History Headscratchers / Christine

11th Nov '16 1:13:41 AM Colonel-T
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** In the book, it's implied that Roland [=LeBay=] put Christine in the garage when he lost his ability to drive. And then took her out again and put the FOR SALE sign on, conveniently at the right time (just before Arnie came along), when his intuition or instinct told him to. Remember that the car is invested with [=LeBay's=] personal malevolence (an aspect of the book that's not in the movie; in the movie she's "bad to the bone" before [=LeBay=] ever gets ahold of her)--without [=LeBay=], Christine would just be another '58 Fury. [=LeBay=] controls Christine, even after his death--she does ''not'' control herself. And [=LeBay=] didn't know who threw the rock at her windshield, so he couldn't take revenge on whoever did it. One final thing on this: there's nothing in the book to suggest that Christine is driving around and killing people until ''after [=LeBay=] is dead.'' The book flatly states that [=LeBay's=] evil spirit has possessed Arnie, and (according to Arnie's own words), "when she goes, he's with her." None of the killing is ''really'' being done by the car itself--[=LeBay's=] ghost is doing it.

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** In the book, it's implied that Roland [=LeBay=] put Christine in the garage when he lost his ability to drive. And then took her out again and put the FOR SALE sign on, conveniently at the right time (just before Arnie came along), when his intuition or instinct told him to. Remember that the car is invested with [=LeBay's=] personal malevolence (an aspect of the book that's not in the movie; in the movie she's "bad to the bone" before [=LeBay=] ever gets ahold of her)--without [=LeBay=], Christine would just be another '58 Fury. [=LeBay=] controls Christine, even after his death--she does ''not'' control herself. And [=LeBay=] didn't know who threw the rock at her windshield, so he couldn't take revenge on whoever did it. One final thing on this: there's nothing in the book to suggest that Christine is driving around and killing people until ''after [=LeBay=] is dead.'' The book flatly states that [=LeBay's=] evil spirit has possessed Arnie, and (according to Arnie's own words), "when she goes, he's with her." None of the killing is ''really'' being done by the car itself--[=LeBay's=] ghost is doing it.it.
*** The whole "was Christine really alive in the novel?" point has been debated a lot on various sites and forums, with some believing that Christine wasn't "conscious" at all in the book, and that everything she did Roland [=LeBay=] was actually responsible for. From this viewpoint, [=LeBay=] simply used the car as a sort of "doorway" back from death to possess Arnie. However, there are many indications in the novel that Christine had a personality and will of her own. Please see below:
***"Christine or the terrible female force that animated her would know Leigh wouldn't last long and she, Christine, would be around when Leigh was gone."
***In the below excerpt, she is clearly acting under her own agency. No sign or mention of [=LeBay=] at all:
***"By nine-thirty, when Christine's headlights suddenly came on in Will Darnell's deserted garage, cutting a bright arc through the interior blackness, Libertyville had totally shut down, except for the occasional cruising ploughs. In the silent garage, Christine's engine gunned and fell off. Gunned and fell off. In the empty front seat, the gearshift lever dropped down into DRIVE. Christine began to move."
***There are other examples, but it seems in the novel that [=LeBay=] and Christine both had what you might describe as "extraordinary" qualities that were perhaps greater together than the sum of their parts...and perhaps Arnie had something of this too, at least enough for [=LeBay=]'s discorporated spirit to exploit.
11th Aug '16 4:44:51 PM maxwellsilver
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* How did it benefit Christine to let [=LeBay=] wheel her into the garage and let her rot, forgotten, for years? It seems odd that she'd permit him to do so and this troper can't think of a single advantage to her. Likewise, given her rage when thwarted or given even minimal insult, why would she let someone throw a rock at her windscreen without meting out punishment?

