Why is the shining book better than the shining movie. The shining is a novel published in 1977 by stephen king, a wellknown american author. Kubricks original ending for the shining boing boing. The final shot is a photograph of our lead protagonist jack torrence jack nicholson, impossibly photographed as a resident of the overlook hotel at the july 4th ball in 1921, some sixty years. Im fully prepared to hear people write off dear john as corny, sappy, a movie for chicks. I know some people dont think so but take a look at this discussion just as much about the film. Channing tatum and amanda seyfriend starred in dear john, with the. Differences between the shining book vs movie page 1.
I read this book about once a year and it always feels like a converation with a good friend. I always thought savannah was selfish and if she truly loved john, she wouldve waited for him. Hardcover paperback trade kindle audio movie tv miniseries dvd. Most of the time that savannah and john spend together their were at the beach, in a restaurant from the town and sometimes at johns house. Doctor sleep won the 20 bram stoker award for best novel the novel was adapted into a film of the same name, which was. However, the ending falls short and doesnt resemble the book, including the characters appearances. At the last minute, kubrick removed a scene from the shining that showed wendy and danny were ok. Born from a bad dream experienced during a onenight stay at a colorado hotel that was closing for the season, the shining is the first book stephen king wrote from a position of financial. Dear john did anyone else think that the ending was kind of sad. They first meet when savannahs friend accidently knocks her. Eclipsed perhaps only by its 1980 film adaptation, the novel is one of the most popular and enduring horror stories of all time. Stephen king is brilliant, but hes also sometimes wrong.
It captures the imagination and is a compelling read. John and savannah have a burning passion for each other in the book. The movie, the shining, is a cinematic masterpiece directed by stanley kubrick. The book doesnt stand up to the film at all, its so different but its also lacking in terms of quality. Dear john is a romance novel by american writer nicholas sparks released in 2007. Internal conflict dear john has a theme of a love story. The book, the shining, is a literary masterpiece written by stephen king. The first book of yours i ever read was it, right after i finished a week of grueling law school exams. Sparks writes human emotion with empathy and deals with lifechanging subjects that corral the readers interest.
If tim did died like in the movie, it looks as if john was just a consolation, or was just trying to console the reader. The final, terrible shot of jack on the ground, his frozen face forever stuck in its maniacal, upwardlooking openmouth gaze, instantly freezes itself into the brain of anyone who. It was a singular reading experience, where the book was there for me when i needed an escape and i became immersed in it in a way i. I actually preferred the books ending to the movies ending. The shining s 1980 hedge maze chase is one of the most iconic endings in horror history.
The shining is two stories, both the same, but somehow very different. The rest of the time tom was in japan, germany, etc. Strangelove will exist only in photos and memories. For years, the prolific horror author has asserted that stanley kubricks 1980 adaptation of the shining is not just a bad adaptation but also a bad movie, a cadillac with no engine in it that you cant do anything with except admire it as sculpture. Dear john, the surprise hit romance that opened over the weekend, might not have been as big a hit if it had the original ending in a reallife twist, the movie until three weeks before its. Both savannah and john should live with the consequences of their actions. The final, terrible shot of jack on the ground, his frozen face forever stuck in its maniacal, upwardlooking openmouth gaze, instantly freezes itself into the brain of anyone who witnesses it. The film is based on stephen kings 1977 novel the shining. So i read the book first, it was a bit slow at first but i grew interested in the book because of the depth of the characters and other things, however last week i saw the film, and i hated it. Jack is blown away, imaging the scene of wealth and splendor.
Check out his first column below, exploring the shining. In the movie the motivation of the ghosts is to possess jack torrance to get him to kill danny. Movie, hell be taking a critical look at movie adaptations of horror novels. The shining has become a horror classic and its easy to see why. Note this was also used for the remake 2007 shining movie, where instead of a bee hive its a different insect nest which fills up that night when it was suppose. Dear john nicholas sparks for micah and christine acknowledgments this novel was both a joy and a challenge to write. Dear john stars channing tatum as john tyree who is a soldier on leave and amanda seyfried as savannah lynn curtis who is a local girl. How does the ending of the shining differ from stephen. A sequel, titled doctor sleep, was published in 20 summary. The 11 best nicholas sparks movies, ranked oprah magazine. Easter eggs from stanley kubricks the shining doctor sleep is reverent almost to a fault to the sights and sounds of stanley kubricks 1980 adaptation of the shining, especially during its.
