Kingcast 2.14: The worst Stephen King adaptations, with Bryant Burnette

The Langoliers

Those hungry ol’ Langoliers from the TV adaptation, also known as the point at which all the wind went out of the sails. Image from http://www.joshshalek.com/?s=langoliers

Oh, it’s easy to point to Misery, the Frank Darabont movies or Kubrick’s The Shining and talk about GOOD Stephen King adaptations. But it takes two true fans to talk about the ones we hate, or hate to love, love to hate.

That’s why I invited Bryant Burnette back on the podcast to talk about some of the … less successful… King projects that have hit the big or small screens. And of course, just after I put the episode to bed, CBS announced that Under the Dome was cancelled as of its season finale September 10. In any case, Bryant is a great conversationalist, and I think you’ll enjoy the chat. I know I did.

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Kingcast 2.13: Confinement and isolation part 2

3581398184_ea3fc1f51b_zIn Part 2 of my thoughts about the role of isolation and confinement, I take a slightly deeper dive into a few of King’s works that center on isolation and confinement: Gerald’s Game, Misery, and The Long Walk.

These three works, perhaps more than anything else in the King canon, use isolation — mostly physical, but really psychological and spiritual — as the mechanism of character development and to drive the action.

 

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Works that I mentioned or at least thought about in the two parts of this series:
Novels: 
Gerald’s Game 
Misery 
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon 
Long Walk 
Eyes of the Dragon 
Dolores Claiborne
Dark Tower
Green Mile 
Under the Dome
Tommyknockers
Regulators
The Shining
Rage 
Short fiction: 
Different Seasons: 
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
Everything’s Eventual: 
Autopsy Room Four
In the Deathroom
Lunch at the Gotham Café
1408
That feeling, you can only say what it is in French
Night Shift: 
Battleground
Trucks
The Ledge
Children of the Corn
The Woman in the Room
Jerusalem’s Lot
Skeleton Crew: 
The Mist
The Raft
Beachworld
Survivor Type
Just After Sunset: 
Rest Stop
Stationary Bike
N.
A Very Tight Place
Nighmares & Dreamscapes: 
Dolan’s Cadillac
You know they got a hell of a band
Rainy Sesason
Sorry Right Number
Crouch End
The House on Maple Street
Home Delivery
(Image: “The Long Walk”, CC-licenced by Flickr user Stuart Pilbrow)

Kingcast 2.12 — Confinement and isolation, part 1.

Photo CC-licenced by https://www.flickr.com/photos/brownpau/Yes, the podcast is late. Would you believe… I was locked in a portapotty? Handcuffed to a bed? Trapped in a house with a psychotic nurse?

This episode is about confinement and isolation. From Carrie White’s closet to Under the Dome, there’s a LOOONG list of works that use the concept of physical, geographical, or psychological isolation as a fundamental factor in the characters and action of King’s fiction.  Enjoy! There will be more next week.

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Works mentioned:

  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Desperation
  • Gerald’s Game 
  • “Home Delivery” (Nightmares and Dreamscapes)
  • “Jerusalem’s Lot” (Night Shift)
  • The Long Walk
  • Misery  
  • “The Mist” (Skeleton Crew)
  • Rage
  • “Rainy Season”  (Nightmares and Dreamscapes)
  • The Regulators  
  • Roadwork
  • Salem’s Lot 
  • The Tommyknockers 
  • Under the Dome
  • “You know they got a hell of a band”  (Nightmares and Dreamscapes)

 

Kingcast 2.11: Reelin’ in the Years — King chronologically part 1.

Listener and commenter Tom Leroux was kind enough to put an idea in my head. Why not go through the King bibliography chronologically. So here we go. This is not the first time someone has done this: the folks at Cemetery Dance have been carrying on with Stephen King Revisited for almost a year now, led by Richard Chizmar.

In any case, here’s my first cut at the chronology: my take on Carrie, the first novel King published. Hope you enjoy.

There won’t be a fresh Kingcast next week — I’m taking a little time off. But I’ll upload something from the archives and be back with 2.12 in two weeks.

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Show notes:

The Kingcast is sponsored by Audible, the company that unleashes the power of the spoken word. Click on www.audibletrial.com/TheKingCast to get a free 30-day trial from Audible.

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Kingcast 2.10: Collecting (my thoughts) with Kevin Waters

Episode 2.10 is the first of a periodic series I hope to have on the show that I’ll call “The Collectors.” I’m interested in the phenomenon of collecting, and particularly of Stephen King collectors. My first guest on this segment is Kevin Waters, who has what is to my mind a pretty awesome collection of Kingiana. We chatted for about 30 minutes, and you’ll find some of his favourite items in the photo gallery. Enjoy!

