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The Long Walk is on a different level

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

  1. KingAHolic

    KingAHolic Banned

    I could not agree more....
     
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  2. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    A movie can't effect one way or the other the book it's based on, can it?
     
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  3. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    In one way it can.

    Think about The Shining. Most people will immediately picture Jack, probably breaking through the bathroom door. Or maybe Olive Oyl cowering and crying. (Wait...what?)

    No matter what they looked like to you when you originally read the book, Paul and Annie are forever James and Kathy. It doesn't matter how they are described in the book, you can not unsee them.

    And I can no longer enjoy reading The Running Man.
     
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  4. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I seem able to separate what I see in a book from what's presented onscreen. The real test would be for me to reread The Shining.
     
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  5. EAST COASTER

    EAST COASTER Well-Known Member

    I'm with you on The Running Man, the film was pretty awful although I do still enjoy the story. I hope The Long Walk is treated better, I hope they don't mess with the ending.
     
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  6. KingAHolic

    KingAHolic Banned

    I HATE when they change the ending. Make a movie exactly (as possible) like the book! If you want to tell a different story, name it something else! Or find your own unique idea!
     
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  7. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Robert Sheckley certainly didn't think so when he wrote it.

    Of course, it was called The Prize of Peril back then.
     
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  8. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Oh . . .

    and four miles an hour is an athletic pace.

    Hungry kids would not walk for very long at four miles an hour.

    But that's a fairly niggling point.
     
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  9. Bardo

    Bardo Well-Known Member

    Absolutely one of my fav!
    "pick em up and put em down!"
     
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  10. Neesy

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

    My special connection to The Long Walk was to pick it up this past summer at a used book store while on vacation. It was on sale for 4 dollars. I hesitated and decided against it.

    Duh! :facepalm:

    I found out later that the copy I could have purchased for 4 measly bucks was worth around 60 to 80 bucks!
    :no_pig:

    Anyway - sorry, as I have not read it, I cannot comment.

    But I WILL find another copy somewhere and after reading your glowing review I look forward to reading it :m_applause::m_cruise:

    A girl in the book store seemed to think the concept was somehow similar to the book Hunger Games?

    Never having read Hunger Games, does anyone around here have an opinion?
     
  11. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    I am only peripherally aware of The Hunger Games, but thematically I would say yes. It's basically about the way desperate times call for desperate measures . . . and desperate entertainments.

    But really, The Long Walk isn't about the "why" of the existence of the walk itself, or about how the kids end up in it. It's about what they find out about themselves and each other

     
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  12. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Spoiler's not working again.
     
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  13. Neesy

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

    Where is that FlakeNoir at? She is good at describing how to use a spoiler.
     
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  14. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta Tester Moderator

    I'm just copy and pasting from the User Guide in the FAQ's... :biggrin2:

    Spoilers
    You can either type in the coding yourself by typing:
    [ spoiler ] the words you want hidden followed by[ /spoiler ]
    (remove spaces from between the brackets and text)

    Or highlight the words you want hidden click the insert button [​IMG], and select Spoiler.

    [​IMG]
     
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  15. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    I thought I did it right, and went back and edited twice, but the spoiler never appeared in the post.

     
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  16. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Just like it didn't appear in that^ one.

    As my cousin Vinny might say, "I guess the **expletive deleted** thing is broken."
     
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  17. lowman

    lowman Well-Known Member

    I loved the long walk but the ending,it leaves you hanging.did he get shot? Did he make it? What happened? That would be the only part of the book i felt could have made the book more complete.
     
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  18. Machine's Way

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

    For me its about reading the book before the Movie. I find that if I read a book after I have seen the movie (something I rarely do) my mind no matter how hard I try does tend to envision the actors that portrayed the characters on screen. But sometimes a movie is so good I will see of course that it was based on so and so's book and that will make me want to pick up that book and see how much better the book was than the movie.
     
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  19. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Yeah I'd be hard pressed to come up with a movie that is superior to the book it was based on. I can think one a few that are darn close to being as good (Green Mile comes to mind immediately).
     
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  20. Gregory B.

    Gregory B. New Member

    Did you know there is a real life "Long Walk" in Tennessee every October in the Ultra Running Community??? It is called Big Dog's Backyard Ultra created by the famous Barkley Marathon's Race Director Lazarus Lake (Gary Cantrell). People in the "race" have to run a 4 mile loop in one hour or they are out. Last one standing wins. 3 years ago it went 49 hours and the 2 guys quit at 204 miles!!! Check out the race at this link:
    Big Backyard Ultra - October 21, 2017
     
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