• Screening Stephen King

  • Adaptation and the Horror Genre in Film and Television
  • By: Simon Brown
  • Narrated by: Peter Lerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-02-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.3 (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Since the 1970s, the name Stephen King has been synonymous with horror. His vast number of books has spawned a similar number of feature films and TV shows, and together they offer a rich opportunity to consider how one writer's work has been adapted over a long period within a single genre and across a variety of media - and what that can tell us about King, about adaptation, and about film and TV horror. Starting from the premise that King has transcended ideas of authorship to become his own literary, cinematic, and televisual brand, Screening Stephen King explores the impact and legacy of over 40 years of King film and television adaptations.
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.
©2018 University of Texas Press (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kingsley on 05-16-18

Analysis of adaptions and the King brand

In Screening Stephen King author Simon Brown looks at the history of adaptions of Stephen King's work - to the big screen and the small screen. Starting with early works - the adaptions that were still coming out before King was well known, he examines how the phenomenon that is Stephen king affects adaptions of his work and how they are presented to the public.

One of the major themes of the book is looking at Kings as a writer vs King as a brand - while King writes a variety of books, not just horror, he is most well known as a horror author that the 'King' brand is used for adaptions that are horror based. Horror movies emphasise King in their marketing, while 'serious' and non-horror adaptions shy way from King. Stories like Stand By Me and Shawshank Redemption avoided the King brand as much as possible, to avoid the correlation with horror stories, as they are not horror. He looks at how much is branded King also depends on how previously King branded things have sold - if 'King' is in vogue, then the branding of something as Stephen King (not matter how unrelated - such as The Lawnmower Man) is applied. When 'King' is not doing well the branding was avoided.

The book does a great in depth look at King, the adaptions and their impact on movies and each other.

There are some spoilers to his works. I am a part time reader of king, not one of King's a constant readers, so there was much in this book the 'spoiled' some of the books or adaptions I have not yet got to. That didn't concern me, but it may concern others interested in this book. So fair warning.

Narration by Peter Lerman is good. I had previously listened to another book he narrated and it was very stilted. This still has a small amount of that, but no where near the same amount. That makes me believe the fault was with the writing style of the other book, not Lerman. Generally here he is well paced, flows well and easy to listen to.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Shannon G on 05-01-18

Interesting Listen

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Sarah Moorby on 05-22-18

More like a university essay but enjoyable

I didn't know what to make of this. it was boring but I couldn't stop listening.

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