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(Deadline)   J.J. Abrams to adapt Stephen King's "11/22/63" for TV   (deadline.com) divider line 74
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2013-04-26 09:08:57 PM  
Good, maybe I can get all the way through it this way.
 
2013-04-26 11:52:48 PM  
But was there lens flare in 1963?
 
2013-04-27 12:08:48 AM  
Back, and into the lens flare
Back, and into the lens flare
Back, and into the lens flare
 
2013-04-27 12:27:06 AM  
Hey! Has anyone made a lens flare joke yet?
 
2013-04-27 12:29:31 AM  
I hope they do a miniseries.

In this day when even a great TV show with good ratings can get cancelled after 1-1.5 seasons I think it's better for the viewers if we know going into it that we're going to get a complete story, beginning , middle and end.
 
2013-04-27 12:32:40 AM  

Shostie: Hey! Has anyone made a lens flare joke yet?


I'm not sure.
Do you think those were jokes?
 
2013-04-27 12:35:54 AM  
The novel takes place over five years or so (more if you include the present) so they could conceivably stretch it out for awhile. But it's not exactly a very suspenseful book, seems like it would just be about life in the past if they tried that.
 
2013-04-27 01:07:00 AM  
Will it just be that one episode of Quantum Leap with a different title card?
 
2013-04-27 01:09:57 AM  
JJ ABRAMS ALL THE THINGS!
 
2013-04-27 02:01:10 AM  
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2013-04-27 02:04:21 AM  

Mr_Ectomy: JJ ABRAMS ALL THE THINGS!


MOAR LENZ FLAIR!!!!11!!!ELEVENTY!!!ONE!!1!
 
2013-04-27 05:27:59 AM  
Pleasedon'truinit.Pleasedon'truinit.Pleasedon'truinit.Pleasedon'truini t.

Fark it.  It's J.J. Abrams.

/lens flare!
 
2013-04-27 06:11:45 AM  
Jj abrams needs to stop putting his finger in everything. That said, I hope he can come up with a better ending than "durr, everything has to be the way history made it! dark tower reference! The end."
 
2013-04-27 06:13:49 AM  

Jaws_Victim: Jj abrams needs to stop putting his finger in everything. That said, I hope he can come up with a better ending than "durr, everything has to be the way history made it! dark tower reference! The end."


Stephen King has just never figured out how to end a novel.  The worst example, of course, is The Stand, which after 1,000 pages (and I read it before King went back and stuffed three or four hundred pages back into it) just ends with "Here comes the retard you thought was dead out of nowhere with a nuke."
 
2013-04-27 07:07:47 AM  
Stephen King books quit being interesting after The Green Mile. Sorry, I tried to read this book and it was not nearly as good as I was lead it to believe.
 
2013-04-27 07:43:42 AM  
JJ Abrams might just make this watchable.

Might.

But it isn't likely.
 
2013-04-27 07:44:32 AM  

jake_lex: Jaws_Victim: Jj abrams needs to stop putting his finger in everything. That said, I hope he can come up with a better ending than "durr, everything has to be the way history made it! dark tower reference! The end."

Stephen King has just never figured out how to end a novel.  The worst example, of course, is The Stand, which after 1,000 pages (and I read it before King went back and stuffed three or four hundred pages back into it) just ends with "Here comes the retard you thought was dead out of nowhere with a nuke."


God, no -- the worst example was The Tommyknockers: reanimate an excavated alien ship, and fly it into deep space. THE END.  I love King's work, but his endings almost always have to lapse into something beyond credibility. I thought that 11/22/63 was exceptional in avoiding this.
 
2013-04-27 07:48:02 AM  
My older sister acts as if I am missing out on something for not having read this book.  Usually she's right.  Is it worth a read?
 
2013-04-27 07:56:15 AM  

BrainyBear: jake_lex: Jaws_Victim: Jj abrams needs to stop putting his finger in everything. That said, I hope he can come up with a better ending than "durr, everything has to be the way history made it! dark tower reference! The end."

