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What version to start with?

Discussion in 'The Stand' started by Coyo-T, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. Coyo-T

    Coyo-T Well-Known Member

    So, at the risk of losing my Fan Card, I've never actually read The Stand. (I have seen the TV miniseries.) I currently have both a copy of the 1980 version and the 1990 "uncut" one and am not sure if I should read the '80 one (which the miniseries was technically based on) and save the uncut version for later down the road, or if I should just jump into the uncut one. As I am currently going through a massive backlog of books to read so I can donate them (because it actually is possible to have too many books- when all of your shelves are sagging because you have books piled on top of each other, additional stacks on the floor and no more room in the house for another bookcase, you have to ask yourself some hard questions) I am thinking I will read the '80 version first so it can be donated and hold onto the uncut one for later (as I will likely keep that one, anyway.) My question for the forum, though, is whether there is a great enough difference between versions to justify reading both, or if it's just a matter of dates and some pop culture references in addition to the expanded material. Does anyone have some insight on this?
  2. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    I personally think there is a big difference. I hated The Stand that first came out. When they added back in all the content Stephen wrote to begin with, I really liked the story.
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  3. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I was different. I loved the original. I guess because I did not know that there was more...

    I read the un-cut as well, mostly to skim to new parts, because I had read the book so many times.

    Can't go wrong with either one.

    ~edit~ Except for that Payday bar. That will always bug me.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2017
  4. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    The 1978 version is my favorite, too. I later read the longer, complete version. It was fun to see the elongated plot and get more meat on the bones. It's a filet mignon that sticks to the ribs. Both are satisfying, though.
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  5. Tooly

    Tooly Well-Known Member

    The '78 version is the first adult novel I ever read. I've read both versions a few times each and still enjoy them. I'd say read the original, then the uncut version with enough time after to give it decent chance to enjoy.
  6. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Have read both. Prefer the Un Cut version as it contains "all" of SK's words.
  7. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    Hi Coyo-T, I'd say the newer one should be the one. If Mr. King felt it necessary to revise and add to the original then you must discount the old and jump on the new and improved. It would be cool to read them back to back and see what the flavour changes were. All the best, mal
  8. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    In this case it worked the other way around. The majority of what was published in 1990 had already been written and submitted to the publisher for the 1978 edition but they cut those parts out so reading the 1990 version is how he intended it to be read.
  9. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Consider reading the Forward to the uncut version. Then decide. My suggestion is: go uncut.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...and yet more advice.....I read the original, then the un-cut....I found it to be the best for me, because the restored portions added even more zest to an already tasty word salad.....
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  11. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info Ms. Mod. I guess he did not have editorial control way back when. With his spanning career does he now have the clout to say "No. I like it this way better."? I would hope so.
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  12. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I don't think you should read either one. You should go and read Twilight by Stephanie Myers. ;;D Just kidding! Read the one from '78, read a couple other books in between then read the uncut version. You'll be glad that you did!
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  13. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    TWSS!! :highly_amused:
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  14. Coyo-T

    Coyo-T Well-Known Member

    Wow, lots of opinions! Thanks for the input; I think I'm leaning toward starting with the '80 version, for the "historical" value if nothing else (as this and the original '78 one would be the versions most people were originally familiar with.) It also moves it up in my backlog "queue", as I'll probably donate that copy and keep the uncut one to read later.
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  15. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    And I'm just the opposite :) I love the original Stand. I read the longer edition once and I wasn't impressed. What was cut the first time was done properly. I agree that there is a big difference, though.
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  16. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I definitely think the editor made the right decision the first time. That was not an easy task.
    Having said that, the follow-up was a great gift to his fans. If there ever was a book that deserved to be 1100 pages it's The Stand...an apocalyptic novel with enough characters to fill three school buses!
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  17. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Doubleday claimed it would not be economically feasible to publish the original manuscript as readers would not want to pay for a book at the price they would need to charge to cover production and make a profit. It was early in his career but we'll never know for sure if that would have been the case in 1978.

    As for editing, his manuscripts are still edited and when he agrees with the suggestions Steve will make them but if it's something he feels more strongly about, that doesn't happen.
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  18. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Steve's got enough 'clout' to tell someone to take a hike if he feels that excising a portion of one of his books would diminish it. But, he also smart enough to know that the editor just may be right and allow something to be taken out.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    .....kiss his behind much????.....:biggrin-new:
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  20. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Just call me Rosey Red....;;D
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