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Hey Stevie,

I'm reading the same one right now. I'm only about 1/3 in so far. I like Barbie...  


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'Under The Dome'. It's a 1000 page book...


Man, I love King, and I just love the premise -- but 1000 pages is asking alot.

When one of you guys finishes, would you please do me a favor?

Please pop on here and say "Yes" or "No" for a good explanation from King about this freaky dome and its origins.

I do not want spoilers!

I just need a simple yes or no -- so I will not come away from a 1000-page book and feel ripped off at some ambiguous B.S. that I hate.


Hey, it's my tiny, little IMDb!
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Cool, Pia! Yeah, Barbie is a dude though i don't like his (nick) name much! Man, there's some parasites living in that town!

No worries, bert, will do. My copy is from the library so doesn't bother me if it ends up shit!
The Stand and It are my 2 favorite books of all time (along with TLOTR). If 'Under The Dome' stays great, it will rank as one of his best...to me anyway.


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Just got this book for Christmas... looking forward to it. I'm glad to hear that it's getting good reviews!


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You know, this plot sounds really, really, familiar.

I know for a fact that it has featured in both a "Doctor Who" story ("The Daemons" 1971) and a 1960s film ("Invasion"), but I have a feeling that it has also been used somewhere else - "Twilight Zone" maybe?

Nice idea though - but 1,000 pages!

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oooh! I know why it seems to familiar.

It's the plot of "The Simpsons" movie!
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oooh! I know why it seems to familiar.

It's the plot of "The Simpsons" movie!


Ha - yeah I remember reading an article about this book and SK was afraid that people would think he stole it from "The Simpsons" movie.  If I recall I believe he said that he has been toying with it for the last few years.

I'm looking forward to it as I enjoy pretty much all of his stuff.  I recently read "Bag of Bones" which was great and "Duma Key" which is one of his more recent efforts.  I really enjoyed that as well.

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Yeah, SK mentions in the endnotes of Dome that he started it in 1978! But he left it to do other stuff.


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I have done a bit of reading up on it - I don't mind knowing the end of a novel before I read it! - and I must say, in synopsis form it doesn't half sound like a Twilight Zone type thing! One critic actually says it is like a old sf show concept but with added blood and guts!

There's talk of it being done as a mini-series apparently.
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I do read King occasionally. Loved The Stand. Saw the mini series of that and by Christ it sucked. Like a granny trying to finish a plate of trifle after she's lost her false teeth.

Same with The Shining mini series. I know King has a lot to do with these. His stuff works really in books. Alas on film it usually falls flat on its arse. The notable exception being Shawshank. I won't count The Shining as I love the film but, it has very little resemblance to the orginal book.

He needs someone to translate this stuff properly to screen for him. As I'd say most agree he does need help with this.

However, I do believe the rumour that you can adapt any King story to the screen for just one dollar is true. Which is just frankly rude, to the likes of us. I want at least two.

R


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Quoted from rendevous


However, I do believe the rumour that you can adapt any King story to the screen for just one dollar is true. Which is just frankly rude, to the likes of us. I want at least two.

R


Me too, but I love Garage Sales and am willing to go as low as $1.50.

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Actually, the use his script for only a dollar only refers to certain stories and is only for shorts that will be shot and shown at festivals only. You can not use a novel, write a feature and sell it or produce it.

I'm a huge fan btw. His biggest strength is the VERY in depth characters and his knowledge of the human psyche.  

Bag of Bones was great btw! My all time favorite was Hearts In Atlantis.


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I do read King occasionally. Loved The Stand. Saw the mini series of that and by Christ it sucked. Like a granny trying to finish a plate of trifle after she's lost her false teeth.

Same with The Shining mini series. I know King has a lot to do with these. His stuff works really in books. Alas on film it usually falls flat on its arse. The notable exception being Shawshank. I won't count The Shining as I love the film but, it has very little resemblance to the orginal book.

He needs someone to translate this stuff properly to screen for him. As I'd say most agree he does need help with this.

However, I do believe the rumour that you can adapt any King story to the screen for just one dollar is true. Which is just frankly rude, to the likes of us. I want at least two.

R


I've read a few times that most people thought The Stand miniseries sucked. I thought it was done pretty well at the time. I've only watched it once - the whole 9 hours at once, with a short meal break, and I reckoned it was ok. And I 've read the book maybe 20 times, so I'm well qualified to judge.
My only real whinge with it was that the actor who played Randy Flagg wasn't actually black.
IT was woeful, from what I remember. If you hadn't read the book, you'd think the clown was just some serial killer. I think there is a newer version in the works? Hopefully, a long mini series to really bring that brilliant book to life.



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I'm surprised I haven't posted in this thread already.

I'm a big fan of Stephen King. I own well over twenty of his books in hardback, but I'll admit I've only read three of them cover to cover (Cujo, Desperation, & Carrie; I'm reading Misery now).

My favorite so far is definitely Cujo. It's just so eerie and tragic the way all of the book's minor circumstances create the story's main conflict. The ending is incredibly gutsy and sad, and I'm still frustrated the filmmakers changed it for the movie. I'd love to see a remake.

I also read about 300+ pages of It back when I was in high school, but I stopped for reasons I can't remember. I do remember it being extremely scary, though.


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Damn, this 'Under The Dome' is good!  I'm up to page 550, halfway.

The tension is building excrutiatingly, wondering how its gonna pan out.
The amazing thing is, all the deaths and accidents are caused by humans! Sure, the presence of the Dome has made things primitive. But there's no monsters here...yet.

If it ends satifactorily, this will rank as one of his best. For me anyway.

How you doing with it, Pia?


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Stevie,

I haven't read anything but scripts in the last few days. Trying to read all the 7wc scripts and re-writing mine. I do like it though, but I am a confirmed King fan so...  


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