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(Stephen King)   Stephen King writes a letter to fans upset that CBS's TV show is different than his novel. "Feel free to take the original down from your bookshelf anytime you want"   (stephenking.com) divider line 92
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2013-06-28 05:05:47 PM
EEPPAAAAA  EPPPAAA  EPA

\Simpsons did it better
 
2013-06-28 05:19:36 PM
So this is different from Rod Sterling's version?
 
2013-06-28 05:33:05 PM
I love Stephen King, but really, they can only make improvements.
 
2013-06-28 05:38:04 PM
SK: There's only one element of my novel that absolutely  had to be the same in the novel and the show, and that's the Dome itself.

Except it's not the same. In the book you can breathe and hear through the Dome, even if it's difficult. The show demonstrates you can't hear through it, and I'm guessing you can't breathe through it either (which will save us any climax involving large government-issued fans, thank god)
 
2013-06-28 05:48:57 PM
Episode two is when all the investigators from the CSI and NCIS franchises show up to study the dome.
Episode three is when everyone in town sits back to watch a DVD of Two and a Half Men
 
2013-06-28 05:54:16 PM
I really liked the premiere. It was engaging; the story, subplots, and characters all interested me. I'm looking forward to next week.
 
2013-06-28 06:00:31 PM
If I learned anything about The Stand as a tv series, it's that Stephen King should stick to writing novels.  I love that book, but the dialogue and overall story telling in the TV series was pretty chintzy.
 
2013-06-28 06:18:18 PM

Confabulat: SK: There's only one element of my novel that absolutely  had to be the same in the novel and the show, and that's the Dome itself.

Except it's not the same. In the book you can breathe and hear through the Dome, even if it's difficult.


Came here to say this.  Also, the demarkation line on the ground was pretty visible in the show... In the book (unless i got it wrong), there was absolutely no way to tell it was there whatsoever until the haze started to collect on it.  There was no line on the ground.   They only knew where it was at the beginning, because the dead birds were falling down in a straight line.
 
2013-06-28 06:18:53 PM
Hmmm... good points, good points.... OMG BRIAN K VAUGHAN?!  Ok, the series will be as close to perfectly written as humanly possible.  Any changes will automatically be better than anything they could have been, simply due to Vaughan being Vaughan.
 
2013-06-28 06:19:00 PM
Brian K Vaughan is the lead writer/developer on the Under the Dome series, and after some of the phenomenal comic book work that he's done (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Saga, Runaways, etc), he's definitely built up a reservoir of trust that he'll be able to take Steven King's work and make it better.
 
2013-06-28 06:22:27 PM
Doesn't anyone in that town own a shovel?
 
2013-06-28 06:32:12 PM
Says the guy who complained about Stanley Kubrick's Shining being different from the book.
 
2013-06-28 06:41:11 PM

simplicimus: So this is different from Rod Sterling's version?


You mean there WAS a Twilight Zone meta-version?

/read the plot in Wikipedia
//better change the series from the book
 
2013-06-28 06:42:14 PM
I don't mind the changing of certain plot points or compositing of some characters.  What I don't care for is the sloppy editing and ham-fisted dialogue.
 
2013-06-28 06:46:28 PM

Fark You I'm Drunk: Says the guy who complained about Stanley Kubrick's Shining being different from the book.


yeah funny how hypocritical he gets over that one. I think maybe cause it was early in his career and the movie was so beloved that pissed him off so badly. I'm guessing he learned to get over it.

Hoopy Frood: Doesn't anyone in that town own a shovel?


if it's like the book, it's more of a sphere than a dome. shovels don't work.
 
2013-06-28 06:50:57 PM
I wonder if James Blish or his heirs have noticed anything similar to the story "The Box" which was published in 1949?
 
2013-06-28 06:53:38 PM

Confabulat: if it's like the book, it's more of a sphere than a dome. shovels don't work.


Guess everyone in the town read the book already and didn't bother trying?
 
2013-06-28 06:54:48 PM
 
2013-06-28 06:55:09 PM

serial arseonist: Confabulat: if it's like the book, it's more of a sphere than a dome. shovels don't work.

Guess everyone in the town read the book already and didn't bother trying?


I'm sure it will come up.
 
2013-06-28 06:56:42 PM
If you write a book and someone makes it into a movie or TV series and pays you gobs of money above and beyond your wildest expectations you might be well advised to smile and say "I think it's great".
 
2013-06-28 06:57:44 PM

Confabulat: serial arseonist: Confabulat: if it's like the book, it's more of a sphere than a dome. shovels don't work.

Guess everyone in the town read the book already and didn't bother trying?

I'm sure it will come up.


We've only seen one hour of the series so far.  The characters are still dealing with figuring out what the hell even happened.  I'm sure someone will start digging at some point sooner rather than later.
 
2013-06-28 07:04:05 PM
When any work is adapted into a different medium.  Changes will almost always be necessitated.  King may have learned that.  Probably after he tried to remake The Shining to stick closer to the book and it got panned.
 