At first, it feels like a traditional horror setup a guy gets hired to spend the winter in an enormous hotel, secluded from civilization, where obviously something will go very wrong. The prologue starts of with the ultimate question, what does it mean to truly love another. Trying my best to evaluate the book on its own terms its not great. The shinings 1980 hedge maze chase is one of the most iconic endings in horror history. The shining book vs movie and what to watchread first. Her gullible nature, her compassion for danny and her husband seems to be her only flaws. The setting of dear john take place in wilmington, north carolina. Decembers sk flavor of the month the shining kings. On imdb, lloyd has just one other acting credit after the shining a. Love between unlikely couples is the magnet that ignites one to read on.
Dear john did anyone else think that the ending was kind. As long as film historians respect his wishes, the alternate ending of the shining like the epic deleted pie fight from kubricks dr. Nicholas sparkss latest novel, dear john, currently is atop the new york times bestseller list, and for good reason. The tension felt when jack jack nicholson chases danny danny lloyd through the hotel grounds is incredible. But is the light strong within it, or is it but pale and dim. John stated, two weeks together, thats all it took. The book reached the first position on the new york times best seller list for print and ebook fiction combined, hardcover fiction, and ebook fiction. When john met savannah he fell in love with her in two weeks.
Stephen king characters wendy torrance she is jacks wife. Jack torrance, his wife wendy, and their young son danny move into the overlook hotel, where jack has been hired as the. At the end of the shining, why is jack in the photo of. The result is a film that, though it ignores almost every major spookshow episode in the. Stephen king is happy to crap on stanley kubricks film version of his novel the shining whenever possible. I really love the book dear john and i was looking forward to see the movie, everything was. S tanley kubricks indelible take on both the horror genre and the popular fiction of stephen king, the shining is both a radical distillation of its source novels densely stuffed ghostsandgore imagery as well as a conflation of its hidden central theme of the truelife horrors of domestic abuse. Lets take a close look at some of the characters in stephen kings the shining. Its plot is an adaptation to present days american culture of three plays. I saw the movie last night, it was a very sad movie, and i loved it. If nothing else, dear john will make you long for the days when the only form of. Stanley kubricks the shining was released in 1980, and since has been hailed as one of the greatest horror movies ever made.
Jack slams the tennis ball on the floor of the lobby near a mickey mouse doll laying face down in a similar spotposition as hallorann after he is killed. My sisters keeper is always my goto example for a book that i loved that the film. A tribute trailer i put together for one of my alltime favorite directors and movies, stanley kubriks the shining. The shining, gothic horror novel by stephen king, first published in 1977. I dont know why the john baker story appeals to me so much but it is a book that truly restores my faith in the human spirit. If tim did died like in the movie, it looks as if john was just a consolation, or. King does a good job in all of his books to keep a relatively gloomy sensation while reading them. Thats why king statements like this arent to be trusted. Theres the sense that a great talent has been wasted.
Published in 1977, it is kings third published novel and first hardback bestseller. Even though john went off into the army, he had to balance that out and his relationship with savannah. While on military leave in charleston, south carolina, john tyree channing tatum becomes involved with college student savannah curtis amanda seyfried. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Doctor sleep is a 20 horror novel by american writer stephen king and the sequel to his 1977 novel the shining. As the film develops, it becomes more mysterious, ambiguous, threatening, and hallucinatory. Dear john, the letter readand with those two words, a heart was broken and two. Lets scrape together the shining epilogue that stanley. After jack blows up at wendy the typewriter, chair, and book all return and wendy acts as if nothing happened implying it all happened in jacks mind.
He starts off with not much personality, which is kind of saved up for later in the story when the house gets in his head and he becomes a clown. He puts the invitation back in the book and starts reading the scrapbook. The shining is a horror novel by american author stephen king. John tyree watches as he relives every memory, emotion, and touch while falling in love with savannah lynn curtis. See more ideas about the shining, stanley kubrick and scary movies. The shining is 1980 horror movie directed and produced by stanley kubrick and cowritten with novelist diane johnson.
Over the last three years, much of what the guardian holds dear has been. Differences between the shining book vs movie page 2. The setting and characters are influenced by kings personal experiences, including both his visit to the. Its a difficult watch, recalling the tragedy of 911.
The book is in hardback, and comes in a protective card case. Cant think of too many instances where that would happen. The unmasking will happen at the stroke of midnight. The shining is a tragedy, and wed be remiss to classify the ending otherwise. He was renowned for using supernatural events in many of his stories making them a mixture of horror, gloom, and fantasy.1004 425 555 884 489 379 1486 456 693 1398 331 425 800 330 616 1367 423 1190 1557 305 1521 176 772 965 1551 335 307 51 1080 1567 431 902 326 446 787 1111 354 667 282 1003 214 1232 623