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* How did it benefit Christine to let [=LeBay=] wheel her into the garage and let her rot, forgotten, for years? It seems odd that she'd permit him to do so and this troper I can't think of a single advantage to her. Likewise, given her rage when thwarted or given even minimal insult, why would she let someone throw a rock at her windscreen without meting out punishment?
9th Aug '16 10:08:18 AM falcon2484
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** In the book, it's implied that Roland [=LeBay=] put Christine in the garage when he lost his ability to drive. And then took her out again and put the FOR SALE sign on, conveniently at the right time (just before Arnie came along), when his intuition or instinct told him to. Remember that the car is invested with [=LeBay's=] personal malevolence (an aspect of the book that's not in the movie; in the movie she's "bad to the bone" before [=LeBay=] ever gets ahold of her)--without [=LeBay=], Christine would just be another '58 Fury. [=LeBay=] controls Christine, even after his death--she does ''not'' control herself. And [=LeBay=] didn't know who threw the rock at her windshield, so he couldn't send her after the one who did it.

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** In the book, it's implied that Roland [=LeBay=] put Christine in the garage when he lost his ability to drive. And then took her out again and put the FOR SALE sign on, conveniently at the right time (just before Arnie came along), when his intuition or instinct told him to. Remember that the car is invested with [=LeBay's=] personal malevolence (an aspect of the book that's not in the movie; in the movie she's "bad to the bone" before [=LeBay=] ever gets ahold of her)--without [=LeBay=], Christine would just be another '58 Fury. [=LeBay=] controls Christine, even after his death--she does ''not'' control herself. And [=LeBay=] didn't know who threw the rock at her windshield, so he couldn't send her after take revenge on whoever did it. One final thing on this: there's nothing in the one who did book to suggest that Christine is driving around and killing people until ''after [=LeBay=] is dead.'' The book flatly states that [=LeBay's=] evil spirit has possessed Arnie, and (according to Arnie's own words), "when she goes, he's with her." None of the killing is ''really'' being done by the car itself--[=LeBay's=] ghost is doing it.
9th Aug '16 9:55:28 AM falcon2484
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** In the book, it's implied that Roland LeBay put Christine in the garage when he lost his ability to drive. And then took her out again and put the FOR SALE sign on, conveniently at the right time (just before Arnie came along), when his intuition or instinct told him to. Remember that the car is invested with LeBay's personal malevolence (an aspect of the book that's not in the movie; in the movie she's "bad to the bone" before LeBay ever gets ahold of her)--without LeBay, Christine would just be another '58 Fury. LeBay controls Christine, even after death--she does ''not'' control herself. And LeBay didn't know who threw the rock at her windshield, so he couldn't send her after the one who did it.

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** In the book, it's implied that Roland LeBay [=LeBay=] put Christine in the garage when he lost his ability to drive. drive. And then took her out again and put the FOR SALE sign on, conveniently at the right time (just before Arnie came along), when his intuition or instinct told him to. Remember that the car is invested with LeBay's [=LeBay's=] personal malevolence (an aspect of the book that's not in the movie; in the movie she's "bad to the bone" before LeBay [=LeBay=] ever gets ahold of her)--without LeBay, [=LeBay=], Christine would just be another '58 Fury. LeBay [=LeBay=] controls Christine, even after his death--she does ''not'' control herself. And LeBay [=LeBay=] didn't know who threw the rock at her windshield, so he couldn't send her after the one who did it.
9th Aug '16 9:54:04 AM falcon2484
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*** Please note that this only applies to the film version. The book version has Roland himself selling Christine to Arnie, after the latter spotted the car sitting in the front yard. The movie version merges the [=LeBay=] brothers and has Roland dying before the movie starts. My best guess on Christine's condition when Arnie finds her is that her elderly, ill owner doesn't have the energy for her to draw on to maintain herself.

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*** Please note that this only applies to the film version. The book version has Roland himself selling Christine to Arnie, after the latter spotted the car sitting in the front yard. The movie version merges the [=LeBay=] brothers and has Roland dying before the movie starts. My best guess on Christine's condition when Arnie finds her is that her elderly, ill owner doesn't have the energy for her to draw on to maintain herself.herself.
** In the book, it's implied that Roland LeBay put Christine in the garage when he lost his ability to drive. And then took her out again and put the FOR SALE sign on, conveniently at the right time (just before Arnie came along), when his intuition or instinct told him to. Remember that the car is invested with LeBay's personal malevolence (an aspect of the book that's not in the movie; in the movie she's "bad to the bone" before LeBay ever gets ahold of her)--without LeBay, Christine would just be another '58 Fury. LeBay controls Christine, even after death--she does ''not'' control herself. And LeBay didn't know who threw the rock at her windshield, so he couldn't send her after the one who did it.
22nd Nov '15 12:29:18 PM Seanette
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*** With Buddy, he was running down a road with open fields on both sides. If fire couldn't stop her, what makes you think the she can't go off-roading either.

