The Stand

Discussion in 'Books' started by PoemBased, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. PoemBased

    PoemBased Member

    I never regreted finishing a book more then that one. I grew so attached to the characters that when I was finished I felt like some of my close friends moved. And the Lincoln Tunnel seen!!! that was so simple yet so creepy. Anyone else love it as much as I?
     
  2. hotwater

    hotwater Senior Member

    The Stand was the first book I read by Stephen King back in the late 1980's, and while I loved every minute of it, SK is such a prolific writer that there was always another book on the way.


    I think I've read everyone of his books [​IMG]

    My favorite is still surprisingly (after all these years) Pet Sematary probably because of the circumstances at the time which really struck a cord.


    Hotwater
     
  3. dudenamedrob

    dudenamedrob peace lily

    I love The Stand, it's an epic, great book.
     
  4. The_Walrus

    The_Walrus Sgt. Pepper

    I'm as big of a Stephen King fan as it gets, but I just cannot get through The Stand. I think it sounds amazing, but I just can't get into it. I keep trying...
     
  5. PoemBased

    PoemBased Member

    Realy Walrus? I ate that book, it was an extension of my hand for 4 days the first time, and about 3 the second. Whats your fav book, maybe knowing that I can help to understand why
     
  6. UsefulIdiot

    UsefulIdiot Member

    I started this one earlier this year, but havent gotten to fihish it yet...
     
  7. frkadela

    frkadela Member

    One of my favourite books is "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" by Patrick Süskind...
    Great book...

    But, I prefer to read philosophical books...
    Like "Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None"...
     
  8. The_Walrus

    The_Walrus Sgt. Pepper

    My favorite Stephen King book (and favorite book of all time) is It.
     
  9. PoemBased

    PoemBased Member

    I actualy never read it, I catch a lot of heat because of that too. Is it really close to the movie?
     
  10. The_Walrus

    The_Walrus Sgt. Pepper

    Ehhh, it's relatively close to the movie... but still miles better. I've read it at least four or five times. It's a beast (in size, but so is The Stand), but it's so worth reading.
     
  11. dudenamedrob

    dudenamedrob peace lily

    The movie follows the same very basic plot line, but leaves ALOT out.........I mean ALOT...the movie does no justice to the book, the book is MUCH MUCH better.
     
  12. spooner

    spooner is done.

    I've always found film to be kinder to Stephen King's stories than literature.

    I've always found his writing mediocre at best, but Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me were amazing as movies.
     
  13. dudenamedrob

    dudenamedrob peace lily

    He's definitely a mediocre writer, I agree with that......but he's a good story teller, quite imaginative. Stephen King is who I turn to when I want to read something for pure mindless entertainment value that requires no thought, it's like watching television.
     
  14. Boogabaah

    Boogabaah I am not here

    i read this book 4 times one summer about 10 years ago. the creepest thing about it , wasn't the story, but when i was on the bus or in the store and someone near me coughed or sneezed.. i'd think "ooh no! thats how it started!" yes, it made me slightly paranoid while reading it. thats what i like about his writing, makes me think of the story, even when i'm not reading it.
     
  15. spooner

    spooner is done.

    Exactly. I'd consider it pulp, but people tend to get a little offended when you say it.
     
  16. PoemBased

    PoemBased Member

    I'll have to try it then, I guess thats going to be next on my list. Size never matters to me... and thats no innuendo.

    BTW to the other comments about SK being mediocre, I disagree. I enjoy his ability to avoid discriptive detail, allowing your mind to build its own picture, while focusing all his strength on the plot... But you are right, he is an amazing story teller. His ideas are uncanny and original.
     
  17. spooner

    spooner is done.

    Dunno. Weak prose, weak symbolism, weak metaphor to me equals weak literature.

    It's one guys opinion tho.
     
  18. one_hip_mama

    one_hip_mama Member

    I have worn out multiple copies of "The Stand". The only problem I have with it is Stephen King has a tendancy to ramble sometimes. The story itself is so amazing though, I overlook that.
     
  19. The_Walrus

    The_Walrus Sgt. Pepper

    I think Stephen King's a good writer. Maybe he's not the best writer of all time, but he certainly is one HELL of a storyteller, as we've concluded. I wouldn't say he's a mediocre writer, though.
     
  20. hotwater

    hotwater Senior Member

    I think Stephen King is an excellent writer :)

    although I admit in part, some of the fascination I have with Stephen King are the locations on which his stories are based. I live in New Hampshire just a stones throw away from Maine, and I'm familiar with the towns and the general topography of the areas.

    My girlfriend and I even drove the route of The Long Walk (which he published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman)


    Hotwater
     

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