This week’s question: What are your favorite books that have been made in to movies?
Answer: Since it’s Halloween tomorrow, I thought I’d tell you about my favorite Stephen King books that have been made in to movies. I know I’ve talked about all of these before, but I don’t know if I’ve put them all in one post.
Ironically, my favorite Stephen King movies aren’t the super-scary ones. My favorite King book and movie is The Green Mile. The story is thought-provoking, and the cast of the movie is perfect.
At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers as depraved as the psychopathic "Billy the Kid" Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in "Old Sparky." Here guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them. But good or evil, innocent or guilty, none have ever seen the brutal likes of the new prisoner, John Coffey, sentenced to death for raping and murdering two young girls. Is Coffey a devil in human form? Or is he a far, far different kind of being?
My next two favorite movies come from the book Different Seasons. This is a collection of King’s novellas, and it’s really good. If you’re new to Stephen King, I’d suggest starting with this book. Some of his best writing is in this collection. One novella is called The Body. It was adapted in to the movie Stand by Me. The novella and the movie both have very realistic child characters.
Another movie adaptation from Different Seasons is Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. This became the movie The Shawshank Redemption. It’s another movie with a great cast.
From the magical pen of Stephen King, four mesmerizing novellas . . .
Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption: An unjustly imprisoned convict seeks a strange and startling revenge.
Apt Pupil: Todd Bowden is one of the top students in his high school class and a typical American sixteen-year-old—until he becomes obsessed with the dark and deadly past of an older man in town.
The Body: Four rambunctious young boys plunge through the façade of a small town and come face-to-face with life, death, and intimations of their own mortality.
The Breathing Method: A disgraced woman is determined to triumph over death.
Since it is Halloween, I guess I should mention a scary Stephen King movie. One of my favorites is Misery. Annie Wilkes is creepy. She’s one of my favorite fictional bad guys.
Misery Chastain was dead. Paul Sheldon had just killed her—with relief, with joy. Misery had made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of bestsellers. And now he wanted to get on to some real writing.
That's when the car accident happened, and he woke up in pain in a strange bed. But it wasn't the hospital. Annie Wilkes had pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs.
The good news was that Annie was a nurse and had painkilling drugs. The bad news was that she was Paul's Number One Fan. And when she found out what Paul had done to Misery, she didn't like it. She didn't like it at all.
Which of your favorite books have become movies?
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