Steven King : Books vs. Films

Here's another hotly debated one. I've never actually read any of King's books (shame on me :oops: ) my wife love's him to bits though! I saw Dreamcatcher a few months back and thought it was a pretty good film. All the reviews though, said it was awful.

Why are films of King's books (Carrie and The Shining apart) always critically panned? Does anybody else think all of those films (and most of his books have been converted to screen) are bad?

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Re:Steven King : Books vs. Films

Not all are panned by critics. As examples, Carrie, The Shining, Misery, Stand By Me, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption -- all got excellent reviews. Some got awards. The Shawshank Redemption got 7 oscar nominations and is ranked #2 favorite movie of all time on IMDB.

Some movies made from his books sucked, but most were good, and some excellent. This isn't surprising considering he has had well over 50 movies and TV specials made from his stories -- more than any other author by far.

I read somewhere that no movie made from one of King's books lost money. That must include Maximum Overdrive, which even King makes fun of. Must have been the excellent soundtrack.

Some big names have been in these movies too, like Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, River Phoenix, Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, Kathy Bates, Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Jimmy Smits, Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Hopkins, Rebecca de Mornay.

I'm not a complete idiot -- some parts are missing.