- Creator Backlash: Downplayed, but King is not too proud of the book. In his memoir On writing, he describes both Insomnia and Rose Madder as "stiff, trying-too-hard novels".
- He Also Did: For once Christopher Nolan directs a story that starts at the beginning, plays out in chronological order, features only a minor plot point, and has no Michael Caine. Still got the "psychologically disturbed guy haunted by his past" protagonist though. This is because the film (and the Norwegian original) was made before he started to employ any of those conventions, except for non-linear narrative and mind screw. However, Dormer's planting of evidence is told in something of a call-back to Nolan's preferred narrative style.
- Shot-for-Shot Remake: The 2002 version has been accused of being one of the original, adapting the cinematography of entire scenes and making only barebones changes. Here is an analysis of one such scene.
- Playing Against Type:
- What Could Have Been: Harrison Ford was considered for Will Dormer.