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Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay

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For the first time in Stephen King's remarkable publishing history, the master storyteller presents an all-new, original tale written expressly for the television screen.

They're calling it the Storm of the Century, and it's coming hard. The residents of Little Tall Island have seen their share of nasty Maine Nor'easters, but this one is different. Not only is it packing hu
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Paperback, 376 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Pocket Books (first published 1999)
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Becky
I remember seeing Storm of the Century (the movie) back when it first came out and really, really loving it. I've seen it a few times since then, but I'd yet to read the screenplay, so I did.

I have to say that I wasn't disappointed. I don't know if I would say that either one is better than the other... Each version brings something to the table. The movie version has creepy perfect Colm Feore, and while the book has stills from the movie, they just don't do him justice. And the movie has effec
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Faouzia
Another very interesting, creepy, disturbing story by Mr Stephen King. I greatly enjoyed it, especially that it's written in an original style, different from the rest of his books.
In the edition i read, Mr King explained how he got the idea of this book and that the more he thought of it, the more he saw it as a movie and that's why he wrote as a movie script.

That's what caught me at the beginning. It was really interesting to picture the different scenes and characters, i mean i can usually pi
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Слави Ганев
От http://slovoyadets.blogspot.com/

Преди време, когато си въобразявах, че писането на сценарии е като за мен проучвах усилено въпроса. Даже се записах на курс. Забавно, но безсмислено ако никога не употребиш знанията. И някъде тогава прочетох "Бурята на века" на английски. От година вече се чете и на български.

Това е брилянтен учебник на тема "Как се пише сценарий ако вече си пробил в бизнеса" и нелош самоучител, ако някой иска да се запознае с техническата част от това начинание, пък и как се с
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Васил Койнарев
И така, бях обещал няколко думи за книгата, ето ги и тях:

"Бурята на века", ако сте пропуснали да разберете, не е типичният роман, а сценарий. Да - сценарий. Кинг сам пише във въведението си, че прекрасната идея за тази история му хрумва като роман за телевизията - сценарий. Затова той сяда и пише такъв. Сценарият веднага е екранизиран (1999 - Бурята на века - 3 серии по 91 минути) и филмът се води като най-добрата екранизация по Кинг (може би след Шоушенк).

След големия успех на филма, Кинг решав
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Noelia
Son 3,5 estrellas, y no sé por qué, pero en este caso redondeo para abajo. ¡Goodreads, por favor habilitá las medias estrellas!

Yendo a la review, pensé que iba a ser difícil y que me iba a distraer el formato guión, pero la verdad es que fluye bárbaro. Perdés en descripciones y en profundidad, pero ganás en ir al punto, en contar la historia más rápidamente (no en cuanto a velocidad, sino en cuanto a avance de hecho en hecho).

Hay personajes queribles y hay otros detestables. Llegué a la conclusi
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Omaira
"Un libro diferente a lo que estamos acostumbrados, pues realmente es un guión de televisión, que nos narra como los habitantes de una isla se ven aislados por una tormenta y encima deben hacer frente a la aparición de un hombre misterioso que amenaza las vidas de todos ellos. Con una estructura que hace un poco confusa la lectura al principio, el relato va atrapando al lector y mostrando los estragos que pueden causar ciertos sucesos en las actitudes de la gente y como quien menos te lo esperas ...more
Raegan
-Weird/Not my thing.
Danny Gonzales
This is one of my favorite Stephen King mini-series. The Stand is a close second except for a few corny moments in it. Langoliers not so much. To some people this may be a typical Stephen King story but there is something really profound and deeply disturbing about the ending. King tackles the theme of the loss of a child again which seems to go through other works of his like Cujo and in Pet Semetary. The devastation a parent must feel. Andre Linoge is an evil, inhuman creature who beats an old ...more
Adriana
Un libro que no deja que lo sueltes ni un segundo, y cuando es realmente necesario que lo hagas, no puedes dejar de pensar en él. Es sorprendentemente fácil de leer, y debo admitir que la noche en que lo terminé me costó un poco de trabajo conciliar el sueño pensando en qué pasaría si de pronto un André Linoge apareciera. Croatoan me provocó un déjà vu y fue una sensación increíble, además de que no me lo pude sacar de la mente por un buen rato. El argumento es fascinante y el buen desarrollo de ...more
El
(ETA movie review at the end.)

I started this book last night, which was perfect timing: A storm was coming in and the wind outside was insane. Just like in this screenplay.

The story takes place in February 1989 on Little Tall Island off the coast of (you got it) Maine. The Storm of the Century is threatening to roll through, and with it comes a stranger to the area, Andre Linoge. He's creeptastic in the way that most of King's villains are; but there's not a whole lot new here. Small community
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Juan Nieto Cano
Es un libro bueno muy bueno, de principio a fin. Al principio me preocupaba la forma en que estaba escrito, tipo guión de película porque creía que me podría cortar un poco asimilar su lectura, pero con sólo llevar 10 ó 15 páginas leída te acostumbras. Lo bueno de estar escrito tipo guión es que te lo pone todo de manera que lo visualizas al instante, como si lo estuvieses viendo de el momento, e incluso parece hasta más emocionante. Aunque también me habría gustado mucho que SK hubiese adaptado ...more
Susan Kelley
February, 1989; Little Tall Island, Maine