Stephen King has just never figured out how to end a novel.  The worst example, of course, is The Stand, which after 1,000 pages (and I read it before King went back and stuffed three or four hundred pages back into it) just ends with "Here comes the retard you thought was dead out of nowhere with a nuke."

God, no -- the worst example was The Tommyknockers: reanimate an excavated alien ship, and fly it into deep space. THE END.  I love King's work, but his endings almost always have to lapse into something beyond credibility. I thought that 11/22/63 was exceptional in avoiding this.


Wouldn't the worst example be "It", that ends with a giant turtle and the 12 year old's friends all running a train on her?
 
2013-04-27 08:08:08 AM  

Mugato: BrainyBear: jake_lex: Jaws_Victim: Jj abrams needs to stop putting his finger in everything. That said, I hope he can come up with a better ending than "durr, everything has to be the way history made it! dark tower reference! The end."

Stephen King has just never figured out how to end a novel.  The worst example, of course, is The Stand, which after 1,000 pages (and I read it before King went back and stuffed three or four hundred pages back into it) just ends with "Here comes the retard you thought was dead out of nowhere with a nuke."

God, no -- the worst example was The Tommyknockers: reanimate an excavated alien ship, and fly it into deep space. THE END.  I love King's work, but his endings almost always have to lapse into something beyond credibility. I thought that 11/22/63 was exceptional in avoiding this.

Wouldn't the worst example be "It", that ends with a giant turtle and the 12 year old's friends all running a train on her?


UGH... I think I had blocked that one out. It's a shame, because King can really can really develop a scary premise, but it always just goes off the rails.
 
2013-04-27 08:10:39 AM  

Frozboz: My older sister acts as if I am missing out on something for not having read this book.  Usually she's right.  Is it worth a read?


I definitely recommend it as one of his very best. He wisely doesn't try to explain the supernatural here, but just unpacks the story that it makes possible. I think that in this book he does a great job of making the reader feel time slipping away at a desperate moment, too.
 
2013-04-27 08:11:25 AM  
11/22/63 was one of his better books as of late IMO.  I thought Under The Dome ended supremely bad as some alien child's toy.  It was fun until then.
 
2013-04-27 08:24:42 AM  

Frozboz: My older sister acts as if I am missing out on something for not having read this book.  Usually she's right.  Is it worth a read?


It was long, but I liked it.
 
2013-04-27 08:29:11 AM  
I'm excited. I liked that book a lot. The end! .... Or is it?
 
2013-04-27 08:31:28 AM  
How bout getting to work on Star Wars!!!

Oh no I went and got excited about it (sob)
 
2013-04-27 08:33:45 AM  
RIP CS Lewis?
 
2013-04-27 08:45:31 AM  
The only good Stephen King book was The Shining.

The rest sucked.

Stephen King does not know how to end a book at all.

Ever.
 
2013-04-27 08:56:25 AM  
Yep, when I was reading it I thought "well this is going to make a crappy miniseries someday."

Book was ok, ending was pure King...which means it sucked.
 
2013-04-27 08:57:27 AM  
Still no Dark Tower...damn it JJ...damn it Steven...
 
2013-04-27 08:57:34 AM  
I tried to read it and I I think I gave up on page 500 or something.  I looked up the rest online to see how it ended and didn't feel like I missed anything.  I also gave up on page 600 or so on The Stand.  I love most of his short stories but something about his writing in longer stories just bores the shiat out of me.  I enjoy character development but I just feel like it's rambling for 20 pages just to describe a car ride that goes down the street.
 
2013-04-27 08:58:16 AM  

Dreyelle: 11/22/63 was one of his better books as of late IMO.  I thought Under The Dome ended supremely bad as some alien child's toy.  It was fun until then.


agree with both.  Under the Dome was great but you could see it was going to have to be some dues ex machina for that ending.  11/22/63's ending was very good and touching, imo.
 
2013-04-27 09:14:15 AM  

swankywanky: Dreyelle: 11/22/63 was one of his better books as of late IMO.  I thought Under The Dome ended supremely bad as some alien child's toy.  It was fun until then.

agree with both.  Under the Dome was great but you could see it was going to have to be some dues ex machina for that ending.   11/22/63's ending was very good and touching, imo.