2013-06-28 07:12:53 PM

OtherLittleGuy: simplicimus: So this is different from Rod Sterling's version?

You mean there WAS a Twilight Zone meta-version?

/read the plot in Wikipedia
//better change the series from the book


There's a New Twilight Zone from the 80s where "the Big One" goes off and a survivalist hides in his fallout shelter. His friend runs out finally, and he won't let him back in when they hear knocking.

Turns out, the Soviets didn't start WW3, it was just a local reactor meltdown, and the knocking was construction crews building a dome over everything. The guy ventures out armed like Arnold In Commando as they pan away to his family missing him.
 
2013-06-28 07:23:30 PM

hb0mb: If I learned anything about The Stand as a tv series, it's that Stephen King should stick to writing novels.  I love that book, but the dialogue and overall story telling in the TV series was pretty chintzy.


No kidding.  Everything about that (save Rebecca DeMornay) was just awful.  Kubrick's version may have changed a lot, but at least it maintained that feeling of dread and isolation from the book.
 
2013-06-28 07:34:40 PM

Richard Roma: hb0mb: If I learned anything about The Stand as a tv series, it's that Stephen King should stick to writing novels.  I love that book, but the dialogue and overall story telling in the TV series was pretty chintzy.

No kidding.  Everything about that (save Rebecca DeMornay) was just awful.  Kubrick's version may have changed a lot, but at least it maintained that feeling of dread and isolation from the book.


I blame the time-period the mini-series was filmed.  Same thing with The Shining.  I think both did about as well as they could with TV budgets for the time for a sci-fi mini-series.  With The Shining in particular, the casting, directing, and general production values look incredibly cheap.  The story is there, but they just couldn't pull it off within the constraints of network television at the time.

I would love to see The Shining remade as a two-night miniseries with today's high-budget TV production quality, and The Stand re-done as a 10-13 episode series on either HBO or AMC.  The Stand really deserves a remake at this point, although I did love the casting of Sinise and Frewer.  I honestly can't believe we haven't had a remake of The Stand yet.

On a semi-related note, when the fark are we going to get The Dark Tower or Locke & Key (not King, but close enough)?  Those both seem like they would be pretty successful.  I know there's been plenty of talk on both, but it never seems to progress very far each time.
 
2013-06-28 07:41:32 PM

NeoCortex42: On a semi-related note, when the fark are we going to get The Dark Tower or Locke & Key (not King, but close enough)?  Those both seem like they would be pretty successful.  I know there's been plenty of talk on both, but it never seems to progress very far each time.


http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/21/universal-announces-movie-for -l ocke-and-key-comic
 
2013-06-28 07:49:19 PM

Confabulat: NeoCortex42: On a semi-related note, when the fark are we going to get The Dark Tower or Locke & Key (not King, but close enough)?  Those both seem like they would be pretty successful.  I know there's been plenty of talk on both, but it never seems to progress very far each time.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/21/universal-announces-movie-for -l ocke-and-key-comic


I'll believe it when it's released. We've already gotten a TV show that got all the way to getting a pilot produced, but still ended up stalling.

By the way, does anybody know anywhere that the pilot is available?  I know it was screened at a convention a while back, but I have yet to be able to track down a copy, legit or otherwise.
 
2013-06-28 07:59:49 PM

NeoCortex42: I blame the time-period the mini-series was filmed.  Same thing with The Shining.  I think both did about as well as they could with TV budgets for the time for a sci-fi mini-series.  With The Shining in particular, the casting, directing, and general production values look incredibly cheap.  The story is there, but they just couldn't pull it off within the constraints of network television at the time.


The Shining miniseries didn't suffer because of its TV production value. Sure the CGI topiary animals were lame but it didn't suck because of the budget, it sucked because it just wasn't scary compared to Kubrick's film. The only fault in the theatrical film was that it was too short and Jack was too crazy from the beginning. The movie could have used another hour to develop the characters more.
 
2013-06-28 08:08:15 PM
Mike Chewbacca * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-06-28 05:54:16 PM I really liked the premiere. It was engaging; the story, subplots, and characters all interested me. I'm looking forward to next week.
==============================================

Me too. I was surprised.

/I realize he dies in the book too, but Jeff Fahey kicking the bucket after 1 episode saddens me. Jeff Fahey is awesome.
//The cow CGI-effect was DREADFUL. They should never have even attempted that.
///Aside from that... great!
 
2013-06-28 08:17:57 PM

jake3988: /I realize he dies in the book too, but Jeff Fahey kicking the bucket after 1 episode saddens me. Jeff Fahey is awesome.


I took it as a macabre joke on his expense from King.

Fahey starred in The Lawnmower Man after all, the only movie King ever sued to have his name removed from.
 
2013-06-28 08:40:55 PM

Confabulat: jake3988: /I realize he dies in the book too, but Jeff Fahey kicking the bucket after 1 episode saddens me. Jeff Fahey is awesome.

I took it as a macabre joke on his expense from King.

