please understand that I'm not dissing on the author or story at all. It's just that sometimes less is more :)
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  5. Terry B

    Terry B Well-Known Member

    I read both. Yes I read it twice. Something I rarely do. No matter which version you will enjoy it a lot. Happy reading.
  6. 91rewoT

    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    I read both - many, many years in between - and though I really enjoyed them both and was happy to read everything that King originally intended to put in the book, I guess I agree with skiimom2, in that less is more. Also, I kind of like things to be the same and not be elaborated on or changed. For this reason, I also prefer the original Gunslinger over the revised edition.
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  7. 91rewoT

    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    ....that being said, now that I think about it, if the complete uncut version had been the original version, I would be sold on that one being the best...so go ahead and read the uncut one...unless you want to read the original, then read the complete version on a reread....oh, man, I am no help whatsoever!!!
  8. mstay

    mstay Older than most, not as old as some.

    I say read the uncut version. I read them both and I liked having the added information.
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  9. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    I hated the cut version.

    When the uncut version came out, I wasn't excited, but felt I should give it a shot seeing as how it was how Stephen intended the story to be. Loved it. Read the uncut version.
  10. Phantomking

    Phantomking Well-Known Member

    I don't see how anyone would NOT want to get as much character development as possible. Yes, the original version is a bit more streamlined, but part of the allure of the Stand for me is the epic nature of it. I like getting absorbed into the world as deeply as possible.
  11. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I own a copy (that I picked up for free in Mexico at one of those all inclusive places where they had a book exchange) but the last time I read The Stand was many many years ago. I'll have to go see which copy I ended up with. If I read it when it first came out then I suppose I must have read the original one. It was really good
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  12. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    In the Preface to The Stand Complete and Uncut Mr. King explains the why of the expanded version. His reasoning is not only logical but compelling.
    I recommend you read his "Preface in Two Parts" before deciding.
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  13. No1FanUK

    No1FanUK Well-Known Member

    definitely the full uncut version! as ive only read the uncut one i cant imagine what could be cut from it as it all seems vital to the book!
  14. Hall Monitor

    Hall Monitor All bars serve the Beam.

    I think there are things to be appreciated in both versions that make them worth reading, but if you read the uncut version first, it might take away from the experience of reading the original. I would read the original first and then the uncut later. This was you can get both experiences in the way you would have if you had read them when they came out.
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  15. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Good arguments for both sides. If you consider that the uncut was the way Steve originally wrote it and intended for it to be published, that was really the first version other than the edits here and there added for the 1990 release to bring it up to more current date references.
  16. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

    I read the cut version first, was very excited when I heard there was an unabridged version coming out. The unabridged expanded the story and I have read that version several times, the last time here with a reading group.
  17. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I just looked at the copy I picked up in Mexico and it is the revised and uncut version so I look forward to entering that world once again. Something to read next, perhaps, once I am finished Under the Dome.
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  18. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    I actually got a first edition of the Stand at Goodwill for 2.99 . Needless to say not my reading copy. I liked both versions. But I think I liked the uncut best.
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  19. notebookgirl

    notebookgirl Well-Known Member

    Good question!
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  20. Agent (X)

    Agent (X) Member

    I will start by stating that I prefer the unabridged edition in comparison to the abridged edition.

    However, whether or not you ought to read the unabridged or abridged version would fundamentally vary on the experience you're oriented towards in the tale. I do not wish to spoil any potential story elements, although it can be noted that the unabridged version of The Stand is the text in which Stephen King finalized for the general populous in mind; it was upon Doubleday's (the company publishing the book at the time) request that he remove material as to lessen the overall cost, since the 1,000+ pages would consequently up production fee and compare relatively poorly to his other works strictly in terms of finance.

    Thus, to clarify any potential misconceptions, the unabridged version was not published merely as a text whereupon the additional content was only mediocre; King killed his darlings with the abridged version (which, currently, is not even being manufactured anymore, as to my knowledge) and decided to revive them due to profound amounts of request that he expand upon the already staggering tale. As such, there are ultimately extra scenes and exposition, which I loved because the already well-developed novel simply seemed to benefit even further from the new brandished content. To speak in greedy terms, it allowed me to be encapsulated within the world for far longer, and to me that is but a positive.
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