STEPHEN KING GOES TO THE MOVIES, by Stephen King, 2009, Pocket Books, New York, paperback, 627 pages, $7.99.
Kind of a “duh” title for a book. After all, the Bangor author has long been a patron of the cinema. He also has been a patron saint for the movie industry, with many of his stories and novels turned into films, some of them multiple times.
No, this hefty volume isn’t King’s analysis of those many, many movies. Maybe he’s saving that idea for his golden years.
This is a new King product. It’s something to keep his fans somewhat sated until his next book-length original, “Under the Dome,” comes out in November.
“Stephen King Goes to the Movies” packages five stories that were made into movies: “1408,” “The Mangler,” “Low Men in Yellow Coats,” “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” and “Children of the Corn.”
The new in this collection is that King writes fresh, short intros for each story, detailing what he thought of the movie that evolved from it. At the book’s end, he includes his list of the top 10 films adapted from his writings (only two made from the included stories are on it).
The five stories are a good introduction to King’s work, for those people wandering out of a cave or now just old enough to read them. They show off his different styles through the years.
Now, if only King could get around to writing that book that critiques those films made from his works. That surely would create an uproar within the industry. Too bad he already has used the title “Firestarter.”