“Doctor Sleep” is Stephen King’s latest novel, and it’s a very good specimen of the quintessential King blend. According to Vladimir Nabokov, Salvador Dalí was “really Norman Rockwell’s twin brother kidnapped by gypsies in babyhood.” But actually there were triplets: the third one is Stephen King."
-- Margaret Atwood writing in the The New York Times
I have my copy ordered and now anxiously awaiting 9/24 for its release. I love teaching King's stuff--I've used The Shining for my Gothic literature and film class to discuss why even the best film directors can screw up: what was Kubrick thinking? The man was entirely concerned, like many directors, with his own vision. Kubrick had a distinctive style, but his casting sucked: Jack Nicholson chews the scenery in every single flick he makes, always playing his manic self; Shelly Duvall was all wrong for Wendy, especially as wife of somebody like Nicholson, who was also too old to play Jack Torrence. Duvall is not attractive enough or strong enough as an actress to play Wendy, especially considering how King describes her character. Danny Lloyd, however, was spot on as Danny. The screenplay mangled King's story and totally changed the ethos in the same way that the last Beowulf was mangled. King's forte is the Uncanny and his handling of the Abject, which has a lot of similarity to Poe's morality stories, but with a contemporary twist that comes out of King's own views of the world. He has vision, but he is also wonderful at describing this vision, which is why I also use "On Writing" with my freshman composition classes. I'm sure Dr. Sleep will be made into a movie--King has the Midas touch, even with projects that aren't good due to poor, egotistic direction. BTW, Happy Birthday, Mr. King. Hope it was a happy one!