Another good piece from James Smythe in the Guardian as part of his on-going quest to re-read all of Stephen King‘s published work in chronological order. This week he tackles “The Shining” and even manages to give a pretty even handed comparison between the book and Stanley Kubrick‘s later film adaptation which is held in great esteemby many but apparently reviled byKing and many fans. I think I’d have to go with Smythe on this one – they are two seperate entities which can be enjoyed equally on their own merits but the writer in me can see why Stephen King was so narked to see what Kubrick turned the book into and how a lot of the key themes and elements of characterisation in the book were essentially tossed away in the film version.
Read the article for yourself – Rereading Stephen Kig: week three
- Rereading Stephen King: week three – The Shining (guardian.co.uk)
- Re-reading Stephen King (billrobertson55.wordpress.com)
- Rereading Stephen King: week two – Salem’s Lot (guardian.co.uk)