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Walking Dead/The Stand

Discussion in 'The Stand' started by champ1966, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. champ1966

    champ1966 Well-Known Member

    I know this will have been mentioned before, but I daren't go on The Walking Dead threads because of the fear of spoilers. I'm only three quarters of the way through season 3.
    There are sp many similarities between WD and The Stand. Rick is so much like Stu,
    waking up in the hospital, and then his wife having the first baby post epidemic.
    .And Merle is so much like Floyd. There's loads more I'm sure.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....like lots of dead people!...
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  3. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    I can't see so many similarities between Stu and Rick.

    Rick's already a leader, when the world goes down the toilet.
    Stu gets thrust into leadership, when the world goes down the toilet.

    And their personalities are so different - Rick's highly-strung and intense.
    Stu is more phlegmatic and self-contained.

    They're both amazing characters, but they come from different places.

    Stu comes from SK's knowledge of the human heart, paired with his ability to create characters that you can't (and don't want to ) forget.
    Rick is the sum of Andrew Lincoln's 360 degree performance and 22 writers (including his creator - Mr. Kirkman, we salute you).

    Millions of people have read The Stand.
    And they can all see Stu.
    Rick will always look like Andrew Lincoln (unless you read the comic first - sorry).

    The Stand is the definitive post-apocalyptic novel of the late 20th century and from there on in (until somebody writes something better).
    And The Walking Dead is the definitive gut-wrenching (no pun intended, really) piece of TV of this decade.
    Oops - went off on a ramble. . sorry folks!:embarrassed:
  4. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    The Walking Dead was airing for well over a year before one of my co-workers harangued me into watching it. I thought the zombie genre was so saturated that I couldn't stand to watch anything, even though I am a fan of Romero's zombie films. When I finally caved and watched the first season, I told my co-worker that the survival drama aspect of the show was influenced heavily by The Stand (whether Robert Kirkman may want to acknowledge it or not) and I lent him the book and mini-series DVDs. He watched the mini-series first and I told him that TWD is great, but Steve King did it first, back in the 70s. =D

    SK got a new fan after that.
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  5. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Steffen, I agree. I wish The Stand would get a Walking Dead-type treatment on television. Something sprawling and hardcore, realistic settings and realistic actors, Greg Nicotero for make-up effects, and a great score. These characters all need time to develop in the same way they do in the book. I think viewers are more sophisticated these days; we don't have to have non stop action to maintain interest. Each main character deserves that arch without being rushed.
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  6. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    Exactly Doc. This is why King's books traditionally don't fare well on the big screen - they need time to build the story. They could easily turn The Stand into a high profile TV show on cable.
  7. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I agree, champ1966 . They feel very much alike to me. Kirkman's story is less sentimental, likely because he comes from a different generation than Mr. King.

    Respectfully, rudiroo , I disagree about the likeness between Rick and Stu. I don't think Rick started out high strung. He was a steady man of few words (that's clear in the first couple of seasons, and stated explicitly by Shane on more than one occasion). He became more nervy as the show went on, and no wonder! Stu has a relatively short tenure as a leader, and a relatively easy time of leading his crew until the crisis point when he has to leave to go to Las Vegas. Put him in Rick's situation, and I think his character development would be very much the same. He has the same kind of steel within him that Rick has (and Roland, for that matter).

    In fact, I had a dream just this weekend where the two stories were mixed up, and Rick was in Stu's shoes! :)
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...as long as "She Who Must Not Be Named" has no role in it....
  9. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    THAT'S something I might watch! I hope they'd film the original story, though. I despise The Kid. If you can excise a whole character without changing a damn thing in a story, he's unnecessary.
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  10. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I finally got the big blue ribbon, lol, I will wear it proudly. ;)
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  11. Nomik

    Nomik Carry on

    Go doc! I like both. . .(now I'm doing this too)? I've heard you can be a fan of The Walking Dead and The Stand without the world coming to a screeching halt. P.S. I can Reread The Stand soundtrack and all with nothing but gladness and hope in my heart. I stopped watching the other after season five: TRUST
  12. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    Hello again skimom2!

    I didn't ignore your excellent post - I've just had a MIA summer, but I'm back (literally and metaphorically) now.

    Good point re Rick v. Stu.
    I guess I've known way too many tightly-wound men (bleagh, that sounds so bad, but hey, sometimes the truth is ugly) who unwind eventually, under certain circumstances. Result: much aggro.:facepalm_smiley:
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  13. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Agreed :)
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