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*** With Buddy, he was running down a road with open fields on both sides. If fire couldn't stop her, what makes you think the she can't go off-roading either.either?



* How did it benefit Christine to let LeBay wheel her into the garage and let her rot, forgotten, for years? It seems odd that she'd permit him to do so and this troper can't think of a single advantage to her. Likewise, given her rage when thwarted or given even minimal insult, why would she let someone throw a rock at her windscreen without meting out punishment?

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*** In both cases, panic was also a factor. Remember, these are both teens, dealing with something they know is impossible (both are aware that Christine does not have a human driver when attacking) and Buddy was drunk at the time (book version).
* How did it benefit Christine to let LeBay [=LeBay=] wheel her into the garage and let her rot, forgotten, for years? It seems odd that she'd permit him to do so and this troper can't think of a single advantage to her. Likewise, given her rage when thwarted or given even minimal insult, why would she let someone throw a rock at her windscreen without meting out punishment?
22nd Nov '15 12:26:51 PM Seanette
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** The previous owner had just died weeks before Arnie found Her, and given how attached she is to her owners she may have been grieving until somebody else turned up to replace him. She doesn't seem to have much reason to live if she doesn't bond with someone.

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** The previous owner had just died weeks before Arnie found Her, her, and given how attached she is to her owners she may have been grieving until somebody else turned up to replace him. She doesn't seem to have much reason to live if she doesn't bond with someone.someone.
*** Please note that this only applies to the film version. The book version has Roland himself selling Christine to Arnie, after the latter spotted the car sitting in the front yard. The movie version merges the [=LeBay=] brothers and has Roland dying before the movie starts. My best guess on Christine's condition when Arnie finds her is that her elderly, ill owner doesn't have the energy for her to draw on to maintain herself.
22nd Nov '15 12:55:39 AM Bioshock
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* How did it benefit Christine to let LeBay wheel her into the garage and let her rot, forgotten, for years? It seems odd that she'd permit him to do so and this troper can't think of a single advantage to her. Likewise, given her rage when thwarted or given even minimal insult, why would she let someone throw a rock at her windscreen without meting out punishment?

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* How did it benefit Christine to let LeBay wheel her into the garage and let her rot, forgotten, for years? It seems odd that she'd permit him to do so and this troper can't think of a single advantage to her. Likewise, given her rage when thwarted or given even minimal insult, why would she let someone throw a rock at her windscreen without meting out punishment?punishment?
** The previous owner had just died weeks before Arnie found Her, and given how attached she is to her owners she may have been grieving until somebody else turned up to replace him. She doesn't seem to have much reason to live if she doesn't bond with someone.
4th Oct '15 9:17:14 AM PolkaDotGene
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*** With the former, even if he could leap over Christine's hood, it's possible that she would have moved and thus cause him to fall off, making it easier for her to crush him.

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*** With the former, even if he could leap over Christine's hood, it's possible that she would have moved and thus cause him to fall off, making it easier for her to crush him.him.
* How did it benefit Christine to let LeBay wheel her into the garage and let her rot, forgotten, for years? It seems odd that she'd permit him to do so and this troper can't think of a single advantage to her. Likewise, given her rage when thwarted or given even minimal insult, why would she let someone throw a rock at her windscreen without meting out punishment?
13th Jul '15 12:10:49 AM WhitePhoenix5
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*** With Buddy, he was running down a road with open fields on both sides. If fire couldn't stop her, what makes you think the she can't go off-roading either.

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*** With Buddy, he was running down a road with open fields on both sides. If fire couldn't stop her, what makes you think the she can't go off-roading either.either.
***With the former, even if he could leap over Christine's hood, it's possible that she would have moved and thus cause him to fall off, making it easier for her to crush him.
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