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Regulators & Desperation, which one 1st?

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by The Nameless, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. The Nameless

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

    OK so I know they are companion books, and I know they were released around the same time, but which one should be read 1st? Is there an order that makes more sense, avoid spoilers etc?
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  2. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    I think most people usually recommend reading Desperation first but it probably doesn't really matter too much.
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  3. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    The characters in the two stories are like actors in a play...and in the two stories they play different parts. Thought I read that King had in mind a troupe of actors when he wrote these two...so it might seem a bit strange to read one first (either one) and then read the other and discover the actor who played the bad in one is now playing the good. Seems like Regulators follows Desperation if a timeline exists...but my memory is suspect so take it all with a grain of salt.
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  4. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I read Desperation first since I discovered that one first. I'd not heard of The Regulators at the time. If I had I probably might've wondered the same thing. Having read them both my take on the similarities between the two is that, since I only see character name and description similarities, sK was implying a parallel universe Idea on top of, or underlying I suppose, two totally different stories.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...it really matters not....toss em up in the air, and the first one to smack ya in the head is THE one...:D
  6. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    It doesn't really matter. It's been well explained here. IMO Desperation was the better of the two.
  7. Shoe

    Shoe Ka 'n' stuff

  8. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

  9. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I agree. Doesn't really matter which comes first (I think I got them both in one Christmas package, so they must have been released simultaneously, or nearly). Reminds me of the Joseph Gordon-Leavitt movie called UNCERTAINTY--same people, same names, REALLY different stories going on alongside one another. I liked DESPERATION better, as well, but lots of people love THE REGULATORS.
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  10. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    I've yet to read The Regulators...I want to though. I like Desperation a lot.
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  11. Winter

    Winter Well-Known Member

    The Regulators tops my faves list...and I would start there. I agree that it doesnt make a lot of difference...but its the more....action packed? Then Desperation fills in the back ground....
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  12. Hall Monitor

    Hall Monitor All bars serve the Beam.

    I read Desperation first, and I've always wondered how it altered my perceptions of the Regulators. I know I looked at a certain character from the Regulators much differently based on his character in Desperation, and I think it was meant to be that way. I do agree though, that you should be able to read either first . . . there are probably similar games being played in the reverse scenario.
  13. No1FanUK

    No1FanUK Well-Known Member

    I read Desperation 1st and its definitely the better book
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  14. OKKingFan

    OKKingFan Well-Known Member

    I read Desperation first, then Regulators. I liked that order, but I'm not sure it matters a whole lot. I really liked both books.
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  15. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    I like The Regulators much more than Desperation, so I suggest reading Desperation first. This way you save the best for last... like dessert! :)
  16. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    I've never heard anyone say "I wish I'd read the other book first"
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  17. OKKingFan

    OKKingFan Well-Known Member

    Haha...that's probably right Bev. I actually felt Desperation laid things out better to understand the Regulators, rather than the other way around. But again, I read Desperation first, so I'm biased I suppose.
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  18. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    He wrote Desperation first. I enjoyed them both. I read Desperation first but preferred The Regulators.
  19. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    On that note... I wish I had read The Regulators first, actually. I read Desperation first and found it to be just OK, so I put off The Regulators for some time thinking it too would be "just OK." Wound up that I love The Regulators and consider it to be in my Top 10 SK books. So by reading Desperation first, I deprived myself of enjoying The Regulators for a few years. lol

    Yes, I realize none of this makes any sense. o_O
  20. unclelouie

    unclelouie Well-Known Member

    I know SK has done the whole "twinner" thing with The Talisman/Black House, and some in the DT series (and of course Desperation/Regulators). I'd like to see SK do something similar with maybe... The Stand characters. Maybe have them living in a small community (such as Under The Dome). Stu Redman as the college dean. The Trashcan Man as mayor. Harold Lauder and Nadine as the local pastor and pastor's wife. Glenn Bateman as a mass murderer. It could work!
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