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June 22nd, 2009, 12:43 AM
I picked this book up in NY, thinking that it was just an ordinary novel I've missed and discovered it was more of a TV screenplay. This makes it a bit hard for me to "Get Into the Book" and I am contemplating giving it up. Shuld I hang in there? Does it get easier to read the story like a story?
I can't even see the TV film to help me follow it better. It was never aired in my country.
June 22nd, 2009, 09:02 AM
I bought it right after watching the tv movie. I was surprised that it was a screenplay too. I can't help you when it comes to whether or not you should finish reading the book since I never attempted it. :down: Have you tried looking on youtube for the tv movie? I think it's available on dvd too (not positive though).
July 9th, 2009, 05:12 PM
I think reading a screenplay is a marvelous way of being introduced to an alternative means of imagining the story as it progresses. It's a twist on reading a play. Even though the dialogue may seem stop/start with stage directions or specific shot sequences, it's still what the screenwriter or playwright intended all along.
It's when the director comes along and makes edits, or the screenplay is handed off to a more senior or experienced screenwriter for revisions, that creative liberties are taken with the original intent.
Have you tried hulu.com? I wouldn't know if it's there, but there seem to be a load of TV episodes on that website. Maybe there are mini-series as well. :idea:
July 12th, 2009, 10:49 PM
I really enjoyed reading it. Just lately in fact. I've never seen the movie but intend to.
July 16th, 2009, 09:46 AM
I enjoyed reading the book as written, kinda like Sorry Right Number in Nightmare and Dreamscapes. Danivan do yourself and favor and watch this mini series. Just wonderful stuff.
July 16th, 2009, 10:50 AM
Personally I don't like reading screenplays, just a preference.
I'd like to see Stephen King write it as a story.
It probably would help if you saw the movie though.The DVD is on the market, Amazon has it and it's also available at Netflix. I checked Hulu (I love Hulu) but it's not there.
Here's a link to Hulu btw
September 14th, 2009, 07:07 AM
After seeing it a few times and doing numerous searches, I finally got my hands on a copy of the screenplay. At first, I admit it was a bit odd reading, as I was used to the more common format. I think it would be difficult to read having not seen the movie. As I read, I kept picturing that particular scene in my mind, and I think it helped it flow better. And Andre Linoge's teeth were freaking rocking in the movie-it's difficult to get that in a screenplay.
So, um, yeah, I guess I didn't really help answer your question, now, did I?
September 14th, 2009, 09:17 AM
Does anybody know where I can get the book? Is there an ebook?
Here itīs hard to get the movie, so the book is impossible... :D
Itīs not very common to find the books that still havenīt been translated to Portuguese (and some of the translations arentīgood AT ALL ŽŽ) .
December 11th, 2009, 01:10 PM
I got lucky and found it at a local library.
Sorry, I know that's not much help!
April 20th, 2010, 09:38 AM
I found the book at a used bookstore. It's in great condition, and a friend gave me the movie for Christmas. I enjoy reading the book, and watching the movie.
April 21st, 2010, 01:26 PM
isnt there a novel yet
all i can find is the screen play
April 21st, 2010, 01:33 PM
No, there is (and will not) be a novel for this. It was written just for the mini-series.
April 21st, 2010, 01:51 PM
It takes a little getting used to-but soon you don't even notice the "direction", you just get "swept away"(pun intended)by the story-course, years of reading ole Bill Shakespeare helped with that...:grinning:
August 24th, 2010, 07:36 PM
Does this come as a regular novel? I only have the screenplay as well.
August 24th, 2010, 07:43 PM
No, it was only written as a screenplay--or more accurately, teleplay as it was for television.
September 20th, 2010, 06:45 AM
I read this,checking it out at the library, even before I saw the tv show and I was blown away.
This is defiently my favorte SK book (if I may call it that...couldn't find it under the Novel or Story Collections here on sk.com) and I read it twice in sucession I loved it so muchc.
L. is so creepy andand SK did such a good job characterizing him...I was simply blown away.
December 13th, 2012, 09:06 AM
I'm currently reading the teleplay, and I love it. I have the french version of the book ( hard cover and all ), and I'm so thrilled to own it. I got it in a Rotary Club used book sale, almost brand new for $4.). I have never read a screen or tele play before, and I must say, it's another kind of reading, but so far I can picture every moment of the ABC presentation of Storm of the Centurey. I adore Colm Feore, a great actor and he speaks great french. Fantastic story and great cast. Scenario is amazing of course!!! It's super to read this in winter.:)
December 13th, 2012, 02:12 PM
I read this book in French and really enjoyed it. I liked the fact that it was a screenplay and not a novel-- I figured whoever eventually made it into a movie couldn't change the story around too much because Sai King had given such clear directions on how it should all be played out. It's definitely a great book to read in winter!
January 31st, 2013, 08:53 PM
Screenplay writing, and reading, is certainly a different genre to be sure. I've written two screenplays myself and it's the preferred method of writing for me. One does get used to its truncated cadence although the more expressive nature of fiction writing shows better writing command, in my opinion. It's one of the reasons why Stephen King is Stephen King.
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