Category: Stephen King

Stephen King Says: Stop Comparing Coronavirus To ‘The Stand’

The Stand is a post-apocalyptic novel by Stephen King. In this novel, a virus wipes out almost all of humanity, which is (thankfully) far from what we are dealing with at the moment.

King took to Twitter last Sunday to affirm that the coronavirus pandemic is NOT like The Stand. He states, “No, the coronavirus is NOT like THE STAND. It’s not anywhere near as serious. It’s eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions.” From that tweet, you can tell that King has had ENOUGH.

In The Stand, the fictional virus is a strain of the flu that is weaponized for warfare. While coronavirus has killed over 8,000 people globally and has spread across 100+ countries, it still does not amount to this rapid and deadly fictional virus.

 

On a serious note, coronavirus is similar to the flu. If you are experiencing any symptoms, it is best to get a medical diagnosis before assuming the worst. Specialists believe that mortality rates will decrease over time as more cases are diagnosed. For loved ones with pre-existing medical conditions and those who are at higher risk, such as smokers and the elderly, it is best to take precaution. Practice social distancing, avoid touching your face, and most importantly, WASH YOUR HANDS!

Stay safe everyone!

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5 Famous Authors Who Surprisingly Got Rejected

In case you needed a reminder, no one is perfect. And this includes famous writers like Stephen King and even the classic authors we all learn about today in our English classes like George Orwell. Even before Louisa May Alcott`s novel, Little Women, became dearly loved and adapted into multiple films, she too was rejected.

 

 

Here are some rejection quotes that were used against five famous authors who were turned away by publishers and editors, but then ended up becoming quite famous anyway! Hope this works as a reminder to never give up on your dreams!

 

1. Louisa May Alcott 

“Stick to teaching.”

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2. Stephen King

“We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.”

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3. F. Scott Fitzgerald

“You’d have a decent book if you got rid of that Gatsby character.”

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4. Rudyard Kipling

“..you just don’t know how to use the English language.”

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5. H.G. Wells

“An endless nightmare. I think the verdict would be ‘Oh don’t read that horrid book.’

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Celebrating Forty-Three Years of ‘The Shining’

The midlife crisis is real. If you see The Shining buying a motorcycle, dyeing its hair or visiting a hotel in Colorado and turning on its family, go easy, it turns 43 today. Stephen King’s infamous novel, that spawned a modern cinematic classic, was published 43 years ago on January 28th 1977. King’s psychological horror had sold over a million copies as of 2012 with doubtless many more sold since. 

 

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The Shining is one of King’s best-known (and loved) novels, penned after King and his wife spent some time in Boulder in a supposedly haunted hotel room. They stayed in room 217, which avid readers may recognize from the novel. The story follows Jack, Wendy and their son, Danny. Jack and his family take up residence in The Outlook Hotel during its off-season, so that he can focus on writing a novel. Danny has a sort of sixth sense that allows the hotel and its ghosts to communicate with and through him. They soon find that The Outlook Hotel has no intention of letting them leave.

 

 

Like many of King’s novels, some of the scariest moments are inherently human. The ghosts of The Outlook Hotel are not as much of a threat as the skeletons in our own closets and King explores this idea throughout. King has said that he used Jack and Danny’s relationship as a way to explore his own feelings of anger towards his children. In The Companion to Stephen King, he admits:

Sometimes you confess. You always hide what you’re confessing to. That’s one of the reasons why you make up the story. When I wrote The Shining, for instance, the protagonist of The Shining is a man who has broken his son’s arm, who has a history of child beating, who is beaten himself. And as a young father with two children, I was horrified by my occasional feelings of real antagonism toward my children. Won’t you ever stop? Won’t you ever go to bed? And time has given me the idea that probably there are a lot of young fathers and young mothers both who feel very angry, who have angry feelings toward their children.

 

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The book was adapted to the now classic 1980 film of the same name. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, it has been immortalized as one of the best horror films ever made. Despite this success, Stephen King has not always been a fan of the adaptation and was against a prequel story. That said, he then wrote Doctor Sleep, the film version of which was released just last year.

