I read Joyland and loved it, so I decided to go back and read Stephen's first hard crime book, The Colorado Kid. It was an interesting read and very mysterious, but I missed the characterization that seems to be a trademark of his best works. Although I enjoyed the old reporters and their protege, I didn't feel a connection to them, just to the story that was unraveling. However, out of the Colorado Kid came the great SyFy series Haven, and the novel helped show me the genesis of the television show; its Bible, I suppose. I have read interviews where Stephen has said that what Hollywood does to some of his books isn't always to his liking, but I hope he likes the show Haven; I think it's an outstanding tribute and extension to and of the book.
Loved Colorado Kid, the feel of pulp fiction by SK. Watched Haven, but soon lost interest. Many say it got better in later seasons.
I thought the third season was considerably better than the first two. The first two got damn close to being unwatchable at times; it was only the actors (and the King "connection") that kept me watching. But I've ended up being glad I stuck it out.
Seriously, though, it's got very little to do with The Colorado Kid. It's got about as much fidelity to King's work as the sequels to Children of the Corn have.
I like Haven, 1st season was interesting, 2nd awful, 3rd was the best.
I love the easter eggs, and yes, but I disagree it doesn't have anything to do with the book...
We have the 2 journalists, The Colorado Kid (whose mystery is pretty much what drives the story, like the book). The only thing that's left is Stephannie, but I bet she will appear sooner or latter (probably the last episode, where the 2 old journalists will tell her the story of Audrey Parker and The Colorado Kid).
King once said he was okay with the series, but it more like X-Files. So I think his answer to the series is... meh.
The journalists are ornery and have the same names, but otherwise they bear no similarity to the characters in the novel. The Colorado Kid himself is merely somebody else referred to as "the Colorado Kid"; beyond that, no similarity other than the being-found-dead thing.
Ultimately, it doesn't much matter. You either like the show or you don't. I've kinda grown to like it, personally, as long as I don't have to hear the producers talk about how it's an adaptation of the novel. They didn't even have the sense to realize King had already used the name "Haven" for a town.
I personally love Haven. I like it way better than the "Under the Dome" series that is finishing up right now. UTD is ok, but I find myself zoning out frequently and it doesn't really hold my attention too much. It can't hold a candle to the book. I think Haven is an awesome show, primarily due to the characters. Audrey and Duke are fantastic characters. I can't think of any character portrayal in Under the Dome that I find to be very good, outside of maybe Junior Rennie.
As far as the Colorado Kid book, I remember the first time I read it being very disappointed at the lack of any sort of resolution at the end. I have the audio book and have listened to it 2 more times and I can appreciate it a lot more now and even the fact that it leaves so many loose ends. It makes you think and that is a good thing.