Musing Monday (June 24)

Under The DomeUnless you have been living under the illiteracy rock, you know that the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s Under The Dome premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on CBS.

This got me musing about past “book to big/small screen” adaptations. Some really good (Killer Angels to Gettysburg) and some really bad (The Stand to ABC’s The Stand).

It really bothers me when a producer/director claim that they will be true to the book and then it strays in unimaginable ways in the first few minutes. It ruins the rest of the show for me. What makes this television event different, for me, is that there were no bones made about the fact that the 13-part series would depart from the original book. From the very beginning, Stephen King and the producers/directors of the series have said that some things would be the same, but a lot would be different.

For example, the book takes place over just a few days. The series will take place over a longer period — given the creative connection to “Lost”, hopefully a lot, lot, lot longer.  For those who have read the book, you know that there are certain…ummm…proclivities of Big Jim’s son that would not play well on broadcast TV. And I think they will have to tame the violence in the very beginning of the book. The graphic descriptions of the individual deaths might be a little much for a majority the TV audience.

I am excited for tonight and hope you have already enjoyed the book and like the TV show as well.

Let me know what you think of both in the comments.

Advertisements

About Paul H-C

Just an avid reader in the little town of Bangor, Maine (Yes, that Bangor...home of Stephen King). When I'm not reading and drinking coffee, I sell cell phones by the sea shore.
This entry was posted in Books, Reading, Reading Challenge and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Musing Monday (June 24)

  1. Though not a Stephen King groupie (LOL), I did listen to an NPR piece yesterday about the new series. It did seem very intriguing and I look forward to catching it at some point.

  2. Paul H-C says:

    I watched it start to finish last night and was not at all disappointed. Loved it!

  3. Wondering now that it has been on awhile what do you think of the show? I like it, but it does stray far from the book.

    • Paul H-C says:

      I am really enjoying it. Having been informed by SK himself that it would stray from the books plot line, I like how they have developed some of the characters and added to some of the story with little details that weren’t in the book.

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s