Was Stephen King right to hate Stanley Kubrick’s Shining?
Hollywood has always played fast and loose with novels — risking the author’s wrath by changing plot and characters. Joe Dunthorne looks back on some memorable film cheats.
IMHO, they are both masterpieces. They aren’t the same medium. I read and loved the book and no one who knows me can say I have anything against either of these guys. “Kubrick’s treatment”, imho, is a masterpiece and Stephen is too big for his britches to bitch about it.
i saw a made for tv version that apparently had Stephen’s endorsement. it sucked donkey ass through a 40 foot straw.
someone who makes a movie can’t put every single page on the screen and sometimes has to carve on it some to get it to fit on the screen. all due respect to the critic on the guardian, but my money LOVED what he did with it.
it’s practically a school of thought all its own, a cottage industry even, disparaging the films of King’s books.
i wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a Stephen King authority, but to me his best work is never really pure “horror”.
“Tommyknockers” was an indictment of the nuclear power industry. “It” was an homage to childhood innocence, in all its guilty truth.
And “The Shinging”, like it or not, was about an alcoholic marriage, complete with domestic violence.
i ache for conversations like this. this is all i would do if i had buddies again. this is the kind of thing sgc and i would talk about. music, art, film. politickles. whatever was on the news.
i am going to attempt to stop using, “imho”. let’s face it, my opinions are rarely humble. you’d be arrogant too if you were me. but what i mean by the qualifier is that i recognize that others have their opinions and i recognize them. i may not always respect or agree with them but i recognize that i am not the only person in the meeting.