What Rough Beast, Its Hour Come Round At Last

Posted: May 13, 2013 in Uncategorized
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The StandIt’s that time again; I’ve got another piece up at Zombie Hamster, this one regarding Stephen King’s novel The Stand, and the miniseries that was based on it. When I first learned that we’d be doing a month of Stephen King retrospectives, I immediately jumped on this book; it was the first novel by King that I’d read, at the tender age of twelve, the year it came out. I have re-read it more times than I can remember, and can practically tell the entire story from memory. Hell, it may have been the first ‘adult’ novel I ever read. Who better to write about it, right?

The Stand: A Bang, A Whimper, and A Glimmer of Hope

Well, this proved to be an exceedingly difficult piece to write. I get the themes that King was addressing, and it still works today. In fact, many of the themes are even more applicable today than they were thirty-five years ago. That said, I’m not sure I did it justice, particularly when it comes to the miniseries. My first copy of the book, paperback, had a note on the back, indicating that it would soon be a motion picture which, as mentioned in the article, never happened. The eventual miniseries…well…I wanted to be kind. I really did. But in the end, I had to settle for being honest instead.

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