Oh how we danced...
 
2013-04-27 09:20:42 AM  

Frozboz: My older sister acts as if I am missing out on something for not having read this book.  Usually she's right.  Is it worth a read?


YES.  With the exception of the first 50 pages or so.  It seemed as though King had no idea how to explain his time travel theory in a natural way, so he finally just said, "fark it.  I'll make the first 50 pages a clunky as hell series of unnatural dialogue scenes between two characters so I can explain all my sci-fi shiat."  If you can get through that--and I almost didn't--the rest of the book is awesome.

Disclaimer: I loved the Stand, Under the Dome and the Green Mile, but couldn't finish Buick 8, Insomnia or Tommyknockers
 
2013-04-27 09:29:05 AM  
Try Duma Key. Firstly, it doesn't take place in farking MAINE. Secondly, the story, character development and especially tone are all there. One of my faves of his recent work. And my wife and I LOVED 11/22/63.

Anyone have any news on the Dark Tower movie(s)?
 
2013-04-27 09:29:10 AM  
I think the best way to explain Under the Dome, was not to.  Don't give an explanation.  You spend the book showing how evil and courageous people could be under unexplained circumstances.  Just have the dome disappear, and perhaps spend some time writing on how things might change worldwide in preparation of another dome, should it happen again.
 
2013-04-27 09:29:27 AM  

aiiee: Good, maybe I can get all the way through it this way.


Bingo. I'm reading it right now and it's mighty slow going. This book could easily be 200, hell even 300 pages shorter.

For the umpteenth time, King needs an editor, and if he has one already (s)he should grow a spine and tell him "NO, STEPHEN!" every now and then.
 
2013-04-27 09:33:26 AM  

John Buck 41: aiiee: Good, maybe I can get all the way through it this way.

Bingo. I'm reading it right now and it's mighty slow going. This book could easily be 200, hell even 300 pages shorter.

For the umpteenth time, King needs an editor, and if he has one already (s)he should grow a spine and tell him "NO, STEPHEN!" every now and then.


Yeah, Steve...about the pre-teen gangbang...
 
2013-04-27 09:34:40 AM  

Dreyelle: 11/22/63 was one of his better books as of late IMO.  I thought Under The Dome ended supremely bad as some alien child's toy.  It was fun until then.


I'm looking forward to the Under the Dome TV series.  I saw the first commercial for it the other night and it seems like it might be worth a watch.

King usually sucks at writing endings to his novels, but his short stories work much better since it forces him to focus more on the plot instead of world-building.

As far as my least favorite ending, that would have to be Dreamcatcher.  Mostly because it was preceded by a shiatty middle and shiatty beginning.
 
2013-04-27 09:38:09 AM  
Will it feature exiciting dance numbers where we learn to lindy and do the hop, and suspenseful lessons where we learn gas was 19 cents a gallon, milk was a nickel and everyone wore hats!
Wow. That's exciting!!!

//hated the book.
 
2013-04-27 09:45:31 AM  
swankywanky:  Under the Dome was great but you could see it was going to have to be some dues ex machina for that ending.  11/22/63's ending was very good and touching, imo.

The problem I had with 11/22/63 was I quit caring about the Oswald plot and became invested in the day-to-day stuff the narrator was dealing with.  Whenever he went back to researching, I couldn't skim fast enough.  Maybe that was King's intention - to subvert the readers' interest in the story they thought they were buying - but the two main storylines just never gelled after a point.

Under the Dome would have been better if they had a gangbang to make the dome go away.
 
2013-04-27 09:56:14 AM  
That is GREAT.  Ever since I finished it, I thought it would make for a great TV series.  One of King's best, IMO.
 
2013-04-27 10:30:29 AM  

John Buck 41: aiiee: Good, maybe I can get all the way through it this way.

Bingo. I'm reading it right now and it's mighty slow going. This book could easily be 200, hell even 300 pages shorter.

For the umpteenth time, King needs an editor, and if he has one already (s)he should grow a spine and tell him "NO, STEPHEN!" every now and then.


