06-20-2013 08:30 PM - edited 06-20-2013 08:35 PM
So, I'm a huge fan of the early Stephen King. Stuff written since the accident, not so much, but the early stuff, heck yeah. This felt a lot more like vintage King than contemporary, to me, and I liked it a lot. It definitely wasn't perfect, and could have been better if his editor's red pen had been allowed near it, but it's the best recent King I've read.
The DVR is set, I've scoured the imdb and I'm ready for the TV show.
That said, I'm a little perplexed. I have trouble seeing how this can be an actual TV series vs. a mini-series. There's a definite end and I'm interested to see how a full-out TV series avoids that. I do wonder about the casting; not on acting ability necessarily as I've not seen most of the actors in enough to make that sort of judgment, but mostly because they actors chosen don't match *my* visions of the characters.
- I didn't picture Barbie to be nearly as good-looking as Mike Vogel. *I* pictured a younger Billy Burke.
- My Julia isn't young and striking; in my head she's older (40-ish) and a tiny bit overweight and average looking. "My" Julia looked an awful lot like one of my coworkers.
- My biggest "huh?", though, is Junior. Junior is an expelled Division 1 NCAA college football player. He should look meathead, not hipster-unknown-Jonas-brother-musician.
- I think Dean Norris will be a perfect Big Jim, although as I was reading, I had cast an older Nathan Fillion.
Who else is excited?
(If this post is already going on somewhere, point me to it and I'll join that conversation. I searched, but only got discussion of the novel shortly after its release.)
06-20-2013 09:29 PM
According to Wikipedia, the 2009 novel is the third iteration for King - 'The Cannibals' and 'Under the Dome' dating to the 70s and 80s - so your affinity for this go-round is less surprising than you might think.
06-20-2013 09:32 PM
06-20-2013 09:37 PM
His introduction said he'd started to write it several times, but couldn't get it down on paper until this attempt.
But, that's a good point. It's not really contemporary King, it's vintage King, it just didn't hit paper until recently...
06-21-2013 12:16 PM
06-21-2013 07:54 PM
When does/did the show start?
If you haven't read it yet, you probably won't make it by show time. I read extraordinarily fast (Mr. Ya_Ya accuses me of just "flipping pages") and it still took me more than a weekend - and I didn't do anything that weekend...
It's definitely worth the read, though...
06-21-2013 08:22 PM - edited 06-21-2013 08:25 PM
The producer of the show took great pains to point out on NPR that the cow was not really harmed in the making of the film, and that a cow was chosen instead of a small furry animal originally described by Mr. King because it (a cow) would be less lovable.
06-21-2013 08:40 PM
06-23-2013 02:44 PM
Read the book about a month ago. I liked it! Longest book I've read so far, so I was pretty proud of myself. Tried to get my better half to read it before the series started, since he is the Stephen King groupie, but he was afraid he wouldn't finish in time. I'm anxious to see how they'll put this all together for 13 weeks. Our TV newspaper critic wrote an article in the paper today about the series. She gave it 3 out of 4 stars. At the end of the article she writes, "But what about people who read the book and relished it - right up to an ending that many found disappointing? Rumor has it that they might be in for a surprise in Episode 13 of CBS' "Dome." Personally, I was fine with the ending. But I'm curious to find out what this so called rumor might be.