Fahey starred in The Lawnmower Man after all, the only movie King ever sued to have his name removed from.


To be fair, other than the title, that movie had absolutely nothing in common with the short story.
 
2013-06-28 08:45:57 PM
I missed the first episode but you can stream it here:  http://www.cbs.com/shows/under-the-dome/

The time says Mondays...?

I sort of figured this would be like a 3 part mini series or something over spread out over a week maybe. How far do they hope to expand it?
 
2013-06-28 08:47:20 PM
Please disregard my failure to construct a coherent sentence.
 
2013-06-28 08:48:11 PM

Benjamin Stone: How far do they hope to expand it?


Till the ratings drop, I'd guess.
 
2013-06-28 09:03:24 PM
Why doesn't anyone just go to the center point of this dome and blow up whatever alien-military-ghost hybrid that built the thing?
 
2013-06-28 09:19:59 PM

Confabulat: I love Stephen King, but really, they can only make improvements.


So much this,  I read the book and as usual I was pissed off at the way it ended.

SK can suck my dick.
 
2013-06-28 09:45:54 PM

Psycoholic_Slag: Confabulat: I love Stephen King, but really, they can only make improvements.

So much this,  I read the book and as usual I was pissed off at the way it ended.

SK can suck my dick.


weknowmemes.com
 
2013-06-28 09:48:09 PM
The Shining was different too, so he crapped it all up for the miniseries with that kid who still looked like he was on the tit.
 
2013-06-28 09:51:52 PM
How many versions of Hitchhiker's guide are there?

Are ANY of them alike?
 
2013-06-28 10:01:38 PM

Benjamin Stone: I missed the first episode but you can stream it here:  http://www.cbs.com/shows/under-the-dome/

The time says Mondays...?

I sort of figured this would be like a 3 part mini series or something over spread out over a week maybe. How far do they hope to expand it?


They said 13 episodes until September
 
2013-06-28 10:02:31 PM

Confabulat: SK: There's only one element of my novel that absolutely  had to be the same in the novel and the show, and that's the Dome itself.

Except it's not the same. In the book you can breathe and hear through the Dome, even if it's difficult. The show demonstrates you can't hear through it, and I'm guessing you can't breathe through it either (which will save us any climax involving large government-issued fans, thank god)


In the book they were dying from the smoke by the end
 
2013-06-28 10:11:19 PM
Just a reminder to all of the fans who had forgotten the Author's Note to the final Dark Tower book -- STEPHEN KING HATES YOU.
 
2013-06-28 10:15:39 PM
satanorsanta:

They said 13 episodes until September

Oh, cool. Thanks.

I don't watch a lot of network TV but some of these summer shows have been quite successful. Plus I like Breaking Bad so I'm eager to see Dean Norris in a new role.
 
2013-06-28 10:17:13 PM
Read The Wizard of Oz sometime and compare it to the movie.  Talk about artistic licence.
 
2013-06-28 10:17:17 PM

Fano: Psycoholic_Slag: Confabulat: I love Stephen King, but really, they can only make improvements.

So much this,  I read the book and as usual I was pissed off at the way it ended.

SK can suck my dick.

[weknowmemes.com image 471x147]


I would be honored to have SK tell me to fark off.
I love the guy, but he pisses me off at every turn.
 
2013-06-28 10:24:58 PM

satanorsanta: Benjamin Stone: I missed the first episode but you can stream it here:  http://www.cbs.com/shows/under-the-dome/

The time says Mondays...?

I sort of figured this would be like a 3 part mini series or something over spread out over a week maybe. How far do they hope to expand it?

They said 13 episodes until September


There are also plans to possibly pick it up for further seasons if ratings are good enough. So I don't know how much closure we'll be getting in September.
 
2013-06-28 10:36:13 PM

TheZorker: How many versions of Hitchhiker's guide are there?

Are ANY of them alike?


DNA actually wrote an essay about the number of versions and the differences:

The versions (from memory):
1) Radio
2) record
3) Books
4) Stage production
5) TV show
6) Movie
 
2013-06-28 10:38:22 PM

NeoCortex42: So I don't know how much closure we'll be getting in September.


My guess, if I had to? This season is pretty much the Stephen King book (which only lasts about 10 days). Big climax, cut to the end, fade to black.

Then...

THREE MONTHS LATER

And we focus on some crazy starving Dean Norris society nightmare.

fin.
 
2013-06-28 10:41:30 PM

Fark You I'm Drunk: Says the guy who complained about Stanley Kubrick's Shining being different from the book.


Irony, thy mascot is Stephen King. Or should that be...Hypocrisy, thy name is Stephen King.   ?
 
2013-06-28 10:45:47 PM

Dwight_Yeast: TheZorker: How many versions of Hitchhiker's guide are there?

Are ANY of them alike?

DNA actually wrote an essay about the number of versions and the differences:

The versions (from memory):
1) Radio
2) record
3) Books
4) Stage production
5) TV show
6) Movie


Don't forget the text adventure game. Or the towel.
 
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