Emphasized by showing Buckner's error.
 
2013-04-27 10:41:40 AM  
I loved the movie ending to The Mist, though I hear that that wasn't Stephen King's original ending.

I've never heard of this novel nor read the farking article, but I assume that this novel has something to do with John Kennedy, given the date.
 
2013-04-27 10:47:17 AM  

CalvinMorallis: Frozboz: My older sister acts as if I am missing out on something for not having read this book.  Usually she's right.  Is it worth a read?

YES.  With the exception of the first 50 pages or so.  It seemed as though King had no idea how to explain his time travel theory in a natural way, so he finally just said, "fark it.  I'll make the first 50 pages a clunky as hell series of unnatural dialogue scenes between two characters so I can explain all my sci-fi shiat."  If you can get through that--and I almost didn't--the rest of the book is awesome.

Disclaimer: I loved the Stand, Under the Dome and the Green Mile, but couldn't finish Buick 8, Insomnia or Tommyknockers


this is good to know. I quit reading the book roughly 75 pages in because I was getting the feeling that this was going to yet another King book that's all build up but no pay off. I'll probably reattempt to read it.
 
2013-04-27 10:50:57 AM  

Myria: I loved the movie ending to The Mist, though I hear that that wasn't Stephen King's original ending.


The novella's ending was an ambiguous "the group drives off into the mist", more or less.  So you didn't know if they would survive or what was going to happen to them.  King has said that he actually prefers the film ending and wishes he had come up with it himself.


I know it will never happen, but I really want a faithful Running Man adaptation.  Instead of a few blocks to engage American Gladiators rejects, the whole country is the battlefield.  Of course, the book's ending means we'll never get a faithful film version of it.
 
2013-04-27 11:05:30 AM  

NeoCortex42: Myria: I loved the movie ending to The Mist, though I hear that that wasn't Stephen King's original ending.

The novella's ending was an ambiguous "the group drives off into the mist", more or less.  So you didn't know if they would survive or what was going to happen to them.  King has said that he actually prefers the film ending and wishes he had come up with it himself.


I know it will never happen, but I really want a faithful Running Man adaptation.  Instead of a few blocks to engage American Gladiators rejects, the whole country is the battlefield.  Of course, the book's ending means we'll never get a faithful film version of it.


The Long Walk would be great too.
 
2013-04-27 11:17:02 AM  

mialynneb: I tried to read it and I I think I gave up on page 500 or something.  I looked up the rest online to see how it ended and didn't feel like I missed anything.  I also gave up on page 600 or so on The Stand.  I love most of his short stories but something about his writing in longer stories just bores the shiat out of me.  I enjoy character development but I just feel like it's rambling for 20 pages just to describe a car ride that goes down the street.


Agree 100% on your short story comment. Love them, for the most part. His novels of the last (close to) 20 years? Yawn.
 
2013-04-27 11:36:26 AM  

CalvinMorallis: Frozboz: My older sister acts as if I am missing out on something for not having read this book.  Usually she's right.  Is it worth a read?

YES.  With the exception of the first 50 pages or so.  It seemed as though King had no idea how to explain his time travel theory in a natural way, so he finally just said, "fark it.  I'll make the first 50 pages a clunky as hell series of unnatural dialogue scenes between two characters so I can explain all my sci-fi shiat."  If you can get through that--and I almost didn't--the rest of the book is awesome.

Disclaimer: I loved the Stand, Under the Dome and the Green Mile, but couldn't finish Buick 8, Insomnia or Tommyknockers


I love Stephen King, but Buick 8 was the shaggiest shaggy dog story ever told. It's the Ulysses of bullshiat. It's Moby Dick if at the very end, Ahab sees a giant squid, for a minute.
 
2013-04-27 11:41:08 AM  
I must be in the minority here since I haven't seen it mentioned but my favorite Stephen King book is Needful Things.
 
2013-04-27 11:46:33 AM  

Myria: I've never heard of this novel nor read the farking article, but I assume that this novel has something to do with John Kennedy, given the date.


Nope, it's about a woman with a ridiculously small bust and a huuuuuuuge ass.
 
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