History Creator / StephenKing

15th Sep '17 9:28:21 PM Mdumas43073
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15th Sep '17 10:03:50 AM Dravencour
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* ''Literature/TheShining'' -- Winter spent in a haunted hotel. Cabin fever taken to the extreme. Twice adapted as movies; first a loose adaptation by Creator/StanleyKubrick, which King was not very satisfied with, then a more faithful TV miniseries scripted/watched over by King himself. The arguments about which version is "better" have been [[BrokenBase long and passionate]].

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* ''Literature/TheShining'' -- Winter spent in a haunted hotel. Cabin fever taken to the extreme. Twice adapted as movies; first a loose adaptation by Creator/StanleyKubrick, Creator/StanleyKubrick starring Creator/JackNicholson as the father who goes AxCrazy, which King was not very satisfied with, then a more faithful TV miniseries scripted/watched over by King himself. The arguments about which version is "better" have been [[BrokenBase long and passionate]].
15th Sep '17 10:01:49 AM Dravencour
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* ''Literature/TheGreenMile'' -- A man with healing powers [[spoiler:faces a death sentence]]. Made into a movie starring Creator/TomHanks and Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan.

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* ''Literature/TheGreenMile'' -- A man with healing powers [[spoiler:faces a is on death sentence]].row [[spoiler:for a crime he didn't commit]]. Made into a movie starring Creator/TomHanks and Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan.
13th Sep '17 3:29:32 PM Willbyr
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* ''Literature/{{IT}}'' -- A small Maine city is infected by an EldritchAbomination disguised as a MonsterClown, and only the children know. Made into a TV miniseries most notable for Creator/TimCurry's horrifying portrayal of said clown. Tied into ''The Dark Tower'' saga. Another film version will be released in 2017, starring Creator/BillSkarsgard as Pennywise.

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* ''Literature/{{IT}}'' -- A small Maine city is infected by an EldritchAbomination disguised as a MonsterClown, and only the children know. Made into a TV miniseries most notable for Creator/TimCurry's horrifying portrayal of said clown.clown, and [[Film/It2017 a 2017 film adaptation]] starring Creator/BillSkarsgard as Pennywise. Tied into ''The Dark Tower'' saga. Another film version will be released in 2017, starring Creator/BillSkarsgard as Pennywise.
13th Sep '17 12:36:40 PM falcon2484
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* RiddleForTheAges: Mr. King loves (in his short fiction, at least) to drop something that ''just shouldn't be'' right in the reader's lap and then refuse to explain ''how'' or ''why''. Examples include the long, ''long'' finger coming out of the drain in "The Moving Finger," the big feline lounging around in an elementary school's bathroom in "Here There Be Tygers," the monster "car" in "Mile 81," and, in a more obscure little tale, "The Reploids," [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext just where Edward Paladin came from and where Johnny Carson went to]]. As he states in the "Notes" section of ''Nightmares & Dreamscapes'':

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* RiddleForTheAges: Mr. King loves (in his short fiction, at least) to drop something that ''just shouldn't be'' right in the reader's lap and then refuse to explain ''how'' or ''why''. Examples include the long, ''long'' finger coming out of the drain in "The Moving Finger," the big feline lounging around in an elementary school's bathroom in "Here There Be Tygers," the monster carnivorous "car" in "Mile 81," and, in a more obscure little tale, "The Reploids," [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext just where Edward Paladin came from and where Johnny Carson went to]]. As he states in the "Notes" section of ''Nightmares & Dreamscapes'':
13th Sep '17 12:35:57 PM falcon2484
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--> My favorite sort of short story has always been the kind where things happen just because they happen. In novels and movies (save for movies starring fellows like Creator/SylvesterStallone and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger), you are supposed to explain ''why'' things happen. Let me tell you something, friends and neighbors: I ''hate'' explaining why things happen, and my efforts in that direction (such as the doctored LSD and resultant DNA changes which create Charlie McGee's pyrokinetic talents in ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'') aren't very good....In short stories, the author is still sometimes allowed to say, "This happened. Don't ask me why."

