The Movie Gets In The Way!

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skimom2

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I've never seen the movie! There are a lot of SK movies I've skipped over the years, because it frustrates me that directors often leave out the subtexts of the stories in favor of gore. Or they take a title and make something like LAWNMOWER MAN (which I did see, more's the pity--lol). Was it a movie worth watching (even if it was different)?
 

blunthead

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I really liked this movie but when I tell people to read the book they tell me they don't need to. They say they've seen the movie. I've tried my hardest to explain that the book is very, very different and that it's a DT book, but people do not get it.
Are these CRs who you speak of or hopeful sK fans? Either way, people can sometimes be silly, or just lying when they claim to believe that the movie of a book is the same as the book.
 

Shasta

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Are these CRs who you speak of or hopeful sK fans? Either way, people can sometimes be silly, or just lying when they claim to believe that the movie of a book is the same as the book.
Just people I want to convert. Shockingly, I don't know many SK fans, which is nuts. And why I love you guys!
 

blunthead

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Just people I want to convert. Shockingly, I don't know many SK fans, which is nuts. And why I love you guys!
That's what I figured. I think non-Crs sometimes resist reading sK either because they consider him suspect, or because they aren't much fond of reading in the first place. So, they use any excuse to avoid reading him, no matter how nonsensical, including that they've seen the movie. You and I know that they're just missing out.
 

Christine62

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I LOVED the book--especially the first story Low Men In Yellow Coats--the audio book is read by William Hurt and Mr. King.

Now that I have been reading the books, I have no interest in seeing the movies. The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption being the exceptions.
 

Shasta

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That's what I figured. I think non-Crs sometimes resist reading sK either because they consider him suspect, or because they aren't much fond of reading in the first place. So, they use any excuse to avoid reading him, no matter how nonsensical, including that they've seen the movie. You and I know that they're just missing out.
I can't tell you how many times I've told people that he wrote Shawshank and Stand by Me, to their complete shock.
 

Chuggs

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I loved the book! I've not seen the movie, though I wouldn't mind watching it. On most occasions when I see a movie from a book I've read (or vise-versa), I'm usually not too disappointed. Oh, there are always things left out, or sometimes changed, but I usually can get over it. One movie that I couldn't do so was not a Sai King adaptation, but the adaptation of a book called Eragon by Christopher Paolini. The book was pretty good (never finished the series though), but the movie left so much that it actually made me angry.
 

OKKingFan

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I was really disappointed in the movie. In leaving out a lot of things, it was left with a movie that was about not much at all. I understand trying to keep the Dark Tower stuff out, but it was sort of lame without it.
I really liked the stuff with Carol at college, but that would have been a boring movie too. Sometimes there's just not a good movie to be made from certain books. Thing is, there are other King books which could have been made into movies, and I think good ones. Eyes of the Dragon for one. Still waiting for that one.
 

Neil W

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I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I always understood that it would be necessary to adapt it by leaving out the Dark Tower connections - the "Low Men" would, of necessity become agents of some covert Government agency, or similar, because the film would have to appeal to a much wider audience than fans of the DT books. Subject to that, I thought the film caught the relationships between the characters extremely well, and I now see Anthony Hopkins as Ted Brautigan (had previously seen him as Wilford Brimley).
 

Wasp27

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Haven't seen the movie, but I do love me some Anthony Hopkins. I love the book, especially low men in yellow coats.. My heart ached for bobby for the way his mother treated him. King has such a way if making you fall in love with his characters (esp children) and also hating others. I wanted to punch his mother in the throat!! She didn't deserve what happened to her though obviously, no one does, but still. She was such a narcissus.
 
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JoannHBuchanan

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Absolutely. We humans sometimes don't realize that we're biased, so the truth sometimes shocks us.
I couldn't agree more!! Being pigeon holed has got to be the worst thing that can happen to any creative person. Stephen King is no different in that aspect. Seriously, he is WAY WAY more than a horror author. There is depth and realism in his craft. It's one of the reasons I write more than just horror and dark fantasy. I don't want to be a cookie cutter author. Stephen King...FAR from cookie cutter. :)
 
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EMTP513

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I really liked this movie but when I tell people to read the book they tell me they don't need to. They say they've seen the movie. I've tried my hardest to explain that the book is very, very different and that it's a DT book, but people do not get it.

I thought the book had 4 stories in it. I don't remember any movie called Hearts In Atlantis.