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Show notes:

The Stephen King Message Board is part of Stephen King.com. Click here to browse, and hope to see you there.

The Kingcast is sponsored by Audible, the company that unleashes the power of the spoken word. Click on www.audibletrial.com/TheKingCast to get a free 30-day trial from Audible.

And don’t forget about the Kingcast’s Patreon campaign. Every donation helps!

The Library Policeman ain’t what he used to be.

"The Library Policeman", by illustrator "The House of Ideas" on Deviantart

“The Library Policeman”, by illustrator “The House of Ideas” on Deviantart

Apparently, Stephen King books are not only bestsellers, but best-stealers too. At least that’s what a Toronto Star report about the Toronto Public Library would have us believe.

The Star uncovered numbers about books that get borrowed but never returned to the Toronto Public Library, North America’s largest library system.

The good news for lovers of books and of libraries is that the 100,000 items not returned make up a tiny percentage of the books owned and circulated —  99.84 per cent of the books loaned are returned.

And it’s probably not surprising that children’s authors are at the top of the list, with the top three being Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss, and Geronimo Stilton (who I have never heard of).

Our own Uncle Stevie ends up in fifth place. Only James Patterson disappears more frequently from the Toronto library system than King. After King come Eric Jerome Dickey (Wanted Woman), Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Mashashi Kishimoto (Naruto), and Shakespeare. Danielle Steel is last on the top-10 list. One fervently hopes that her books are being stolen to spare other readers from the experience.

Apparently, the Library Policeman must still be trying to get the better of that ball of Twizzlers.

 

Episode 2.9: Stephen King and the error-prone ourobouros

"Ourobouros, a CC-licenced image from Flickr user  hackerfriendly

Episode 2.9 of The Kingcast takes a look at two things that people comment on frequently when it comes to Stephen King’s fiction: errors or anachronisms that pop up, and the fact that he frequently writes about characters in circumstances quite similar to his own.

From his early short stories to his most recent novel, Stephen King has always taken the circumstances of his own life and thrown them into the mixing bowl. But perhaps a more useful question to ask is what lessons can King’s writing teach us from the elements of his life and what he observes of life? 

When it comes to errors, I have two simple pieces of advice:

  1. Don’t pop up in an online community out of nowhere and announce triumphantly that on page 455 of “The Drawing of the Three” King says Susannah is STANDING BEHIND ROLAND HOW IN THE NAME OF GOD CAN PEOPLE BE SO STUPID. It’s the equivalent of walking into a dinner party and letting out a loud and odoriferous fart.
  2. If the error derails your enjoyment, there’s definitely blame to be laid on the author / editor / publisher. But not every error should destroy the spell a book can cast over a reader, wouldn’t you agree?
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Show notes:

The Stephen King Message Board is part of Stephen King.com. Click here to browse, and hope to see you there.

Friend of the podcast Bryant Burnette’s blog is: “The Truth Inside The Lie.

The Kingcast is sponsored by Audible, the company that unleashes the power of the spoken word. Click on www.audibletrial.com/TheKingCast to get a free 30-day trial from Audible.

And don’t forget about the Kingcast’s Patreon campaign. Every donation helps!

Kingcast 2.8: Stephen King’s 1970s and the “real” 1970s

This time on the Kingcast, we delve into the political history of the decade that forged Stephen King’s career as a writer: the 1970s.

From Three Mile Island to The Stand to Watergate to  Firestarter to George Wallace to The Dead Zone, there’s a rich thread of political and cultural subtexts in King’s 1970s writing. Professor of American Studies Chris Lewis of Colorado University joined me for a discussion of everything from biological weapons to Richard Nixon to survival and morality after an apocalypse.

You can listen to episode 2.8, which runs around 36 minutes with housekeeping and an edited interview:

 

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Or you can listen to the whole interview, which will take about an hour.

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QUESTION OF THE MONTH: Stephen King misconceptions!

ANOTHER NEW FEATURE! The question of the month!

This feature was prompted by a truly moronic web list: “9 Geniuses That Success Can Come Over Night.” One of the geniuses is Stephen King, because he supposedly wrote “The Running Man” in three days.

I plan on addressing that in a July episode, but it got me thinking — what do you think are the biggest misunderstandings or misconceptions or myths about King? Tell me, and I’ll use your comments in an upcoming episode.

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In the meantime, enjoy some music. Here’s Genesis with… misunderstanding.

Cuddly Cthulhu contest closes Sunday night!

I’ve been getting great entries to my “Name my Cuddly Cthulhu mascot” contest.

But time is drawing near. I’ll consider entries received up until 11:59:59 Eastern Time Sunday night, July 5, and then announce the winner in Kingcast 2.8 on Monday, July 6.

Don’t miss out! Click on the link, fill out the form, and leave me an email and I’ll get in touch with the winner.

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