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--> My favorite sort of short story has always been the kind where things happen just because they happen. In novels and movies (save for movies starring fellows like Creator/SylvesterStallone and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger), you are supposed to explain ''why'' things happen. Let me tell you something, friends and neighbors: I ''hate'' explaining why things happen, and my efforts in that direction (such as the doctored LSD and resultant DNA changes which create Charlie McGee's [=McGee's=] pyrokinetic talents in ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'') aren't very good....In short stories, the author is still sometimes allowed to say, "This happened. Don't ask me why."
13th Sep '17 12:34:17 PM falcon2484
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* RiddleForTheAges: Mr. King loves (in his short fiction, at least) to drop something that ''just shouldn't be'' right in the reader's lap and then refuse to explain ''how'' or ''why''. Examples include the long, ''long'' finger coming out of the drain in "The Moving Finger," the big feline lounging around in an elementary school's bathroom in "Here There Be Tygers," the monster "car" in and, in a more obscure short story, "The Reploids," [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext just where Edward Paladin came from and where Johnny Carson went to]]. As he states in the "Notes" section of ''Nightmares & Dreamscapes'':

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* RiddleForTheAges: Mr. King loves (in his short fiction, at least) to drop something that ''just shouldn't be'' right in the reader's lap and then refuse to explain ''how'' or ''why''. Examples include the long, ''long'' finger coming out of the drain in "The Moving Finger," the big feline lounging around in an elementary school's bathroom in "Here There Be Tygers," the monster "car" in "Mile 81," and, in a more obscure short story, little tale, "The Reploids," [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext just where Edward Paladin came from and where Johnny Carson went to]]. As he states in the "Notes" section of ''Nightmares & Dreamscapes'':
13th Sep '17 12:32:05 PM falcon2484
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* RiddleForTheAges: Mr. King loves (in his short fiction, at least) to drop something that ''just shouldn't be'' right in the reader's lap and then refuse to explain ''how'' or ''why''. Examples include the long, ''long'' finger coming out of the drain in "The Moving Finger," the big feline lounging around in an elementary school's bathroom in "Here There Be Tygers," the monster "car" in and, in a more obscure short story, "The Reploids," [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext just where Edward Paladin came from and where Johnny Carson went to]]. As he states in the "Notes" section of ''Nightmares & Dreamscapes'':
--> My favorite sort of short story has always been the kind where things happen just because they happen. In novels and movies (save for movies starring fellows like Creator/SylvesterStallone and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger), you are supposed to explain ''why'' things happen. Let me tell you something, friends and neighbors: I ''hate'' explaining why things happen, and my efforts in that direction (such as the doctored LSD and resultant DNA changes which create Charlie McGee's pyrokinetic talents in ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'') aren't very good....In short stories, the author is still sometimes allowed to say, "This happened. Don't ask me why."
9th Sep '17 4:19:31 PM MontyPythonFanatic2
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Many of his books have been [[TheFilmOfTheBook made into films]]. Few of those have been good films, and most of those that are good are, ironically, ''not'' horror films, with the most standout exception being ''Film/TheShining'', even if it is very different from the book. This is often due to the directors of the given movies having no idea how to convey the stray thoughts and inner monologues of King's characters, which often affect their situations just as much as their actions, into workable scenes -- even with input from King himself. They also tend to suffer from SpecialEffectFailure.

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Many of his books have been [[TheFilmOfTheBook made into films]]. Few of those have been good films, and most of those that are good are, ironically, ''not'' horror films, with films]] or television series. [[Film/Carrie1976 A]] [[Film/StandByMe number]] [[Film/TheShining of]] [[Film/{{Misery}} these]] [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption are]] [[Film/TheGreenMile well]] [[Film/It2017 regarded]]. [[Film/Carrie2013 Many]] [[Film/MaximumOverdrive others]] [[Film/SecretWindow are]] [[Film/TheDarkTower2017 not]]. In the most standout exception being ''Film/TheShining'', even if it is very different from the book. This latter case, this is often due to the directors of the given movies having no idea how to convey the stray thoughts and inner monologues of King's characters, which often affect their situations just as much as their actions, into workable scenes -- even with input from King himself. They also tend to suffer from SpecialEffectFailure.
9th Sep '17 2:57:51 AM Saveelich
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* ''Literature/TheGunslinger'' -- First in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series starring a protagonist that embodies that [[TheGunslinger exact trope]], searching for the ultimate truth. The series has been in DevelopmentHell for decades, with the current plan to turn it into a TV series with movies interspersed in. A [[Film/TheDarkTower2017 film version]] starring Creator/IdrisElba and Creator/MatthewMcConaughey will be released in 2017.

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* ''Literature/TheGunslinger'' -- First in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series starring a protagonist that embodies that [[TheGunslinger exact trope]], searching for the ultimate truth. The series has been in DevelopmentHell for decades, with the current plan to turn it into a TV series with movies interspersed in. A [[Film/TheDarkTower2017 film version]] starring Creator/IdrisElba and Creator/MatthewMcConaughey will be released came out in 2017.
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