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LoneWolfofWW2

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This is a personal question for Stephen King. Christine was my childhood movie. I grew up watching and loving this movie and still own and watch it to this day. It even helped start my love for old muscle cars. In the end scene of Christine in the junk yard they just crushed Christine. The camera pans in to show Christine moving to repair herself. Then it goes to a black screen. All I ask is why won't Stephen King make a sequel? I would do anything to see a sequel to Christine and see that beloved 1958 Plymouth Fury come back to life. Please make a sequel.
 

FlakeNoir

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Welcome to the site. Stephen's work-load doesn't allow for him to read and reply to messages sorry.
My guess is that if he hasn't written a sequel to a story, then perhaps he feels that the tale is already done? (I think he likes to allow for folks to use their imagination for what comes next.)
 

GNTLGNT

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This is a personal question for Stephen King. Christine was my childhood movie. I grew up watching and loving this movie and still own and watch it to this day. It even helped start my love for old muscle cars. In the end scene of Christine in the junk yard they just crushed Christine. The camera pans in to show Christine moving to repair herself. Then it goes to a black screen. All I ask is why won't Stephen King make a sequel? I would do anything to see a sequel to Christine and see that beloved 1958 Plymouth Fury come back to life. Please make a sequel.
....welcome LW....Flake speaks true...that tale has been told and unlike the Fury, won't regenerate itself...
 

Doc Creed

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This is a personal question for Stephen King. Christine was my childhood movie. I grew up watching and loving this movie and still own and watch it to this day. It even helped start my love for old muscle cars. In the end scene of Christine in the junk yard they just crushed Christine. The camera pans in to show Christine moving to repair herself. Then it goes to a black screen. All I ask is why won't Stephen King make a sequel? I would do anything to see a sequel to Christine and see that beloved 1958 Plymouth Fury come back to life. Please make a sequel.
Have you tried reading the book? It has a different ending from the film and it is only suggested that the car returned after it was destroyed. Stephen King wrote a sequel to The Shining but I don't think he's generally keen on the idea of sequels. Try the book, maybe it'll blow your hair back. Welcome.
 

Dynamo

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Try the book, maybe it'll blow your hair back.
Is it pretty good? It's one of the few old-school King books I've never read. I enjoy the movie, it's a marriage of my favorite director and author, but it's not one of Carpenter's best and the story (at least what I know from the film) isn't one of my favorite King tales either. It's a fun idea that made a fun movie but I've never been excited enough to sit down to 500+ pages of it. Christine is not It or The Stand in length but it's also not one of the shorter novels like Carrie or Cujo as I expected it would be. I'll probably read it before too long but I've seen the movie a lot so it's not high on my list of things I'm dying to read.
 

GNTLGNT

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Is it pretty good? It's one of the few old-school King books I've never read. I enjoy the movie, it's a marriage of my favorite director and author, but it's not one of Carpenter's best and the story (at least what I know from the film) isn't one of my favorite King tales either. It's a fun idea that made a fun movie but I've never been excited enough to sit down to 500+ pages of it. Christine is not It or The Stand in length but it's also not one of the shorter novels like Carrie or Cujo as I expected it would be. I'll probably read it before too long but I've seen the movie a lot so it's not high on my list of things I'm dying to read.
....from this old fart's perspective, you miss out on a foundation stone of the King canon if you don't.....it's very well done and the pacing makes it feel like a much shorter novel....
 

Doc Creed

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Is it pretty good? It's one of the few old-school King books I've never read. I enjoy the movie, it's a marriage of my favorite director and author, but it's not one of Carpenter's best and the story (at least what I know from the film) isn't one of my favorite King tales either. It's a fun idea that made a fun movie but I've never been excited enough to sit down to 500+ pages of it. Christine is not It or The Stand in length but it's also not one of the shorter novels like Carrie or Cujo as I expected it would be. I'll probably read it before too long but I've seen the movie a lot so it's not high on my list of things I'm dying to read.
I think it is a great book, despite the mid-book POV change. It takes a minute to adjust (and shift gears, ha) but I wouldn't call it a flaw. Where is it written that a writer (who is the Creator of his own world) can't tell his story the way he pleases? King has always experimented with different ways to tell a story (IT, Dolores Claiborne, DT series) and I'll eat my shorts if, subsequently, half the writing population hasn't tried to emulate him.

Christine is about high school, first cars, fighting with friends over a girl, learning responsibility, and, of course, death. King wrote a slew of books early in his career that scream Bachman Turner Overdrive, machismo, and demolition derby horror. Christine fits in this category.
 

Hall Monitor

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This is a personal question for Stephen King. Christine was my childhood movie. I grew up watching and loving this movie and still own and watch it to this day. It even helped start my love for old muscle cars. In the end scene of Christine in the junk yard they just crushed Christine. The camera pans in to show Christine moving to repair herself. Then it goes to a black screen. All I ask is why won't Stephen King make a sequel? I would do anything to see a sequel to Christine and see that beloved 1958 Plymouth Fury come back to life. Please make a sequel.
I agree with some of the other posters, I would have to think that SK feels that this story is told, and in the current climate of sequels planned before the original is even released, I like that in some respects.

On another note, if you haven't jumped into the rest of the King published universe, you should, as soon as possible. From a Buick 8 would probably be a good title, and I highly recommend It if you haven't already read it. You might even find an old friend within those pages as you get towards the end.
 

Hall Monitor

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....from this old fart's perspective, you miss out on a foundation stone of the King canon if you don't.....it's very well done and the pacing makes it feel like a much shorter novel....
Agree with GNTLGNT here, and the movie leaves out pretty much all of the LeBay brothers (yes, there were two of them) backstory, which, to me, gives the story much more depth than the movie does. Definitely, definitely read it.
 

Dynamo

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Agree with GNTLGNT here, and the movie leaves out pretty much all of the LeBay brothers (yes, there were two of them) backstory, which, to me, gives the story much more depth than the movie does. Definitely, definitely read it.
I already bought it but I have some other reading I'm going to do first. The movie, as it was made, didn't really need any more backstory but I'm sure it works for the novel and is probably necessary. As I understand it Christine in the novel is possessed by LeBay as opposed to just being evil from the point of assembly right? The LeBay's weren't all that important to the movie's story so I found what little backstory was given to be sufficient.
 

Hall Monitor

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I already bought it but I have some other reading I'm going to do first. The movie, as it was made, didn't really need any more backstory but I'm sure it works for the novel and is probably necessary. As I understand it Christine in the novel is possessed by LeBay as opposed to just being evil from the point of assembly right? The LeBay's weren't all that important to the movie's story so I found what little backstory was given to be sufficient.
You are correct about the possession, and that Christine wasn't evil from the assembly line. The movie went a different way, and I think it was appropriate for that particular medium, but the book definitely has more substance. You'll also enjoy the epilogue (but no skipping ahead!)
 
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