It may not just be our nightmares that The Shining is haunting as it could be taking to the stage very soon. With Simon Stephens at the helm, Jack is getting a new lease of (after)life. A stage adaption would be very fitting since all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

 

 

To celebrate the forty-third year of The Shining, consider staying at The Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for the Outlook. The film version changed the haunted room to 237 at the hotel’s request as they worried that featuring room 217 would dissuade guests from staying there. No matter which one you stay in, you’re sure to get all of the spooky vibes that King immortalized in the 447 pages of his novel.

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Inside The Outsider

Long live the King, because he’s done it again! Stephen King launched his newest thriller, The Outsider, in 2018, and trust us when we say that it is bone-chilling. And HBO seems to think so too, because yesterday they launched the premier of the 10 episode mini-series based on the book.

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The Outsider presents the viewers with a case that is, in every literal sense, impossible. In small-town USA, an 11-year-old boy is found murdered and all evidences—eyewitnesses, security camera footage, fingerprints, DNA—point to one man, Terry Maitland, played by Jason Bateman (Bateman also directs). Here, however, is the catch — there is also legitimate proof that the prime suspect was elsewhere, and thus couldn’t have done the deed. So, this gives rise to an unexplained situation in which two polar opposite things are simultaneously true.

An impossible problem, of course, can only have an equally impossible solution, and the pressing issue in the plot is that the only place for it to go, eventually, is into supernatural territory, and we’re not mad about that. This makes The Outsider an even more gripping and haunting tale, which highlights an unspeakable crime and the strangeness it brought with it.

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The series may be slightly different from the book, but rumor has it that they may share the same ending. The book and the series continue to cast a chilly spell that creeps into ones bones, and its horror elements are used to amplify the investigation of everyday people’s struggles, with death, tragedy and adversity.

 

If you missed the trailer, here’s a sneak peak! But be careful, because it is creepy.

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Start The New Year Right With Netflix & Hulu Adaptations

Now that the Holiday season is coming to a close, the time is nigh for some relaxation, personal reflection, and more amazing adaptations.

 

 

With the beginning of a whole new year, and decade, there is a lot for fantasy lovers to rejoice about. Two big franchises are hitting the streaming block. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King are now on Netflix to kick us off on some fantastic adventures, and for all you Twilight fans out there, all four movies will be out on Hulu to start the year as well.

 

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To the delight of horror fans, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is making a comeback with a new Netflix Original Series, to be released early this month, and for younger fans of horror, and the supernatural, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is back with its 3rd season. To no surprise, Stephen King is receiving attention with his two adaptations Cujo and Pet Sematary on Hulu.

 

Joy and childlike memories can be found with the release of the classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryOnce more we can relive the wonderful vocals and acting prowess that is Gene Wilder. Smile brightly with this adorable and fun film for the whole family!

 

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Sadly, not all is happy, and sometimes a new beginning means saying goodbye. Starting January 3rd, fans of Anne With An E must bid farewell to the lovable freckled redhead, Anne.

When any series, book, television show, movie franchise, etc, comes to a close, there can be a process of letting go and moving on. This is especially the case with inspiring and heartfelt shows like Anne With An E — but such is life. We move on and grow, and, thanks to these beloved shows, we have been able to take a break from the rough battles of reality!

So that being said, let’s take 2020 by storm, with some amazing books and book adaptations to support us along the way.

 

 

 

Fantasy

 

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Watch These Battles of Epic Proportions and more January 1st on Netflix | Image via Gyfcat

 

 

 

Horror

 

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  • Cujo (1983 Film) – based on the Stephen King novel (January 1st, Hulu)
  • Pet Sematary (1989 Film) & Pet Sematary II (1992 Film) – based on the Stephen King novel Pet Sematary (January 1st, Hulu)
  • The Ring (2002 Film) – American adaptation, originally based off the book Ring by Koji Suzuki (January 1st, Netflix)
  • Dracula (2020 Netflix Original Series) – based on the novel by Bram Stoker (January 4th, Netflix)

 

 

 

Drama

 

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Fans are saying goodbye to the beautiful cinnamon roll Anne January 3rd on Netflix | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Crime

 

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Morgan Freeman is on the case in the thrilling film Kiss the Girls  | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

 

Comics

 

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The lovely and, at times, frightening Sabrina Spellman is coming back to put a spell on you January 24th | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Children

 

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Can’t you just hear his beautiful voice? Gene Wilder, you’ll forever bring joy to us all | Image via imgur

 

 

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