Screening Stephen King
- Adaptation and the Horror Genre in Film and Television
- Narrated by: Peter Lerman
- Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-02-18
- Language: English
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
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Simon Brown first examines the reasons for King's literary success and then, starting with Brian De Palma's Carrie, explores how King's themes and style have been adapted for the big and small screens. He looks at mainstream multiplex horror adaptations from Cujo to Cell, low-budget DVD horror films such as The Mangler and Children of the Corn franchises, non-horror films, including Stand by Me and The Shawshank Redemption, and TV works from Salem's Lot to Under the Dome. Through this discussion, Brown identifies what a Stephen King film or series is or has been, how these works have influenced film and TV horror, and what these influences reveal about the shifting preoccupations and industrial contexts of the post-1960s horror genre in film and TV.
The book is published by University of Texas Press.
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By Shannon G on 05-01-18
This is an audio book all about Stephen King and his works. It's quite academic and not fluffy, so if you're looking for something from Entertainment Weekly or such, then you'll not like this book. However, if you are a die hard SK fan then you should give this audio book a chance. It's quite lengthy but worth listening to.
I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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By DBW on 06-29-18
Interesting Analysis of Adaptation and Branding
Screening Stephen King is an analysis of Stephen King's works with an eye toward how they have been adapted for the screen. As a fan of Stephen King and an author who is curious about how novels and short stories are adapted for other forms of media, when this book showed up on AudiobookBoom I decided to give it a shot.
The author's approach is academic in nature, and very analytical. I didn't care for the first two chapters. They read like a grad student's report, and there were moments I felt the author had broken out the thesaurus a few too many times. A couple chapters in, though, the writing smoothed out. I woudln't go so far as to call the style engaging, but it was accessible and didn't detract from my enjoyment of the subject matter. The narrator does a solid job with what he is given, but there is only so much life that can be breathed into a book written in this particular style.
The parts I found most interesting regarded the subject of branding. Whether or not to present a particular adaptation as horror or another genre. At what point did Stephen King himself become a "brand" and in which instances was a particular film promoted more as a Stephen King project and not promoted on the merits of the story?
This book isn't for everyone. Even a Stephen King enthusiast will need to have an interest in the business side of the industry to really enjoy the book. I think the ideal reader/listener is a Stephen King fan who is interested in screenwriting, the process of adapting longer works to the screen, and marketing.