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Old 12-24-2019, 07:13 PM
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I grew up in the 80's and 90's. He was a popular writer but his movies weren't highly acclaimed. I remember thinking he was a kind of low rent writer putting out candy store pocket fillers. He had some TV specials and I think a couple movies but nothing that really impressed me. Boy, was I wrong. We're watching It 2 and King has proven himself a genius.
It makes me realize we were behind the times and he was a genius all along. It's amazing what 20 or 30 years can shed light upon.


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I disagree. I think his work is pure trash.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
I disagree. I think his work is pure trash.
Why?
Old 12-24-2019, 07:30 PM
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Read the Dark Tower series. Almost all, if not all, his work ties in to it. Any movies based on the Dark Tower series are junk. It's just too massive of a story. Could maybe be done Game of Thrones style on HBO or similar.
Old 12-24-2019, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by STIPulation View Post
Read the Dark Tower series. Almost all, if not all, his work ties in to it. Any movies based on the Dark Tower series are junk. It's just too massive of a story. Could maybe be done Game of Thrones style on HBO or similar.
I didn't get into any of his books but this is fascinating info. He is a remarkable person imo.
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Originally Posted by STIPulation View Post
Read the Dark Tower series. Almost all, if not all, his work ties in to it. Any movies based on the Dark Tower series are junk. It's just too massive of a story. Could maybe be done Game of Thrones style on HBO or similar.
Iím pretty sure there is a series in production
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Used to like his work but he has become too political to stomach anymore.
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Originally Posted by GulfC View Post
Used to like his work but he has become too political to stomach anymore.
yup that too
Old 12-24-2019, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by STIPulation View Post
Read the Dark Tower series. Almost all, if not all, his work ties in to it. Any movies based on the Dark Tower series are junk. It's just too massive of a story. Could maybe be done Game of Thrones style on HBO or similar.
Wait. I should have read this again before responding, my bad. Are you saying all his writings tie into this one series? It sounds like a literary orchestra which wouldn't surprise me because I'm finding out more and more details about his footprint as a writer.
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Originally Posted by stokes_landing View Post
Wait. I should have read this again before responding, my bad. Are you saying all his writings tie into this one series? It sounds like a literary orchestra which wouldn't surprise me because I'm finding out more and more details about his footprint as a writer.
Yes. He started the series in the early 70's, didn't finish until 2000 or so. Virtually everything he wrote outside the series during that time ties in somehow.
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I've got some reading to do...

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Originally Posted by STIPulation View Post
Yes. He started the series in the early 70's, didn't finish until 2000 or so. Virtually everything he wrote outside the series during that time ties in somehow.
That is badass. Thank you. I'll take my learning offline. I'm impressed with this.
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Originally Posted by stokes_landing View Post
Wait. I should have read this again before responding, my bad. Are you saying all his writings tie into this one series? It sounds like a literary orchestra which wouldn't surprise me because I'm finding out more and more details about his footprint as a writer.
He wrote the series over the course of much of his career. The characters and themes that appear in the Dark Tower series also appear directly and indirectly in his other novels. Salemís Lot, IT, The Stand, Insomnia etc...

Oddly it was this that drew me to the series. Iím not really a giant Stephen King guy - cool ideas but not a huge fan of his writing style...
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He wrote the series over the course of much of his career. The characters and themes that appear in the Dark Tower series also appear directly and indirectly in his other novels. Salemís Lot, IT, The Stand, Insomnia etc...

Oddly it was this that drew me to the series. Iím not really a giant Stephen King guy - cool ideas but not a huge fan of his writing style...
Thank you!
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He is probably one of the most prolific writers of our time, an incredible number of movies and shows come from his works. Stand by Me, Green Mile, Christine, Misery, Running Man, Pet Sematary, Dream Catcher and Duel to name a few.
And don't forget the "Shank", Get busy living or get busy dying.”
I think "The Long Walk" is due out next year.
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I read a handful of his books years ago and while a marathon(long) the climax of the story generally lasts awhile and the ending ties everything up . The guys a writer , no BS there .

I've had this tab open awhile - there wasn't any thread replies when I did

I made it 4 books I think into Dark Tower before life got busy . Maybe one day I'll finish . Cool series , movie horrible .

I liked Tommyknockers ... still remember a piece of the climax ... " xxxx wasn't fooling around carrying one of the Alien guns .... he was carrying a Colt Woodsman "

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Still think Salem's Lot and Shawshank were his best works.
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I never thought he was a good writer; still dont.
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Green Mile and Shawshank are probably in my top ten movies, top 20 at least. The Green Mile book was better than the movie.
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Never read or saw The Shining? Many classics - Carrie, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, Shawshank, The Stand / Stand by Me, Tommyknockers...
Some were great books, some great movies, some classic due to actors.

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