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Apt Pupil by Stephen King
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Jul 09, 08

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While the purpose of 'Apt Pupil' to explore the cancerous nature of evil and the corruptability of youth, the set-up to the story's premise is a bit goofy, and I felt that King only scratched the surface of the complex themes and ideas he presents here. While I didn't like Bryan Singer's adaptation of the novella to film, I thought it was wise of him to change certain aspects of the story the way he did, even though he was also unable to do them justice. Still, it's a damn compelling read, and one I gobbled up page by page, as it works perfectly well as a psychological thriller in most places, which is where it succeeds where Singer's subsequent film failed.

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