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What led for the inspiration regarding "The Stand" novel?

Discussion in 'The Stand' started by robert m, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. robert m

    robert m New Member

    What led for the inspiration regarding "The Stand" novel?


    Well see, please excuse this rhetoric if it becomes offensive. First, if one proposes for query, then a "lawyers pun" should have one reason to believe there's an answer by virtue--but can it be just a good guess? Second, and most essential, and without any argue here, can one propose for entertaining the idea on its inspiration, in time, and in place, and in-being and as it is written, in "The Stand," by Stephen King origins from the 'AIDS' epidemic in fancy, and in a fictitious, business, proposal, lexicon model? Last, but not least, and as a formal fact check, does the sum for "3" and "2" equal "5?" Thank you, and please have a good day.



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  2. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Welcome robert m.

    Interesting cryptic message.
     
  3. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Welcome to the boards, robert m
     
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  4. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I don't really get what you are getting at, but welcome anyway.
     
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  5. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Mr. King has addressed his inspiration for The Stand a few times. The one I remember best is that he read about a release of a virus (my mind is saying anthrax, but I could be wrong there) from a military facility in UT. The wind was blowing south, so it just killed a bunch of sheep, but Mr. King started thinking about what might have happened if the wind had been blowing the other way and it hit Salt Lake City. Birth of an idea and a great novel :)

    As for the rest... no idea, dude. Three and a half cups, maybe?
     
  6. Linus Van Helsing

    Linus Van Helsing New Member

    I think I remember reading there were several sources of inspiration. The plague and the fall of society were inspired by an outbreak of swine flu in the 70s that was closely related to the flu virus of 1918 and which it was feared would cause a similar pandemic (which, obviously, didn't happen), plus the novel Earth Abides, which describes a similar scenario of a disease wiping out most of humanity. The black and white good vs evil Flagg vs. Free Zone aspect was inspired by Lord of the Rings.
     
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  7. Connor B

    Connor B Well-Known Member

    I believe the character of Randall Flagg emanated from a freewriting session of Stephen's. He couldn't finish The House on Value Street, a novel that was essentially a roman-a-clef of Patty Hearst's kidnapping by the SLF. Stephen apparently typed the words "Donald Defreeze is a dark man", and ran with it. In doing so, he gave birth to one of the most evil villains in the history of fiction.
     
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  8. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ... Ummmmm, welcome and the black hen sells apple butter at 2 pm...
     
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  9. Lynnie L

    Lynnie L Well-Known Member

    And my all time favorite literary villain ever. Welcome Robert!!
     
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  10. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Gotcha. The corn squeaks at noon.
     
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  11. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    :smile2:
     
  12. Walter Oobleck

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

    depends on what time the train left the station. the train rarely leaves on time. but yeah, what was said above. dead livestock. i think i saw a newspaper photo way back when...national enquirer maybe. like that ring that spewed white crap, spelled stuff out. plus we were dropping crap on the jungles of southeast asia...drugs were happening, man, happening, all manner of drugs. check out the library, here: StephenKing.com - The Stand Inspiration
     
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  13. Neesy

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

    Except for Labour Day weekends when the screaming monkeys fly in

    :adoration::question_pig::yes_pig:
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  14. Neesy

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

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    I am pretty bad at math so I won't answer that part of your question

    crow with star welcome.jpg
     
  15. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    He has also said (in addition to what you said) he was driving through Nebraska and turned the radio dial to one of those fire and brimstone sermons. He heard the line "And once a generation a plague will fall among them," and boom.
     
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  16. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    Hi robertm and welcome. I hope this helps, mal.

    Q. What led for the inspiration regarding "The Stand" novel?
    A. The Bible.

    Q. ...but can it be just a good guess?
    A. Yes.

    Q. ...in a fictitious, business, proposal, lexicon model?
    A. Yes.

    Q. does the sum for "3" and "2" equal "5?"
    4. Sumtimes.
     
  17. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Very true. In my experience, any decent novel has multiple sources of inspiration :)
     
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  18. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    Here's what I wrote for Stephen King Revisited: Good vs. Evil by Bev Vincent | Stephen King Revisited
     
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  19. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

  20. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    You can read Stephen's explanation about the inspiration for The Stand here.
     

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