This is a book of four novellas, three of which were turned into movies, and two of those three nominated for multiple Oscars. Incidentally, they're also the three novellas in this collection that aren't even King's typical fare, horror.
I haven't read a whole lot of King, but what I have I've loved. This set of books is supposed to be some of King's best writing and even with my limited experience, I can tell he's in top form.
I've been on a King kick lately and couldn't resist reading the inspiration for one of my favorite movies, The Shawshank Redemption. I don't know if I'll get to the rest any time soon, but here's a review of the first:Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
(finished reading May 23, 2012)
The movie is only titled "The Shawshank Redemption" and with the little research I did, I learned it was because they didn't want people thinking it was a movie about Rita Hayworth's life (before the movie was really underway, they received multiple solicitations from actresses to play the lead).
For me, and I'm sure plenty of other people, the movie and the novella will always be intertwined. Not only did I see the movie first (and as many times as it's been on TV), but I had no idea it was based on a Stephen King story. It's a classic in both formats.
Of course, directly after reading this, I had to watch the movie again, and it's really spot-on. There are actually very little changes made to the story (like what happens to Tommy) and absolutely nothing that changes the story in any way. I was honestly wondering if Stephen King thought the minor changes were actually improvements even.
Also, for some final movie trivia facts, King considers
this movie, Stand by Me (film adaptation of The Body below), and The Mist to be his favorite adaptations of his works.
I doubt you need a synopsis, but if you've been living under a rock and haven't actually seen the movie, this is a tale of an innocent man falsely sent to prison for killing his wife and her lover. It details his trials with people such as the "sisters," the ways prisoners cope (or don't cope) with prison life, and as the title of this section of the book suggests - hope.
I've been told that this is some of King's best writing and I have to admit it is some of the best I've ever read. So much of the movie is filled with the same narration as the book and even some of the same dialogue and there's a reason for it - there's no need to change it, it's perfect the way it is. (5 out of 5 Stars)Apt PupilThe Body
(finished reading July 1, 2013)
This was the second story in Different Seasons I decided to read and probably the second most famous on account of the Rob Reiner film. After having read the book and just watched the movie, it's apparent why the movie is so great. It almost mirrors the book exactly, with many of the great lines from the book. I don't know why filmmakers don't learn already that this is what makes a great book-to-film movie. Don't deviate or at least attempt a minimum of deviations.
From the "goocher" to "ranking out" someone's mom to everything being "boss," The Body might be a bit dated, but it still amazes me how King can really bring you into his world, slang and all. This book really describes the relationship amongst boys and the thought I continued to have throughout was how sad it is that kids these days just won't have experiences like this anymore. Well, not that anyone really wants this type of experience (this is King and that means it ain't pretty), but we don't have adventures anymore and that makes me truly sad.
Not only is the world we live in filled with pedophiles and psychos so that parents can't even let their kids out on their own, kids are so busy with TV and video games (amongst the myriad of electronics) that we literally have to have commercials telling them to go play for 60 minutes a day.
There are so many things wrong with this I can't even begin to explain.
So it's a sad day for adventures, but it's a good thing we have Stephen King to remind us what it's like to never show fear in front of your friends and never (and I mean NEVER) rank out someone about their family unless you mean it. (4 out of 5 Stars)The Breathing Method