It's all the weathercasters can talk about - the Storm of the Century. It'll be a blizzard, white-out conditions that will last for days. The tiny island community of Little Tall Island is ready. They've stocked up on provisions. They have the emergency shelter prepared. The islanders can take whatever the storm throws at them, ayuh. They have no way of knowing that evil is about to break through, an evil that will take and take, an evil that will change
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Craig
To state the obvious: this is a television screenplay, not a novel, so it can't be rated as or compared to novels. One has to take into account that films have budgets, and that whole arguable picture-painting-a-thousand-words homily comes into play. I found it to be a very enjoyable read as a play, with some familiar nods to King's other works (of course), as well as to some of the classic plot tropes of classic literature. (Save it for a stormy night, of course!)
Jordan West
3.5 stars; as always, King's work epitomizes the character-centric mode of horror fiction, while personally I tend to prefer the likes of M.R. James, Lovecraft, and Ligotti where atmosphere, plot, imagery, and philosophy are instead emphasized over characterization. Preferences aside, despite its screenplay format and the restrictions of being written for television, ithis succeeds as a surprisingly dark piece of entertainment with a fascinating antagonist who reminded me somewhat of the inhabit ...more
Laura jelenkovich
Bello, bellissimo, oh quanto mi è piaciuto. Non avevo mai letto una sceneggiatura e devo dire che è stata una rivelazione. Il genio di Stephen King è così grande che non so come avrei potuto pensarla diversamente. Mi inchino al grande maestro. Devo assolutamente vedere la mini serie. E procurarmi un generatore per quest'inverno.
Toni
Nov 28, 2014 Toni rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Terrifying, every time I read it. Makes me appreciate being born not in a small, closeknit town. Or with any interesting birthmarks.
Lucy
Awesome! My kids have been watching the movie over & over (after all that is what Hell is-repetition) & they scare themselves every time! As with all of his books, there are characters you love & empathize with (Mike), ones who get on your nerves (the whole Beals family, except maybe Mama Beals), & the characters you hate (Molly!). I also love the way King has characters, items, or themes references pop up from his different book. You know you are a King fan when you notice these ...more
Steve
I am a die-hard Stephen King fan. My wife and I own every book he's published, both in hardcover and paperback (for easier portability). The reason I find Mr. King so engaging as a writer is his interstitial narration, and the moments of indirect characterization that make his characters come to life. Unfortunately, none of that is present in this particular piece.

The problem comes from the format he's chosen - a screenplay. Screenplays are not big on narration (though the small parts he can't h
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Jakob Jones
The book was about an island that gets attacked by a large storm. Durhe ing this relentless storm, there is a man who appears that has people kill themselves. He can do this because he is actually a warlock who is going to die of old age. He says that if you give him what he wants he will go away. The main character is the islands sheriff and he arrested the warlock because he slaughtered an old lady just before the storm started. from jail, he uses his magic wand that takes the form of his cane ...more
BoekenTrol
Sep 28, 2011 BoekenTrol rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to read both plays and King
Usually for me books by Stephen King are a good read. They make me shiver, almost look under my bed at night to really make sure there's nothing underneath, waiting for me.
But, this one I did not like at all. To tell the thruth: I did not get past page 20 or so. I simply could not read it.
Okay, it has been a while since I read a play, but nevertheless, the desritions of scenery disturbed reading and getting into the story very much.

I might give it another try, someday. But... not just yet.
Donald
To begin with, I did not like the format that this is written in, so I've dinged it a couple of stars. But I did like the story quite a bit! Having an island community cut off while a crazy man stalks its residents is pretty awesome! Linoge, the bad guy, is great! From his tag line, "If you give me what I want, I'll go away", to his song, "I'm a Little Teapot", to his silver wolf's head cane, he's just the baddest! And he knows their sins! I liked all the details, like the fairy saddle, the Roan ...more
Joe
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Chiara
Romanzo originale, non tanto per la trama in se, ma per come è stato scritto, in stile "copione cinematografico".
Potrebbe sembrare una scelta azzardata, ma le scelte azzardate di King si rivelano sempre le migliori.
Nick
the last dip back into my middle school favorite author of stephen king... this one sealed the deal, and I moved on to greener pastures. If you like drama/horror type stories, the classics are certainly worth it.
Soho_black
Having been a big fan of Stephen King for a number of years, I was pretty sure that I had a copy of everything he’d released for sale. In some cases, I had more than one version or more than one format of the same thing. There wasn’t anything a bookshop could throw at me with Stephen King’s name on it as the author that I would be interested in buying because I already had done.

Or so I thought. That lasted until I got to the US and wandered into Barnes & Noble on New York City’s 5th Avenue.
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Melanie
I am a huge King fan and finally read this one. I must say that it is my least fav and I actually had to force myself to finish it. Could be that it is written as a screenplay which I am not used to.
David
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Cathy
It was kinda hard reading in screenplay format. I've ordered the movie.

I'd have liked it better written as a novel.
Rainey
I don't believe I've ever reviewed a screenplay before, but Storm of the Century is worth the review.
I watched Storm of the Century in its multiple parts when it first aired in 1999, and I could not have been more enthralled. Cold, dark, and suffocating, this story is everything I could want in an atmospheric horror- an entire town akin to the stifling feel of the Overlook Hotel. I have since read the screenplay and rewatched the film several times. Each time, I get wrapped up in the cold terro
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Angel R
The written screen play was pretty boring but I liked the movie.
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