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From Book to Film: Stephen King’s ‘A Good Marriage’

Stephen King, author of A Good Marriage.
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What would you do if you discovered your spouse was a monster?

Hi! Anyone read Stephen King’s novella A Good Marriage? Well, it’s set to be released on film late 2013.

A Good Marriage was published in Full Dark No Stars, a dark collection of stories themed around retribution.

A Good Marriage is a good read. I liked it the most out of all the Full Dark, No Stars stories.  It’s like a novella mash up of a Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series with an episode of Criminal Minds, both of which I am a huge fan. It definitely has all the makings for a GREAT psychological thriller film.

Joan Allen
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Tell me, what would you do if you discovered your spouse was a monster? Joan Allen from The Bourne series has been cast as protagonist, Darcy Anderson who is faced with this question. The short story revolves around her response to discovering her husband’s nasty secret. It will be interesting to see what that looks like on screen, particularly as Stephen King has written the screenplay.

Hopefully A Good Marriage will be released in 2013. I CAN’T WAIT!

Baby, Can You Dig Yo’ Adaptations?

Book to film adaptations can be tricky, particularly Stephen King books! Films made from his stories range from cult classic such as Stand By Me and The Shining, to the disastrous Creepshow and Sleepwalkers. It could just depend on the size of the wallet bankrolling the production, or the calibre of actors & director that determine whether it shifts well into film, though I doubt it. Hearts in Atlantis & Bag of Bones lost something significant in their book to film adaptations (in my opinion), and they are modern productions with a great casting and relatively healthy budgets. Perhaps its just that the wild and wonderful mind of Stephen King doesn’t translate well on screen when it dives too far down the rabbit hole. Whatever the case, some movies haven’t thrived in the transition across mediums.

Hey you with the cynicism, enough already!

OK, I know… despite my cynicism, I am optimistic about A Good Marriage translating well into film. Besides, there have been some fantastic adaptations of Stephen King books. Some of my favourites are:

  • The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me. Both films are based on short stories from Different Seasons and they are outstanding.
  • The Green Mile is another one that I thoroughly enjoyed, but with Tom Hanks as leading man, what’s not to love?
  • The Stand and IT were also good TV mini-series (for their time), though I’d like to see them rejigged and revived – as long as they kept Tim Curry as Pennywise, of course.
  • The Shining & Misery both had powerhouse performances from Jack Nicholson (“Heeeeere’s Johnny!”) and Kathy Bates as the scariest fan ever in  Misery.

Yep, I’m backing A Good Marriage to be a hit! What do you think? Come on, argue with me 🙂

What’s your favourite Stephen King film adaptation? Do you think A Good Marriage can be pulled off as a film? Tell us in comments below.

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Bookclub: What are you Reading?

Book clubs, Readers Circles, Talking Books – whatever you call it, getting together to chat about books over a hot drink (or a glass of red) is one of my favourite pastimes.

So, why not do it here, too?!

I’d love to hear about YOUR reading tastes. Who are your favourite authors? What books have you found impossible to put down? Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction? Is there a character that you identify with?

Don’t be shy! Post your thoughts in ‘comments’ below and hopefully we can get some nice, healthy book banter going.

I look forward to chatting with you further in bookclub!

Cheers

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Five Kings

I could read my favourite Stephen King books over and over and over again until the end of time. So, one of my reading goals for 2012 was to read 5 Stephen King books I’ve never read before. I’m happy to say that this has been achieved! I read 5 new Kings, and man, it should become an annual policy.

Here’s what I read:

On Writing (1999)

Source: StephenKing.com

It’s great to read about your favourite author. I’ll admit, there were times when the approach of just plonk on paper any random memory in no order and call it a memoir was a tad irritating, but I  still enjoyed reading the bits and bobs that made SK the writer he is today.

The second half of the book that addresses the craft of writing was excellent. Definitely a great read if you are interested in Stephen King and / or the craft of writing.

Verdict – 6/10

Bag of Bones (1998)

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Bag Of Bones is a great modern gothic story. After the death of his wife, author Mike Noonan returns to their cabin on the lake, ‘Sara Laughs’ and finds himself in the midst of an extraordinary battle between the living, the dead, and one little girl he must protect. I really enjoyed the sensory aspect of this book, which may have been heightened because of the audiobook format. The gothic elements were a wonderful: location, wild weather, supernatural events, the sound of loons crying on the lake. In fact, that phrase ‘a loon cried on the lake’ is repeated so often during tense moments, that every time I heard it a little shiver ran down my back, keeping me on my toes throughout the story.

The novel contains all the makings of a good King: great characters, an interesting plot, a sprinkling of cool genre and literary devices, not to mention the irony of SK having written Bag Of Bones from the perspective of an author way below his calibre = an ‘I-can’t-put-this-down’ type book… my favourite kind. Yes, definately a good read.

7/10.

11.22.63 (2011)

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If you’ve read my post ‘11.22.63‘, you know I loved this book. Damn it was good. I’d love to read it again next year and see if the second time round is just as good!

8/10

Full Dark, No Stars (2010)

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Full Dark, No Stars is a collection of short stories that are more like character studies. And, well, they’re quite dark. Ultimately, each story explores the circumstancial and psychological factors that combine to make a ‘normal’ person decide to murder someone else. It was pretty heavy at times, particularly as it focussed on the darker shades of humanity rather than monsters lurking in the closet.

What is also interesting is the response I had as a reader – there were some scenarios in which I identified with the protagonist and was barracking for them as they went on their rampage of revenge. Other scenarios made me feel sick. I imagine this variety of responses evoked by the stories was intentional.

I have to add that there were a couple of moments where the writing felt a bit like fan fiction, but ultimately it was a good collection. I’m glad I read it.

I’d be interested to know what other people thought. 6/10.

Hearts in Atlantis (1999)

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Hearts in Atlantis is a collection of short stories that follow a loosely connected group of characters beginning in 1960. One character who gets a mention in all stories is Carol Gerber – though she’s never the main protagonist or narrator. I realised at the end that I’d learned more about the journey of Carol’s life then that of any of the others though she is peripheral through much of it. Clever. But Hearts in Atlantis is not primarily about Carol Gerber. The collection is compiled of a series of stories bookended with Bobby Garfield in 1960 as an 11 year old kid, and Bobby returning home in 1999 (incidentally, these stories are a nice little plug for the Dark Tower series). The Vietnam war plays a major role in the stories, as the protagonists continue to battle through life long after the war has ended.

Great read. 7/10

A word on time:  

So, here are the five Kings I read this year. One thing I noticed through all of them is how SK plays with time. ‘Bag of Bones’ deals with historical events that affect the protagonist’s past and present. ‘Hearts in Atlantis’ follows a timestream for a group of people loosely connected and how their lives spin off in different directions like a spinning top. ‘11.22.63’ explores the concept of time travel and changing history, even ‘On Writing’ plays with time in examining some of the building blocks of SK’s life.

What was my favourite new King you ask? The jewel on the King’s crown?

They were all interesting and captivating in their own ways. I really loved Bag of Bones, but 11.22.63 will have to be the number one King that I read this year, mainly for the emotional response I had to the book, it was such a great story.

What do you think?

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