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The Long Walk is on a different level

Discussion in 'The Long Walk' started by Gamecrazy500, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. Gamecrazy500

    Gamecrazy500 Member

    I finished The Long Walk about 3 days ago, and to say that I was completely infatuated with this story would be the biggest understatement. That being said having a book with 3 other Bachman novels I decided to read The Running Man which is arguably the more famous of the original Bachman works. After reading it I have to say it does not hold a candle to The Long Walk. Now the thing is The Running Man was not a bad book. In fact I found to be very entertaining and even had some useful commentary on poverty and exploitation. Had I read it first I probably would have praised it. It's not about what The Running Man lacked but more about what The Long Walk had.

    To me The Long Walk was a story that was told on such a deep and intimate level that few books can ever compare to. It made me seriously think about the issues of death, and war and brutality that our society currently promotes as entertainment. The images that I congured up of the horrible suffering the boys went through will not leave my head. To me it felt like such an emotionally baring book that had the ability to disrupt my current mood an thoughts and continues to do so. Where as the running man just served as momentary entertainment. Did anyone else fell this special connection with The Long Walk? And that the book was just on a deeper level than most fiction? If so does King replicate this in any of his other books?
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  2. One of Kings most tragically under-read books. And one of my favorites. I've read it more than any other work from him.
  3. I like to look at The Long Walk and The Running Man as sort of companion pieces. The Long Walk is more introspective and thoughtful while The Running Man is more pissed off and exciting. Both are great and both have things to say, but I do prefer The Long Walk.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...given when those were written(his age), they will resonate more in that population, though both are very good stories from such a young feller....
  5. Ex nihilo

    Ex nihilo Member

    I did. Especially the part when Garraty realizes that he can die and the world will just go on without him.
  6. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    I'm currently reading Bachman and was amazed by Rage. Brazen, bold, unapologetic, and gross. How I prefer King. What Holden Caulfield would sound like had he been wearing brass underwear.
  7. Rrty

    Rrty Well-Known Member

    You are spot on about "The Long Walk," Gamecrazy5. I wish King would come up with a high concept like that again. It was so fun to read when I was in high school, I think that's the best time to read such a piece. And I still don't fully comprehend the ending.
  8. Ex nihilo

    Ex nihilo Member

    I think he lost his mind. It could have been a temporary thing or a permanent episode. He was having hallucinations about the other walkers still being alive. I like the way he started to run at the end.
  9. Just reread this about a month ago (actually read this in my 20's for the first time), remember liking it more then. This time around I ended up switching to audio and listening while I painted. I picked out bits and pieces and kept comparing it to some more recent fiction I have read (you can figure it out they are being made into movies currently). I will certainly go back again at some point.
  10. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah most definitely. It is right at the top of the list for me too. As I said in another conversation about it, when I read it, I was shocked to my core.....in a great way. It shifted me fundamentally when it comes to what is possible in literature. Each successive re-read of it makes it no more less astounding to me.
  11. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    The Long Walk will always be one of my favorites. I remember it clearly despite having read it a long time ago. It's a feeling that I remember; a gritty, dark, ominous one which is like the opposite of a secret:
    we know that only one contestant, if any, may not meet certain death. It's in the rules!
    A brilliant concept brilliantly realized.
  12. I watched the film Never Let Me Go this weekend. The film was adapted from the dystopian novel by Kazuo Ishigure. It's a wonderful film and the film's mood got me thinking about The Long Walk. I loved The Long Walk. I didn't know dystopian fiction was a genre back when I read it. I wonder if SK purposefully wrote it as dystopian fiction or if his imagination just took him there? I think The Long Walk could become SK's best film ever.
  13. KingAHolic

    KingAHolic Banned

    I agree! Make the film! Ron Howard should direct. PLEASE!
  14. Mike187

    Mike187 New Member

    I Don't think the Book translates to film, Unfortunately. But this isn't a criticism, Catcher in the Rye is a literary masterpiece and easily one of the best ive read however it also wont translate to the visual medium. In fact very few books do, Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk) and Jaws (Peter benchley) are among the few exceptions. I have read The Long Walk more times than I can remember, I continue to be fascinated by this story, Garraty and Stebbins. King has this ability to create characters that are so interesting and almost seem real.
  15. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Virtually no book translates to film easily, and of course some less easily than most. It's amazing what a good screenwriter can do, though sad to say too usually fail to. I'm no expert on how moviemakers choose stories for film; I've never been one to read a story and realize it belongs on the screen as well as page. Nevertheless, I think The Long Walk could work on film because the premise is perversely attractive so that an audience could readily believe it.
  16. KingAHolic

    KingAHolic Banned

    Preach it brother! Amen!
  17. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    That thought scares me. I loved the story Running Man. The movie killed it for me. The only thing I liked about that movie was Richard Dawson. I do not want The Long Walk destroyed.
  18. KingAHolic

    KingAHolic Banned

  19. Machine's Way

    Machine's Way “Go then, there are other worlds than these.”

    I absolutely love this story, very underrated in my opinion. I read this when I was much younger and it still stands out to me this day. I think this will always be in my top 3 for sure. I also think this would transfer to film well. I rarely say this, and most books to film are slaughtered and make everyone that loves the book pissed. but for some reason I can see this being a very good movie. I doubt it will ever happen but this could be made into a very dark film. There is not much more I can say about this story that hasn't already been said here, except wow, this one grabs you and don't let go.
  20. Dashex88

    Dashex88 Well-Known Member

    I finished this story last night and I have to say it's criminally underrated. I had heard about it and presumed it was a short story. It's now one of my all time favourite King stories. I love the way he takes a simple concept like 100 boys just walking and brings out the humanity and nuance of the situation.
    As for a film version apparently Frank Darabount holds the rights so who knows...
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